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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..

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 Seeing by Another Light - Cunningham | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Seeing by Another Light - Cunningham

 Crossroads Part 1: Fasting REDUX - Vazquez Torres | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Matthew 5:13-20, Isaiah 58:1-12 “Fasting REDUX” Rev. Jessica Vazquez Torres, preaching (Part 1); ?Panel of Anti-Racism Training Participants (Part 2)

 Crossroads Part 2: Participant Reflections | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Matthew 5:13-20, Isaiah 58:1-12 “Fasting REDUX” Rev. Jessica Vazquez Torres, preaching (Part 1); ?Panel of Anti-Racism Training Participants (Part 2)

 The People Fishing Business - Cunningham | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23

 God's blessing Business - Cunningham | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Micah 6:1-8 & Matthew 5:1-12

 Light Business - Cunningham | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Psalm 40:1-11 & Isaiah 49:1-7

 The Family Business - Cunningham | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Matthew 3:13-17 and Isaiah 42:1-9

 Gaining Our Souls - Cunningham | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Luke 21:5-19 and Isaiah 65:17-25

 Through Grief Comes Newness - McMichael | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Jeremiah 8:18?9:1 Mark 8:27?38 This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Gary McMichael to our pulpit. A familiar face here at Western, Gary is a licensed therapist with the Center for Pastoral Counseling of Virginia, where he has been since 1999. He is also a minister member of National Capital Presbytery and has served the Trinity, Fairfax, and John Calvin Churches.

 Remaining Steadfast - Cadwallader | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Luke 15:11-32 The difference between tradition (which holds stories together) and traditionalism (we do it because we do it this way) is that tradition isn’t about finding the past or seeking to make the now like the past but rather, tradition offers an insight and an alternative to open up the future. ?This Sunday, we will delve into the familiar parable of the prodigal son and listen anew to the ways this story, which is foundational to our Christian faith and tradition, will open us to the future ahead.

 Which One of You? Cadwallader | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Luke 15: 1-10 The parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin are familiar stories that we can listen to repeatedly and, depending on our own circumstances when we hear the story, we perceive the meaning of the text differently. In such a time as this, when the feeling of being lost or left behind is palpable, let us listen again to the Good News God has for us and for the world.?

 What's in it for them? - Sirbaugh | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown
 The Impossible Necessity - Cunningham | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Matthew 18:21-35; Psalm 32:1-7 Jesus tells Peter a parable of a king who forgives the servant's impossibly large debt, yet the servant leaves to punish another who owes him. He is forgiven, yet cannot forgive others. What does forgiveness look like today, especially in light of tragedies requiring inestimably large forgiveness?

 Unhidden Treasure - Cunningham | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

Matthew 13:44-53; Psalm 133 This week's parables of the kingdom of heaven compare it to treasure - something precious that requires a commitment from the person who pursues it. After last week's tragedy of violence in Orlando, how might we recommit to what is most precious, most important in God's sight?

 Growing in Faith - Cadwallader | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: Unknown

For too long, the loudest voice in the name of Christianity in our culture has been one which that has declared judgment and incited punishment of a portion of God's children. In the name of "love," churches have excommunicated members, families have shunned their children, and policies have been endorsed to declare GLBTQI persons as second-class citizens. In less extreme but still damaging ways, churches have created requirements for membership that inherently exclude GLBTQI persons, families have withheld support and love from their GLBTQI members, and abstinence from voting has enabled bigotry to rise to the top. This voice of Christianity in our culture, along with the shooter himself and the influence of terrorist organizations, bears a measure of responsibility for the loss of the 50 souls that perished in the largest mass shooting which took place at the night club named Pulse in Orlando, FL on June 12, 2016. This Christian voice bears a measure of responsibility for these 50 souls and the countless others who have been victimized by the denial of God's creation within them. It is important to name this voice in order for grace to enter in. As God's children, we are all oriented towards growth. All of us. Those who have espoused this kind of hurtful vitriol and committed acts of violence, those who have stood as faithful allies to the GLBTQI, and those of us who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex or questioning - all of us are children of God and all of us oriented for growth through Christ's redeeming love. It is important that we, as Christians, speak this message of God's grace and love more loudly - not in judgement, not to punish, not to feel righteous - but because Christ commanded us to love God and to love one another. I wrote this sermon before the deadliest mass shooting happened and I preached it hours after it happened, though I was unaware of the details. I am grateful to have preached the sermon that I did. Upon reflection, it was a Word I needed to embed within my spirit in order to bear the news of this awful tragedy without despairing. The first reading in our worship service was Psalm 139: 1-18. Following this reading, I stood up in the pulpit and preached the following sermon.

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