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Cultivating the Peaceable Kingdom

Paul Axton preaches: Our tendency is to fly free from the mortal condition but in doing so we isolate ourselves from human relationships. The question we are asked each Sunday, "Are you one of Us?" grounds us in the fellowship of the crucified.

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Paul Axton preaches: Christian belief intervenes in a passive, disconnected orientation to the law and to the world so as to overcome the gap between mind and will.

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Paul Axton interviews Nathan Hosler of Office Peace Building and Policy: A key Anabaptist engagement with the powers in an attempt to foster peace.

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"The Price of Everything": With unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot market surrounding them, this film dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a fun-house mirror up to our values and our times -- where everything can be bought and sold.

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Paul Axton invties Bryan Gallant to discuss recovering from the worst sort of grief and finding love and a new understanding of God and what is important.

Author's book: Undeniable

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Paul Axton and David Rosado review the Netflix Documentary "Take Your Pills," which examines the drug of choice, Adderall, launching the conversation into the connection between mind and spirituality.

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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 continue to discuss the Liturgist podcast and its significance.

Part 2 of 2

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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.

Part 1 of 2

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This Father's day sermon by Paul Axtno suggests ultimate despair is answered through love of God as Father.

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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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