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Weekly Affirmation #2: I am Content



Don’t compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides. 

— Brennan Manning

Who are you? Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation #2 is all about contentment. Maya Angelou said, “We have much less than we think we need.” Don’t miss this – contentment comes from within, not from without.

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Welcome to Week Two of Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation episode. Each week, this will be a mix of affirmations, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Steve hopes it encourages you to get silent, look deep into your soul, below the surface of all the noise and find out who you are at the core of your being.

If you have a suggestion for this weekly feature, please email Steve at steve@iamsteveaustin.com or fill out the form below. If you’d like to suggest a topic or request Steve’s perspective on a particular word, please reach out!

WEEK TWO’S THEME: CONTENTMENT.

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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.

Music provided by Tony Anderson. Check out Tony’s website here. Tony says, “What I write is simply an overflow of interactions I have with my own brokenness. Some of it comes in dreams – other times it emerges from seasons of sorrow, humiliation, warfare, joy, and pain. In each piece, I am audibly sharing my heart, and it is the highest privilege to hear from people who resonate with it.” Music from the score of “The Heart of Man”. Get information on the film here.


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When You’re Not Sure What You Believe



On Episode 26 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, David Hayward (The Naked Pastor) joins Steve Austin to talk about dealing with theological anxiety. Why would a pastor of 30 years choose to walk away from church? We’ll talk about this and so much more in this can’t-miss episode of the show.

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Show notes:

  • What is deconstruction? “When the earth under our feet seems to be shaking uncontrollably and we need this (whatever this word is) to try and describe that our heads are going to explode and we’re going to die and go to the hell we aren’t sure exists anymore, it’s nice to have a word to hold onto.” – David Hayward, The Lasting Supper
  • Who are the “nones”?
  • “We have been taught to obsess over what we believe until it makes us physically sick, due to mental anguish.”
  • James Fowler, “Stages of Faith” book.
  • Dealing with questions and doubts – and the fear that surrounds them.
  • Facing the devastating fears that all this might not be true is scary as hell. What do you do now?
  • “Don’t worry about what you believe. I personally don’t think Jesus ever threatened people with judgment about what they believed. Jesus wasn’t a professional theologian. He was a mystic and a teacher. He was most concerned with what people said and did. Not what they thought or believed.”
  • What do you do in the early days of deconstruction when you feel all alone?
  • What do you do when you get asked the questions you can’t or don’t want to answer?
  • The problem with arguments? Words. It’s our choice of language that seems to divides us.
  • The level of intimacy we’ve had with people in the church isn’t normal or healthy.
  • The importance of self-love, self-care, and self-compassion during deconstruction.
  • What is the TLS Community and how can I get involved? www.thelastingsupper.com
  • Send David your questions! haywardart@gmail.com

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Bio:

David Hayward was baptized Anglican as a baby, came to faith in a Baptist church when he was a teenager, changed to Pentecostal in his late teens, married another Pentecostal named Lisa, was ordained Presbyterian, pastored a Vineyard church, and planted others.

David started a blog callednakedpastor in 2006, and initiated his public analysis of religion, religious community and spirituality through his writings, art and cartoons. Thousands of people are challenged and entertained by nakedpastor every day. He also launched an online community called The Lasting Supper where people can learn and live spiritual independence.

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Check out Steve Austin’s brand-new weekly feature, “Who Are You?” A combination of affirmation, Christian meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Week One is live now and it’s all about LOVE. Click here to listen.



The Lasting Supper: Letters for Deconstruction

By David Hayward


Weekly Affirmation #1: I am Loved.



Who are you? Isn’t that the question you’ve been asking all your life?

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Welcome to Week One of Steve Austin’s brand-new weekly affirmation episode. Each week, this will be a mix of affirmations, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Steve hopes it encourages you to get silent, look deep into your soul, below the surface of all the noise and find out who you are at the core of your being.

If you have a suggestion for this weekly feature, please email Steve at steve@iamsteveaustin.com or fill out the form below. If you’d like to suggest a topic or request Steve’s perspective on a particular word, please reach out!

Week one’s theme: love.

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.

You can also listen on iTunes or Podbean.

Music provided by Tony Anderson. Check out Tony’s website here. Tony says, “What I write is simply an overflow of interactions I have with my own brokenness. Some of it comes in dreams – other times it emerges from seasons of sorrow, humiliation, warfare, joy and pain. In each piece I am audibly sharing my heart, and it is the highest privilege to hear from people who resonate with it.” Music from the score of “The Heart of Man”. Get information on the film here.


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How to Survive When Your Spouse Tries to Die by Suicide



Recovery from a suicide attempt feels a lot like resurrection. For the spouse of someone who just caused their own near-death experience, managing the aftermath is unthinkable and overwhelming. In Episode 24 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Rev. Liz Edman interviews Steve and Lindsey Austin. This one is all about the years of recovery since the day Steve tried to die. This extremely vulnerable conversation is the messy marriage story the Austins have been waiting five years to share. 

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A note from Lindsey:

Never would I have dreamed this would be a part of the “for better or for worse” wedding vows I uttered with every intention of living up to. I had every right to leave. To say, “This is too much. This isn’t fair.”

My heart was torn into pieces, but no one could hear it. I knew leaving would mean I would only remember the worst of him, and I would be choosing that fate for my son, too. Even though the day was nearly unbearable, I didn’t want the worst day of my life to define the rest of my life.

It’s been five years now, since the cold tile floor and chatter of nurses in that ICU room. To say every day has been easy would be a lie. Forgiveness is a multi-step process. Each time I have intentionally made a new, happy memory with my husband, I have fought against bitterness and blame.

Our marriage isn’t perfect, but we are beginning to reap the benefits of digging through the nastiest parts of our souls. And we have done it together, for better or for worse.

Read the rest of this powerful confession by clicking right here.

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BONUS: Forgiveness is the Death of Ego



What would you do if someone you loved deeply was murdered with a jackhammer, and then burned alive? Could you forgive them? Could you go even further than forgiveness? In Episode 24 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve’s friend and mentor Ed Bacon shares truths about forgiveness.

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Show notes:

  • We have been forgiven so many times by God that our identity changes to be among the world’s “forgiven ones”, meaning there is no limit to show how many times we will be a forgiving one.

  • If we are still counting how many times we are supposed to forgive, we have missed it.

  • From the Cross, Jesus never mentioned repentance or vengeance. Jesus forgave with no strings attached.

  • Whether we are forgiving or unforgiving is a matter of consciousness that forms our very character.

  • Medical facts:

    • The one glaring characteristic of people who are prone to disease is grudge-holding.

    • Unforgiveness compromises the immune system in production of certain hormones and the ways our bodies fight off infections.

  • Forgiveness does not mean forgetting.

  • Forgiven people forgive people, no matter what has happened to us.

  • The essence of God is forgivingness.

  • The way God deals with evil is through redemptive forgiveness.

  • We are called to restorative justice.

  • When we forgive, our ego-self has to die.

  • To forgive, I must see God in the person who has harmed me.

  • There is no future for us if we choose not to forgive.

  • Sources for this sermon:

Ed with Archbishop, Desmond Tutu

Ed with Archbishop, Desmond Tutu

Ed and Hope Bacon with His Holiness, Dalai Lama

Ed and Hope Bacon with His Holiness, Dalai Lama

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The Heart of Man (with Paul Young)



In Episode 23 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin and Paul Young discuss the upcoming docudrama, “The Heart of Man”. In this episode, Steve and Paul talk about the truth about sex, abuse, addiction, and recovery. Do not miss this episode.

the heart of man movie

Synopsis (from the website):

“The Heart of Man” is a story inviting the sons and daughters of God to leave behind our broken, moralistic and religious way of thinking and relating to God and to others. Once we begin to know who God is (and as a result who we are), we have something to invite the world into. Freedom from performance. Freedom from managing our behavior so we appear acceptable to God. Freedom from our addictions, compulsive behaviors, secrecy and double lives. This film tears the veil of confusion over the church’s current identity crisis and enables it to invite the rest of the world to the banquet God is throwing all of us.

The film features emotional interviews with real people going through their mess and subsequent healing, and includes expert witnesses of such men as William Paul Young, author of the NY Times best-selling novel The Shack, Dan Allender, Ph.D, author of The Wounded Heart and Spoken Word Artist Jackie Hill Perry. All of that is interwoven with a production-rich “prodigal son” narrative story shot in Hawaii.

Show notes:

  • Get more details about the movie here – http://heartofmanmovie.com/
  • Movie is out in theaters on September 14th ONLY – out on DVD soon after.
  • Light has to enter into the darkness of our secrets for transformation to be possible.
  • Abuse, addiction, and affairs.
  • When people become authentic storytellers, it grants hope to those of us who are in the dark of our own secrets.
  • Shame and fear are awfully effective motivators.
  • People don’t enter this relationship with Jesus – they enter a relationship with Hell.
  • Millennials aren’t comitted to the affiliations that kept them in hiding.
  • What if Jesus is just asking us to invite us into the darkness?
  • At the very darkest place, you will find that Jesus is there.
  • There is no darkness that I bring to the table that God is not already in.
  • Transformation is not you becoming something that you were not before, but revelating what you’ve been the entire time.
  • I’m not defined by my erratic behaviors, but by who God says I am.
  • All you need is a seed.
  • Music in today’s episode from the score for “The Heart of Man”. Music by Tony Anderson.

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6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Being Muslim



In Episode 21 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with Mohamed Ghilan and Sakinah Kaiser about life as a Muslim. The media, politicians, and even fear-based religious leaders would have us believe that Islam is the enemy, but it just isn’t true.

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Muslims aren’t the enemies of white Christian Americans. Islam isn’t the enemy of Christianity. The enemy is fear and hatred and ignorance. And the only way to combat fear and hatred and ignorance is to move past rhetoric, get past our labels and boxes and actually look our neighbors in the eyes and see the human being across from us.

We’ve got to start listening to each other if we ever want to stop killing each other. Stay tuned. This episode is going to rock your whole freakin world.

Show notes:

  1. Evangelical Christians talk about a “personal relationship with God” – do Muslims think of faith in the same way?

  2. What do you need or want to see from Christians in the U.S. or abroad to squash Islamophobia?

  3. Judaism and Christianity have conservative and liberal interpretations of their religions. Does Islam have something similar? If so, how do conservative and liberal interpretations of Islam differ?

  4. There are Christians in the U.S. who believe they are being persecuted – I wonder how Muslims feel? What does religious persecution REALLY feel like?

  5. I am always hearing that Islam is a “violent” religion, according to some who have read (and likely misinterpreted) the Quran. Where does that stereotype come from?

  6. On the topic of Sharia Law – the Quran states that Muslims are instructed to tax Christians and Jews if they will not convert to Islam – or face the death penalty. This has happened in Syria and Iraq recently – how is this an attitude of Love? How can this be justified? Where is is Grace? 

Sakinah Kaiser is a mental health advocate and blogger from the D.C. area. She writes about bipolar, anxiety, OCD and ADHD issues. Her goal is to help educate the Muslim community and people of color about general mental health. She wants to help people live well with mental illness and to have accurate info to help erase stigma. Learn more about Sakinah’s story by clicking right here. Follow Sakinah on Twitter @themuslimhippie and on her Patheos blog.

Mohamed Ghilan received his PhD in neuroscience in 2015 and is currently pursuing a medical degree at the University of Queensland. He’s been studying Islam with traditional scholars since 2007 and his interests lie in the intersection of theology, philosophy and science, as well as the role modernity plays in shaping cosmological values and beliefs. Follow Mohamed on Twitter @MohamedGhilan and at AndalusOnline.org.

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I was a Pastor When I Nearly Died by Suicide



Episode 20 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast is a bonus episode, in honor of Suicide Prevention Month. In this episode, Steve Austin shares his story of nearly dying, while he was serving as a Christian pastor. Don’t miss this powerful tale of Steve’s darkest night.

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  1. Subscribe to From Pastor to a Psych Ward, Steve’s 13-episode serial podcast, based on his Amazon best-selling book by the same name.
  2. Subscribe to CXMH: A Podcast at the Intersection of Christianity and Mental Health with Robert Vore and Steve Austin
  3. Get Steve’s book, From Pastor to a Psych Ward, for FREE when you subscribe to his free weekly newsletter. Just click here.
  4. Read the original RELEVANT Magazine post.

Resources:

  1. Text HELP to 741741 (for the Crisis Line)
  2. Email steve@iamsteveaustin.com to be connected with mental health professionals in your area.
  3. Call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Music in today’s podcast is by Tony Anderson, from the soundtrack for the upcoming movie, The Heart of Man.


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