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Category Archives for "Ask Steve Austin"

May 10

5 Most Popular Episodes of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast

By Steve Austin | Ask Steve Austin , 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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Nov 30

Following Jesus Out of the Evangelical Church

By Steve Austin | #ConfessYourChurchMess , Ask Steve Austin , Best of Messy Grace , Current Events , faith , lgbtq , Messy Grace , Millennials , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With 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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Nov 13

3 Simple Ways to Start a Sabbath Practice

By Dana Trent | Ask Steve Austin , faith , Mental Health , This is My Story (series)

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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Aug 07

Are You Scared of God? Me too.

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

“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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Jul 03

Christians! Do you have questions for God?

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

“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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Jun 04

Why Your Humanity Matters More than Your Christianity

By Steve Austin | Ask Steve Austin , Best of Messy Grace , Current Events , faith , Messy Grace , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

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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May 16

Surviving Church Hurts & Spiritual Abuse

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

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? […]

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