Hello, I'm Shane!
A little about me...
I'm just a white Evangelical who is still learning what love entails. I'm a husband to one, older brother to eight, and a friend to many people whom I hold dear. I have a Bachelors degree in biblical and theological studies from Judson University (Elgin, IL) and I hope that my experiences will be a comfort and a guiding light to others.
A little about my blog...
Pain and Silence is my attempt to explain some of my past and current experiences in a way that highlights the deeply personal nature of theology. My prayer is that it reaches those who, like me, have gone through a crisis of faith and offers them new and helpful ways to understand and worship the Trinitarian God. Most of all, I hope it reveals a God who is not silently watching from a distant throne, but is so intimately with us that he makes our words his own.
O victim of our violence, you have more in common with my God than I
So humanity created God in its own Image. In the image of us, we created God.
Violence is not normal, killing should not be celebrated, and guns should not be toys.
While our instincts are to divide the secular from the sacred – the holy from the unclean – the God-human in a feeding trough in Bethlehem breaks these divisions down for us. When we try to remove our theological views from the world around us, we end up taking Jesus out of his own kingdom.
My name is Shane, and I am a recovering victim/perpetrator of American Male Culture.
What do you do when your friends are rapists?
Sports is a religion, and in the context of Jesus Christ, it is a false religion.
One's experience at church shapes how one lives as a Christian outside of the sanctuary. In order for our churches to thrive, and more importantly, for the Church to thrive, we must be willing to learn from each other and develop better ways to teach the Christian life to those who seek it.
Jar Jar Binks is a microcosm of the entire Star Wars saga: the Force does not choose the best and the brightest to succeed, but the least of these. That includes even the most clumsy, stupid, and ignorant Gungan in the entire galaxy.
I ran with him, fought with him, and defended his name.
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