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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  • Conversations on social media have become toxic. Today's Christians do not seem to have the same table manners that our Lord modeled. We have despised our own people; why should we be surprised when they feel they have no where to turn but Caesar?  

    Jesus gave his table hosts more than statements. He gave them his presence, his friendship, his concern for their hardship and his mercy for the mistakes. Jesus joined the toxic tables and turned them over to become the platform for his kingdom announcement.
  • Jun30Fri

    5 Reflections on General Assembly 2017

    June 30, 2017 Tim Gaines
    Filed Under:
    Church, Theology, Young Adults, Women in Ministry
    Five basic reflections on General Assembly for all my Nazarene friends.
  • Feb4Thu

    A Letter from the Wilderness

    February 4, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Church, Faith, Theology, Preaching

    To my friends in the Wilderness,

    Forgive my plain words. I haven’t the rhetoric of Peter or the charisma of Phillip. The twelve called upon me to wait tables, to feed the poor and hungry, so those gifted with words could do what I cannot.

    Who would have thought that setting tables with bread would lead me here, before an angry mob gathering stones?

  • Dec15Tue

    Witnessing to the Future

    December 15, 2015
    Filed Under:
    Church, Faith, Theology, Young Adults
    If you want a sneak peak at the future of the church, look to Jesus.

    Christ isn’t coming back from the grave of our past. Christ isn’t coming through the clouds of progress. Christ’s future has exploded the grave and eclipsed the clouds and is coming to us even now. Christ is coming the same way we say him go. The way of sacrifice and self-giving love.
  • In every season of our lives we have people who make an imprint on us, inspire us to dream a new dream and dare us to move to the rhythms of grace. As a church kid, those people had titles like children’s pastor, youth pastor, Sunday School teacher. But when I got to college, a new title captured my imagination: professor. These were the people who gave language to the questions, doubts and dreams I could barely bring into the light of day. They helped make sense of the chaos of an emerging world. I will forever be in their debt.

    There had been a day down at an altar that a 14 year girl told God she would give her life to follow the call to ministry, whatever that meant. That girl was filled with wonder and awe at the thought of someday walking into a hospital room or down from a pulpit and being greeted as “pastor”. But over the four years that girl spent at college – at no fault of the amazing and faithful professors she encountered! – that girl created a hierarchy in her mind, a tower of calling.  And out of deep respect and woeful ignorance, she placed the title professor at the top of a hierarchy that makes no sense in the Kingdom of God. It is that hierarchy that gives way to a dichotomy between the Church and University that was never meant to be.
  • 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. 
  • Nov3Mon

    Kings and Kingdoms

    November 3, 2014
    Filed Under:
    Politics, Faith, Theology, Philosophy
    In light of the election tomorrow, I wanted to share an excerpt from the introduction of our upcoming book, Kings and Kingdoms: Political Life and Christian Engagement. For those who don't feel faith and politics fit neatly into columns and categories.
  • Oct9Thu

    Perfectly Imperfect

    October 9, 2014
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Parenthood, Theology
    I hold on to this absurd dream, that there could be a day in which the many important factors of my life fall into a perfect alignment, come at me right across the plate and I knock it out of the park... But there will never be a perfect day. So I am learning to embrace the perfectly imperfect.
  • Sep13Sat

    Cartoon Philosophers

    September 13, 2014
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Parenthood, Theology, Philosophy
    Can we really change our story? My son's favorite cartoon characters would answer with a resounding, "Hip hip Hooray!" But as Christians, whose story are we really living in?