Ben Connelly’s passion is to help us live in the freedom and power of the gospel; to help us avoid the trap of falling into try-harder, I’ve gotta earn it Christianity. Ben is a pastor, author, equipper, and occasional professor and his book that just dropped in September is Reading the Bible, Missing the Gospel.
First, Ben’s parents were super involved in church but didn’t know Jesus. Ben was a youth pastor and didn’t know Jesus. So he intimately knows how easy it is to miss the gospel. Then, religion says “You have to somehow keep earning forgiveness.” The gospel says, “You’re forgiven, you can’t earn it, and when you blow it, don’t be afraid, bring your failures to the One who’s already forgiven you!”
Next, grace gives us the want to live for God, the power to live for God. Because when we sin, we can always come to the One who picks us up, cleans us off, and says, “I believe you will become just like me.” Last, how the bible is not all about us but all about God. And how that takes all the pressure off!
Perry LaHaie's passion is to know Jesus and make Him known. “I’m all in with Jesus but not all put together. I need Jesus right now as much as I did when I first started following Him!” Perry says. In addition to co-hosting Perry and Shawna Mornings, Perry is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and advocate for those who haven’t yet heard the gospel, especially those in the Muslim world. Born and raised in northern Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Cross- cultural Communications. Perry also serves with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his bride, Teresa, call Holland, Michigan home. They have two adult children, Kali and Taylor, and Taylor’s bride, Bri.
Shawna Beyer has a way of telling stories that create personal connection— to her, to one another, and to God. She has been a homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a consulting company, and church staff member. Though she’s been involved in ministry with her husband (Dan) in Iowa, Arizona, and now Michigan, she was born and raised in Southern California and as they say, “You can take the girl out of California . . .” She is mom to four grown kids (Bryn, Drayson, Eden, and Haven) who no longer need her but humor her anyway. Shawna is passionate about the rhythms we weave into the fabric of our lives to fall more in love with God each day. Healthy foods are her go-to, but she will abandon that whole track in a heartbeat for a homemade cinnamon roll like Grandma used to make.
The Perry and Shawna Podcast: Real life conversations reminding you that you’re Abba’s child and that you’re blessed to be a blessing and loved to share Jesus’ love.