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Government building with American flag in front of it.

By Shawn Bawulski
Faculty, College of Theology

How should a Christian view the government?

To begin to answer this question, we turn to Rom. 13:1-7, which begins with:

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” (Rom. 13:1)

Frequently, Paul teaches that Christians are citizens of the “new era” and of the “new creation.”  The current age is passing away (Rom. 13:11-14), and we are not to be conformed to it (Rom. 12:2). We should refuse to adopt its values.

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GCU Chapel

Matthew 7:1-5

College of Theology Dean Jason Hiles, PhD, focused this week’s Chapel discussion on judgments and the hypocrisy they create in our own lives.

Hiles noted Jesus’ teachings on moral judgment do not indicate that all judgment is forbidden. In fact, it’s easy and acceptable to disagree with another’s character, ethics, behavior, decision or actions.

In fact, it can be healthy.

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Scene of three men on crosses at the crucifixion on Jesus Christ

By Jim Uhley
Faculty, College of Theology

Luke 23:32-43 tells the story of three men on crosses.

Two of the three men were from the bottom of society. We don’t know their crimes, but Matthew tells us they were robbers, implying violent thefts.

The Romans were law-and-order people, and there was no Supreme Court to appeal to. If you were caught, the Romans didn’t put you in a prison with three meals a day and free TV. Many crimes resulted in execution; but if you had money or if you had friends in high places, generally you could get off.

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A teacher helping her students find success

By Paul Danuser, MA
Assistant Professor, College of Education

One of the things we try to share with our pre-service teacher candidates is how important it is to make positive connections with our students.

We know from our own experience that most of the pre-service teachers we have in our classrooms at GCU were highly motivated, highly successful students in high school who likely had great connections with their teachers and were motivated to become great teachers because of the connections they had previously.

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Weekly Devotional - image of Holy Communion

By Josh Sugata
Faculty Training and Development Specialist, General Editor

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

For many years, I would cringe and ask for clarification when others would stop and ask me if I was “religious.” My general response would be something to the effect of, “Well, it depends what you mean by ‘religious?’”

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Jacogb Journal Part 3 The Red Stew Incident

By Mike Baird
Faculty, College of Theology

Genesis 25:29-34

The Red Stew Incident

The Jacob Journal is a reflection on the life and times of the biblical character of Jacob, son of Isaac and Rebekah.

All the world for a sip of soup!

That’s exactly what I thought when one day, in our youthful years, Esau demanded that I give him some of the “red stuff,” as he called it. Please forgive the language, but I said to myself, “You jerk! You would give the world for this ‘stuff’ and you don’t even know what it is!”

Ah, I am a little ahead of myself. Perhaps I should back up and explain the whole affair.

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