Posts tagged with ‘formation’

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Learning the Basics

by Drew Downs
Basic Christianity - St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 9/13

I’ve been looking for the right way to launch a newcomers class. And a confirmation class. And an Episcopal 101 class. And.. It is hard to provide something for everybody. Particularly when we are all at a different spot. Some of us take every opportunity to learn more about our faith. Some of us haven’t […]

Merry Christmas!

by Drew Downs

On behalf of St. Stephen’s, may I wish you a Merry Christmas! If you are looking for a worship opportunity, join us tonight at 4:00 and 9:00 for a traditional Christmas Eve Eucharist. (Eucharist means “thanks,” and this is indeed a night to give thanks.) Our 4 pm service provides a quiet oasis in what […]

The Biblical Wild

by Drew Downs

It was my first week and my first class. We were just getting to know each other. Students and teachers. The class was team-taught by our Hebrew and Greek professors to give us an introduction to both parts of our Scripture. We read them concurrently: The Succession Narrative in the Hebrew Scripture and Luke in […]

A Vision of Formation: Walking Through Fire

by Drew Downs

For several weeks, we’ve heard a gospel of endurance and serving those who suffer. We were taken back to an early teaching, to the Sermon on the Mount. We heard Jesus preach ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. […]

A Vision of Formation: Jesus and the Disciples

by Drew Downs

I’ve always marveled at the disciples’ willingness to follow Jesus from the beginning. We read that Jesus came to the disciples and they dropped everything and followed him. We read this dropping everything quite literally: Andrew and Simon actually drop their fishing nets and leave it all behind. I can’t imagine such a moment. A […]