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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jan1Thu

    The Practice of Loving the Church

    January 1, 2015
    Filed Under:
    Church, Faith, Worship, Young Adults

    Love is not a feeling - I hope you've heard that before. I think we get this when it comes to marriage or relationships in general. We love one another through serving, giving, putting the other before ourselves... you know, easy stuff like that (sarcasm intended). But what about loving our churches?

    Most of us have gone through seasons with our church where, in the immortal words of The Righteous Brothers, "You've lost that lovin' feeling." I don't mean to make light of this. It's no small thing when you have been hurt, betrayed, or forgotten by the people of God. And while there are circumstances in which church relationships have become abusive and need to be discontinued for the health of all parties, more often than not people slowly fall out of love with their church, not because of one thing but because of the many unspoken things that pile up and collect dust on our shelf of discontent.

  • 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.