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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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Sermon - No Enduring City

Paul Axton preches: Christendom held out the promise of an enduring social structure impacted by Christ. Christendom failed and every form of this faith is bound to fail. So what are we left with?

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Paul Axton preaches by depicting engagement with the truth of Christ and contrasting it with the detachment of the alternative understanding characterized by idolatry but also by any focus on religious experience.

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Paul Axton preaches: An examination of biblical idolatry as an example of the problematic nature of the pursuit of religion on the basis of an uncritical desire and experience. Christ exposes the misdirected religious pursuit of human religion.

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Sermon - Are You One of Us?

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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