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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 Andrew McClurg
Faculty, College of Theology

I was recently asked a question about the possibility of a second chance after one has died. The question was along these lines: What happens to souls that pass before they can attempt to make it right with Jesus? Do they have an opportunity to respond to Jesus Christ after they die but before the day of judgement?

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By Brenda L. Thomas
Adjunct Faculty, College of Theology  

To begin a discussion about worship, let’s look at the account of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. (Stay with me; you’ll see where I’m headed.)

Before beginning His public earthly ministry, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days of fasting (Matthew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4). Scripture details three specific temptations by the devil that Jesus faced at that time. One of those temptations involved the devil offering Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if He would worship him.

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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

I promised myself that I would not be that grumpy old guy who complains about things even though nobody else cares. That I would not be the pastoral equivalent to Mr. Wilson to all of those young menacing theological Dennis’s out there.

Here I am though, having suffered yet another pumpkin spiced season that started in August and thankfully died out in mid-November as a great pumpkin spice shortage engulfed our great land. Since I may not be doing very well avoiding my curmudgeonly tendencies, let me go ahead and speak to the issue that is on my heart and perhaps secretly on the heart of pastors everywhere:

I do not want to preach about Christmas this year.

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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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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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By Sammy Alfaro
Faculty, College of Theology

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)

As we near the end of the current presidential term, it might be helpful to remember how these words written by the apostle Paul establish the Christian belief of God’s involvement in the politics of this world.

As we prepare to vote and brace ourselves for the results of the presidential election, it has become more and more difficult to understand how we can best make our vote count. Some might want to oversimplify this by asking, “How would Jesus vote?” or “Should Christians vote during this election?”

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By Shawn Bawulski
Faculty, College of Theology

Recently a colleague and I were discussing justice, the Kingdom of God and the gospel. In the course of the conversation, he tossed out a heuristic question: “When you pray ‘your kingdom come’ in the Lord’s Prayer, what are you praying for?”

It is a good question. Here is an attempt at an answer.

First, I pray against myself. That might sound strange: We ask people to pray for us frequently, but I don’t ever remember anyone asking me to pray against them.

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By Daniel Diffey, PhD
Assistant Dean, Grand Canyon Theological Seminary  

Have you had a friend or maybe a group of friends that really resonated with a movie and all that you would have to do was quote a line from that movie to evoke strong emotions and memories? So you and your friends might quote movie lines and laugh and have a shared experience.

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By Daniel Diffey
Faculty, College of Theology

In my previous blog post, I noted several resources that I recommend in the areas of Old Testament introduction, theology and history. On this go around, I will be recommending resources in the areas of biblical theology, Bible geography and Hebrew.

As I noted in my previous blog post, I am only going to give a few recommendations for each of the areas I will be looking at. There are always more good sources to recommend, but I am limiting my recommendations to a few that I have found particularly helpful.

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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

Sixty years ago in the Amazon basin of Ecuador, five North American missionaries landed on a sandbar of a remote tributary. They would never leave. A few days after arriving, they were killed by a tribe that had not been contacted previously. Their failure to report, the search and subsequent discovery of their bodies went out to the world via shortwave radio – the Internet of that day. The article in “Life” magazine profiled five young widows, their orphaned children and the sacrifice of those brave young men.

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By James Waddell
Faculty, College of Theology

Every year, my church, Open Door Fellowship, has a Grief Remembrance Sunday. We provide a space for members to grieve and lament together through prayer and worship. For some worship leaders, focusing Sunday worship on grief and lament seems like it could diminish a worshipful experience. Yet every year I stand amazed at the power of grief remembrance to lead a community into the depths of God’s love that celebratory worship alone cannot achieve. The light of God shining into the darkest of times reminds us that “faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13, ESV).

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By Daniel Diffey, Ph.D.
Faculty, College of Theology

One of the most common goals for Christians is to read the Bible through in a year. I often hear that people falter somewhere around Leviticus. What happens from there is that many people just don’t continue and they read little of their Bible for the remainder of the year.

Bible reading is extremely important and it is an admirable goal to read the Bible completely through within a year. I would like to offer some help to accomplish this.

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