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Category: Dear Theophilus
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By Andrew McClurg
Faculty, College of Theology

I love the outdoors and I am concerned about protecting our environment. When I talk to other Christians about these passions, I often get labeled automatically as some extreme “leftist” or “tree hugger.” I was raised believing that we are to take good care of the Earth as stewards of God’s creation, but I keep finding myself feeling like I am in the minority of other Christians in this viewpoint. I am at the point where I don’t want to talk to other Christians about environmental issues, and I feel that I don’t fit into today’s church anymore. What should I do?

Sincerely,

Theophilus

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By Hector Llanes
Faculty, College of Theology

I struggle greatly with striving to follow Jesus and living in our modern society. From all accounts, it appeared that Jesus never owned a home, was not married and did not have children. I have a mortgage, frequently covet my neighbor’s truck and would like to have money to pay for vacations and other enjoyable things in life. However, I definitely don’t feel like I am following the teachings of Jesus when it comes to possessions in life. How can someone follow Jesus and yet fit into society at the same time?

Sincerely,

Theophilus

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By Jeff Jibben
Faculty, College of Theology

I am amazed by science. I find that many in the church today seem to be either afraid of or actually against science and struggle with historical evidence when it comes to human evolution. Can Christianity be reconciled with these two areas?

Sincerely,

Theophilus

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By Luke Hoselton
Faculty, College of Theology

I’d like to follow Jesus but struggle greatly with the behaviors and actions of many of those who claim to be Christians today. I am especially uncomfortable with the connection between evangelical Christians and the Republican Party as I feel that many of their actions are against the teachings of Jesus. What should someone in my position do?

Sincerely,

Theophilus

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By Steve Duby
Faculty, College of Theology

It’s happened again. I’ve lost my temper, made a selfish choice that hurt someone else and let my eyes linger over something that brings corruption to the mind and the heart. When these things take place, does God give second chances?

Sincerely,

Theophilus     

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By Valerie De La Torre
Faculty, College of Theology

Does God continue to love and forgive us when we constantly let Him down and always say that we are going to do better?

Sincerely,
Theophilus     

Concerning these things my dear Theophilus,

To answer this important question, we need to step back and ask why God loves at all. In these modern times, the concept of love has taken on definitions and meanings that greatly disguise what true love is.

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By Brett Berger
Faculty, College of Theology

In Christianity, many people appear to be very certain in their beliefs. They are assured or certain their beliefs are true. How is it that I believe, but still manage to have doubts? 

Sincerely,
Theophilus

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By Sammy Alfaro
Faculty, College of Theology

As pastors, leaders and teachers, one of our main day-to-day activities within the church involves responding to questions from new and recent believers. After all, it’s quite natural for someone who recently converted to Christianity to have questions about their newfound faith. Often the questions relate to how one should live out his or her faith in light of how the Christian worldview informs and directs our actions and decisions within society. In New Testament times, church leaders wrote letters and books to help answer questions believers had about their faith. 

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