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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 Anna Faith Smith
Faculty, College of Theology

The virtues of faith and hope are essential in a Christian’s life but that that does not mean they are automatic or easy. As Christians face difficult times in their paths, they often stumble into fear, uncertainty and despair. This is not surprising or unusual because it is human nature to be fearful and timid when life is tough.

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By Amanda Jenkins and Alexander Schubert
Faculty, College of Theology

How do we worship God with our technology? A popular blog at Inc says that the average person spends four hours a day on their phones alone. If we add in time that is spent for jobs or school on computers it is not hard to imagine that number doubling or tripling. With so much time engaging technology, a relevant question may be asked, “Is technology good or bad in the eyes of God?”

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By Steve Sherman
Faculty, College of Theology

Conversion to Jesus experiences in Scripture are everywhere; the process takes many forms and may be sudden or gradual in character. The New Testament is clear about conversion being indispensable to Christian believing and therefore believers in and followers of Jesus must continue to share boldly, with grace and love, the need for conversion—for this is the way into God’s kingdom.

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By Scott Hovater
Faculty, College of Theology

“Why do I have to go to church?” Our 14-year-old son angrily asked this question one Sunday morning. As a Christian parent, it is a question that you hope you never hear. Unfortunately, it is a question that most Christian parents will hear at some point. When that time comes, what should you do? Should you force your child to go to church with you or should you leave that decision up to them?

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By Matt Hampton
Faculty, College of Theology

Recently a legend of NBA basketball, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, auctioned off most of his NBA treasures. There were things like championship rings and “Most Valuable Player” trophies. I was amazed to see how many things he was auctioning off. I was also curious as to why he would do this. Not only are they worth a lot of money but they are prized treasures. Kareem was so famously known for his majestic sky hook shot that no one could stop his shots.

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By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

No, Beware the Quest for the Golden Key is not the name of the next Indiana Jones film. It is the term used by the late David Hesselgrave for the next big thing in the practice of ministry and missions. The golden key is that strategy or gimmick which will supposedly bring about missional success like nothing else in history. I have been blessed these past two years to be involved in a doctoral program in the study of missions and I must confess that the quest for the golden key is a siren song. After all, what minister of the Gospel; professor, pastor, missionary, Bible study leader or middle-school leader does not want to do what is best? Shouldn’t we want to be on the cutting edge of ministry and missions?

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By Todd Forrest
Faculty, College of Theology

A quick search through the Bible will show the Holy Spirit was active from the beginning to the end of the Bible. He was not an afterthought or secondary evidence of God revealing himself to man. He was there from creation (Genesis. 1:2). The Holy Spirit was promised to be poured out in the last days and would be with us forever (Joel 2:28, John 14:16). The work Jesus did on the earth was through the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1). The Holy Spirit was so important in the life of those who would follow Jesus that he told the disciples not to launch out in ministry until the Holy Spirit had come to empower them to do the work (Luke 24:49).

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By Amanda Jenkins
Faculty, College of Theology

Although Phoenix stays warm most of the year, the swing of the academic calendar has clued us into the reality that we are steadily moving towards our end of the semester and unbearable heat. Calendars often control our lives whether it is appointment reminders buzzing on our cell phones, holidays that have family expectations or due dates for projects that push and pull us in different directions.

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