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Drew Downs
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An Epsicopal & emergent presbyter, Rector of St. Stephen's in Terre Haute, Indiana, and a fan of indie music, particularly shoegazing & post-rock.
An Epsicopal & emergent presbyter, Rector of St. Stephen's in Terre Haute, Indiana, and a fan of indie music, particularly shoegazing & post-rock.

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There is a common cry of despair in the people of Gaza that sounds so much like West Virginia coal miners and residents of Peoplestown in Atlanta, Georgia. A cry of hopelessness and existential angst we show little willingness to assuage. The global…
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Tongues On Fire

The message of Pentecost is about the power of God. But that doesn’t mean what we normally think it means because God’s power isn’t over us, it’s power with us. In Pentecost, both the medium and the message matter Pentecost  |  Acts 2:1-21 I don’t know if…
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As of this morning 60 Palestinians were declared dead and over 2,300 were injured in a massacre along the fence in Gaza. Moving the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was what Rachel Shabi called “a deliberate upturning of international…
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Seven Stories and Revealing the Nonviolent Bible #SevenStories

The trouble with violence and the Bible isn’t just in the way we read it or even that it’s baked into our theology. We can’t even see Jesus at the center when our convictions are founded on violence. I was pretty young when I first asked “what’s so good…
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Judas Never Left

In Acts 1, the disciples take their first act after the Ascension: replace Judas. But the story of our lives shows that replacing him only papers over the trauma. Jesus taught them as much. Their work isn’t to forget their enemies, but to love them. Not…
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Fundamentalism and the Fear of Being Wrong

We keep hearing about how divided we are. That we’re more polarized and uncivil than ever. That we hate each other more. But this isn’t the whole truth. Our division doesn’t come from a common rejection of the common ground. It stems from fundamentalism,…
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Jesus has a pretty conflicting relationship to the rules. And for many Christians, you’d think Jesus gave us a mountain of rules to follow. But really there is just one really vague rule and he constantly urges us to look past the rest to see it.…
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Much of my experience of befriending fundamentalists in college could best be described as gaslighting. I had to prove my ritual purity by hating the right people to get on a team I never asked to join. Something about fundamentalism itself encourages…
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A Baptism in the Wilderness

In Philip’s baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch, we see our own invitation to embody God’s love, share in the redeeming of the world, and the offering of hope in the middle of nowhere. If we recognize the invitation for what it is: our everything. an…
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Jesus speaks about something much deeper than shepherds and sheep — he embodies the very sacrificial love of God to show us how it’s done. the good parent stands up for all children Easter 4B  |  Acts 4:5-12, John 10:11-18 Parents and children. That’s…
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