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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  • Dec3Thu

    Advent in the Real World

    December 3, 2015
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Parenthood, Social Justice, Mission

    As children who have been raised in relative safety, we hear the story of this young couple with no place but a feeding trough to lay their new-born baby, and we know, even at the smallest of ages, that there is something wrong with the world where God would dare to come as a baby.

    One night Dorothee told Elias about the real drama going on in our world. She told him that there were so many little boys and girls with nowhere to sleep at night. Elias quickly offered, “They can bring their beds into my room!” His mom gently explained that these children have no beds, they left everything they had when they left home. This took little Elias a minute to process. Finally he said, “I guess they could have my bed too.”

    Even the littlest of children know that there is something wrong in this world where God would dare to come as a baby.

  • 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.”
  • Nov7Fri

    The Cup of Babylon

    November 7, 2014
    Filed Under:
    Church, Faith, Theology, Social Justice, Preaching, Mission, Young Adults
    Common assumption: to be pure we must sacrifice engagement with the world and to be engaged with the world we must disregard purity. It's no secret that the church is losing my generation. Young people are walking away from the church at least in part because the church has failed to balance the relationship between purity and engagement. 
  • Sep30Tue

    Short Term Missions and Embarrassing Grace

    September 30, 2014
    Filed Under:
    Church, Mission
    This summer our church welcomed a group of Germans on a short term mission trip. Bringing a team from another country and inviting them into your culture and community is like being handed fun-house glasses and sent back into what was once a familiar room. You can never look at your own culture the same again.