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.
Jesus is Big Down Under
Jesus is Sassy AF
We’re all One Decision away from Being in Prison
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello, friend! I’m Steve Austin, welcome to this special edition of the #AskSteveAustin podcast. On Episode 62, Steve Austin lets you in on the heart behind his upcoming book, Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm. For the past month, people have been donating to the Kickstarter campaign at KickstartMyBook.com, helping make this book a reality. The Kickstarter ends May 2nd – and we’re working really hard to reach the $10,000 goal, so listen to this episode for excerpts from the book, answers to listener questions, and several songs by Devin Balram.
So – what is Catching Your Breath all about?
After writing four other books, why this one, and why now?
What was the toughest part about writing this book?
What is the most important message you like for readers to take from this book?
What is your Enneagram number?
What do you do when being optimistic and joyful is your goal, but you’re having a less-than-perfectday?
If there was one sentence, one paragraph, one page, one chapter that you really wanted listeners to grasp, what would it be?
What can I expect to get out of the book? How do you plan on actually helping me get from chaos to calm? Is this just another dime-a-dozen book? What about the book is uniquely, “Steve Austin”
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!
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.
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Music this episode by Act of Congress, and “Angel Band” by The Stanley Brothers.
The Namaste’ Project and Spiritual Self-Care – Questions:
Could it be dangerous to have these conversations? Are there situations where this kind of talk could be harmful?
What kind of impact could it have if helping professionals like LCSW’s started focusing on the whole person?
How do you think holding sacred space for clients could impact their progress, recovery, or just everyday lives?
What does the word Namaste’ mean, and what is this new project?
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
In Episode 40 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin shares some encouragement from his own life for folks who feel hopeless. If you’re ready to give up, tired of running, or feel like you’re drowning, please listen to this very personal bonus episode.
This Holiday Bonus Edition of the #AskSteveAustin podcast features Steve Austin and Robert Vore, chatting about several snarky (but honest) self-care tips for the holidays.
Self-Care Tips for the Holidays
The holiday season is upon us. I can hardly stand the excitement of family get-togethers and out-of-town guests. No, really…I can hardly stand it. If you dread the holidays as much as me, today’s bonus episode includes a whole list of ways to guard yourself against the holiday chaos everyone somehow looks forward to every single year.
Robert Vore has worked for various ministries & non-profits in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and England. His writing has been featured on The Mighty, Relevant Magazine, Charisma News, Thought Catalog, Patheos, and more. Robert also co-hosts a podcast on Christianity & mental health called CXMH, as well as being a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Instructor for groups of any size. He is currently working towards his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.