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Those disaffected from evangelical Christianity have formed a community which is in many ways quite helpful but it has also strayed into Gnostic notions regarding gender and God. Bret Powell and Paul Axton discuss the Liturgist podcast and its significance.

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Paul Axton interviews congressman Mark Siljander, attacked by Bush and Cheney for attempting to work out a diplomatic solution to the Middle East, spent 4 months doing hard time in a federal prison as a result. His notion that we should give peace a chance has had real-world results and radical personal consequences.

THE ALGORITHM Things To Avoid:

Are you pushing a personal agenda?

Are you asserting that"I" am right & "you" are wrong?

Are you using the tactics of shame or disgrace;"pointing out mistakes"?

Are you keeping a record of the offences committed by the "other" person?

Are you holding anger toward the "other" person? Are you acting proud of yourself, your culture/country or religion?

Are you happy when bad things happen to your enemy?

Things To Embrace:

Are you patient with each other?

Are you acting in kindness or acting upon your own self-interests?

Are you seeking justice and truth?

Are you hopeful (to God) for a positive outcome?

Are you giving up easily or are you working together persistently?

Do you think that the "other" party is trustworthy?

Are you only protecting your self interest?

How To Apply: Eat a meal together. Pray with & for each other.

Highlight common ground & resolve any misunderstandings. Get to know them personally (family, passions, concerns, etc.)

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“Theology is the constant attempt of Christians to speak well whether we be laity or clergy.”
— Stanley Hauerwas

Jonathan Totty interviews Stanley Hauerwas about why being informed about theology is important for all Christians. And, how as Christians we are obligated to engage in theology so as to make sense of our own humanity in relation to God. This is the first of a series of podcasts titled “Why Theology Matters.” In this series Jonathan explores how theology is the “Queen of the Sciences” and the broadest horizon in which we understand and make sense of reality by interviewing theologians, pastors, and lay people who are engaged in the work of theology.

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Paul Axton and Jonathan Totty have a conversation about Balthasar's explanation of the analogia entis, Barth's misunderstanding, and why this esoteric matter would make a difference to a theologian like James Cone.

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David Rosado and Paul Axton discuss the role of spirituality in mental health. What does the Bible say about mental health and how does mental disease, spirituality, and physiology potentially work together?

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Here is the interview with the premiere historian of the Restoration Movement - Richard Hughes. We discuss nonvioloence in the RM, white supremacy, why continue on identifying with this tradition, and the essence of true religion.

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Paul Axton shows that the dialectic between madness/wisdom is simply part of the dialectic always taking place between life/death which the cross addresses and undoes.

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Paul Axton and Jonathan Totty have a conversation about Divine simplicity, which done wrongly gives us ontotheology but correctly understood it forecloses any notion which would reduce God - including penal substitution.

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In this podcast, Paul Axton and Jonathan Totty discuss the need for humility in reading scripture: Coming to the scripture with the attitude of desiring to be shaped by it as a part of the community of Christ.

Ploughshares Bible Institute is offerning a course on Hermenuetics starting March 17th. Enroll today!

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