Forging Ploughshares

Cultivating the Peaceable Kingdom

In this discussion with Tyler Sims, a long time practitioner of contemplative healing prayer, Paul and Tyler discuss the real world access to the love and presence of God which brings about healing communal and individual connectedness.

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Paul Axton Preaches - In comparing the story of Nicodemus and the Samaritan Woman it is seen that the role of the erotic and physical is not an obstacle to quenching desire but a medium and means of recognizing the love and desire of God.

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In this interview, part 2, with Brian McVeigh, a leading expert and student of Julian Jaynes and his theory of the bicameral mind, we discuss possible biblical and therapeutic applications of Jaynes' theory.

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Paul Axton preaches - There is an inadvertent tendency to subordinate the role of the Holy Spirit but Romans 8 opens the depth of the Trinity on the basis of a prayerful experience in which the reality of God's self-hood completes human self-hood in a triadic unity of experience.

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In this discussion with Brian J. McVeigh, who is the premiere student of Julian Jaynes and also a scholar of Asia who specializes in Japanese pop art, education, politics, and history, Paul and Brian discuss the formation and manipulation of Japaneseness through psychology.

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Paul Axton Preaches - The church is in a sexual crisis which might be partly explained by a misunderstanding of desire. Desire is greater than gender or human eroticism, though it accounts for both, as desire originates in God's desiring love.

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Scott McNay interviews Paul Axton, discussing their history in Japan and introducing the role of the death drive or death instinct into theology.

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Paul Axton Preaches - The biblical definition and early concept of martyrdom as compared to modern martyrs, particularly Dietrich Bonhoeffer, calls for a reconceptualization of the term.

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Jon and Paul conclude their series on Dietrich Bonhoeffer by discussing his contested status as a martyr and the implications for Christian witness, who God is, and the nature of faith if he is or is not considered a martyr.

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Paul Axton Preaches - In this time in which the church and Christianity may seem to be failing, the example of both Bonhoeffer and Kierkegaard in their response to a failed Christianity is key.  Both turn to an understanding that Christ mediates the love of God within the life of the individual.

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