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Why Psychological Safety is at the Core of Love
Feb 17

Why Psychological Safety is at the Core of Love

By Steve Austin | faith , Mental Health , Messy Grace , Religious Recovery

“…as counselors and neuroscientists continue to confirm, the ability to shape a narrative from your experiences, and to connect your story to a greater one, is essential for developing empathy, a sense of purpose, and well-being.”—Rachel Held Evans, InspiredImage by PublicDomainPictures from PixabayHide and SeekGrowing up in a small town in rural Alabama, my first […]

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Dec 20

God’s Embrace in the Midst of Desperation

By Steve Austin | Bible study , faith , holidays , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid...

I’ve just returned from a truly magical time on the West Coast. On Sunday 12/15, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking at my friend Marc’s church, Bridge City Church in Milwaukie, Oregon. This is the text from that sermon. -Steve Desperate for Hope ‘Oh God.’ Five letters. Two words. One exhale. Full stop. ‘Oh […]

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the velveteen rabbit, impossible magic, and authentic faith
Aug 04

GUEST POST: The Velveteen Rabbit, Impossible Magic, and Finding Authentic Faith

By Steve Austin | faith , Spirituality

”Deconstruction” has been a difficult concept for me to accept as a personal experience. Not because I’ve never questioned my faith and morality and worldview, nor am I disinterested in other’s journeys. And it’s not only because “deconstruction” as a thing has totally jumped the shark. What I struggle to accept is that someone once was not asking […]

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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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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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Why I Believe Love is Love
May 18

Why I Believe Love is Love

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

It’s who you are that counts. Your worship to God is the way you live. A few years ago, I would have ignored, shunned, and been disgusted by the scene that unfolded that night at the gas pump. The journey toward authentic faith became real for me in that moment.
The most effective way to destroy prejudice is by sharing tangible love, one opportunity or person at a time. If my Sunday morning song service doesn’t match my response to a gay guy at the gas pump, I’m in trouble.

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9 Ways to Know if You're in an Oppressive Church
Mar 15

9 Ways to Know if You’re in an Oppressive Church

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

For many people I know, Christianity has been boiled down to morality. It has become a way to ensure you skip eternal damnation. It’s a list of do’s and don’ts, but there is no real freedom. Many Christians have traded the yoke of slavery for the yoke of religion, and both are dead.

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Meet Steve Austin: The Pastor Who Nearly Died by Suicide
Jun 22

Pastor to Psych Ward: Recovery from a Suicide Attempt is Possible.

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Depression , faith , Mental Health , Messy Grace , Recovery , Recovery from a Suicid... , This is My Story (series)

My clients were concerned. When they couldn’t reach me, they called first my wife, and then the hotel. I was lying on my back, unconscious, covered in vomit, when the police and EMT’s found me. They thought it was a murder scene. Vomit covered the bed and the floor. It had projected up the wall behind me, and coated a massive picture that hung over the bed. Apparently the pink Benadryl pills, along with the tens of thousands of milligrams of other medication I took, created the effect of blood. I had been unconscious for a solid ten hours by then.

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