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It's depression, not demon possession.
Jul 21

Guest blog: It’s Depression, Not Demon Possession

By Steve Austin | Depression , faith , Mental Health , Spirituality

Joy sat at the table, her eyes big and watery. “You know, my depression has been going on for a while, but my husband doesn’t believe me when I say I’m depressed. Instead, he took me to our pastor and asked him to cast out the demon inside me.” Photo by Ben White on Unsplash […]

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How a Simple Hug Changed My Life
Jun 10

How a Simple Hug Changed My Life

By Guest Blogger | Best of Messy Grace , faith , guest post , lgbtq , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

“The best advice I’ve been given when I’d failed – was a hug.”-Bob Goff​I’ve loved giving hugs for as long as I can remember. My pre-school teacher, Mrs. Upton, first emphasized the power of a good hug. One day during circle time, she taught us how to give “bear hugs.” One at a time, we walked […]

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Why I'm Trying Out Church Again for the First Time
May 26

Why I’m Trying Out Church Again for the First Time

By Steve Austin | #ConfessYourChurchMess , Best of Messy Grace , faith , Messy Grace , Millennials , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

“I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships, so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside.”-Wm. Paul YoungDead InsideFor a while now, my Christian friends have laughed (or cringed) at my response to theological talk. I usually say something like, “I […]

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Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety
Apr 22

Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Depression , faith , Mental Health

“The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass.” -Mark 4:39 This morning, anxiety slapped me in the face before I even opened my eyes. Like a glass of freezing water, it jolted me from restful sleep. What a bully. There are times when I feel such shame because the anxiety persists. Sometimes, I […]

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Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of my Faith
Apr 17

Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of My Faith

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Messy Grace , Parenting , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

“Until and unless Christ is experienced as a living relationship between people, the Gospel remains largely an abstraction. Until Christ is passed on personally through faithfulness and forgiveness, through concrete bonds of union, I doubt whether he is passed on by words, sermons, institutions, or ideas.”-Richard RohrBRAAAAAAAINSI don’t talk to my kids about the Bible […]

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You Can't Glue Ashes: Notes on the First Year of Grief
Feb 28

You Can’t Glue Ashes: Notes on the First Year of Grief

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Family

“​Blind me to the faults of the other fellow, but reveal to me my own.”-Ben House, Sr.To: Ben, From: BenA few days before Valentine’s day, my first-grader was sitting at the kitchen table filling out twenty superhero cards for his friends. When he filled one out for Ben, I was a little confused. He’d never […]

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How to Be a Better Christian: Notes from an Ex-Pastor
Feb 17

Why No One Really Cares What You Believe

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , catching your breath , faith , Messy Grace , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

“One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practise the […]

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The Death of My Childhood Faith
Feb 10

Missing Jesus: The Death of My Childhood Faith

By Steve Austin | faith , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”- C.S. Lewis (Prince Caspian)“I’m struggling hardcore, missing Jesus,” That’s the text I sent to my buddy Michael, three days before Christmas. I’ve had to sit with the uncomfortable truth that exists in this story for the past couple of […]

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How to Be More Open and Honest about Your Feelings
Jan 07

How to Be More Open and Honest about Your Feelings

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , life coaching , Marriage , self-care , Self-help , stress management

A few months ago, I received this email from someone who listens to my podcast and reads the blog. She ended up signing up for relationship coaching, and after a few months, I asked Stephanie if I could share bits of our conversations as a blog post to help others who are stuck in a […]

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