Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
There was a time in my life when matters of theology ruled the day. At any given time, you’d find me at my desk with multiple versions of the Bible (primarily KJV), plus a Strong’s Concordance, and various online resources on the computer. I studied the Bible line-by-line, through the lens of my very straight, white, conservative, evangelical upbringing.
The Bible was a tool, to be used to make a point. It was a resource. A double-edged sword.
But it seemed that the Bible was pushing more people away than it was drawing them in. I believed I had a strong faith, but what I actually had was a killer dogma.
A dogma that killed.
The words “faith” and “religion” were used interchangeably back then. And it’s only been in the past five years, since my suicide attempt, that I’ve learned those two words mean two very different things.[clickToTweet tweet=”Faith & religion are two very different things. https://www.brianniece.com/why-everyday-faith-matters/ #graceismessy” quote=”‘Faith’ & ‘religion’ are two very different things. #graceismessy” theme=”style3″]
Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.
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