The Progressive Christian Voice
Podcast from Western Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC.
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The Progressive Christian Voice
Listen to sermons that connect spiritual teachings to the relevant issues of our day. Featuring sermons at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C..
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September 2013 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Sep 29, 2013 - 12:20 am
  • In Search of an Asterisk. Dempsey
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  • Lk 16: 19-31. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus tells us that when we ignore the poor outside of our gate, it is an unambiguously damnable offense. So, once we've debunked the popular excuses for why this parable isn't meant for us, the only question remaining is, "Where do you place your gate?"
  • Pub Date: Sep 22, 2013 - 12:20 am
  • Exposed. Dempsey
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  • Jer 8:18-9:1 and Lk 16:1-13. We are called to be an action-oriented congregation who collect our consciences to expose the horrible truths that bludgeon the most vulnerable in the world and provide sutures on their wounds. We are called to shine our collective light upon the moral imperatives of our day so that our outrage doesn’t end with a hospitality hour rant. - It ends with acts of faith that expose and bring to justice dishonest wealth of every sort.
  • Pub Date: Sep 15, 2013 - 12:34 am
  • A Lesson Eutychus. Dr. Rodger Nishioka
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  • Jer 31: 31-34 and Acts 20: 7-12. We must make worship a multisensory experience to engage young adults today. And we must remember that it is our acts,and not simply our words, that seal us as a body.
  • Pub Date: Sep 09, 2013 - 12:20 am
  • Works of Art. Dempsey
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  • Psalm 139, Jeremiah 18: 1-11, and Luke 14: 25-35. Calling us to actively examine our lives using different lenses, different media and the beauty of the light to understand the ways that we do evil in God’s sight, the ways we drive a wedge in our relationship with God, and the ways we allow our possessions and that which possesses us to dilute our communion with Christ in mission for the world. May our self-reflection be comprehensive, our repentance be forthright and our saltiness maintained as Christ’s seasoning in this world.
  • Pub Date: Sep 01, 2013 - 12:17 am
  • On Being Christian Dempsey
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  • Luke 14: 7-14. Our gospel reading this morning tells us that God breaks into the most ordinary moments to remind us that no experience is outside the realm of Christian life. We’re called to the work of the Christian every moment of our lives – even as we enter the dining room of a friend. Our goal is to get to such a level of understanding of and faith in Jesus that our relationship with Christ is what makes life worth living. Then being a Christian is not really work for us at all. It is who we are and how we live and what we strive for in this world of work that can feel so oppressively hard. It’s ultimately what connects us to who God is calling us to be.