The Progressive Christian Voice
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The Progressive Christian Voice
Listen to sermons that connect spiritual teachings to the relevant issues of our day. Currently featuring sermons at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., this site will eventually have sermons from progressive Christian voices around the world.
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Current Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Sep 02, 2015
  • Sticks and Stones. Cadwallader
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  • The Pharisees watched on as Jesus and his disciples sit down for a meal. They noticed some of the disciples didn't properly wash their hands according to the traditions of the elders and they pressed Jesus for an explanation. Jesus responds, "It's not about what goes in the body, pay attention to what comes out of the heart." How does your daily life reflect your living faith?

    James 1: 17-27; Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23
  • Pub Date: Sep 01, 2015
  • At Home in God
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  • "Western Presbyterian... that's the church where there's a great mission with the homeless," said one of my new neighbors when I told him where I serve. As I read the psalm afterwards, describing the ancient temple as God's dwelling place, it dawned on me that when it comes to God, "home" looks different, that in some ways we are all homeless, and for some of us it's just more obvious. What might it mean for us to find our home in God? How does Western help you find your home?
  • Pub Date: Aug 06, 2015
  • A Taste of Living Bread. Cunningham
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  • We hunger for all kinds of things: food, comfort, love, meaning, beauty, fulfillment, to name a few. Being hungry isn't a bad thing, until our hungers become insatiable cravings. Jesus seems to say that our hungry souls truly long for what only God can offer. What would it look like if we truly had a taste of "living bread"?

    John 6:24-26; Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16
  • Pub Date: Aug 04, 2015
  • The Miracle of Forgiveness. Cadwallader
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  • The text for this sermon reveals for us a truth that, like the bread and fish shared by a boy in the crowd, God’s forgiveness has the power to multiply as it is shared freely with all God’s children so that all may have their fill – wronged one and wrong doer, murderer and murder victims’ survivor; people of color and people of privilege. There is always more grace and love leftover beyond forgiveness to work for reconciliation with each other and with God.
  • Pub Date: Jul 28, 2015
  • When The Wall Comes Down. Cunningham
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  • The author of Ephesians tells his hearers that Christ has torn down the dividing walls between them, that formerly hostile groups are now part of one humanity, no longer strangers. Considering the divisions in our world today, what if we really believed the wall was already down, that a truce was already made?

    Ephesians 2:11-22; 2 Samuel 7:1-14a
  • Pub Date: Jul 16, 2015
  • Leave Home Without It. Cunningham
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  • In this Sunday's gospel, Jesus calls his disciples to leave home without everything except for one outfit, and to wear sandals. In a "don't leave home without it" culture, what does it mean to follow Jesus today? On a weekend when we celebrate national independence, what if we are called to be inter-dependent, on God and on each other? At a time when our nation is struggling to move beyond some of our racial baggage, how might Christians model letting go of anything that keeps us divided or insular? And can these questions really be answered in twelve minutes or less?

    Mark 6:1-3, 2 Samuel 5:1-5
  • Pub Date: Jul 16, 2015
  • A Power You Can't Cut Off. Cunningham
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  • "The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it," proclaims Psalm 24. Forgetting the wisdom of God's unique power can prove dangerous, as we discover when we think the earth is ours to do with as we please. Mark's gospel shows the danger of what happens when we forget God's power at work in the lives of others, and try to claim some of that power for ourselves. How do you remember God's power in your life? How does it help you prioritize and keep perspective?

    Mark 6:14-29, Psalm 24