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Catching Your Breath: Chapter 1

Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm, by Steve Austin, is now available for pre-order. Click here to read chapter one today.

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Love is the Organizing Center of All that Is

Rev. Ed Bacon says that Divine Love is alot like a mandala.

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5 Most Popular Episodes of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast

The #AskSteveAustin Podcast (AskSteveAustin.com) surpassed 25k downloads this week! Thank you for your support, for being a guest on the show, and for sharing it with your friends and family! Here’s 5 episodes of the show you don’t want to miss!

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How to Find Jesus When Life Sucks

A friend of mine sent me a message recently that read, “Life sucks.” And I responded, “Yep. It’s a promise from Jesus.”

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Following Jesus Out of the Evangelical Church

In Episode 41 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with David P. Gushee, author of the brand-new book, Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism. Tony Campolo says, “Still Christian takes us on the journey of a Christian leader who endeavors to maintain his integrity while navigating his way from a rigid fundamentalism with its right-wing […]

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3 Simple Ways to Start a Sabbath Practice

I am a fledgling sabbath-keeper. Though I’ve written a book about it, embraced my 52 chances per year to practice it, and have even preached it, I am a less-than-perfect sabbatarian. And that’s OK. But Americans think we have to be the best at everything. As my friend Rev. Elizabeth Hagan writes, “I’m a better […]

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Are You Scared of God? Me too.

“When you are fully known and loved you have a home.” –Joel Ansett “…known and loved.” The words make my stomach twist and knot. I cringe and my insides curdle at the thought of being known. I shrink back in fear of being seen as I truly am. I’ve been scared of God for years. And […]

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Christians! Do you have questions for God?

“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”― Shannon L. Alder I’m a Christian, but I’ve had questions for God for many years. My wondering started way back in high school. The familiar questions and answers about faith […]

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Why Your Humanity Matters More than Your Christianity

In Episode 010 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, I tackle the idea that our humanity matters more than our religious labels.  More than any other episode, this one is all about messy grace. In conversation, people tend to struggle with the idea that I’m a former pastor. For them, the concept of former means I must […]

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Surviving Church Hurts & Spiritual Abuse

Surviving church hurts and spiritual abuse is not easy. Where do you go when the church has been your whole life? How do you continue to engage with God after his “children” have treated you so poorly? When the very core of your identity has been called into question, where do you go from here? […]