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Perry and Shawna Mornings

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July 01, 2024

How Are You Really Doing?

How would you define human flourishing? And based on that definition how are you doing?

Dr. John Plake, American Bible Society’s Chief Innovation Officer and editor-in-chief of the State of the Bible Series is a researcher with a pastor’s heart and based on recent research shared in the recently released third chapter of State of the Bible 2024 scripture engagement has a huge impact on how we’re doing.

As we implement Biblical principles like forgiveness and live with the hope of Christ deeply planted in our hearts we flourish as people.

And if you look at the obstacles that Gen Z is facing and worry about our future you should know that Gen Z’ers who engage with scripture are flourishing more than any other generation.

Also, in today’s conversation, if your thoughts lead to your actions than what you think about matters. Scripture gives specific instructions on what to think about.



John Plake
John Plake

John Plake

Dr. John Plake is a researcher with a pastor’s heart. He bridges the worlds of social science, business intelligence, and spiritual formation, helping Christian leaders understand how people grow in Christ.  Dr. Plake serves as Chief Program Officer at the American Bible Society and editor-in-chief of the State of the Bible series.  Over 34 years of full-time ministry, John has served as a pastor, missionary, professor, and researcher. He is an ordained minister with a Ph.D. in intercultural studies.  He lives with his family in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Perry LaHaie

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

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.

Perry and Shawna Mornings

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.