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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  • Feb10Wed


    February 10, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Church, Politics, Faith, Parenthood, Social Justice
    In less than a year, my son, my first born, my baby, will be given over to the public school system. He already has a number. It’s a 10-digit code by which he is distinguished from all the other children in the Nashville public school system. This number reveals his age, place of birth, color of skin, home address, which schools he is and is not zoned for, what options are opened to him and what are closed. As the years go on it will probably reveal what scores he has received in which classes, how much time he spent in detention, which months he earned honor roll and so on.

    In order to get this number I sat in a long hallway with dirty pale blue tile lit by flickering fluorescent bulbs and waited for the woman behind the desk to take my papers. Two other mothers waited with me. The first was black and the second was white.
  • 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.

  • A recent series of events in Nazarene higher education has captured the gaze of young people and academics among us, leaving an uncertainty about the theological future of the church. And regardless of what facts and details arise as this all comes to light, the images are what will stick with people long after the dust has settled. In the midst of so much destruction at NNU, MNU, and on social media, this is a call to be remade in the image of God.
  • Nov26Wed

    The Only Voice I Have

    November 26, 2014
    Filed Under:
    Church, Politics, Faith, Theology, Social Justice, Worship, Preaching
    As a white evangelical, it is hard to know what to do and say at a time like this. Even the call to listen is racked with one big problem: my ears are white. Even in my listening I know I'm not hearing what my black brothers and sisters are really saying.
  • 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.