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.
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.
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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.?
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.
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
Who are you? At the core of your being – who are you? Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation #5 is all about being at peace. When we learn to live in peace with God, others, and (most importantly) ourselves, the wind may howl, the waves may crash, and the thunder may boom all around us, but our hearts remain unshaken.
Welcome to the 5th and final week of Steve Austin’s affirmation episode. This week’s theme: peace. This special feature is a mix of affirmations, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Steve hopes it encourages you to get silent, look deep into your soul, below the surface of all the noise and find out who you are at the core of your being.
Who are you? At the core of your being – who are you? Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation #3 is all about being whole. Being whole – mind, body, and spirit – is Heaven on earth. David Wilkerson said, “Tears come when the last barrier is down – when you surrender yourself to health and wholeness.”
WEEK TWO’S THEME: WHOLENESS.
Welcome to Week Three of Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation episode. Each week, this will be a mix of affirmations, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Steve hopes it encourages you to get silent, look deep into your soul, below the surface of all the noise and find out who you are at the core of your being.
If you have a suggestion for this weekly feature, please email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below. If you’d like to suggest a topic or request Steve’s perspective on a particular word, please reach out!
Music provided by Tony Anderson. Check out Tony’s website here. Tony says, “What I write is simply an overflow of interactions I have with my own brokenness. Some of it comes in dreams – other times it emerges from seasons of sorrow, humiliation, warfare, joy, and pain. In each piece, I am audibly sharing my heart, and it is the highest privilege to hear from people who resonate with it.” Music from the score of “The Heart of Man”. Get information on the film here.