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“…all our many blessings.” (A Tribute to My Grandfather)



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.

Show notes:

  • 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.”
  • To My Grandpa – The One with Alzheimer’s (blog)
  • If I had Spoken at My Grandfather’s Funeral (blog)

In Memory of Benjamin Norris House, Sr.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Make His face shine upon you,

Be gracious to you,

And give you peace.


Ask Me Anything: AskSteveAustin.com

Mailbag Episode: Ask Me Anything!



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 milestone25,000 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!

GIVEAWAY! For the next four weeks, I’m going to be giving away a paperback copy of my book, Self-Care for the Wounded Soul, plus a $25 Amazon gift card. All you have to do for your chance to win is leave a 5-star rating & review on iTunes. Take a screenshot of your review and email it to me at steve@iamsteveaustin.com – I’ll be giving away a copy of my book and an Amazon gift card every week for the next four weeks. Leave a review. Email it to me. It’s that simple. Good luck! And thanks for listening.

Ask Me Anything: AskSteveAustin.com

Show notes:

  • Have you followed my blog? This week on the blog, I shared a couple of new posts. One about the most depressing thing Jesus ever said, and another with 5 podcast episodes you don’t want to miss. Check those out, plus information on my life coaching and more at iamsteveaustin.com
  • My new book, Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm, is due out in October! Want to stay up-to-date with all that’s happening with this new book? Join the launch team at catchingyourbreath.com! Subscribers get a free excerpt of the book, exclusive bonus content, and details on how to join the launch team.
  • Are you a member of the Messy Grace Tribe on Facebook? It’s an exclusive, closed Facebook group for supporters and guests of the AskSteveAustin podcast. If you’re looking for a way to continue this conversation every single day with other like-minded, grace-filled people, join the Messy Grace Tribe on Facebook! You can sign up for as little as $1 a month by going to patreon.com/iamsteveaustin. If you’re looking for a safe and diverse community of people who care about compassion, unity, and humanity – and aren’t obsessed with denomination, dogma, or doctrine, join The Messy Grace Tribe on Facebook! Sign up at patreon.com/iamsteveaustin

This week’s questions include:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. How do you decide when to engage in a conversation or not?
  4. How can we have better conversations with the Evangelical/Fundamentalist brethren?
  5. How did Jesus not punch someone? Or, go absolutely bananas?
  6. What guidance can you give to a Christian who is experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction?
  7. 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?
  8. Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims all worship the same God?
  9. What is your opinion on atheism?
  10. If you imagine God as a living person, here, now, how do you imagine him/her?

Connect with Steve:


Good News: Life is Hard and Then You Die

Good News: Life is Hard, and Then You Die. (feat. Sarah Robinson)



This week on Episode 63 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin welcomes his dear friend and fellow writer, Sarah J. Robinson. In this episode, the two look at the real meaning of joy in the Bible. Don’t miss this conversation on the most depressing thing Jesus ever said. Music in Episode 63 by Jon Scott.

Good News: Life is Hard and Then You Die

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a message that read, “Life sucks.” And I responded, “Yep. It’s a promise from Jesus.” This episode is all about that. Well, kinda.

Many of us want to believe that Christianity is about the end of suffering, pain, and hard times. We want the successful Christian life to equal health, wealth, and happiness. But we forget that before Jesus ever resurrected, he was betrayed, mocked, beaten to a bloody pulp, nailed to a cross, and buried. This is a conversation about hard times. And hope. And cultivating joy in the midst of it all.

Show Notes:

Related Resources:


Jamie the Very Worst Missionary

The Very Worst Missionary (feat. Jamie Wright)



On Episode 61 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve sits down with Jamie Wright, author of the new bestseller, The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever. *Warning: if you’re a prude, you may want to skip this episode (or it could be exactly what you need). Jamie is the perfect balance of faithful and foul – listen at your own risk

The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever

The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever, began as a blog, to chronical everyday dumbness, hilarious ineptitudes, and downright disasters of a wannabe world-changer who some days would rather just stay in bed. When to her surprise, her blog wins a large and passionate following (including Steve Austin), she begins to see that maybe a “bad” missionary – awkward, doubtful, and bare-butt honest – is exactly what the world and throngs of American do-gooders need.

This book will NOT take “a literary dump on your soul,” like Jamie says is possible. But it WILL, in parts, cause you to throw your head back and belly laugh. In the foreword of this book, here’s what Jen Hatmaker says, “…this broken down world and our busted-up human hearts deserve better than a list of rules and a church that emphasizes fitting in over true belonging.” (Be sure to listen to the entire episode for a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of this fantastic new book!)

Author Jamie Wright is a writer and speaker best known for her snarky faith and lifestyle blog, The Very Worst Missionary. As a passionate advocate for missions reform and humanitarian aid that is sensible, meaningful, and enduring, she has traveled the world sharing her experience with churches, nonprofits, and universities. She procrastinates in Northern California, where she lives with her family, two dumb dogs, and an evil cat. For more information please visit www.theveryworstmissionary.com

Show notes:

  • Support Steve’s Kickstarter for Catching Your Breath, at KickstartMyBook.com
  • Theological shifts
  • Book writing
  • Becoming The Very Worst Missionary
  • Steve’s short-term missions trips
  • The truth about missions agencies
  • Where you come from matters
  • “God will not be swallowed like a pill to cure the herpes of your soul…”
  • Jamie’s experience with mental illness
  • Remaining faithful while having doubts
  • How do we encourage honesty and vulnerability in our children?
  • What is it about the truth that makes people so uncomfortable?
  • For those of us post-Evangelical Christianity, what happened? Did the church change? Did we? Where do we go from here?
  • Jamie’s least-favorite Christianese phrases
  • Do you believe the Church of Jesus Christ is the Hope of the World?
  • How should we respond to people who disagree with us theologically?
  • Why are you still such a passionate follower of Jesus, even though you’re obviously a terrible missionary?
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    • “Gettin’ Our Church On,” by the Drew Hale Band.
    • “Not Crazy,” by Act of Congress ActOfCongressMusic.com

Follow Jamie Wright on Twitter and Facebook. Get the book here.

Follow Steve Austin on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and his blog.

Support Steve’s Kickstarter for his upcoming book, Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm, by going to KickstartMyBook.com today!

Listen to the #AskSteveAustin Podcast on Spotify


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.

Grace: A Divine Vulgarity (feat. Tullian Tchividjian & Drew Hale)



Hello and WELCOME to episode 59 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, featuring Drew Hale and Tullian Tchividjian, with Steve Austin. This show is sponsored by Audible.com – sign up for your free month’s membership at audibletrial.com/asksteveaustin!

Did you listen to the Good Friday bonus episode? If not, you’re going to want to do that. It features confessions and laments from Rev. Liz Edman, Paul Young, Sarah Simmons, JJ Landis, Robert Vore, and so many other friends. Check it out today!

And if you’re experiencing a dark night of the soul, be sure to read this week’s blog, “Hope for the Forsaken: A Doxology of Darkness” at iamsteveaustin.com – while you’re there, check out info on my life coaching, follow my weekly newsletter, and so much more.

Show notes:

 

Tullian’s Tweetable Moments:

  • Grace is a Divine vulgarity.
  • In the world of performancism, success equals life and failure is tantamount to death.
  • What we do is important, but it is infinitely less important than what Jesus has done for us.
  • Christianity is not about good people getting better.
  • Rebellion and conformity are often opposite sides of the same coin.
  • There’s a big difference in grace a lot vs. grace alone.

 

 


looking for god in the darkness

Looking for God in the Darkness



Content Warning: In this episode, we talk about suicide, self-harm, and abortion.

Welcome to Episode 58, a special Good Friday episode of The #AskSteveAustin Podcast. If you’re in a hard time, experiencing a dark night of the soul, wondering where on earth God has gone, you are welcome here.

looking for god in the darkness

This episode originally aired on CXMH Podcast for Good Friday 2017, as a way for friends of the show to stand with us in the tension between crucifixion and resurrection, acknowledging that there are parts of our stories that still haven’t been healed. The truth is, at some point, we’ve all found ourselves looking for God in the darkness.

Show Notes:

Let The Darkness Shape You by L.J. Vanier (read by Steve Austin)
We Don’t Talk About This On Good Friday by Sarah Simmons
Trusting Through the Suck by Steve Austin
Pierced By a Song by Rev. Liz Edman
When Jesus Comes Into Our Great Sadness by William Paul Young
The Work of the People by Stephanie Gates
Stigma by Dan from Canada
A Litany for Survival by Audre Lorde (read by Grace Sandra)
Take and Eat by J.J. Landis
Finding God in the Tension by Robert Vore

Music used:


Sarah Simmons is a writer, learner and creative mess. She’s been an accidental youth pastor, and helped run a mentoring program for church leaders. She’s in love with redemption, pancakes and fish tacos. (Website) (Twitter)

Abuse, addiction, and a suicide attempt weren’t the end of Steve Austin’s story. Steve is host of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, an author, speaker, and life coach.. (Website) (Twitter)

Liz Edman is an Episcopal priest, a political strategist, and the author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity. This year, she created and co-organized Glitter+Ash Wednesday, a project to increase the visibility of progressive, queer-positive Christians. She lives in New York City with her two awesome sons.   (Website) (Facebook) (Twitter)

Paul Young is author of The Shack, Crossroads, Eve, and Lies We Believe about God. (Website) (Twitter)

Stephanie Gates writes, edits, and raises a bunch of kids in Denver, Colorado. (Website)

Grace Sandra is a social & racial justice advocate, wife, mama and a writer of blogs & books. (Website) (Twitter)

JJ Landis is the author of Some Things You Keep: Letting go. Holding on. Growing up., a memoir about growing up after the suicide of her mother. She writes about parenting, marriage, and getting through the day. (Website) (Twitter)

Robert Vore is a writer, speaker, and Suicide Prevention instructor. (Website) (Facebook) (Twitter)

 


Healing Spiritual Wounds

Healing Spiritual Wounds (Carol Howard Merritt)



Welcome to Episode 56 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, with Steve Austin and Rev. Carol Howard Merritt. Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to reconnect with a loving God after experiencing a hurtful church? In Episode 56, we talk about Carol’s wonderfully helpful book, Healing Spiritual Wounds.

Show notes:

Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (@CarolHoward) is a minister whose writing, speaking, and teaching is anchored in theological wisdom and sociological insight. She’s a sought-after keynote speaker, especially on the topic of ministering in a new generation.

When not at a podium, pulpit, or an airport, Carol can be found in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her pastor-activist husband, Brian Merritt, and their daughter, Calla. You can follow Carol’s work at carolhowardmerritt.org


Namaste' Project

The Namaste Project & Spiritual Self-Care (with Dr. Holly Oxhandler)



Welcome to Episode 55 of #AskSteveAustin Podcast, with Steve Austin and Dr. Holly Oxhandler. The show is sponsored by Audible.com – sign up for your free month’s membership at audibletrial.com/asksteveaustin!

Namaste' Project
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Housekeeping:

  1. Hot off the presses! I’m in the news. Go to Deseret News.com today and read her story on the epidemic of despair that is plaguing our country.
  2. I’m launching a Kickstarter campaign in the next few weeks, so save your pennies! If you believe in what I’m doing and you’d like to sponsor this new book, Catching Your Breath, please keep your eyes peeled for the launch of my Kickstarter.
  3. Follow the blog at iamsteveaustin.com for practical self-help tips and self-care advice from my perspective as a life coach and former pastor. (Also – sign up for my newsletter and get a free excerpt from my upcoming book, Catching Your Breath.)
  4. Are you interested in life coaching? I offer free consultations to anyone who’s ready to take their life, business, or relationship to the next level. Get all the details at iamsteveaustin.com and clicking on the coaching link.
  5. The #AskSteveAustin podcast is sponsored by Audible.com, and if you’re an Audible customer, my Amazon best-selling memoir, From Pastor to a Psych Ward, is now available! Want to listen to my book for free? Go to audibletrial.com/asksteveaustin
  6. Are you a member of the Messy Grace Tribe on Facebook? It’s an exclusive, closed Facebook group for supporters and guests of the AskSteveAustin podcast. If you’re looking for a way to continue this conversation every single day with other like-minded, grace-filled people, join the Messy Grace Tribe on Facebook! You can sign up for as little as $1 a month by going to patreon.com/iamsteveaustin.
  7. Music this episode by Act of Congress, and “Angel Band” by The Stanley Brothers.

The Namaste’ Project and Spiritual Self-Care – Questions:

  1. Could it be dangerous to have these conversations? Are there situations where this kind of talk could be harmful?
  2. What kind of impact could it have if helping professionals like LCSW’s started focusing on the whole person?
  3. How do you think holding sacred space for clients could impact their progress, recovery, or just everyday lives?
  4. What does the word Namaste’ mean, and what is this new project?
  5. What if you are a social worker who claims no faith or your religion is completely different from your client’s? How would that impact the client’s care?

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. You can follow Holly online at HollyOxhandler.com  and on Twitter @HollyOxhandler


AskSteveAustin Podcast

Mailbag Episode: Ask Me Anything! (with Steve Austin)



Welcome back to the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, episode 54, sponsored by Audible. This mailbag episode includes Steve Austin’s responses to listener questions about: faith, abuse, boundaries, stillness, and more!

Show notes:

  • For a free 30-day trial and one free audiobook? Just go to audibletrial.com/asksteveaustin
  • Follow blog at iamsteveaustin.com
  • My new book, Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm, is due out in September! Want to stay up-to-date with all that’s happening with this new book? Sign up at catchingyourbreath.com! Subscribers get a free excerpt of the book, exclusive bonus content, earlybird discounts, and details on how to join the launch team.
  • Leave a 5-star rating and review on iTunes for a shoutout on the podcast!
  • Music by Act of Congress
  • Are you a member of the Messy Grace Tribe on Facebook?  You can sign up for as little as $1 a month by going to patreon.com/iamsteveaustin. If you’re looking for a safe and diverse community of people who care about compassion, unity, and humanity – and aren’t obsessed with denomination, dogma, or doctrine, join The Messy Grace Tribe! Sign up at patreon.com/iamsteveaustin

This week’s questions:

  • When you know you’re called to speak out against toxic theology (or other toxic systems), what do you do to keep yourself from getting poisoned in the process? Speaking out against it also means being exposed to it, which can make me feel sick sometimes because it’s so toxic.
  • What does the word faith mean to you?
  • Did your relationship with God and your faith change radically after you dealt with the abuse that happened to you?
  • In your opinion, how does Jesus move through the Sacraments?
  • When you’re overwhelmed, how do you practice stillness without becoming more overwhelmed by all the things you’re not doing while practicing stillness?
  • How do you slow down without stopping?
  • I no longer trust my therapist. Can I just leave her?
  • What are some boundaries you recommend all people put in place?
  • How do you set boundaries with people who don’t respect your boundaries?
  • What is your perspective on 1 Corinthians 2:11?
  • What’s the reason you do all that you do – podcasts, blogs, books, speaking, life coaching, etc.?

Tweetable moments:

  • You’ll make more progress by telling people what you’re for, rather than what you’re against. The world is tired of divisiveness and negativity.
  • Faith is trust in what we cannot see. Faith is a gritty hope that better days are coming. It’s the embrace of Mystery. It’s a belief that there is some power greater than we can possibly comprehend that is ultimately working for our good.
  • Abuse impacts us at the level of our trust, but Jesus was abused too.
  • Boundaries remind me that I still belong. They’re a marker.
  • The Spirit of God in me recognizes the Spirit of God in you.