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Category Archives for "#ConfessYourChurchMess"

Why I'm Trying Out Church Again for the First Time
May 26

Why I’m Trying Out Church Again for the First Time

By Steve Austin | #ConfessYourChurchMess , Best of Messy Grace , faith , Messy Grace , Millennials , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

“I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships, so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside.”-Wm. Paul YoungDead InsideFor a while now, my Christian friends have laughed (or cringed) at my response to theological talk. I usually say something like, “I […]

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Nov 30

Following Jesus Out of the Evangelical Church

By Steve Austin | #ConfessYourChurchMess , Ask Steve Austin , Best of Messy Grace , Current Events , faith , lgbtq , Messy Grace , Millennials , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With 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 […]

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Oct 02

How to Reconstruct While You Deconstruct Your Faith

By David Hayward | #ConfessYourChurchMess , faith , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

I’ve been thinking a lot about deconstruction: the changing of our beliefs, the loss of faith, the shift in our religious habits and behaviors, and the transformation of our inner and social selves. This is what I help people do. I’ve been doing it for many years. Deconstruct Your Faith One of the things I […]

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Aug 23

The Truth about Millennials and Church

By Steve Austin | #ConfessYourChurchMess , Best of Messy Grace , faith , Messy Grace , Millennials , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

“Only those who recognize the extent of their wounds and their wounding can be made well.”-Rachel Held Evans,  Searching for SundayI’m a 30-something Millennial, and a former pastor. Most folks would assume that combination would make me pretty cynical. For a while, they would have been right. While I was railing against toxic people and […]

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Jul 31

Finding the Will to Forgive Spiritual Abuse

By Steve Austin | #ConfessYourChurchMess , faith , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

This is the final installment in the #ConfessYourChurchMess series. Follow the conversation on Twitter, and catch up on the other posts by clicking here. Forgiving Spiritual Abuse We’ve all seen the headlines. We’ve heard the horrible things done to people in the name of God. Some of you have lived those very ugly experiences. How […]

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Jul 17

Christianity: My ‘but’ always gets in the way…

By Steve Austin | #ConfessYourChurchMess , Best of Messy Grace , faith , Messy Grace , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

Growing up in the Bible Belt, life seemed fairly simple – you were either “sinner” or “saint”, Alabama or Auburn, Republican or Democrat – Christian or not. But these days, I’m not so sure. Nothing is certain. And that isn’t just the biggest part of my church struggle, it’s the biggest part of my faith […]

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