Sermons by Drew Downs

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Hearts Broken Open

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Hearts Broken Open

In Acts, we are given the example of Stephen–a deacon, prophet, and preacher–whose love reveals the very love of God for all of us. The killing of Stephen and the opening of our hearts Easter 5A  |  Acts 7:55-60 Why do they kill Stephen? Our lectionary jumps in at the very end of a two […]

Sharing Love

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Sharing Love

In Acts, the followers of Jesus show us what it looks like to follow Jesus. But are we up to accepting the challenge for ourselves? The challenge of trusting God in the 21st Century Easter 4A  |  Acts 2:42-47 You’ve probably heard the story before. It’s told several ways, but often goes something like this. […]

The Invisible Revolution

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The Invisible Revolution

In the walk to Emmaus, Luke shows us the essential character of Jesus is revealing the invisible, showing his followers what true revolution looks like. The road to Emmaus reveals the dream of God Easter 3A  |  Luke 24:13-35 This is among the most famous walks in history. Two followers of Jesus meet a stranger on […]

Sight and Belief

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Sight and Belief

For centuries, Christians have viewed Thomas as a scandal of doubt in the midst of the resurrection, rather than realize he isn’t the subject. Beyond Thomas, doubt, and our simple approaches to faith Easter 2A  | John 20:19-31 When we look at the same picture, do our brains assess the contents of the picture differently? […]

Inspired and Urgent

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Inspired and Urgent

It isn’t just that Jesus was raised from the dead. It’s that everything about it reveals the radical difference of the gospel. How Jesus is revealed in Mary’s preaching the first Easter Sermon Easter  |  John 20:1-18 For some, the idea of an Easter morning footrace is the farthest thing from your mind. Lace up […]

After the Night is Over

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After the Night is Over

In the Easter story, we are given the collision of emotions (fear and joy) which explain the Christian condition. We continue to love through everything. When fear and joy get tangled together in love The Great Vigil of Easter  |  Matthew 28:1-10 “He is not here; for he has been raised.” Usually a person isn’t […]

Crossed

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crossed

On Good Friday, we remember the Passion of Christ and the crucifixion of Jesus. But does this remembering do what it intends to? Jesus, Atonement, and the irredeemability of the Cross Good Friday  |  Matthew 26:31-27:66 He warned them. Three times he said what would happen when they got here. To Jerusalem. Three times. Just […]

The Unity Table

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The Unity Table

In Maundy Thursday, we are invited into a corporate act of remembering that does far more than remind us of Jesus, but bring us toward radical unity. How remembering radical welcome embodies the gospel Maundy Thursday  |  Matthew 26:14-30 I never know how I’m supposed to feel today. We know how we’ll feel tomorrow and […]

The Wisdom of Crowds

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The Wisdom of Crowds

And what will be found in the coming days is another crowd made up of the leaders and their followers, who will orchestrate the killing of the new king. The Lord who is mistaken for a peasant, a nothing man, a vagrant, a false prophet. Because he looks the part. Palm Sunday and the revealing […]

Seeing Jesus

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Seeing Jesus

In healing the Man Born Blind, Jesus reveals the mercy of God. In the Pharisees, we see the challenge of blindness to true work of Jesus. The blinding power of certainty and the light of mercy Lent 4A  |  John 9:1-41 Why do bad things happen? That isn’t the question this passage answers. Nor does […]