When the Spirit Comes

"When the Spirit comes" a homily for Pentecost by Drew Downs

Seeing, Hearing, Feeling and Testifying in Truth Pentecost  |  John 15:26-27 & 16:4b-15 read along while you listen! When the advocate comes After Jesus comes back from the dead and appears to Mary, appears to his disciples, then appears to them again, now with Thomas in their midst, he says to them that iconic phrase: […]

For Pentecost, wear more than red

"For Pentecost, wear more than red" by Drew Downs

In many of the Episcopal Churches of which I’ve been a part, there is a regular tradition of wearing red on Pentecost. Red, of course is the liturgical color of the day, but it also matches the fire images that accompany the day. Opportunities to red the place up and evoke the tongues of fire […]

How To Get the Most Out Of Church

most out of church

Of course I love church. That goes without saying. But I don’t always love the church. I don’t always love the way we do church or the way we incarnate the church. It sometimes gets to me and drains me. Some of that is me. But a lot of it is the way we approach church as church members […]

What if the church believed in eternal life?

What if the church believed in eternal life?

When Jesus speaks of eternal life, he isn’t talking about forever. Many of us learn this in seminary or when we read books about scripture. That this phrase Jesus uses*, “eternal life” doesn’t mean what we think it means. Or to be more precise, doesn’t communicate only the narrow understanding we take it for. The […]

Leadership From the Side

At particular junctures in our common life, members of the Episcopal Church have come together to call upon its people and leadership to read the signs of the times, to discern the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and to act with boldness to proclaim the gospel in new contexts and situations. One concrete method that […]