The Progressive Christian Voice
Summary: Listen to sermons that connect spiritual teachings to the relevant issues of our day. Featuring sermons at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C..
Oftentimes, we delude ourselves into thinking that we are convincing even God of who we want to be. But, even as Jonah discovered, it is much easier to delude oneself than to elude God. We need not craft our own version of ourselves. God already knows the true version of who we are and God has called us good. Would our world function differently if we could come and see and believe that people of all different life experiences, different races, different genders, different sexual orientations and income levels and religions – are fearfully and wonderfully made?
God says "yes" to being fully human and to being who we are. In our baptism, we are grounded in being God's beloved child to whom God said, "Yes" over and over again.
Can you think of a really good story? We, at Western, think the story of God's love, and specifically, the story of Jesus' birth is pretty incredible. We can't really top the Scripture story - so we just told it. The stories of Mary and Elizabeth, the Magnificat, the story of Mary and Joseph, and the story of the shepherds encounter with the angels - all comprise a magnificent story of the light and life of God coming into the world.
It is often difficult to recognize the difference that the Christ-child born among us makes in our lives. However, we learn from John 1 that we, as humans, have the power to acknowledge that we dwell in brokenness AND, that we, as people of faith, we are called to focus our attention on the light and point to the life in the midst of the brokenness.
During the Advent season, we prepare for the coming light of Christ. To prepare, we tell the stories of how it all happened and we sing songs to embody the story.
Advent 2. Braunstein
Advent 1 - Year B. Braunstein
We, as a community of Christian faith within our society are called to attend to, to engage with, to participate in creating solutions that honor all human beings. This is our big picture of ‘what we have done to the least of these, we have done it to God.’ It’s not about simply being educated and knowing these neighbors exist. It is about actively following the Great Shepherd into places of brokenness so that we all can be made whole. But for as much as this text speaks to the startling and unexpected places where the kingdom of God breaks through in the world, this text is also about us as individuals and our intimate relationship with God.
God's Generosity. Braunstein
Christian Living 101. Braunstein
Members of the congregation share a bit about their faith journey.
The law is not meant be used as a trap to belittle others or a means to sustain power. Rather, the law is a gift from God to help God’s people understand what it means to be a holy people. And, applying the rule of love to the law and to the prophets opens us up to a whole new world that continues to be reformed with the dynamic and loving presence of God through Christ in the world.
I wonder what the apostle Paul would write in a letter to Western Presbyterian Church? What would he be grateful for.
2014-10-12 Sermon. Braunstein
What is resurrection power? Well, I think it is the power that pours new life into lifeless circumstances. It is that kind of power that perseveres and overcomes anything that would resist what is compassionate, good and right in the eyes of God. I believe that is something this community knows something about.