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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 Brett Berger
Faculty, College of Theology

You hear a lot of talk about escaping these days. People talk about sports as an escape. Video games, movies, virtual reality, gambling, fantasy are all ways people escape from their everyday lives.

The idea is that everyday life is filled with a certain measure of stress, toil, conflict and futility. We look at the news or our social media feeds, and we find all kinds of distressing realities. Reality can be depressing. If not depressing, it certainly feels just ordinary. For the modern American, there is nothing worse than ordinary. It is not surprising, therefore, that so many of us are looking for escape. If only for brief moments, people want to withdraw from the everyday. They want something unreal, even hyper-real.

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Grand Canyon Theological Seminary is proud to present John Piper for a special two-day event at the GCU Arena this week! John Piper is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org. He is the chancellor of the Bethlehem College and Seminary as well as the author of several best-selling books. He will be speaking and presenting on his book “Don’t Waste Your Life” on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 pm and his book “Reading the Bible Supernaturally” on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9 am in the GCU Arena. For both events, doors will open about an hour in advance.

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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. … So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:1, 3)

In the spirit of full disclosure, this is being written late on a Friday afternoon near the middle of a semester. I hope I will be excused if the theme of rest is just a little self-serving, but I will not apologize for thinking on this biblical principle. What can we learn about rest?

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This year commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, marked by Martin Luther’s 1517 publication of his “95 Theses.” In honor of this historic milestone, the College of Theology hosting an evening of celebration and reflection on the significance of the Reformation and what it means to us today. On Monday, Oct. 30, five faculty members will cover the “Five Solas” of the Reformation from 5 – 6 pm in Howerton Hall (Building 19) on GCU’s main campus in Phoenix. Come and share in a new understanding and appreciation of the lives dedicated to reforming the church at a critical historical and theological moment. Free pizza will be provided!

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By Gary Osmundsen
Faculty, College of Theology

Jesus taught about having faith like a child, but I am sure that this does not mean we should blindly believe everything we read in the Bible. When I bring up my doubts to most Christians, they simply tell me to pray about it or trust God. I would like to actually have a faith that is based on reason – is that wrong?

Sincerely,

Theophilus

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Katie Brown is a truly outstanding artist. She is full of both boldness and humility, and she is utilizing her passions and talents for God’s glory in GCU’s worship arts program. She recently released her first extended play (EP), “On My Knees,” with six original tracks that are now available on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play. In a recent interview, Katie looks back at the creation of her EP and reflects on how her time at GCU has grown her to where, and who, she is today.

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By Steve Sherman, PhD
Faculty, College of Theology

A recent headline in a national newspaper read, “NYT could try a little humility . . .” It made me wonder whether replacing “NYT” with “Christians” might be appropriate as it concerns our attitudes and interpretations . . . at least now and then. What could be a way forward in both loving the truth and humbly doing so?

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Dr. Tim Griffin, university pastor and dean of students, initiates this installment of Trending Faith by asking Dr. Jason Hiles, dean of the College of Theology, about unforgivable sin. Dr. Hiles responds by stating that this question is a difficult one, due to the many potential misunderstandings that surround the concept of an unforgiveable sin.

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

When we read any part of the Bible it is important to know where the section we are reading fits within the biblical storyline. It is similarly important to know if what we are reading is discussed anywhere else in Scripture. When we read about creation there are a lot of things that we could talk about, but I want to focus on one thing that is crucial to understand that concerns both the storyline of the Bible and a theme that is found the beginning and end of Scripture. The creation narrative in Genesis 1-2 is bookended by the new creation narrative in Revelation 21-22.

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Have you have ever been at a crossroad in life, whether it is graduating, a new job, a new relationship or retirement, and wondered what matters or how to make your life count? Have you ever held a Bible and wondered how this book can really change you or how to even read it in a meaningful way?

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