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Category Archives for "Religious Recovery"

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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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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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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Love Wins
Mar 07

Love will Never Vote You Out

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

“It’s funny, isn’t it? That you can preach a judgmental and vengeful and angry God and nobody will mind. But you start preaching a God that is too accepting, too loving, too forgiving, too merciful, too kind…and you are in trouble.” -Bishop Gene Robinson (Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire)When You Believe You are BadRyan wasn’t out when […]

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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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Jesus was a master at practicing empathy. Here's why.
Feb 13

Jesus was a master at practicing empathy. Here’s why.

By Steve Austin | empathy , faith , Religious Recovery , self-esteem , Spirituality

I was a pastor when my world fell apart. Lying in an ICU hospital bed, looking up at the ceiling, numb from the waist down, it seemed pretty clear to me that I only had a couple of choices: get out of the hospital and figure out how to heal, or leave the hospital, and […]

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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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