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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)

 


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:

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  • 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.

big year-ender

The Big Year-Ender! (feat. Devin Balram & Ukulele Tracy)



Episode 45 is THE BIG YEAR-ENDER! This is one awesome and random mashup of messy grace and mayhem. In this episode, Steve Austin chats with musical guest, Devin Balram, plus his friend (and fellow heretic), Tracy Kane, AKA Ukulele Tracy.

big year-enderShow Notes:

Also from the Messy Grace Tribe this week:

Top 3 Listener-Favorite Episodes of 2017:

  1. How Do I Get More Sex?
  2. How to Survive When Your Spouse Tries to Die by Suicide
  3. 6 Ways to Defeat Discouragement Today

Lyrics to, “Weak Sometimes”:

 V1

You’re put to together, you’re so well & put together

That even on your tragic days, you seem fine

You try so hard, to hide that there’s a fight inside

But I can see it in your eyes, that you seem fine

 

Chorus

Who ever said, it was wrong to be weak sometimes,

To cry yourself to sleep, & wake up with your tears barely dry

You might feel like you’re dying, that the end is no where in sight

Who ever said, it was wrong to be weak sometimes

 

V2

You say that pain just gets in the way

Just let it sit, it’ll dissipate

You say that no one’s had a better day,

By dealing with their shame.

Download Devin’s music today – https://noisetrade.com/devinbalram/

Coming up in 2018:

  • Benjamin L Corey
  • Carol Howard Merritt
  • Jay Bakker
  • And we’re getting close to my 50th episode – stay tuned!

Steve Austin is an Amazon best-selling author, life coach, and self-care consultant. Feeling stuck, stressed, or overwhelmed? Get your copy of Self-Care for the Wounded Soul on Amazon today!


I was a Pastor When I Nearly Died by Suicide



Episode 20 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast is a bonus episode, in honor of Suicide Prevention Month. In this episode, Steve Austin shares his story of nearly dying, while he was serving as a Christian pastor. Don’t miss this powerful tale of Steve’s darkest night.

steve austin pastor suicide

Want more?

  1. Subscribe to From Pastor to a Psych Ward, Steve’s 13-episode serial podcast, based on his Amazon best-selling book by the same name.
  2. Subscribe to CXMH: A Podcast at the Intersection of Christianity and Mental Health with Robert Vore and Steve Austin
  3. Get Steve’s book, From Pastor to a Psych Ward, for FREE when you subscribe to his free weekly newsletter. Just click here.
  4. Read the original RELEVANT Magazine post.

Resources:

  1. Text HELP to 741741 (for the Crisis Line)
  2. Email steve@iamsteveaustin.com to be connected with mental health professionals in your area.
  3. Call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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.

You can also listen on iTunes or Podbean.

Music in today’s podcast is by Tony Anderson, from the soundtrack for the upcoming movie, The Heart of Man.


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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.

You can also listen on iTunes or Podbean.


What is The #AskSteveAustin Podcast?



 

In this brief introductory episode, Steve Austin introduces himself and the whole idea of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast.

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  • Who is Steve Austin?
  • Who is this show for?
  • What are we going to talk about?
  • Who is welcome here? Why should I listen?

Get the answers to those questions and more in this short, 10-minute mini episode.

Want to schedule self-care coaching with Steve Austin? Go to iamsteveaustin.net/coaching

Follow Steve’s blog at iamsteveaustin.com and email your questions to steve@iamsteveaustin.com

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Music on today’s show by Bouwakanja.

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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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