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Paul Axton preaches: Rhetoric, philosophy and law or debaters, philosophers, and scribes is Paul's way of describing the talk and talkers which are of this age. A fullness of speech marks a different age, a different identity, and a different orientation to language.

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Paul Axton preaches on I Cor. 2:6-8 - Human wisdom is responsible, according to Paul, for the death of Christ and those who killed him were blind to what they were doing. The Bible traces human religion and understanding to a death dealing lie and this is what the wisdom of Christ exposes and displaces.

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Paul Axton preaches: With sexual abuse by both Catholic Priests and Protestant clergy reaching epidemic proportions there is the necessity to pose the possibility the church is incubating evil. Corinthians addresses and provides an alternative to illicit desire and sexuality.

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Paul Axton preaches on the opening section of I Corinthians. in which Paul calls them "saints," "sanctified," the "called out" holy ones, is the point of unity to which he is calling this divided community. God's holiness, his innermost unity, is the mode in which the Corinthians and all of us are to find unity.

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Sermon - Christ and Culture

Paul Axton preaches: In the 1960’s and into the 70’s – with the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, women’s liberation, the rise of the drug culture – what we call the cultural revolution – a phenomena called the Jesus People came about. Youth Culture meets the Church. We are not at the end of this cultural clash but can assess it through Corinthians.

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In this introductory sermon to I Corinthians, Paul Axton compares the measure of the cross to the health and wealth gospel and the philosophy of church growth as a measure of success.

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Paul Axton preaches: Persons were a minority among people of first century Rome. Onesimus and Jesus did not qualify as Persons according to Roman law. Christ, by becoming a slave, overturns the valuation system of the world and in the process redefines what it means to be a person.

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Paul Axton quotes two poets, Woodie Guthrie and Jason Rodenbeck, to make the point that bad theology fused with capitalism enslaves. We are to be about the work of redemptive creation care in all of our labors.

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Paul Axton preaches: Is slavery a metaphor for sin and not itself sin or is slavery a type of sin? How we answer this question not only determines our reading of Philemon but determines if we recognize that economics and socio-political forces are part of what enslaves us and constitute a part of what Christ frees us from.

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In this sermon, Paul Axton suggests that the manner in which slavery is subverted by Paul is the mode in which the Kingdom is made a reality. Radical subordination enacts the subversion of the City of Man and marks the City of God.

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