Category Archives: Sermon on the Mount

The Beatitudes, Scandal, & Queerness

The Beatitudes, Scandal, & Queerness (feat. Liz Edman)



Welcome to episode 77 of the #AskSteveAustin podcast with Steve Austin, featuring Rev. Liz Edman. In this episode, we’ll be talking about The Beatitudes, Scandal, and the Queerness of God. The Reverend Liz Edman is a New Yorker, by way of Arkansas. She’s a political strategist, Episcopal Priest, and author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity.

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The Problem with Arrogant Religion #AskSteveAustin

The Big Problem with Your Arrogant Religion (feat. Arthur Harrison)



Episode 76 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast with Steve Austin continues the Sermon on the Mount Summer series, with an interview with Steve’s friend and pastor, Arthur Harrison. In this episode, the guys discuss the problem with arrogant (showy) religion. The Biblical text featured in this episode is from Matthew 6:1-18.Pre-order Catching Your Breath today!

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About Arthur:

Rev. Arthur Harrison is a father and a husband before he is anything else. It is his highest and favorite calling in life. In his other time, he is the executive pastor at Alabaster First United Methodist. Before serving in Alabaster, he served congregations in Pell City, AL; Front Royal, VA; and Huntsville, AL. in youth ministry, children’s ministry, and pastoral ministry. He has a Masters of Divinity Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In addition to local church ministry, Arthur previously served as a chaplain intern for UAB University Hospital, currently serves as a chaplain with the United States Army Reserve, and is in the process of completing his certification to serve as a law enforcement chaplain with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.


Grace for Today: Paul Young

You Have the Grace You Need Today (feat. Paul Young)



In Episode 75 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with Paul Young about having the grace we need for today. Paul is the author of The Shack, Crossroads, Eve, and Lies we Believe about God. This continues our Summer series on The Sermon on the Mount.

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Tweetable Moments:

  • Being invited into someone else’s story is the kiss of grace.
  • Marriage would be so much easier if there weren’t another person involved.
  • Worry is not a fruit of the spirit.
  • When you deal with fear, you can either trust or control.
  • In a world where you can’t trust God, it seems that money is a really good option.
  • Money doesn’t give a damn about you.
  • This is the day. You get grace for one day. You don’t get grace for something that doesn’t exist yet.
  • The opposite of more is enough.
  • To the degree that fear controls you, that is the degree to which you don’t know that you are love.
  • We have to grow up and become a child.
  • Freedom will always feel irresponsible, especially if you’ve carried the weight of the world on your shoulders.

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Other Episodes Featuring Paul Young:

  1. The Journey to Wholeness in a Time of Polarization (also feat. Ed Bacon)
  2. The Heart of Man
  3. Looking for God in the Darkness
  4. The Shack & Lies We Believe about God (Part 1 – CXMH Podcast)
  5. The Shack & Lies We Believe about God (Part 2 – CXMH Podcast)
  6. My first interview with Paul (2011).

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Jon Scott: Blessed are the PeaceMakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers (feat. Jon Scott)



Welcome to Episode 73 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast with Steve Austin, featuring Jon Scott. This Summer, we’re talking through The Sermon on the Mount, and in today’s conversation, we talk about peacemaking. Jon Scott is the host of the Holy Heretics Podcast and lead minister at Unity of Chattanooga.

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Tweetable Moments:

  • Humans want love before we even want food and drink.
  • I want to be the guy who is drawing the bigger circle.
  • I’d rather have the Peace of God than to have my piece of God.
  • Peace is only possible if I believe it is.
  • I believe peace comes from us, not to us.
  • Instead of praying for peace, we should be living from it.
  • Don’t dispel the other, merge them.
  • Social media is a perfect experiment for radical peace.
  • Call out the bullshit without shitting on other people.
  • If you’re going to preach peace, you can’t do it with a sword in one hand and a gun in the other.
  • Peace calls me to a place where I learn that I don’t have enemies. I live in a world where I have friends.
  • You create the world from the inside out.

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The Sermon on the Mount: Divorce

Divorce is an option, but is it the best?



Welcome to Episode 72 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast with Steve Austin, featuring Ryan Brown. This Summer, we’re talking through The Sermon on the Mount, and today’s conversation dives deep on the topic of divorce. Ryan is an Enneagram 2 and a child of divorced parents, with lots of wisdom to share.

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About Ryan:

Ryan C. Brown is a passionate community organizer specializing in community relations, curriculum development, and event programming within the greater Los Angeles area. Ryan has a strong passion for Social Justice and culture initiatives and serves as a Community Advocate through panel discussions, community events, public awareness campaigns, and resource coordination on topics such as: racial inequality, environmental challenges, and community collaboration. Ryan is also motivated to mentor and develop youth by encouraging creative problem-solving techniques and strategies and frequently volunteers his time speaking in classrooms and in small groups throughout Los Angeles. He currently serves as the host for The Mission Podcast, a monthly, faith-based, social justice conversation and also writes for his personal blog, rcspeaksla.com.

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judge not with teer hardy

Judge Not (feat. Teer Hardy)



Welcome to Episode 71 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast with Steve Austin, featuring Teer Hardy. This is the 2nd episode of our Summer series on the Sermon on the Mount. Teer is a family man, pastor, co-host of the Crackers and Grape Juice Podcast, and just recently published a book, I Like Big Buts with a couple of his podcasting friends.

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Tweetable Moments by Teer:

  • Judgment is a trap. We think it’s about sin and judgment, but we’re really just setting ourselves up.
  • Just like in the days of feasts and sacrifices, we’re not letting God’s forgiveness, wash over us like the waters of our baptism did, and cleanse us.
  • Forgiveness is not a right we have, but a gift to us that transforms the way we view our whole lives.
  • Forgiveness is the crux of the whole Gospel. Without that, Jesus is just a nice guy doing some cool stuff.
  • Christ invites you to shed the labels and the things that we’ve done wrong and step into this new life in Christ.
  • “Love the sinner, hate the sin…” is not in the Bible.

 

Scripture References:

  • “The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him.Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.” Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt.

    9-10 Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her. “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?”

    11 “No one, Master.”

    “Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.” (The Message, John 8:37)

  • “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.“Don’t be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don’t reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you’re only being cute and inviting sacrilege. (The Message, Matthew 7:1-6)

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Sermon on the Mount: Ed Bacon

Love is the Center of Everything (feat. Ed Bacon)



Welcome to Episode 70 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast with Steve Austin, featuring frequent guest of the show, Rev. Ed Bacon. This episode launches our Summer Series on The Sermon on the Mount. For the next several weeks, Steve will be interviewing pastors, teachers, and friends on selected verses from the Matthew, chapters 5-7. Today, Steve asks Ed three big questions:

  1. What does it mean to love our enemies?
  2. What is the difference between “Jesus” and “Christ”?
  3. What does it mean to come into Christ consciousness?

Sermon on the Mount 1: Ed Bacon

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