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Living Faith is a Christian blog that interacts with a variety of biblical, theological and practical topics written by Grand Canyon University's College of Theology faculty and specially invited guests of the college. Our content provides practical and biblical advice from a Christian worldview for living our faith in the midst of an increasingly secularized world. In addition, our content wrestles with cultural topics and issues that challenge how we live out our faith as believers. For this reason, contributors to our Christian blog strive to write with compassion and apologetic concern to honor Christ and edify the church in every way possible.
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By David Farbishel
Faculty, College of Theology 

The fall of humanity – sounds alarming, and so it should! Genesis 3 tells the story of how our first parents, knowing full well what they were doing, trusted in themselves (with help from Satan) and rebelled against God’s clear command. All other commands seemed reasonable to them – to tend the garden, to multiply, to rule over the earth. But this one to not eat of a particular tree was a command they had to obey simply out of love and respect for their Creator.

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By Matt Hampton
Faculty, College of Theology

In John 10:10, God’s words state that the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. Christ says, I came that they might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Do you feel like your life is full of peace, joy and abundance? If not, why is that the case? In the Old Testament, Moses spent many years wandering through the desert or what we would describe as the wilderness. It was hard and tedious and not exactly like he had pictured it. Is your life not like you pictured it at times? What is missing? What can you change to get out of your own wilderness?

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By Todd Forrest
Faculty, College of Theology

This past Tuesday, beyond the Halloween hype, a more noble celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation was celebrated around the world. The sound of Martin Luther’s hammer still rings out today as his message of the 95 theses, nailed on the door of Wittenberg Castle, challenged the way people worshipped and practiced their faith in God. One of the core beliefs elevated in the Reformation was Sola Scriptura, a Latin term meaning “by scripture alone.” Just like today, there were many voices that were telling people how to live and Luther’s call to the church was to get back to life by the Bible.

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By Brett Berger
Faculty, College of Theology

You hear a lot of talk about escaping these days. People talk about sports as an escape. Video games, movies, virtual reality, gambling, fantasy are all ways people escape from their everyday lives.

The idea is that everyday life is filled with a certain measure of stress, toil, conflict and futility. We look at the news or our social media feeds, and we find all kinds of distressing realities. Reality can be depressing. If not depressing, it certainly feels just ordinary. For the modern American, there is nothing worse than ordinary. It is not surprising, therefore, that so many of us are looking for escape. If only for brief moments, people want to withdraw from the everyday. They want something unreal, even hyper-real.

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Grand Canyon Theological Seminary is proud to present John Piper for a special two-day event at the GCU Arena this week! John Piper is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org. He is the chancellor of the Bethlehem College and Seminary as well as the author of several best-selling books. He will be speaking and presenting on his book “Don’t Waste Your Life” on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 pm and his book “Reading the Bible Supernaturally” on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9 am in the GCU Arena. For both events, doors will open about an hour in advance.

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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. … So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:1, 3)

In the spirit of full disclosure, this is being written late on a Friday afternoon near the middle of a semester. I hope I will be excused if the theme of rest is just a little self-serving, but I will not apologize for thinking on this biblical principle. What can we learn about rest?

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This year commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, marked by Martin Luther’s 1517 publication of his “95 Theses.” In honor of this historic milestone, the College of Theology hosting an evening of celebration and reflection on the significance of the Reformation and what it means to us today. On Monday, Oct. 30, five faculty members will cover the “Five Solas” of the Reformation from 5 – 6 pm in Howerton Hall (Building 19) on GCU’s main campus in Phoenix. Come and share in a new understanding and appreciation of the lives dedicated to reforming the church at a critical historical and theological moment. Free pizza will be provided!

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By Gary Osmundsen
Faculty, College of Theology

Jesus taught about having faith like a child, but I am sure that this does not mean we should blindly believe everything we read in the Bible. When I bring up my doubts to most Christians, they simply tell me to pray about it or trust God. I would like to actually have a faith that is based on reason – is that wrong?

Sincerely,

Theophilus

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