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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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Dr. Mark Kreitzer is the World Missions professor for the College of Theology. Over the course of his experience with Grand Canyon University, he and his wife have been powerful pillars of prayer. They have begun prayer initiatives for the campus, led First Friday prayer sessions and maintained an active devotion to praying for the faculty members and students within the College of Theology.

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By Jaerden Willingham
Student Worker, College of Theology

Movies are beloved by many and provide great entertainment for any age and type. Recently, more and more Christian movies have been released and are gaining widespread attention. From “God’s Not Dead” to “The Case for Christ,” the Word is getting out and inspiring people of all ages and reminding them of the love of God.

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By Andrew McClurg
Faculty, College of Theology

I was recently asked a question about the possibility of a second chance after one has died. The question was along these lines: What happens to souls that pass before they can attempt to make it right with Jesus? Do they have an opportunity to respond to Jesus Christ after they die but before the day of judgement?

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By Brenda L. Thomas
Adjunct Faculty, College of Theology  

To begin a discussion about worship, let’s look at the account of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. (Stay with me; you’ll see where I’m headed.)

Before beginning His public earthly ministry, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days of fasting (Matthew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4). Scripture details three specific temptations by the devil that Jesus faced at that time. One of those temptations involved the devil offering Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if He would worship him.

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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 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 Todd Forrest
Faculty, College of Theology

Whether you are a Marvel or DC fan, you have to love seeing the characters jump from the comic book onto the silver screen as the fight between good and evil continues. I went to “Suicide Squad” with two of my kids (GCU students). As we left the theater, I could not articulate whether it was a good or bad movie; it just felt empty.

My son liked it but my daughter did not, so we talked about what made them draw these conclusions. After listening to them and comparing it to Marvel’s “Avengers,” it became clear to me that we were having a discussion of worldview foundations through the eyes of generational influences.

Let me explain.

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By Sammy Alfaro
Faculty, College of Theology

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)

As we near the end of the current presidential term, it might be helpful to remember how these words written by the apostle Paul establish the Christian belief of God’s involvement in the politics of this world.

As we prepare to vote and brace ourselves for the results of the presidential election, it has become more and more difficult to understand how we can best make our vote count. Some might want to oversimplify this by asking, “How would Jesus vote?” or “Should Christians vote during this election?”

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

Have you had a friend or maybe a group of friends that really resonated with a movie and all that you would have to do was quote a line from that movie to evoke strong emotions and memories? So you and your friends might quote movie lines and laugh and have a shared experience.

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