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When Life Gives You Lemons: How to Re-frame Failure and Move On
Apr 24

When Life Gives You Lemons: 8 Ways to Re-frame Failure

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Courses , goals , life coaching , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help , stress management , Videos , Webinar

​As Lindsey drove me home from the hospital, I wondered what was next. How does a failed minister start over? Would anyone want to hear anything I had to say? The fear, self-hatred, and shame threatened to choke any hope of new life out of me, before I ever had a chance to start over. If […]

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Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of my Faith
Apr 17

Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of My Faith

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

“Until and unless Christ is experienced as a living relationship between people, the Gospel remains largely an abstraction. Until Christ is passed on personally through faithfulness and forgiveness, through concrete bonds of union, I doubt whether he is passed on by words, sermons, institutions, or ideas.”-Richard RohrBRAAAAAAAINSI don’t talk to my kids about the Bible […]

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The Death of My Childhood Faith
Feb 10

Missing Jesus: The Death of My Childhood Faith

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

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”- C.S. Lewis (Prince Caspian)“I’m struggling hardcore, missing Jesus,” That’s the text I sent to my buddy Michael, three days before Christmas. I’ve had to sit with the uncomfortable truth that exists in this story for the past couple of […]

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Dec 19

Celebrating Christmas When My Faith is Full of Doubt

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

I’m not sure why you clicked on this story, but I feel like it should come with a disclaimer. The goal of this article is not to get you to say “Happy Holidays.”  I’m not a soldier in the “War on Christmas.” Leave the baby Jesus in the manger and say “Merry Christmas” to whomever […]

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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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Jul 03

Christians! Do you have questions for God?

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

“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”― Shannon L. Alder I’m a Christian, but I’ve had questions for God for many years. My wondering started way back in high school. The familiar questions and answers about faith […]

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