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Pastor: Not Sure How to Respond to Suffering? Start Here.
Jun 18

Pastor: Not Sure How to Respond to Suffering? Start Here.

By Steve Austin | faith , Mental Health , The Struggle With Church

I’m not a theologian, my expertise comes only from personal suffering (as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and a suicide attempt). But it seems to me that theology—at least the Western version of evangelical Christianity I’ve been steeped in—is as much about our views of self as it is our study of God. To […]

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Church and Mental Illness: How to Stop Failing People
May 24

Church and Mental Illness: How to Stop Failing People

By Steve Austin | Depression , faith , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid...

“When we can let go of what other people think and own our story, we gain access to our worthiness—the feeling that we are enough just as we are and that we are worthy of love and belonging.” —Brené BrownIn recent years, several well-known Christian leaders have died by apparent suicide: Amy Bleuel, Andrew Stoecklein, […]

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Is Soul-Care Right for You?
Apr 10

Soul-Care: What It Is; What It Isn’t

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , life coaching , Religious Recovery , self-care , self-esteem , Spirituality

Soul-Care: What It is, What It Isn’tSoul-Care is an interpersonal relationship in which a mentor partners with another person who longs to unclutter their soul and heal their image of God and self.Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from PixabayReconciliationIf you’ve heard the theological buzzword “deconstruction” tossed around, Soul-Care is a way to deconstruct your faith […]

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What Do You Believe about God? Here's Why It Matters.
Apr 03

What Do You Believe about God? Here’s Why it Matters.

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Bible study , faith , Religious Recovery

“My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love.” – 1 […]

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How to Listen to My Audiobook Absolutely Free
Mar 20

How to Listen to My Audiobook Absolutely Free

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , catching your breath , Depression , faith , Mental Health , mindfulness , podcast , Religious Recovery , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help , Spirituality , stress management

​To encourage and inspire you during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, I’​m releasing the entire audiobook of Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm, absolutely free.From the back cover: What if you could experience a new level of freedom, strength, healing, and energy? Too many people are overwhelmed and holding onto […]

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On Giving Up Fear-Based Theology
Mar 16

On Giving Up Fear-Based Theology

By Guest Blogger | Current Events , faith , Religious Recovery , Spirituality

For Lent, I am Giving Up Fear-Based TheologyImage by James Chan from PixabayPerfect love casts out fear—such an active verb phrase. One imagines a hefty seizing by the neck-scruff and an ignominious hurling out of a doorframe. (Anyone else picturing swinging saloon doors and a random horse tied to a nearby post?  No? That’s just me?  Damn, […]

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My Church Isn't Safe. What Can I Do?
Mar 09

PODCAST: My Church Isn’t Safe. What Can I Do?

By Steve Austin | Bible study , catching your breath , empathy , faith , Mental Health , podcast , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

In episode 41 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, Steve Austin walks through the Bible with a look at church safety, plus a discussion on the characteristics of a safe church leader. This episode also includes stories and advice from real-life people who have been wounded by the church.Support the show via Patreon.Is your church […]

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3 Meaningful Things to Give Up for Lent
Feb 29

3 Meaningful Things to Give Up for Lent

By Steve Austin | Current Events , faith

​For the Lenten season, I’ve invited some of my friends to join me in sharing one thing we could give up each day, in order to live a better life. Here are 3 meaningful things to give up for lent:YesterdayGiving up anything can be painful. You may need to let go of a person or […]

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Why We Still Look for the Resurrection of the Dead
Feb 23

Why We Look for the Resurrection of the Dead

By Steve Austin | Bible study , Courses , faith , Messy Grace , Religious Recovery , self-care

​I am the about least likely person to be hosting ​a 40-day online program for Lent. My family is ​brand-spankin-new to the Episcopal Church. I was raised Baptist, and then spent years in the Assemblies of God denomination. The only lint we talked about was in your dryer or belly button. But I digress. According to EpiscopalChurch.org, […]

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How Devastating Loss Led to Freedom
Feb 23

How Devastating Loss Led to Ultimate Freedom

By Guest Blogger | faith , Family , Marriage , Mental Health , My Very Worst Day (series) , Recovery from Abuse

It was Thanksgiving morning, and I was standing in the shower, escaping for a moment into a world of hot water and steam. My morning shower had become my last refuge.Image by Olya Adamovich from Pixabay​Devastating Loss. Ultimate Freedom.I was no stranger to loss. In fact, loss seemed to be a fairly constant companion in […]

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