DBCC is an open and affirming community of faith in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. Church starts at 11:00. Donuts start before that.
There's No Place Like Home (Jeremiah 24:1, 4-7)
It’s so easy to think that the safest place to be ... would be ... to be ... where we’d been ... where we used to be. It feels so simple to think that if we could just recapture what was here before, we’d be able to handle what was happening now. The message of Jeremiah, however, is that the safest place to be is the place where God has placed us—which is to say, where God has made a place for us. .
A World Worth Working for (Matthew 22:1-14)
And if the King is unworthy to rule his subjects, how do we who follow Jesus challenge such a leader? What is our responsibility in standing athwart one ruler's unjust treatment of his own subjects? What this parable invites us to do in our context isn't necessarily to equate God and the King, but to contrast them. And if the King is unworthy to rule his subjects, how do we who follow Jesus challenge such a leader? What is our responsibility in standing athwart one ruler's unjust treatment of his own subjects? What this parable invites us to do in our context isn't necessarily to equate God and the King, but to contrast them. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: [ web] | [ doc] : : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DeiARBjtkXFp-0y-z9mBOiYeDb-eYFhw/view?usp=sharing
Telling the Truth (Matthew 21:33-46)
As those who follow Jesus, our job is also to read the world in which we live, and to hold it up against the world God intends in God’s new creation. In other words, it’s our job to help paint a picture of the way we’re truly meant to live together—where everyone is taken care of, not just the high-rollers who have the power and the money live it up while making everyone else’s life miserable—those able to avoid paying their taxes and skate past the consequences of their actions, those able to get the best healthcare (the kind denied to the masses), those able to use or ignore those they consider beneath themselves. Telling the truth about the world isn’t “divisive,” since true unity can’t be realized without truth-telling.
When Words Aren't Enough (Matthew 21:23-32)
The reign of God does not exist where black people have to cry out against state-sanctioned violence against them … sometimes, even in their own homes … where they have to live with a justice system that is designed to punish them disproportionately, where black families have to walk out into a world every day that has shown time and time again that they’re not valued, not welcome, and therefore, not safe. We keep working on behalf of those who’ve been turned away by the very people who are supposed to be tending the vineyard—but who’ve proven themselves inadequate to the task by their continued failure to actually pull the weeds and dress the vines. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: [ web] | [ doc] : : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N_cu6lxc-DCK1kcELwQ1dblTOaIOV2h3/view?usp=sharing
Collective Bargaining in the Reign of God (Matthew 20:1-16)
To the peasants Jesus was addressing, this is how the story would have been heard: the rich vineyard owner goes out to exploit the expendable people who otherwise can't feed themselves. (They are literally some of the most vulnerable people in the world.) Then the vineyard owner humiliates them by forcing them all to take the same pittance—regardless of how much they’d worked. In essence, the owner said to these desperate workers: “Your labor has only the value I give it.” Rich landowners, in other words, would have been difficult to imagine as the hero in any story about peasants in Jesus' day. It would be like Jesus speaking to an immigrant community in New York City, and starting it by saying, "For the kingdom of heaven is like a sweatshop owner … or a payday lender.” Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: [ web] | [ doc] : : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fMnLhctK5OSa-KWsMTslwI94P7m-dtPW/view?usp=sharing
What Does Forgiveness Even Mean? (Matthew 18:21-35)
So, what does that forgiveness look like? When, and under what circumstances should I offer it? I wish there were an algorithm into which I could plug my experience, the depth of the hurt, the nature of the offender’s remorse and recovery, and have it spit out answers to those questions. But I don’t have such an algorithm. All I have is a community—a community that, paradoxically, teaches me both that I’m always in need of forgiveness for my own boneheadedness and my complicity in systems that abuse and neglect those who are more vulnerable than me, as well as my own need to learn how to forgive others. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: [ web] | [ doc] : : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nia4YX01WdqxmcKwblQgTvCIEXm7SMQv/view?usp=sharing