When Dan Mike worked as a barista, his co-workers would give decaffeinated coffee to customers who were mean, rude, and demanding (without them knowing, of course). This is not what a cross-shaped life looks like! Dan Mike Thompson, teaching pastor at Crossroads Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI helps us explore what it looks like to be shaped by the cross because we’ve been saved by the cross.
A cross-shaped life looks like patience when we’re cut off in traffic. It’s looks like celebrating the team who beat yours. It looks like Perry boasting in his depression and shame. It’s looks like going in the opposite direction of celebrity Christian culture. It looks like giving an irate customer the coffee they ordered. It looks like the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who have always been cross-shaped even before there was need for a cross.
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.