Welcome back to the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, episode #54, sponsored by Audible. This mailbag episode includes Steve Austin’s responses to listener questions about: faith, abuse, boundaries, stillness, and more!
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This week’s questions:
- When you know you’re called to speak out against toxic theology (or other toxic systems), what do you do to keep yourself from getting poisoned in the process? Speaking out against it also means being exposed to it, which can make me feel sick sometimes because it’s so toxic.
- What does the word “faith” mean to you?
- Did your relationship with God and your faith change radically after you dealt with the abuse that happened to you?
- In your opinion, how does Jesus move through the Sacraments?
- When you’re overwhelmed, how do you practice stillness without becoming more overwhelmed by all the things you’re not doing while practicing stillness?
- How do you slow down without stopping?
- I no longer trust my therapist. Can I just leave her?
- What are some boundaries you recommend all people put in place?
- How do you set boundaries with people who don’t respect your boundaries?
- What is your perspective on 1 Corinthians 2:11?
- What’s the reason you do all that you do – podcasts, blogs, books, speaking, life coaching, etc.?
- You’ll make more progress by telling people what you’re for, rather than what you’re against. The world is tired of divisiveness and negativity.
- Faith is trust in what we cannot see. Faith is a gritty hope that better days are coming. It’s the embrace of Mystery. It’s a belief that there is some power greater than we can possibly comprehend that is ultimately working for our good.
- Abuse impacts us at the level of our trust, but Jesus was abused too.
- Boundaries remind me that I still belong. They’re a marker.
- The Spirit of God in me recognizes the Spirit of God in you.