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Category Archives for "faith"

Jan 25

Trailer Trash

By Steve Austin | faith

My Dad owned a mechanic shop in our tiny, rural Alabama town. My Momma kept this kid whose Momma worked at the bank for $1/hr. Everyone was poor, unless they lived on the river. Or worked for Alabama Power. I wasn’t that lucky. We went to garage sales, not because my parents wanted to find […]

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Jan 17

Be Honest or Die

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Messy Grace , Recovery , Religious Recovery

Have you ever found God in an unlikely place? I didn’t plan to be sipping on orange juice, cranberry, and vodka while smoking a Macanudo  and reading Brennan Manning’s “All is Grace”. I didn’t plan it this way. Really. I didn’t plan to be doing all of this while enjoying a 50-degree sunset from Lookout […]

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Jan 07

This World is Cruel but God is Love.

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Messy Grace

I learned a great lesson about messy grace in a high school classroom. I’m eavesdropping on a high school conversation. An openly gay boy, talking to a girl who is eleven weeks pregnant. The boy asked, “How awkward was it [telling your parents]?” And she responded, “Daddy threw a couple of things and cussed me […]

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Dec 23

The Chaos of Christmas

By Steve Austin | faith

Have you ever thought about the chaos of the Christmas story? An unwed, pregnant teenage girl. A long road trip in a stinkin’ hoopty to pay the IRS. Farmers in a field, following something like a UFO to a far away land. Flea bag motel. Giving birth at the vet’s office. Sounds pretty chaotic, right? It was […]

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Dec 22

“You’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch! You’re the king of sinful sots!”

By Steve Austin | faith

He was a mistake from the very beginning. Brought about by a wrong wind… A mistake, but he didn’t start out bad. He started out innocent, but different. Nobody starts out evil. He was just like all the other Whos in Whoville…he just looked a little different. An eight-year-old with a beard. An outcast. Nobody […]

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Dec 06

Broken Is Better

By Guest Blogger | faith

Lilli held her freebie coloring book and box of 5 crayons she had gotten yesterday from the grocery store. “Do you want to color with me?” she asked. Of course I did. She opened to a double page that had not yet been colored. “This side is mine, this side is yours, Mommy.” Lilli shook […]

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