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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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When you can't erase your childhood religion.
Jul 07

Guest Post: When You Can’t Erase Your Childhood Religion

By Guest Blogger | faith , guest post , Millennials , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

In Search of WholenessI’ve heard that, as newborns, one of the very first emotions we feel is a sense of abandonment. Your whole life up to that point has been spent in a warm, safe space where you are literally connected to another person. The very next thing you experience is being forcibly removed from […]

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Jesus meant it when he said,
Jul 02

Jesus meant it when he said “Love your (political) enemies.”

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Current Events , faith , lgbtq , Messy Grace , Millennials , politics , Videos

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” – Thomas MertonPhoto by Heather Mount on UnsplashPolitics and FriendshipOne of my best friends and I disagree politically, and it makes our friendship stronger.This friend of mine — we’ve […]

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The spiritual hero who was depressed and desperate.
Jun 12

VIDEO: The spiritual hero who was depressed and desperate

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Bible study , Depression , faith , Mental Health , Spirituality , Videos

Who comes to mind when you think of a hero? Spider-Man? Superman? Wonder Woman? Abraham Lincoln? Martin Luther King? Mother Theresa?​A hero is defined as a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.So naturally, when I think of a spiritual hero, my first thought is the Old Testament story […]

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Finding God in Stillness
Jun 11

Finding God in Stillness

By Steve Austin | faith , guest post , mindfulness , self-care , Spirituality

​We are starved for quiet, to hear the sound of sheer silence that is the presence of God himself.” – Ruth Haley BartonWhiskey & GodI transitioned out of deconstruction and started rebuilding my spirituality at the beginning of 2018. That New Year’s weekend, I sat on the back porch of the beach house we rented, […]

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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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Life is hard, and then you die.
Apr 30

Life is hard, and then you die.

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

My 5th-grade teacher, Terri Nobles, had a 2×4 in our classroom with the words “BOARD OF EDUCATION” written in black permanent marker. And if you failed to heed her warnings…no, she wouldn’t whack you with it. (I know I grew up in the Alabama countryside, but we weren’t that backwards!) Anyway, if you got in […]

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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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