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Pilgrimage to Pando

What is Pando?



On this bonus episode of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin chats with participants in the Pilgrimage to Pando, sponsored by Pando Populus and the Western Aspen Alliance. What is Pando? Why does it matter? Why does everyone from an Episcopal priest to a Muslim rapper to Maria Shriver and the Gangsta Gardener care so much about 106 acres of woods in Utah? Listen to this episode to find out.

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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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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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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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The Night Rev. Ed Bacon Nearly Died by Suicide

The Night Rev. Ed Bacon Nearly Died by Suicide



Episode 68 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast is a BONUS Episode, featuring Steve Austin’s friend and spiritual mentor, Rev. Ed Bacon. This audio comes at a time when many of us are grieving the deaths of Kate Space and Anthony Bourdain. Rev. Bacon recently offered deep insights into the epidemic of despair, sharing his own personal story of the night he nearly died by suicide.

Ed Bacon is an Episcopal priest, speaker, and author of 8 Habits of Love. Now, after decades of leading churches, he travels from his Alabama home, teaching across all spiritual paths as well as in non-religious contexts how our Oneness in Love overcomes our separateness in fear. He also works to help save the Pando forest in southern Utah. You can follow Ed at edbacon.co and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

Are You Grateful? (feat. Diana Butler Bass)



Are you grateful? Join Steve Austin and Diana Butler Bass on Episode 60 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast. Could gratitude change your life, family, community, service, and politics? You are going to love this conversation about the transformative power of giving thanks!

Show notes:

With the morning birdsong,

My heart echoes thank you.

With the rustling sounds in the kitchen,

My heart echoes thank you.

With the early noise in the suburbs,

My heart echoes thank you.

With the awakening words of day,

I add my voice and say thank you.

-“Gratitude,” Diana Butler Bass

Tweetable Moments from Diana:

  • Gratitude’s greatest strength is that it is a feeling. And gratitude’s greatest weakness is that it is a feeling.
  • Gratitude helps us live as our best selves, even in very difficult circumstances.
  • Gratefulness gave me the capacity to look back over all the places I had been and read it differently.
  • Gratefulness turns the past to empowering, instead of disempowering.
  • Because of gratitude, tragedy doesn’t have to be the last word.

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The Journey to Wholeness in a Time of Polarization (Paul Young & Ed Bacon)



To celebrate the 50th Episode of the #AskSteveAustin, Steve Austin welcomes Paul Young and Ed Bacon to the show. In this episode, the three friends talk about the journey to wholeness in a time of religious and political polarization.

Ed Bacon is an Episcopal priest, speaker, and author of 8 Habits of Love. Now, after decades of leading churches, he travels from his Alabama home, teaching across all spiritual paths as well as in non-religious contexts how our Oneness in Love overcomes our separateness in fear. He also works to help save the Pando forest in southern Utah. You can follow Ed at edbacon.co

Paul Young is author of The Shack, Crossroads, Eve, and Lies We Believe about God. On Paul’s website (wmpaulyoung.com), he asks the question, “Is it possible to craft a space for community and conversation free of the divisiveness of politics or religion or ideology…a space for you to explore life, God, the world and what it is to be fully human, and to do so alongside a growing group of friends?” If that sounds like a place you’d like to belong, you are going to LOVE the 50th episode. Welcome, friend!

Show Notes:

  1. This week’s special guest host is Princess Caroline Austin, with a special rendition of her favorite song from Disney’s Moana.
  2. What are we talking about when we talk about wholeness?
  3. When it seems like everyone is standing across the great chasm, shouting at each other, all of those things sound great – but what does it look like in real life to make or become the bridge?
  4. Ed recently said, “I passionately believe that the myth of the separate self or even of the separate political or cultural or religious group is a delusion.” What does this mean?
  5. Paul says, “Anywhere you find good in this world you are witnessing the active expression of the activity of God and human participation in the life of God.”
  6. Paul Young doesn’t believe that God blesses anyone’s politics.
  7. Paul and Ed respond to 2 listener questions.
  8. Ed tells us the 9th Habit of Love, which didn’t quite make the book.

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Other episodes you can’t miss:

  1. The Wonderful Truth about Heaven and Hell (with Ed Bacon)
  2. The Shack and Lies We Believe about God (with Paul Young)
  3. The Shack and Lies We Believe about God (Part Two – with Paul Young)
  4. Liturgy of the Forsaken (feat. Paul Young)
  5. The Miracle and the Mystery of Christmas (with Ed Bacon)
  6. Forgiveness is the Death of Ego (with Ed Bacon)
  7. Faith that Heals Bigotry and Bodies (with Ed Bacon)

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Following Jesus Out of the Evangelical Church

Following Jesus Out of the Evangelical Church



In Episode 41 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with David P. Gushee, author of the brand-new book, Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism. Tony Campolo says, “Still Christian takes us on the journey of a Christian leader who endeavors to maintain his integrity while navigating his way from a rigid fundamentalism with its right-wing political agenda into a progressive worldview.” Listen now at AskSteveAustin.com or on your favorite podcasting app!

Following Jesus Out of the Evangelical Church

A piece of my journal from March of 2016 says this:

I’m too liberal for the Republicans and too conservative for the Democrats. I’m a 30-something Southerner, born and raised in the buckle of the Bible Belt. I was dunked by the Baptists, spoke in tongues in the Assemblies of God, went to a Church of God college, returned to my Baptist roots as a youth pastor, became a Methodist, and now agree with about 80 percent of the Catholic Church’s teachings. I attended George W. Bush’s first inauguration as a senior in high school but have voted Democrat in the last election. I study the King James Bible with a concordance but I read The Message on my iPhone for enjoyment, while having a glass of wine and smoking a cigar.

I’m a walking contradiction.

Maybe there was once room for people like me. Maybe everyone is like me, if we’re all honest with each other. But our culture no longer allows contradictions. I run from discussions with other Christians because it almost always ends poorly. A loss of friendship, a loss of faith, a loss of fervor. I’m tired of being burned.

When many people of faith force it to be an either/or battle of choosing sides, how do you find your voice without losing your soul? This is what today’s episode with David Gushee, author of Still Christian, is all about.

Some questions from today’s conversation:

  • What’s it like to become a born-again Christian in 1978, during the Presidency of Jimmy Carter and the formation of the Religious Right?
  • How has stepping away from American Evangelicalism impacted the way you pastor and parent?
  • What is life like for you, as a pastor or Christian leader, when church life in America seems to be on the decline?
  • Do you have any advice for folks like me, who are in the midst of a personal deconstruction of faith…on how to hold onto their faith, while not abandoning their intellect or ignoring the questions?
  • Is the Bible literally true?
  • How similar were the religious wars of the 1980’s to whatever we’re experiencing today with the marriage of President Trump and the Religious Right?
  • If we look at life through the lens of American Christianity, politics, and culture in 2017 – when do we compromise, and when we do we stand our ground?
  • Do you have any advice for Evangelical Christian pastors who feel stuck, Sunday after Sunday, with the obligation to support their family pressing right up against their secret affirmation of the LGBT community, or their support of women, or their disdain of the President?
  • You have been described as “every liberal’s favorite evangelical” and you have also been described as “every liberal’s least-favorite evangelical”. Which one would you rather be, and why?
  • You are an anti-torture, pro-environment, LGBTQ-affirming, academic…and yet you seem to still consider yourself a Baptist? If so, how and why?
  • After all that you’ve been through, how is this not just a book about a disillusioned ex-Christian?

Favorite quote? “I’m disillusioned. But I’m not an ex-Christian.”

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“Hey Jesus” by Trey Pearson

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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.

faith that heals bigotry and bodies

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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