Douglass Church - Douglass Blvd Christian Church

Sinopsis

Every Sunday @ 11am in Louisville, KY, Rev. Derek Penwell broadens our minds with his sermons. Now, thanks to the interwebs, we can share them with you.

Episodios

  • Everything She Had

    Everything She Had

    13/11/2018

    We need to advocate for a just economic system that looks out for the needs of those on the margins, that refuses to devour widows houses—that refuses to make the poor feel like they’re not full participants until they cough up their last five bucks until payday. But in the meantime, we need to work like crazy to be a church worthy of the kind of financial sacrifices people make. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

  • What If Love Isnt a Second Hand Emotion?

    What If Love Isn't a Second Hand Emotion?

    08/11/2018

    And the fact that Jesus links love for neighbor and love for God together suggests that the way we love God is through our love for our neighbors. Jesus doesn’t offer up some vague notion of love that centers first on our ability to muster up the correct emotional responses. In fact, if we’re ever going to feel love, then, in all likelihood, we’re going to have to act lovingly first. The secret of love that our culture seems not to know is that the feelings of love generally follow loving action; they don’t necessarily precede them. It is easier, as the saying goes, to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

  • Just a Crumb (Mark 7:24-37)

    Just a Crumb (Mark 7:24-37)

    28/10/2018

    I love the idea that the Jesus I’ve spent my life learning how to follow is big enough to allow himself to be stretched by a Gentile woman with a sick kid—about the very last person in the whole world Jesus ought to be taking religious instruction from. I love the idea that Jesus is big enough to listen for the voice of God in even the most unlikely places—not in the institutions busy authorizing and credentialing everything, making sure that it meets all the government standards for cage free, free range faith. But here’s what I want to propose: I think this Syrophoenician woman challenges us to encounter newness and change not as a threat, but as God trying to break in among us and stretch our understanding of how big this welcome is we’re supposed to be giving, how expansive is the vision of just who God wants to offer hospitality to." Subscribe to us on iTunes!Sermon text: web | doc

  • Clawing Our Way up to Middle Management (Mark 10:35-45)

    Clawing Our Way up to Middle Management (Mark 10:35-45)

    21/10/2018

    Popular Christianity promises a Jesus who wants to be your pal, a Jesus who doesn’t want you to be inconvenienced, a Jesus whose real concern is that all your biases are continually reconfirmed for you. A Jesus who knows what true glory looks like. And, let me tell you, that would be a whole lot easier on me. But unfortunately, I’m not good enough at this to give you that Jesus. Instead, I’m so incompetent at my job that all I can manage to figure out how to give you is a Jesus who seeks out the small, the irrelevant, and the marginal. I’m only skilled enough to show up on Sunday mornings with a Jesus who thinks glory looks like losing, sacrificing, and dying on behalf of those everybody else walked away from a long time ago. I hope once again that you’ll forgive me my vocational inadequacies. Subscribe to us on iTunes!Sermon text: web | doc

  • The Question Is: Who Gets into the Party? (Mark 9:38-50)

    The Question Is: Who Gets into the Party? (Mark 9:38-50)

    30/09/2018

    Let me put it this way, in the reign of God not only do I want everyone included, I want it so badly that I don’t want anything to stand in the way. I don’t want your need to have final approval on God’s guest list to be an obstacle to them knowing they’re welcome to the party. Moreover, I don’t want your zeal to scare off the people who’ve spent so much time convinced that they’re not welcome at any party—let alone one thrown by God. And, just so you know, your judgmentalism isn’t helping. It’s scaring off the people I’m most interested to see have a seat at the head table. Subscribe to us on iTunes!Sermon text: web | doc

  • Fear and Welcome (Mark 9:30-37)

    Fear and Welcome (Mark 9:30-37)

    27/09/2018

    Welcoming the wonderful (and newly ordained) Rev. Nicole Hardin to the pulpit. Subscribe to us on iTunes!

  • Just For Being Faithful (Mark 8:27-38)

    Just For Being Faithful (Mark 8:27-38)

    16/09/2018

    What if the cross, as fearsome and terrifying as it is,is the place where we meet Jesus? What if the cross allows us to consider that cross-carrying is not an individual, but a team sport? Even Jesus needed help lugging that lumber up the road. Not only do we find Jesus struggling under the load, but we find one another there too. Moreover, being near Jesus puts us near the poor, the disenfranchised, the powerless. That’s good news. Because since we’ve embraced the cross, we’ve already embraced powerlessness, not as a strategy for effective living but as a way of life that seeks above all else to follow Jesus wherever he goes. Subscribe to us on iTunes!Sermon text: web | doc

  • Abide—in the Active Voice (John 15:1-5)

    Abide—in the Active Voice (John 15:1-5)

    09/09/2018

    Abiding, which on the surface feels so passive, is just the opposite. If we abide in Jesus, if we live out the vision of the world he sees, we can’t help but take on the work of dismantling the systems that result in the shedding of the lifeblood of the poor and the outcry of the oppressed. We have no choice but to stand against the powers that foreclose on the futures of the defenseless, in the service of adding to the stockpiles of their own avarice. Abiding, at least as Jesus imagines it, is the greatest act of communal resistance there is. Subscribe to us on iTunes!Sermon text: web | doc

  • There Was No One (Ephesians 6:10-20)

    There Was No One (Ephesians 6:10-20)

    27/08/2018

    When Paul says that our struggle isn’t against enemies of flesh and blood, but agains the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places—he’s not talking about some other worldly weirdness. The cosmic powers of this present darkness, the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places aren’t some kind of super demon army, some version of Indiana Jones and the Flaming Arrows of the Evil one. And he’s not talking about our personal demons for which we need a mystical Batmobile and sanctified kevlar. He"s talking about the powers and principalities that institutionalize injustice and subjugation right here, right now. The kind of powers and principalities that let LGBTQ people die alone with no one to speak their name, the kind of spiritual forces of evil that have systematically terrorized African Americans for four hundred years, the cosmic powers of this present darkness that lock imm

  • The Economy of God (1 Samuel 15:34-16:13)

    The Economy of God (1 Samuel 15:34-16:13)

    19/08/2018

    We’re conditioned, socialized to the see the world through lenses that magnify everything. Ministers often keep score the way everyone else does. What we rarely stop to ask ourselves is whether, in all our scorekeeping and advanced measure-taking, we’re keeping score of the right things, measuring the stuff that really matters. Subscribe to us on iTunes!Sermon text: web

  • Absolom Absolom (2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33)

    Absolom Absolom (2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33)

    13/08/2018

    Welcoming David Sprawls to the pulpit today! Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web

  • Food that Endures (John 6:24-35)

    Food that Endures (John 6:24-35)

    05/08/2018

    Eternity can, of course, mean in the great forever in the future—some endless span of time. But eternity doesn’t just have to be about the length of time; it can signify the depth of time, which is to say the quality of time. In that sense, then, food that endures for eternal life can be about food that deepens the quality of time right here and now by having enough, so that people no longer need to follow a potential messiah around the wilderness in constant search for a little relief from the hunger that besets them—so that eternity can begin to break into the world right now. Notice that Jesus doesn’t talk about bread that lasts forever; he offers bread that endures for eternal life. Subscribe to us on iTunes!Sermon text: web | doc

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