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.
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.
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.
“In Catching Your Breath, Steve offers himself as a companion to those who feel like they are drowning, not as a lifeguard but as a coach saying ‘Hey. You can swim!’” — Andre Henry, Managing Editor, RELEVANT Magazine
“…uncomfortably honest, remarkably compassionate, and beautifully rough around the edges. Thank you for your friendship, Steve. And thank you for this book. Page after page you reminded me that ‘It is finished.’”— Tullian Tchividjian, author of One-Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World and Jesus + Nothing = Everything
“As I was reading Catching Your Breath, I was convinced that Steve had been reading my mind. Thankfully, he had just the words I needed to hear. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.”— Michael Baysinger, host of The Inglorious Pasterds Podcast
I’m not here to argue sacred vs. secular or Sunday vs. Monday. I’m less concerned with a need for theological rightness and far more passionate about kindness.
In the midst of a sometimes-chaotic life, it’s normal to feel breathless.
The harsh reality is this: sometimes, even good eggs crack. In those moments, friends and loved ones get the chance to pad the carton with an extra layer of love.
Beneath all the different things we think we need permission for, I believe what we need is permission to be ourselves. Permission to belong, just as we are.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t forget! I’m giving away a copy of I Like Big Buts this week on the interwebs. All you have to do for a chance to win a free copy of I Like Big Buts is follow me at twitter.com/iamsteveaustin and retweet the pinned post at the top of the page.
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.
“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)
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:
What does it mean to love our enemies?
What is the difference between “Jesus” and “Christ”?
What does it mean to come into Christ consciousness?
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.
Episode 66 of the #AskSteveAustin podcast with Steve Austin is a BONUS episode – A Tribute to Steve’s grandfather, Ben House. In this episode, Steve shares some personal stories and journals, talks about blessings, and shares his grandfather’s favorite Scripture.
Number 6:22-27- “And the Lord said to Moses, Speak unto Aaron and his sons, saying, “Use this wisdom to bless the children of Israel, saying, ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His Face to shine upon you, And be gracious to you, The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace. And they will put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
Deuteronomy 21:5 – “And the priests of the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the Lord, your God, has chosen to minister, and to bless in the name of the Lord; And by their word shall every controversy and every punishment be settled.”
1 Chronicles 23:13 – “And Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, and he and his sons forever, to burn incense before the Lord, to minister, and BLESS in His name forever.”
Welcome to Episode 64 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast with Steve Austin, sponsored by Audible. For a free 30-day trial and one free audiobook, go to audibletrial.com/asksteveaustin – This mailbag episode includes Steve’s responses to listener questions about: people pleasing, boundaries, speaking in tongues, anger, same sex attraction, atheism, and a whole lot more!
Last week, we reached a great big milestone – 25,000 downloads! Thanks to all of my wonderful guests, the messy grace tribe on facebook, and you the listener – this is a big deal! Thank you!
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This week’s questions include:
How do you find the strength to be the most authentic version of yourself, even if it’s bound to disappoint the people closest to you?
How do you personally deal with the fact that just because Jesus can heal someone or fix a situation doesn’t mean he will? How does that affect your faith?
How do you decide when to engage in a conversation or not?
How can we have better conversations with the Evangelical/Fundamentalist brethren?
How did Jesus not punch someone? Or, go absolutely bananas?
What guidance can you give to a Christian who is experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction?
Did you pray in tongues? If you did have the ‘gift of tongues’, do you now believe it was real? Is it something that like the Assemblies of God’s I’ve been to, you practiced? Is it a farce? What are your thoughts now?
Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims all worship the same God?
What is your opinion on atheism?
If you imagine God as a living person, here, now, how do you imagine him/her?