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The Problem with Arrogant Religion #AskSteveAustin

The Big Problem with Your Arrogant Religion (feat. Arthur Harrison)



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.Pre-order Catching Your Breath today!

Show notes:

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About Arthur:

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.


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.

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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  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


The #AskSteveAustin Podcast

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.

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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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Following Jesus Out of the Evangelical Church

Following Jesus Out of the Evangelical Church



In Episode 41 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with David P. Gushee, author of the brand-new book, Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism. Tony Campolo says, “Still Christian takes us on the journey of a Christian leader who endeavors to maintain his integrity while navigating his way from a rigid fundamentalism with its right-wing political agenda into a progressive worldview.” Listen now at AskSteveAustin.com or on your favorite podcasting app!

Following Jesus Out of the Evangelical Church

A piece of my journal from March of 2016 says this:

I’m too liberal for the Republicans and too conservative for the Democrats. I’m a 30-something Southerner, born and raised in the buckle of the Bible Belt. I was dunked by the Baptists, spoke in tongues in the Assemblies of God, went to a Church of God college, returned to my Baptist roots as a youth pastor, became a Methodist, and now agree with about 80 percent of the Catholic Church’s teachings. I attended George W. Bush’s first inauguration as a senior in high school but have voted Democrat in the last election. I study the King James Bible with a concordance but I read The Message on my iPhone for enjoyment, while having a glass of wine and smoking a cigar.

I’m a walking contradiction.

Maybe there was once room for people like me. Maybe everyone is like me, if we’re all honest with each other. But our culture no longer allows contradictions. I run from discussions with other Christians because it almost always ends poorly. A loss of friendship, a loss of faith, a loss of fervor. I’m tired of being burned.

When many people of faith force it to be an either/or battle of choosing sides, how do you find your voice without losing your soul? This is what today’s episode with David Gushee, author of Still Christian, is all about.

Some questions from today’s conversation:

  • What’s it like to become a born-again Christian in 1978, during the Presidency of Jimmy Carter and the formation of the Religious Right?
  • How has stepping away from American Evangelicalism impacted the way you pastor and parent?
  • What is life like for you, as a pastor or Christian leader, when church life in America seems to be on the decline?
  • Do you have any advice for folks like me, who are in the midst of a personal deconstruction of faith…on how to hold onto their faith, while not abandoning their intellect or ignoring the questions?
  • Is the Bible literally true?
  • How similar were the religious wars of the 1980’s to whatever we’re experiencing today with the marriage of President Trump and the Religious Right?
  • If we look at life through the lens of American Christianity, politics, and culture in 2017 – when do we compromise, and when we do we stand our ground?
  • Do you have any advice for Evangelical Christian pastors who feel stuck, Sunday after Sunday, with the obligation to support their family pressing right up against their secret affirmation of the LGBT community, or their support of women, or their disdain of the President?
  • You have been described as “every liberal’s favorite evangelical” and you have also been described as “every liberal’s least-favorite evangelical”. Which one would you rather be, and why?
  • You are an anti-torture, pro-environment, LGBTQ-affirming, academic…and yet you seem to still consider yourself a Baptist? If so, how and why?
  • After all that you’ve been through, how is this not just a book about a disillusioned ex-Christian?

Favorite quote? “I’m disillusioned. But I’m not an ex-Christian.”

Music: BenSound.com

“Hey Jesus” by Trey Pearson

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Is it Time to Rethink Church?



Is it time to rethink church? In Episode 33 of The #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin welcomes Ryan Dunn to the conversation. Lots of folks have been wounded by the church. And others feel that the church has lost touch with modern life. Does that sound like you? Or are you a clergy person, struggling to connect with those who have walked away from traditional church? If any of those examples sound like you, don’t miss this episode!

rethink church

Show notes:

  • Is church just a thing we do for an hour on a Sunday morning?
  • What do we think about when we think about church?
  • What is it about the Church that makes you want to walk away?
  • Can people of faith really ever walk away from the church?
  • What advice do you have for pastor’s to re-engage with people who have walked away?
  • “Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors” – why does this phrase matter today more than ever?
  • How should the church respond in trying times like these?
  • The church should be an invitation to authenticity and intimacy.
  • How does someone continue to live with their questions, but not run (or disengage) from a church who is constantly giving them the answers?
  • A lot of times when it comes to faith, we’re aiming at moving targets.
  • What if we created a church community around the questions?
  • One Thing Depressed People Need from the Church (by Steve Austin)
  • Scars and Church (by Steve Austin)
  • Music: “Sunny” https://www.bensound.com

Ryan Dunn bio: Convinced that social media is increasingly where people gather, Rev. Ryan Dunn seeks to help the church meet the world through online relationship building. He currently serves with United Methodist Communications as the chief blogger, editor, and social media minister for the Rethink Church initiative. His prior work experiences include youth pastor, sports blogger, web marketer, and radio producer.

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Church should be an invitation to authenticity and intimacy.