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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

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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)

 


Banish Your Inner Critic

How to Banish Your Inner Critic (with Denise Jacobs)



WELCOME to Episode 57 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, with Steve Austin and Denise Jacobs, author of Banish Your Inner Critic. This show is sponsored by Audible.com – sign up for your free month’s membership at audibletrial.com/asksteveaustin!

Banish Your Inner Critic

Show Notes:

 

Tweetable Moments:

  • The selfishness that leads to self-lessness is called self-full-ness.
  • Changing the brain is driven by where we place our focus.
  • The closer we get to achieving grandeur, the louder the inner-critic becomes.
  • Staying curious is one powerful way to learn from criticism.
  • You have the power to change.

Denise Jacobs is an author, Keynote Speaker, plus Founder and Chief Creativity Evangelist at TheCreativeDose.com – Denise has written a wonderful new book, Banish Your Inner Critic: Silence the Voice of Self-Doubt to Unleash Your Creativity and Do Your Best Work.


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


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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.

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Stop Trying to Change the World (with Brittany Barden)



In Episode 53 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with his friend and former life coaching instructor, Brittany Barden. Brittany is the Millennial’s life coach and one of the founders of StudentHero.org and ApexGenerationLeadership.com. If you’re looking for a powerful conversation about success, dreams, goals, and a little neuroscience, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for!

Show notes:

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Vertellis: Less Small Talk, More Genuine Conversations



Vertellis is all about less small talk, and more genuine conversations. But what the heck is a “vertellis”? Find out more on this bonus episode of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast!

Vertellis

Visit vertellis.com to get yours today!

Retweet the pinned post on Steve Austin’s Twitter account at twitter.com/iamsteveaustin for a chance to win your very own copy of this game!

Music: Bensound.com

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5 Dates with Mike Foster

Why You Should Stop Focusing on Your Relationship Problems (Mike Foster)



Join Steve Austin and Mike Foster on Episode 51 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast for a brand-new look at relationships. If you’re tired of hearing the same old relationship advice, don’t miss this talk about Mike and Jennifer Foster’s new workbook, Five Dates.

5 Dates with Mike Foster

Show notes:

  • Mike Foster describes himself as an imperfectionist and friend of second chancers. He has published wonderfully helpful curriculum like “Freeway” and “Wonderflife” and started the Rescue Academy, which I’ve had the joy of working through. Mike’s work has been featured on Good Morning America, Fox News and in the New York Times, plus an appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
  • Listen and subscribe to Mike’s FunTherapy podcast.
  • Talking styles of men and women (hint: they’re different).
  • What do we need to know if we’re in a relationship with someone who has a lot of past trauma or baggage?
  • What role does compassion play in a relationship?
  • Advice for the couple who says, “we’ve tried everything and nothing has worked”.
  • Marriage counseling usually doesn’t work because: a) people go too late, and b) focusing on problems stirs up more problems and pain.
  • Get the book at FiveDates.co
  • Check out People of the Second Chance at secondchance.org
  • Retweet Steve’s pinned post on Twitter for a chance to win a copy of the Five Dates workbooks!

Tweetable Moments with Mike:

  • Fifty percent of any relationship is one hundred percent you.
  • I’m going to spend the rest of my life helping people feel less alone.
  • … loneliness does not come from being alone, but from being unheard.
  • Complexity keeps people stuck.
  • I want to have compassion anchor every transaction.
  • Don’t work on your problems, work on your togetherness.
  • Men communicate to win and to compete; women communicate to create togetherness and connection.
  • Blame is a quick way to discharge our pain.
  • Oftentimes, the problems we’re facing today come from our family of origin.

Additional Resources:

  • For grace-based goodness from Steve Austin, go to messygrace.com
  • For life coaching tips and more resources, go to iamsteveaustin.com
  • Follow Steve on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Steve Austin’s first book, the Amazon best-seller, From Pastor to a Psych Ward, is now on Audible! It was the #1 new release in the suicide category last week. Steve is giving away free downloads of this new audio book, and all you have to do to snag one is email steve@iamsteveaustin.com if you live in the US or UK.
  • Join the Messy Grace Tribe on Facebook! It’s an exclusive, closed Facebook group for supporters and guests of the podcast. If you’re looking for a way to continue this conversation every single day with other likeminded, grace-filled people, you can sign up for as little as $1 a month by going to patreon.com/iamsteveaustin

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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.

To be a part of conversations like this on a daily basis, JOIN THE MESSY GRACE TRIBE ON FACEBOOK! For as little as $1/month, you can join this exclusive, private group. Go to patreon.com/iamsteveaustin to sign up today.

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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Music: BenSound.com


How to Design a Life Worth Admiring (Stephen Mear)



On Episode 49 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin is joined by Stephen Mear. Stephen is an award-winning choreographer and dancer from England. A two-time Laurence Olivier Award Winner, and Tony Nominee. He has worked on Mary PoppinsHello Dolly, The Little Mermaid, the UK’s version of So You Think You Can Dance, and lots more!

Stephen Mear

Whether you’re a fan of musical theatre or not, this conversation is a great look at what it takes to design a life worth admiring. Stephen talks about such traits as work ethic, respect, humility, the Law of Attraction, and self-care.

Follow @StephenMear on Twitter today!

(And stay tuned until the end of this episode for a preview of Steve Austin’s upcoming book, Overwhelmed.)

 

 


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