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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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My strongest desire of all? To belong.
Dec 16

When you’re tired of all the fighting.

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , faith , mindfulness , self-care , Self-help , The Struggle With Church

“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great…” -Maya Angelou(from Braving the Wilderness, by Brene Brown) The Worst Kind of HangoverWhen I started writing Catching Your Breath, I knew I’d have to get really honest. No pretense. No […]

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Feb 06

A Spiritual Misfit’s Journey: Faith Like Lego’s

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

My little boy is a Lego-maniac. He’s only six-years-old, but he’s got a brilliant imagination and is meticulous with the details. At least once a month, his grandmother takes him to a “build night” at the local Lego store. Forthe first few months, on build nights, Ben would get a small kit and follow the […]

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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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