Category Archives: Religion

Jesus is Big Down Under

Jesus & Retaliation (with Bec Ray)



Steve Austin’s friend, Bec Ray (The Aussie Princess), joins the podcast for another look at The Sermon on the Mount! We’ll talk about mental health, justice, & and retaliation.

Alternate titles:

  1. Jesus is Big Down Under
  2. Jesus is Sassy AF
  3. We’re all One Decision away from Being in Prison

About Bec:

Bec Ray is training to be a sassy Anglican priest in Perth, Western Australia. She’s worked in parish churches and as a chaplain in women’s prisons (she likes a captive audience for her preaching). Bec is a liberal Anglo-Catholic which means she likes to affirm everyone except those she disagrees with. She likes the bells and smells of high liturgy and the prayers are written down in a book by someone much holier than she.

Scripture Reference:

Matthew 5: 38-42 “Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

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jesus social worker

Jesus was a Social Worker (with Dr. Holly Oxhandler)



In Episode 79 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast with Steve Austin, Dr. Holly Oxhandler joins Steve to talk about salt and light. This continues our series on The Sermon on the Mount.

Dr. Holly Oxhandler is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and an Assistant Professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Holly studies religion/spirituality, health and mental health, and is especially interested in whether and how mental and behavioral health therapists discuss their client’s religious/spiritual beliefs in treatment. She developed and validated the Religious/Spiritually Integrated Practice Assessment Scale, has written for numerous academic journals, and her research has been featured in the Washington Post, Consumer Affairs, Religion News Service, Baptist News Global, and more.

Holly lives in Waco, TX with her husband, Cory, and the couple has two children: Callie (2012) and Oliver (2016). She loves to read, paint, meditate, learn about others’ stories over a cup of coffee, and most of all, spend time with her loved ones.

Follow Holly at hollyoxhandler.com and listen to her every week on the CXMH Podcast.


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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Music by BenSound


Masturbation and How to Stop Disappointing Jesus

Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness (with Brad Polley)



In Episode 78 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with Brad Polley, co-host of the Inglorious Pasterds Podcast. In this episode, we talk about the Beatitudes, the meaning of “righteousness”, and spanking the monkey.

Alternate Titles:

  1. The Beatitudes and Masturbation
  2. Spanking the Monkey with Brad Polley
  3. The REAL Reason Paul went Blind
  4. The Beatitudes: Who Cares?

Masturbation and How to Stop Disappointing Jesus

Show Notes:

  • I don’t think Joel Osteen preaches on this very often.
  • What’s about to come after this is completely upside down and backward. Nothing about this is how society works.
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit? Blessed are those who mourn? The modern church doesn’t believe any of this.
  • “There’s more opportunity for God when you’re at the end of your rope.” What are you even talking about?
  • The Kingdom of God is a completely upside down reality. The path of Jesus is the path of downward mobility.
  • Grace is a level playing field, whether you like it or not.
  • “Grace isn’t opposed to hard work, but it is opposed to earning.” Dallas Willard
  • You can’t buy or earn your way into God’s Kingdom.
  • When you’re poor, you don’t have much to defend.
  • When you’re mourning or meek or a peacemaker, you aren’t trying to defend things.
  • We mentally ascent to these words, but we keep them at arm’s length.
  • What does “righteousness” mean? I think Jesus is talking about an inner posture.
  • If you deal with the internal life, the external life will take care of itself.
  • Prohibition just increases the temptation.
  • When righteousness is your posture, everything else takes care of itself.
  • “To the extent that you live in fear, that is the extent to which you don’t know that you are loved.” -Paul Young
  • Sometimes hungering and thirsting for righteousness might be calling the therapist.
  • IngloriousPasterds.com
  • Music by: Act of Congress

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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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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.

Show Notes:

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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Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm

Catching Your Breath: Chapter 1 (feat. Steve Austin)



Episode 74 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast is a bonus episode! This episode features Steve Austin, reading Chapter 1 of his brand-new book, Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm. The book is available for pre-order now on Amazon, in both e-book and paperback format. Click here to order yours today!

 

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Endorsements:

  • “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

Tweetable moments:

  • 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.

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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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Show notes:

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.

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.

 

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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