Sermons by Drew Downs

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Being Lost and Being Found

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Being Lost and Being Found

The question isn’t what is lost or who is looking. These parables aren’t about the lost, but what it is to participate in losing and finding. how Jesus reimagines a God of love Proper 19C Luke 15:1-10 Photo by Alex Fu from Pexels Who is Jesus talking to? This is one of the favorite questions in scripture. Literally, […]

Hate as an unlikely virtue

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Hate as an unlikely virtue

Jesus keeps defying expectations. In the midst of great celebrity, he now defies the low expectations the followers have for themselves. how Jesus turns the tables on his followers Proper 18C Luke 14:25-33 Photo by Kourosh Qaffari from Pexels There are some Sundays when we listen to the gospel and we all think “what is the preacher going […]

Revising the Guest List

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Revising the Guest List

Jesus is a terrible guest at your dinner party. While you’re worrying about who’s going to show up, he’s inviting everyone in. Jesus and the art of the dinner party Proper 17C | Luke 14:1,7-14 Photo by Markus Spiske temporausch.com from Pexels When I was young, I loved sleepovers. This was the real political currency of junior high school. […]

A Convincing Argument

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A Convincing Argument

We sometimes get stuck in a convincing argument because it sounds right. In the case of Sabbath law, we’re seduced by only half of the point. Sabbath remains a revolutionary concept Proper 16C | Luke 13:10-17 Photo by Errin Casano from Pexels When we remember the creation story, we recall more than an origin. We receive our purpose. […]

Interpretation

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Interpretation

Jesus decries our reluctance to see what’s wrong with our world. Not because we can’t see it. But because we refuse to do what we need to do. Jesus and the gathering storm clouds Proper 15C | Luke 12:49-56 Photo by Moritz Böing from Pexels Jesus just opened up a can, didn’t he? And what is supposed to happen […]

When Freedom Knocks

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When Freedom Knocks

Jesus gives us a response to the questions of our time. In the face of fear and confusion, he offers something clear: a world to transform. And you’re too afraid to answer Proper 14C | Luke 12:32-40 Photo by nappy from Pexels When somebody says “Do not be afraid,” my first response is Wait, should I be? I want […]

In the Eyes

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In the Eyes

By the time we get to Luke 12:13-21, Jesus has radically rejected our will to racism and hate, revealing the true way of life is equality and love. Standing for dignity means also standing against indignity Proper 13C | Luke 12:13-21 Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels I know you are super excited to hear a sermon about a real […]

Becoming Samaritan

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Becoming Samaritan

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus isn’t giving us a natural reversal of roles. He’s exposing how our bias actually works. learning to love in a culture of hate Proper 10C | Luke 10:25-37 Photo by Abby Chung from Pexels Good stories like this one have many layers. We can peel back one to see what’s underneath. […]

Making Peace

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Making Peace

In Luke 10, Jesus sends the disciples out to proclaim peace. We’d rather avoid the truth: that some people we like don’t want to hear it. Jesus sends us out to make peace not justify our hate Proper 9C | Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Photo by Artem Beliaikin @belart84 from Pexels Even after a cascading series of mistakes, Jesus trusts […]

Consumed by Hate

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Consumed by Hate

In Luke 9:51-62, the disciples continue to misunderstand what Jesus is showing them: God’s love isn’t transactional. It restores us all. satisfaction and the justice of God Proper 8C | Luke 9:51-62 Photo by Dominika Roseclay from Pexels “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” Let’s take a moment […]