I'm Shawna and I'm trying to walk in the way of Jesus each day by grace.  I'm a wife, mom, pastor, writer, speaker and coffee addict.  I blog about faith, church, theology, parenthood and the beautiful mess of life enlivened by the Spirit.  I love watching God breathe new life into the holy words of Christian Scripture.  That's why I teach in a Bible study series called Breathe.  My B.A. in Philosophy and Theology is from Point Loma Nazarene University and my Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary.

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  • Yes and No

    Yes and No

    Making Space for Grace November 25, 2016 Shawna Songer Gaines
    Filed Under:
    Church, Faith, Parenthood, Liturgy, Worship
    As Christians we want to say yes to God's grace. But with every yes there is a no. If we don't choose carefully what that no is, our careless yes will choose it for us.
  • Sep5Sat

    How (NOT) to Church Shop

    September 5, 2015
    Filed Under:
    Church, Faith, Liturgy, Worship, Mission
    For the first time in my life, I find myself in a new city at a different church every Sunday, comparing notes with Tim on the drive home, opening our gift bag and finding room on the shelf for one more coffee mug. And it is killing us.

    There must be a faithful way to land at a new church when life circumstances require it, without becoming a consumer and turning worship into any other gadget on the shelf advertised to make your life better. Since I have been thinking and praying about this quite a lot, I wanted to share three models of church life that help think differently about “shopping around.”
  • Nov17Mon

    Daniel's Fast

    November 17, 2014
    Filed Under:
    Church, Faith, Liturgy, Worship, Preaching

    There is something about the apocalyptic nature of Daniel that begs you to lose yourself in it's prose and poetry. So, I have given in to his allure and decided to take this relationship to the next level. This morning I began the Daniel fast.

  • Aug14Thu

    Midwife Preacher

    August 14, 2014
    Filed Under:
    Church, Faith, Parenthood, Liturgy, Preaching
    Writing sermons are a lot like giving birth… with a little more blood and gore. You begin with slow steady breathing and discomfort dealing with a text that you know you are not ready for.