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Christopher Stroop Says It’s Time to #EmptyThePews



In Episode 19 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with Christopher Stroop, creator of the viral hashtag #EmptyThePews.

If you feel disappointed with the Christian Right’s response (or lack thereof) to Charlottesville, this episode is for you. If you’re sick over Evangelical Christianity’s love-affair with Donald Trump, don’t miss this one. If you have been sickened over the recent Nashville Statement, this is a conversation you do not want to miss!

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Christopher Stroop is a scholar, writer, and commentator who holds a Ph.D. in Russian history from Stanford University and is currently a visiting instructor in the Honors College at the University of South Florida. Raised Evangelical and mobilized for the culture wars through church and Christian school, Christopher has become a fierce critic of the Christian Right and a proponent for the robust separation of church and state, as well as an advocate for ex-Evangelicals and spiritual abuse survivors. Christopher is a frequent contributor to Religion Dispatches, and, in addition to publishing academic articles, popular commentary, journalism, and policy research, blogs at Not Your Mission Field. Christopher has helped to raise awareness of Evangelicalism’s authoritarian nature among the broader public and to foster ex-Evangelical community, in part through his Ex-Evangelical Conversations series and by creating and promoting the hashtags #YouMightHaveGrownUpEvangelicalIf, #YouDontKnowEvangelicals, and #EmptyThePews.

Steve Austin is a life coach, speaker, and author of Self-Care for the Wounded Soul. Steve’s goal is to help you create a lifestyle of focused emotional health and clarity. Looking for more ways to create space? Subscribe to Steve Austin’s free weekly newsletter by clicking right here.

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Are You Depressed? Don’t Miss These 4 Reminders!



Are you depressed? In episode 18 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with Sean Swaby about 4 ways depression has changed his life.

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Show notes:

  • What’s it like to be a family man with depression?

  • What’s it like to grow up with depression in the Evangelical church?

  • “Healing does not mean that the memories won’t come back or that you won’t feel the pain anymore.”

  • I spent years trying to change myself, organize my time, reinvent myself, become an author, become super-fit, and save others. It was exhausting and nearly ended me.

  • I have given up thinking “I will be happy when…” because the “when” never comes.

  • Read the blog post that inspired this interview by clicking here. 

Sean Swaby is passionate about addiction and mental health recovery, relationships, and personal growth. He is an addiction therapist, an editor for the Good Men Project and freelance writer, and Adjunct Professor at City University, Edmonton. Most important, Sean is a family man and in recovery from depression and anxiety. Connect with Sean at smswaby.wordpress.com today.

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BONUS: Faith that Heals Bigotry and Bodies



Episode 17 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast is BONUS CONTENT!

Steve Austin introduces a talk by Rev. Ed Bacon from Trinity Episcopal Church in Bessemer, Alabama. Steve was present for this talk on Sunday, August 20, 2017. In this brief sermon, Rev. Ed breaks down a portion of Scripture from Matthew 15, about a woman whose persistence changed Jesus. In light of the events from Charlottesville and other places, this is the timeliest of messages.

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Show notes:

  • Matthew 15
  • Want to change history? Believe in what your heart is telling you to hope for.
  • Christ lives in the marginalized.
  • Faith is action. Faith is a verb. Faith does something.
  • Sometimes we have to sail off the map we have received from our parents, culture, etc.
  • Listen to this episode online or on iTunes today. (And please leave a review!)

Rev. Ed Bacon is former Rector of All Saints, Pasadena, California. He is a frequent guest on Oprah’s Soul Series, and also contributes to the Huffington Post and Truthdig. Ed has received numerous accolades for his peace and interfaith work. Connect with Ed on Twitter, his website, or buy 8 Habits of Love: Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind on Amazon.

Steve Austin is a life coach, speaker, and author of Self-Care for the Wounded Soul. Steve’s goal is to help you create a lifestyle of focused emotional health and clarity. Looking for more ways to create space? Subscribe to Steve Austin’s free weekly newsletter by clicking right here.

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Loving Your Neighbor has Something to do with Racism



On episode 16 of the #AskSteveAustin podcast, Steve Austin talks with artist and theologian, Andre Henry. If you’ve been glued to the news out of Charlottesville, much like the rest of the country, you may be left asking, “What now?” If so, this episode is for you.

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Andre Henry is an artist and theologian, contending for what the world ought to be. He’s an award-winning singer-songwriter, based in Los Angeles, by way of Atlanta and New York. Andrew has a degree from Fuller Seminary, with an emphasis in Biblical Languages. He is passionate about justice and faith. Connect with Andre at AndreRHenry.com (subscribe to his mailing list!), follow him on Instagram @theandrehenry and on Twitter @andrehenry.

Show notes:

  • What is a “theology of justice”?

  • Everything we do and say is a social action. Everything is political.

  • Genesis 1 is political (don’t miss this!).

  • The evolution from the plantation to the prison.

  • What kind of guy carries around a 100-pound granite rock everywhere he goes?

  • What’s it like to witness Charlottesville as a black man?

  • Can you separate your faith from your politics?

  • Isaiah 61:3

  • “Searching for Sunday” by Rachel Held Evans

  • How would you rate President Trump’s response?

  • What if all the protestors had been Muslim, and one person died?

  • How should the church respond?

  • What are we missing?

  • What’s your definition of justice?

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The Wonderful Truth about Heaven and Hell



On Episode 15 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with a very special guest, The Reverend Ed Bacon. Together, these friends discuss the wonderful truth about Heaven and Hell. Having conversations around Heaven and Hell can be heavy, scary, and devisive. That’s exactly why Steve invited Ed Bacon for this “Ask the Expert” segment.

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Notes from Steve:

  • This is the most important conversation I’ve ever had on the #AskSteveAustin podcast. In this episode, we ask the all-important question, “Is God a god of Love, or Fear?” Your answer to that question changes everything.
  • Is your identity based in Love or Fear?
  • Do you want to look at your screw-ups and be able to forgive them?
  • Are you terrified of Hell?
  • How do we reconcile a God of Love with multiple Biblical accounts of a God of vengance and violence?
  • If no Hell, why Jesus?
  • What would it mean to redefine salvation?
  • “But what about murderers, rapists, and pedophiles?” Trust me, we’ll cover that one, too.
  • If we say “God is Love”, & “nothing can separate us from God”, isn’t that a bit dangerous? I can’t wait for you to hear Ed’s response to this!

A few quotes by Rev. Ed Bacon:

  • “Fear is the opposite of reconciliation, harmony, and peace.” 
  • “I have never had an experience with God that was fearful.”
  • “It is very exhilirating to know, believe, preach, and embody the fact that God is love.”
  • “We are better than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”

Rev. Ed Bacon is former Rector of All Saints, Pasadena, California. He is a frequent guest on Oprah’s Soul Series, and also contributes to the Huffington Post and Truthdig. Ed has received numerous accolades for his peace and interfaith work. Connect with Ed on Twitter, his website, or buy 8 Habits of Love: Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind on Amazon.

Steve Austin is a life coach, speaker, and author of Self-Care for the Wounded Soul. Steve’s goal is to help you create a lifestyle of focused emotional health and clarity. Looking for more ways to create space? Subscribe to Steve Austin’s free weekly newsletter by clicking right here.

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