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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 Joshua Greever
Faculty, College of Theology

“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be.” (Isaiah 66:1-2)

In the ancient world, temples were built to serve as a kind of “house” in which the deity would dwell and in which sacrifices to the deity would be offered. Indeed, even in Israel, King Solomon built a temple that would serve as the sign of God’s presence among his people and be the place where sacrifices were offered.

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By Nyomi Mosley
Administrative Assistant, College of Theology

Mark Kreitzer, DMiss, PhD, is one of our highly esteemed faculty here in the College of Theology. He recently took a trip to Indonesia for the purpose of training future church pastors in ministry. We caught up with him to talk about his trip, the missional mindset and some fun facts concerning his personal faith.

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By Nyomi Mosley
Administrative Assistant, College of Theology 

In the eyes of Grand Canyon University’s College of Theology, Amanda Corella is an individual of outstanding character and academic pursuit.

Amanda holds a great level of admiration for the Bible and its role within the Christian community. During her time at Grand Canyon University, she expressed her faith to the students on campus as a Head Life Leader.

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By Todd Forrest
Faculty, College of Theology

There are few things more enjoyable than a good Reese’s cup. The chocolate and peanut butter just make sense. Many things in our world just seem to fit together and make sense.

This seems to be, in a larger sense, the drive of mankind. How do I make sense out of this world? God planned for our world to make sense out of relationships. These relationships are both vertical (with God and man) and horizontal (with each other). This brings the richness of life that makes sense of the world. The simple words of Jesus, summing up all the commands: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39)

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By Nyomi Mosley
Administrative Assistant, College of Theology

Meg Hayes is a current student at Grand Canyon University, pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry. After graduation, she hopes to minister towards young children within a non-profit organization. During her time at GCU she has ministered to young adult women in her dorm and around the GCU campus as a Head Life Leader. It is her hope to work for a non-profit such as Make-A-Wish or Orchard Africa.

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By Sammy Alfaro
Faculty, College of Theology 

The book of Job begins with a brief description of the man who will be the central character of the narrative. “There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil” (Job 1:1). From this short blurb on Job’s life, we learn a great deal about how he will respond when facing disaster. These italicized words are a window into Job’s worldview for through them we come to understand his basic mode of operation even when tested by suffering. Likewise, a tagline description of our own worldview should provide a quick sketch of how we might respond in the middle of the storm.

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By Anna Faith Smith
Associate Dean, College of Theology

Worldview is a strange topic in some ways. Human beings all have a worldview, but most often it is acquired and exercised with no intention or attention. Children are brought up under whatever circumstances their parents choose. They live where their parents choose. They go to the church their parents choose or do not go to church at all if that is their parent’s choice. They hear the political rhetoric their parents embrace. They have the number of siblings that are born into their family without their input. They learn from neighbors and teachers whom they did not choose. Despite these decisions that are made without their approval, the children’s worldview is being formed in that setting.

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By Brett Berger
Faculty, College of Theology

What does the Bible have to say about gambling?

Sincerely,

Theophilus 

Oh, Theophilus, you must be putting together your fantasy football draft board and getting a guilty conscience! I am teasing, but I do find it interesting that many Christians participate in fantasy football and other forms of gambling without critically reflecting on the morality of gambling. Thus, I appreciate your question!

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By Jason Hiles
Dean, College of Theology 

I am pleased to announce the return of a popular series that has been on hiatus over the summer. Theology Thursday is back! Written by the dean and faculty of the College of Theology, this series is dedicated to faith and the Christian life. This year the series will focus on various aspects of the Christian worldview in order to provide insight into the ways Christians should think and live as they strive to follow Jesus day by day.

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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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