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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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Oct 09

6 Mistakes When Reading about Women in the Bible

By Stepanie Long | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Family , Marriage , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

The false teaching that idolizes men, while subordinating and harming women has been allowed to run rampant in the Church in the name of “Biblical Gender Roles” for too long. This teaching reduces women to objects created by God as an afterthought to please and take care of men. It blames women when men lust […]

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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 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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Jun 28

No, You Don’t Have to Go to Church. Here’s Why…

By Guest Blogger | #ConfessYourChurchMess , faith , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

“It isn’t necessary that we stay in church in order to remain in God’s presence. We can make our hearts personal chapels where we can enter anytime to talk to God privately. These conversations can be so loving and gentle, and anyone can have them” Brother Lawrence You Don’t Have to Go to Church I suppose I […]

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Jun 26

I’m a recovering pastor. This is my confession.

By Guest Blogger | #ConfessYourChurchMess , faith , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

My name is Brian. I’m a recovering pastor. And this is my confession. Yes, I’ve been a pastor before. I’ve even quit “for good” twice. I want to confess something to you that many “professional” clergy know, but hesitate to admit. Source: Pexels Confession of a Recovering Pastor Why do we not enjoy admitting this? Many individual […]

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