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Tensions and Complexities in Faith: How Scripture impacts the real lives of Christians

Life is not black and white here on Earth, as much as we’d like it to be. We want things to be clear, to be easily understandable. We want the line to be clearly drawn—this is true, this is false.

Life in this world is not always clear, and sometimes even the Scriptures seem unclear. We wonder, “How can Jesus be true God and true man? How are we sinners and saints? How do we live in the now and the not yet?” When we struggle to understand even the basics of our faith, how can we be expected to defend it?

Alfonso Espinosa, a pastor and professor, recognized that everyday Christians were asking big questions about these seemingly contradictory paradoxes in the Bible. And because they didn’t understand these complexities, they had trouble articulating their faith. So he wrote Faith That Sees through the Culture to address these dualities in Scripture.

Because these dualities do not exist in a vacuum—they impact our understanding of how we live in our culture. When we have a correct interpretation of these biblical paradoxes, we can better understand and live out our faith in the world today.

What People are Saying about Faith That Sees through the Culture

“Dr. Espinosa offers a thoughtful and highly accessible distillation of our holy faith that ‘sees through’ our secular-consumer cultural setting to the need of enlivening our passion for God, holiness, and truth.”

—Rev. John J. Bombaro, PhD, LCDR, CHC, USNR, Grace Lutheran Church, San Diego, CA

“A timely and important response to the moral relativism that has infected our world today.”

—Douglas S. Cavanaugh, Founder and CEO The Ruby Restaurant Group

For more information on Faith That Sees through the Culture or to order the book, please visit or contact Lindsey Martie, Public Relations, by phone at 314-268-1303 or by email at

About Rev. Dr. Alfonso Espinosa

Rev. Dr. Alfonso Espinosa is a graduate of Concordia University, Irvine (BA), and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana (MDiv). He received an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University (2001) and a PhD in theology from the University of Birmingham (England) in 2009. He is a pastor and adjunct professor in Irvine, California.

About Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For 150 years, CPH has been providing individuals, churches, and schools with products that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. From books and Bibles to church supplies, curriculum, and software, CPH offers over 8,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at