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Cultivating the Peaceable Kingdom

Paul Axton preaches: Salvation as Paul applies it in I Corinthians pertains to how we do marriage, how we regard sex, how we negotiate our social station, or how we negotiate identity. Clearly Paul’s message is not that you have now accepted Jesus into your heart and so you are going to heaven when you die – and everything else is secondary. Rather he says you have been bought with a price and what you have been bought out of is a world where sexual gratification, social station, or ethnicity or family may be thought to be the primary point of human existence.

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Paul Axton preaches: Anxiety is created by putting too much importance on the world of marriage, social status and ethnicity. Paul may be using end of the world language metaphorically so as to relativize worldly things but certainly he means these concerns to not have a definitive grip. The way we suspend this anxiety producing grip is to be found in Paul's phrase "as if not." 

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Paul Axton Preaches: The arc of Scripture contains a confrontation with the tragic that is an occasion for what Kierkegaard called the comedic. The Christian is in on the humor if it is not obstructed by bad theology.

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Paul Axton preaches: To get the freedom of sex in marriage correct one must sort out the principle of the flesh from the reality of the body.

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A brief conversation with Vangie Rodenbeck, developer of Ploughshares Bible Institute’s newest course: THE 250 Marginalization and Restorative Justice. The course is a practical and thought-provoking application the peaceful Gospel message at the heart of Forging Ploughshares’ mission to issues of power and inequality among traditionally marginalized groups. Vangie shares how her experiences raising a child with a documented disability have influenced her theology and her ideas about the justice offered by the powerlessness of Jesus’ cross.

The course will be open for registration by the 14th of January.

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In this introduction to Kierkegaard, Paul Axton compares Kierkegaard's Sickness Unto Death with Lacanian psychoanalysis.

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Paul Axton continues his examination of the life and theology of John Howard Yoder.

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Paul Axton exams an absolute and Christian notion of Freedom and suggests our age is characterized by a pursuit of a false freedom giving rise to the sickness of the age.

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Paul Axton talks about  John Howard Yoder, one of the premier theological thinkers of the 20th century who suffered from a sexual perversion. Since he consciously developed his theology to include the fullness of personality the test here is to work out how this failure is reflected in the theology of John Howard Yoder.

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Paul Axton poses the question, "Do Christians have recourse to the law when so-called Christians are abusing them sexually or financially?"

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