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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 Rob Krise
Faculty, College of Theology

We are ending 2016, and as I thought about the events of this year and the process our students go through in anticipation of graduation, I was pondering what message I might want to convey to those graduating and those looking forward to that day.

First, no doubt your preparation for life includes your time here at Grand Canyon University. The programs of study are designed to give you the best training available to prepare you for your chosen profession.

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Every semester, the College of Theology hosts a Songwriters Showcase, giving students in Grand Canyon University’s worship arts program the opportunity to showcase what they have been working on throughout the term.

The showcase gives students the chance to share their original work with an audience of peers, and features original songs created and performed by worship arts students. Performances are unplugged, acoustic and take place in a low-fi, coffee house-style venue.

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By Todd Forrest
Faculty, College of Theology

Whether you are a Marvel or DC fan, you have to love seeing the characters jump from the comic book onto the silver screen as the fight between good and evil continues. I went to “Suicide Squad” with two of my kids (GCU students). As we left the theater, I could not articulate whether it was a good or bad movie; it just felt empty.

My son liked it but my daughter did not, so we talked about what made them draw these conclusions. After listening to them and comparing it to Marvel’s “Avengers,” it became clear to me that we were having a discussion of worldview foundations through the eyes of generational influences.

Let me explain.

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Many college students will vote for the first time in this year’s presidential election, and with the excitement of voting comes great responsibility. As November quickly approaches, students of the Christian faith may be wondering how to engage in politics. Specifically, they may be wondering how to view politics from a Christian perspective, which will guide them in their decision-making.

Dr. Wayne Grudem, research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary and author of “Politics According to the Bible,” will be visiting Grand Canyon University on Monday, October 17. Students, staff and faculty are invited to come listen to Dr. Grudem’s presentation, which will take place in Ethington Theatre from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

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By Sammy Alfaro
Faculty, College of Theology  

Every so often I challenge my students with an oddball rhetorical question or comment, hoping to get them to rethink their understanding about the relationship between faith and science.

Which comes first?

Which serves which?

Do science and the Bible contradict each other?

Does the Bible correct science or does science correct the Bible?

Is there a science to faith?

Does science require faith?

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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

Zika.

The latest virus to rear its ugly head is hitting the Americas with astonishing speed, and the photos and videos of children who have been born to an infected mother are jarring.

At the time of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are displaying a map of active transmission that includes most of South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

How should the Christian missional community proceed? After all, our church and college mission teams are in the midst of purchasing tickets for summer mission trips and many of those planes will land where Zika is at play. Do we go? Do we cancel? Do we delay?

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By Andre Mooney
Faculty, College of Theology

In an ABC News interview with Robin Roberts on Jan. 21, 2016 at 7:53 am, actor Will Smith (lead in the movie “Concussion”) was asked about his thoughts on the lack of individuals of color being nominated for the Academy Awards this year. In addition, he was asked if he would attend the ceremony in light of his wife (Jada Pinkett Smith) not attending.

As I intently listened to this interview, my hopes were to hear a new argumentation other than that of the redundant tone of inequality. It is my personal contention that seeking equality for the sake of being equal leaves many challenges. Further in-depth discussion on this is fruitful, however, for Mr. Smith made a comment that struck me,

“Diversity is America’s SUPER POWER!”

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