Theology Thursday: Reflections on the Beatific Vision and Sanctification

By Ryan Brandt, PhDCollege of Theology April 12, 2018 “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18) “This vision is beatific. It beatifies. It transforms the soul intoContinue reading “Theology Thursday: Reflections on the Beatific Vision and Sanctification”

Theology Thursday: Multigenerational Churches

By Justin McLendon, PhDCollege of Theology April 05, 2018 Pastors and ministry leaders often struggle over diversity issues in their churches. Books, seminars, conferences and popular podcasts compel us to think through the deep implications of diversity for the health and vibrancy of the local church. From my perspective, while these conversations are necessary andContinue reading “Theology Thursday: Multigenerational Churches”

Dear Theophilus: On the Spiritual Discipline of Study and Intellectual Engagement

By Manny Cota, MACollege of Theology April 03, 2018 At times I struggle balancing my spiritual life and my intellectual life. I like to go deep and ask deep questions, but some have recently condemned my questions as prideful and “worldly.” Does the Bible condemn academic study or intellectual engagement because it counts as “worldlyContinue reading “Dear Theophilus: On the Spiritual Discipline of Study and Intellectual Engagement”

Theology Thursday: You Need the Church, and the Church Needs You

By Joshua Greever, PhDCollege of Theology March 08, 2018 Occasionally people ask me whether I think it is necessary for them to participate in the life of a local church. For students in particular, they derive much spiritual benefit already from their time at GCU, so they wonder whether church is really necessary, at leastContinue reading “Theology Thursday: You Need the Church, and the Church Needs You”

Dear Theophilus: On the Church and Growing Spiritually

By Steve Duby, PhDCollege of Theology January 30, 2018 In the midst of my busy life, I sometimes wonder whether I need to be a member at a church in order to be spiritually healthy.  I have Christian friends and am part of a Christian university.  I can listen to sermons online and get worshipContinue reading “Dear Theophilus: On the Church and Growing Spiritually”

Trending Faith: Does Faith Change Our Identity?

November 22, 2017 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 theirContinue reading “Trending Faith: Does Faith Change Our Identity?”

Dear Theophilus: On Finding Our New Identity in Christ

By Mark Kreitzer, PhDCollege of Theology October 03, 2017 What does “in Christ” mean? I’ve seen it a lot in the Bible, particularly in Ephesians. Sincerely, Theophilus Dear Theophilus, To answer your question, we must first consider what it means to seek reconciliation with the Lord for our sins. The initial step of reconciliation withContinue reading “Dear Theophilus: On Finding Our New Identity in Christ”

Theology Thursday: Life Long Learning

April 06, 2017 I sat at lunch with a distinguished looking man in his early 60’s. He, the seasoned and respected pastor of a church in the north hills of Pittsburgh, and I, the ironically titled 23-year-old “Senior Pastor” of a church in the south hills of the same city. I listened with interest asContinue reading “Theology Thursday: Life Long Learning”

Theology Thursday: The Perfect Patience of Jesus

By Joshua Greever, PhDCollege of Theology January 26, 2017 In 1 Timothy 1:12-17 the Apostle Paul recounts his story of conversion from Judaism to Christ Jesus. Before his conversion experience on the road to Damascus (see Acts 9), Paul had been a persecutor of Christians, yet this did not keep Jesus from granting Paul “theContinue reading “Theology Thursday: The Perfect Patience of Jesus”

Building a Theological Library: Old Testament – Part 2

By Daniel Diffey, PhDCollege of Theology  September 27, 2016 In my previous blog post, I noted several resources that I recommend in the areas of Old Testament introduction, theology and history. On this go around, I will be recommending resources in the areas of biblical theology, Bible geography and Hebrew.  As I noted in myContinue reading “Building a Theological Library: Old Testament – Part 2”