Welcome to Scrambled Age!
My name is Shawn. This is my personal blogsite where I share my music, ministry, and musings, an attempt at…
finding meaning in a mixed up world.
I have formerly worked in ministry (worship, youth, and young adults) and education (non-profit and private schools). Currently, I am a homeschool dad learning how to love, raise, and disciple my kids–teaching them God’s Word and training them to walk in His ways. In an age of confusion, I want them to grow up knowing what is good, right and true. In these 1,000 Days to Slow the Spread, I get to enjoy having my wife work from home and making lunch for my family every day.
As in the world, so in my life, much is up in the air. I am trying to have a listening ear, leaning in to hear the voice of the Lord and follow His lead.
You Are Here
My goal for this blog is to invite you to take steps with me toward truth and transformation. I am always evaluating myself and my endeavors, looking for ways to grow. I want to share insights from my journey and encourage you in yours.
You are who you are by what you have done and what you do now shapes who you become.
Since I was a teenager I felt God’s call on my life to minister to people ages 2 to 20. Now that I am a parent and a little older (wiser?), I see my focus shifting to include toddlers to twenty-somethings, their families, and anyone who has ears to hear.
Wherever you are on your journey, it’s time to take the next step!
The Truth Is Out There
My academic journey has been rather eclectic, including degrees in Liberal Studies and Communication, with many of my classes being in music, child development, and religion.
As an undergrad, I kept coming back to two themes: finding common ground in the Church and communicating truth in a postmodern culture. The latter became the topic of my senior thesis, the central metaphor being that of the scrambled egg: the yoke represents objective truth. When the egg is scrambled we cannot distinguish the yoke from the egg white, but it is still there and we can be nourished by it. The same is true in our scrambled age. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish what is real and true in our culture. Nevertheless, the truth is still there and we can know it.
“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)
This preoccupation with truth eventually led to graduate studies in Christian Apologetics, which gave me a solid biblical foundation and allowed me to focus on two of my favorite subjects: historical theology and cultural apologetics.
I have come to believe that four pillars of apologetics-oriented discipleship are equipping Christians to:
- think clearly about the Christian faith and the world around them,
- walk closely with the Lord and in the power of the Spirit,
- develop godly character, gracious speech, and a lifestyle of doing good, and
- walk in unity and love as the one holy body of Christ.
Helping a body of believers to grow in these four areas is best way to defend the faith. Christianity becomes believable when people who know it is true live like it too. (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:12-15, 5:8-9; Mark 6:34; )
The best defense of the Christian faith is a faithful Christian.
Walk With Me
I never cease to be amazed at the times we are living in! It is truly a mixed-up world. I don’t know if I can make sense of all the craziness out there, but I hope to at least stay grounded in the truth. Join me as I seek to build faith and be faithful in this scrambled age. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates on new posts. If you would like to read something right now, try A Letter to Little C, one of my favorite posts.
Enjoy the journey!