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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 James Uhley
Faculty, College of Theology

Can humans ever travel to other star systems and have aliens come to earth? How do the answers to these questions mesh with Christianity?

Dear Theophilus,

In fall 2016, Steven Hawking, famous physicist and atheist, said that we have 1,000 years to leave earth and begin to spread among the stars or become extinct. According to an article published on Space.com: “Though only about a dozen potentially habitable exoplanets have been detected so far, scientists say the universe should be teeming with alien worlds that could support life. The Milky Way alone may host 60 billion such planets around faint red dwarf stars, a new estimate suggests.”

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By Anna Faith Smith
Associate Dean, College of Theology 

Having spent the last six weeks of Theology Thursday considering the fall of humanity and the consequences of sin, we can clearly see that we need hope and that we are incapable of providing that hope for ourselves. What should come as no surprise to us is that God knew we would sin. In addition to that, he knew that we would be incapable of restoring our relationship with him after we had sinned.

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By Jason Hiles
Dean, College of Theology

Throughout my “glory days” in high school, I played on the football team. During the course of one game, I was hit so hard that I recall standing up to find that the field around me was shaking. Of course, the field wasn’t actually shaking. My perception had been altered by a brutal hit to the head that left me with the impression that I was experiencing something like an earthquake. Since no one else seemed to notice the “earthquake,” after a few seconds I realized that the problem was in my head rather than on the field. Imagine how my experience would have differed if I had been born into a world that seemed to shake and quake from day one because of an issue in my mind. And imagine if everyone else around me experienced the world in the same shaky way. When our experience is off for a few moments we can generally determine that our perception is the problem, but making that determination is much more challenging when our perception is perpetually out of whack.

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By Scott Hovater
Faculty, College of Theology

Life can seem scary and frightening at times. The daily news is full of stories of innocent people being killed or seriously hurt by natural disasters, disease, mass shootings, drunk drivers or just simple accidents. It seems like no matter what we do, we might just end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. What are we to do? Should we hide away from the world trying to avoid all possible scenarios that might cause us harm? Certainly most would agree that hiding away from the world is not really an option. Besides, who’s to say tragedy cannot befall us even while we are trying to avoid it. We live in a fallen world were bad things can happen to any one of us at any time.

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In this episode of Trending Faith, Dean of the College of Theology Jason Hiles, PhD, and University Pastor and Dean of Students Tim Griffin, EdD, discuss how the Bible tells us that our identity changes when we place our faith in Christ.

Dr. Griffin begins by explaining that when somebody places their faith, trust and confidence in Christ, it can and probably should be transformational. If one is not His child and then makes the decision to trust Him as their Lord and Savior, then they should now see themselves completely differently.

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By David Farbishel
Faculty, College of Theology 

The fall of humanity – sounds alarming, and so it should! Genesis 3 tells the story of how our first parents, knowing full well what they were doing, trusted in themselves (with help from Satan) and rebelled against God’s clear command. All other commands seemed reasonable to them – to tend the garden, to multiply, to rule over the earth. But this one to not eat of a particular tree was a command they had to obey simply out of love and respect for their Creator.

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By Matt Hampton
Faculty, College of Theology

In John 10:10, God’s words state that the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. Christ says, I came that they might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Do you feel like your life is full of peace, joy and abundance? If not, why is that the case? In the Old Testament, Moses spent many years wandering through the desert or what we would describe as the wilderness. It was hard and tedious and not exactly like he had pictured it. Is your life not like you pictured it at times? What is missing? What can you change to get out of your own wilderness?

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