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 18, 2014
  • Stories from the Appalachia Service Project. Bader. de Wet. Jackson. Saint
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  • In June, 2014, 7 members of the Western community journeyed to Chavies, KY to serve with the Appalachia Service Project. This podcast is a compilation of stories shared and lessons learned from the experience in Kentucky. Speakers include Calvin Bader, Petrus de Wet, Rebecca Jackson and Bill Saint.
  • Pub Date: Sep 09, 2014
  • Forgiveness, Not Factions. Cadwallader
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  • The church is a community of people who seek to follow Jesus. This does not mean that we all think and act and look the same or that somehow when we are together, we are able to deny our own egos and rid ourselves of pride entirely. We learn today from this text that we, as individuals in a community of faith, as members of the church, are not called to dwell in our victimization, nor dwell in our habits which hurt others. Rather, we are called to be co-creators of reconciliation, bearers of God’s love for the world, ushers of justice and peace in the world and we practice that together, here in the church, and out in the world.
  • Pub Date: Sep 02, 2014
  • Lose to Gain. Cadwallader
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  • There is a pattern developing through Jesus’ teachings that discipleship includes the act of leaving one thing behind to go towards something else – of making a choice to stop doing one thing so that a choice can be made to do something else. We, as Christians are called to lose our self-centered focus, our protections from pain, our fears of failure, our fears of the darkness to gain a life which follows Christ, to gain a life which co-creates with God a light which shines into the dark places, to gain a life that will not taste death.
  • Pub Date: Aug 26, 2014
  • Who is Jesus? Cadwallader
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  • This passage calls us to ponder our own understanding of who Jesus is in the world. It was Peter’s testimony, Peter’s evidence of hope in the power of what God can and will do in the world, that is the rock upon which this church is built. And, we are called to ponder our own belief.
  • Pub Date: Aug 18, 2014
  • What is Faith? Cadwallader
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  • This discussion of what faith is, is real and important and has consequences not only for our own personal faith, but others too. There is a time for retreat, for tending to one’s spirit, one’s spirituality – and there is a time to remember that our words and our actions matter to God and to the world.
  • Pub Date: Aug 13, 2014
  • Faith and Doubt. Sirbaugh
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  • Without a moment of hesitation, Jesus is there for Peter and will not let him perish.
  • Pub Date: Aug 03, 2014 - 10:00 am
  • Feast, Not Famine. Cadwallader
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  • Matthew 14: 13-21

    In the midst of the anxiety of not having enough for themselves, or for the crowd, Jesus called the disciples to change their ideas about their own power in the world. Jesus called the disciples to engage with the daunting reality before them, to engage with hope, to engage without the fear of scarcity. With God's help, 'you feed them' with what you have. Jesus encouraged the disciples to draw nearer, to feel hope, to give out of a sense of abundance and in doing so, the miraculous beauty of God's love will become so evident you might even taste it, and watch it pour over the brims of baskets when all are filled.