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: 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
  • Pub Date: Jun 24, 2015
  • Looking for Stones. Cunningham
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  • In the passages for this week, God's people are full of anxiety. In one story they face a storm; in the other they face a giant; in both, they end up safe. What does this mean for us who face our own storms or giants?

    Mark 4:35-41; 1 Samuel 17 (selections)
  • Pub Date: Jun 23, 2015
  • No More Kings. Cunningham
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  • Money influencing leaders - it's in the news again but nothing new. What shapes Christian perspectives on power and leadership?

    2 Corinthians 4:16 - 5:1; 1 Samuel 8:4-20
  • Pub Date: Jun 04, 2015
  • (Anything But) Ordinary Time. Cunningham
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  • In Laura's first sermon at Western Presbyterian Church as pastor, she encourages us to think of the ways that God is present to us in our ordinary lives. Jesus comes to help us to know of the truth of God's love for us. How is it that we, in our daily lives, live in a way that is attuned to what God is doing in the world? How is God's kingdom present here and now?