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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 Eric Hernando
Faculty, College of Theology

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

As we leave a tumultuous 2016 and enter into an unknown 2017, it is helpful to remember that God has a plan for our lives and this verse is just such a reminder.

Many Christians know and cling to this verse by itself. But when we understand its historical and literary context, most will find that it takes on a deeper, more relevant and even more powerful meaning for their lives. Understanding the context of a passage of scripture will help us avoid the human tendency of reading into scripture our own desired meaning, and will instead help us draw out of scripture the original meaning intended by God and His prophet.

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By Steve Sherman, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Theology

As followers of the Lord, many of our concerns and interests for the New Year are shared with all others on God’s globe, just by virtue of us all being creatures of the Creator. Yet some unique considerations arise (or ought to) because we are Christ-followers—trustees in and disciples of the one who became one of us, showed us God in the flesh, and what true sacrifice looks like. One such consideration relates to our calling and our work.

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Should I be worried about not having a testimony to share?

In this week’s episode of Trending Faith, Grand Canyon University Pastor and Dean of Students Tim Griffin, EdD, and Dean of the College of Theology Jason Hiles, PhD, sat down to discuss this question.

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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 Brett Berger
Faculty, College of Theology

We have just come off a most brutal presidential election. Even the provocateur himself acknowledged the brutality and viciousness of the fight. More than likely, your social media feed has been a source of agitation for the last couple of years. I suspect that some of you see friends and family members in new lights (or perhaps in new shadows). All of this seemed to me to be a very public manifestation of fear seeking security in strength and power.

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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 Matt Hampton
Faculty, College of Theology

I recently attended a kid’s basketball game that the final score was zero to zero.  It was fun to watch the kids but frustrating to see them almost run around in circles with no plan or direction.  I imagined what it would be like if I watched an adult basketball game and both teams had no plan or direction and they ran around in circles the entire time.  I would become very confused and frustrated at what I was seeing.  I thought about life and if I want to leave a legacy I have to have a clear vision and direction and live it out with great intention on a daily basis. 

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Going to seminary may be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do for yourself and your faith. As fulfilling of an experience it is, you will also be challenged intellectually, spiritually and even physically! Seminary entails an in-depth study of current theology and different doctrine, requiring persistence and diligence. It is easy to become discouraged when facing difficulties, especially with a subject so intimate and personal. Going to seminary can be strenuous, warranting prayer, rest and peace in the Lord. Here are three things to continuously remind yourself of throughout your seminary experience:

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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

Within our university community, there are some who will be working all of the way through the new year, but the majority of students and faculty are in the final days of a semester and some of our students will graduate in a few days. For the latter group, we are thinking about final things: papers, benchmarks, exams and presentations.

The majority of the books of the New Testament are letters. Many of those letters were written to churches about specific issues and they share an interesting commonality: final thoughts. As we begin to close out our semester, consider some of the following final thoughts gleaned from the books of the New Testament.

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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 Joshua Greever
Faculty, College of Theology

This past week all around our country families gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, a day marked by family, food and football. Thanksgiving Day is a meaningful opportunity to relax, spend some time with family and reflect on the many things for which we should be grateful. Additionally, for many the Thanksgiving holiday also marks the official beginning of the Christmas season. In a sense this is fitting, for the entire Christmas season should be shaped by a thankfulness for all that Christmas represents.

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