Forging Ploughshares

Cultivating the Peaceable Kingdom

Paul Axton preaches - The identity of Christ (the Gospel), is inclusive of the presence of Christ in the one answering the question of identity. The identity of Christ is the primary authority, not the authority of history, Scripture, or Church, which derive their authority in his identity. Like early heresies, missing the identity of Christ, is to miss his presence in the inner person answering the question.

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Matt, Brian, Jim, Janice and Paul discuss our after death experiences and the experience of abiding in the peace and presence of Christ, and how this ties in to the doctrine of salvation in John, and the picture of Christ as true Temple and true abiding place.

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Tim, Matthew, Janice, Brian, Matt, and Paul discuss John the Baptists phrase "Behold, the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world" as an interpretive frame for understanding the nature of salvation, the meaning of the cross, and the problem of darkness as presented in John's Gospel.

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Paul Axton preaches - The rule of faith refers to apostolic authority, the canon or rule determining scripture, the rule which the apostles applied to one another and the Hebrew Scriptures, and the ethic and mindset the Christian. The Christian is to put on as the mind of Christ and the mode and goal of this rule or mindset is peace - the unity of the faith.

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Mathew, Jim, David, Matt, Brian, and Paul examine how the Jewish and Greek worldview and sensibility is undone in the crucifixion of Christ. The return to a premodern understanding allows for Christ as foundation. Specifically, crucifixion was the destiny of Haman, the curse of the wicked, the annihilation of personhood and Christ's crucifixion and harrowing of hell empties out Jewish and Greek absolutes and establishes an alternative frame of understanding (escaping the modern dilemma).

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Paul Axton preaches - A key part of the rule of faith is the peace that can resist the violence of torture, a type of the violent regime of "truth," which the peace of Christ deposes. Christ's peace is an interpretive rule for reading scripture and the world which is included in the mind of Christ the believer puts on.

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Paul Axton preaches - The Apostle Paul uses the picture of the "analogy of faith" or the "rule of faith" and pictures it as part of having the mind of Christ. This rule is the measure of the canon of scripture, so that we go from Gospel to scripture both historically (in the formation of the canon) and in our interpretation of scripture.

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In this interview with Old Testament scholar Eric Seibert, Paul and Eric discuss his most recent book Enjoying the Old Testament (https://www.amazon.com/Enjoying-Old-Testament-Encountering-Scripture). Eric explains the value of the Old Testament as a pointer to Christ, and as training in righteousness and maybe even a counterexample to the teaching of Christ.

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Jim, Brian, Matthew, Janice, David, Matt, and Paul discuss how it is the force of human law that explains the source of evil which Christ encountered and defeated. The work of Walter Benjamin, critical race theory, and natural and positive law are discussed in their connection to forms of violence exposed by Christ.

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Paul Axton preaches - The satanic version of theosis is not displacement of God with self but a loss of self under the weight of sin sickness, violence and fear. True freedom does not pertain to religion or irreligion per se, but to suspending the weight of the sickness unto death through Christ.

(To register for our next class “Reading the Bible in Community” starting the week of September 26th and running through November 18th register at https://pbi.forgingploughshares.org/offerings)

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