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Each episode of Halfway There features an ordinary Christian sharing their story of spiritual formation on the journey of life with God. Go beyond the classic Christian testimony into the ups and downs, the joys and the difficulties of being a Christian in the 21st century. Our guests offer insights and hope from their own stories. If you ever wondered if God is active and alive, this show is for you.

Halfway There Eric Nevins

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 80 Ratings

Each episode of Halfway There features an ordinary Christian sharing their story of spiritual formation on the journey of life with God. Go beyond the classic Christian testimony into the ups and downs, the joys and the difficulties of being a Christian in the 21st century. Our guests offer insights and hope from their own stories. If you ever wondered if God is active and alive, this show is for you.

    355: Caris Snider and Hope Over Anxiety

    355: Caris Snider and Hope Over Anxiety

    Caris Snider is a speaker, author, coach, and podcaster. Her latest book is There’s an Elephant on My Chest, a picture book for children she wrote to help kids understand what anxiety feels like. Today, Caris shares her story of growing up in a Christian home in the Bible belt feeling like she had to be perfect. Trying to live up to her beliefs led to anxiety and depression until she was willing to accept help. Caris shares with us how she found hope over anxiety and the Lord’s closeness during the process. Caris’ story reminds us that we need community and don’t have to be perfect to be loved.
    Listen to Caris’ story in your favorite podcast player today!
    Children's Picture Book- There's an Elephant on My Chest
    Stories Caris shared:
    Overcoming anxiety and helping others
    Growing up in Alabama in a Christian family as a twin
    Her mom’s example as a prayer warrior
    Having to overcome cerebral palsy on the left side of her body
    Trying out for cheerleader and not making it
    Studying early childhood development
    Meeting her husband who was in a Christian boy band
    Buying her own childcare center and realizing that it wasn’t for her
    The season of uncertainty after giving up the childcare center
    Trying to pull herself up by her bootstraps and finding it impossible
    Having anxiety attacks with increasing frequency
    Trying to numb her pain by not eating
    Having a miscarriage and how that affected her
    Realizing she had to accept help to get out of her depression
    Giving up the idea of perfection for herself
    Learning the identities that the Lord has for her
    Writing books about anxiety and helping others
    Great quotes from Caris:

    When I looked up the things I was believing were proven to be lies.
    I had to recognize that help was not bad.
    I had to stop believing that I had to be perfect to be loved by Him.
    Those struggles are real but there is real hope.

    Resources we mentioned:
    Caris’ website
    There’s An Elephant On My Chest by Caris Snider
    Car Line Mom Devotional: 100 Days of Encouragement for the Mama Who Gets Everybody Everywhere by Caris Snider
    Related episodes:
    Edith Leland and Intimate Friendship with God
    Jon Fugler and Ditching Performance Christianity
    Christy Boulware and Love That Casts Out Fear

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    • 52 min
    354: Jacci Turner and Tumbled People

    354: Jacci Turner and Tumbled People

    Jacci Turner is an author, spiritual director, trainer of spiritual directors, and a retried trauma therapist. Today, Jacci shares her story of discovering the Lord at camp, serving as a trainer for campus ministers for decades, and how her growing understanding of God’s love changed everything. She lost her position and became an outcast from a community she loved. Jacci shares how she got through that difficult season and how spiritual direction helped her see the way through the spiritual desert. Jacci’s story reminds us that we all get a little tumbled by life but that the Lord makes something beautiful out of us all in the end.
    Listen to Jacci’s story in your favorite podcast player now!
    Stories Jacci shared:
    Growing up as a daughter of a produce
    Finding Jesus “for the first time” as a child
    Praying for Jesus to take away her nightmares
    Forgetting her relationship with God as a teenager
    Giving her life to Christ as a teenager at camp
    Going to college and learning Scripture
    Growing in love for the LGBTQ+ community
    Leaving her organization by invitation
    The pain of becoming an outcast because of her position
    The dreams she had during this painful season
    Starting a group called Shalom for church wholeness
    Experiencing Jesus even through the difficult times
    The identities she had to let go in order to get through the spiritual desert
    How a spiritual director helped her through her issues with the church
    What spiritual direction is and why it is valuable at every stage of the journey
    Spiritual cairns in the desert
    Great quotes from Jacci:
    If I never get to Hollywood, I still want to follow you.
    As we got to know them, they didn’t become our gay friends. They became just our friends.
    Look to hope. Find hope in people, in God, in the books, in Scripture, in the forest, wherever you can find it.
    Resources we mentioned (affiliate links):
    Jacci’s website
    Tumbled People: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Your Faith by Jacci Turner
    The Gravity Center
    The Divine Hours (Volume Two): Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime: A Manual for Prayer by Phyllis Tickle
    Yes And…Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr
    Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul: Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World by John Philip Newell
    Related episodes:
    Cliff Haddox and The Story that Grows With You
    Phileena Heuertz and Christian Contemplation
    Suzanne Stabile and How Enneagram Heals Relationships
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    • 49 min
    353: Sam Black and The Journey of Freedom

    353: Sam Black and The Journey of Freedom

    Sam Black, author of The Healing Church: What Churches Get Wrong About Pornography, and Director of Life Change Education at Covenant Eyes. Today, Sam shares how his life changed when he was first exposed to pornography, how it became a crutch for him, and why it’s so destructive. He explains the inner turmoil he felt which often kept him from church but then, he discovered a community that allowed him to be honest about his addiction. Plus, Sam tells us how to get started making your church a place that’s safe, too. Sam’s story reminds us that God’s grace is enough for everyone regardless of what sin they struggle with.
    Listen to Sam’s story in your favorite podcast app now!
    Stories Sam shared:
    Why he wrote The Healing Church
    Growing up in Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida in a “hypocritically violent” home
    Being exposed to pornography at 10 years old
    How pornography became an escape for him
    The messages that he received from his church
    How his wife came to Christ
    The relationship between how much pornography and service
    Believing that he could not live up to a Christian life
    Going to an event at his wife’s church
    The marriage class that became a safe space
    How his life changed as he was able to be vulnerable
    The spectrum of how the Church handles problems
    How to be the safe person for your community
    Great quotes from Sam:
    No one comes to the Father except through the Spirit. And the Spirit was doing a number on me.
    What part of James 5:16 do we not believe?
    What we need is a safe place with a safe process where it’s okay to come as you are.
    Resources we mentioned:
    Sam’s website
    The Healing Church: What Churches Get Wrong about Pornography and How to Fix It by Sam Black
    Covenant Eyes – Code for one month free: safeguard
    Strive Program
    Related episodes:
    Rob Lohman and Breaking Addiction
    Rose Ann Forte and Letting Go of Shame
    Christy Boulware and Love That Casts Out Fear
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    • 51 min
    352: Lyndsey Medford and Releasing Expectations

    352: Lyndsey Medford and Releasing Expectations

    Lyndsey Medford is a writer and speaker living with a rare autoimmune disorder in the crumbling empire of the American South. Today, Lyndsey shares what her disorder was like as a child, the pressure she felt to make her story a redemptive one, and the kind response of the Lord who only wanted to be with her. We talk about how to develop a holistic view of yourself and the spiritual implications of doing so. Learning to listen to God, to our bodies, and to one another is a crucial discipline for the spiritual journey. Lyndsey reminds us that doing so means letting go of expectations and learning to simply be with God.
    Listen to Lyndsey’s story in your favorite podcast player now!
    Stories Lyndsey shared:
    Moving and finding herself back with family
    Her experience of learning to live in her body
    Growing up in North Atlanta and how church was part of her life
    Experiencing an autoimmune disorder as a child
    Praying for healing a lot
    The pressure she felt to turn her story into a redemptive one
    What the Lord said about her suffering
    The idol of productivity and how her time on the couch addressed it
    How studying theology shaped her faith
    Asking questions about what it means to be human and vocation
    Experiencing an intense depression after college
    Understanding incarnation and empire
    Great quotes from Lindsey:
    I did have a strong sense of having a relationship with God and being loved by God and that didn’t depend on being good at suffering or hiding my suffering in the ways I though it did at the time.
    To turn [suffering] into a nice pretty story while it’s still happening is an unfair pressure we put on people.
    I’ve been told all my life that there’s things you have for me to do. So when are we going to do them?
    When we are really still, God is inviting us to let of some of the expectations about ourselves that no longer serve us.
    Resources we mentioned:
    Lyndsey’s website
    My Body and Other Crumbling Empires: Lessons for Healing in a World That Is Sick by Lyndsey Medford
    Related episodes:
    Becky Castle Miller and Trusting Your Emotions
    Skye Jethani and Living Life with God
    Jim Barnard Finds Hope in Suffering through Community
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    • 55 min
    351: Matt Fagioli and Beyond Check Box Faith

    351: Matt Fagioli and Beyond Check Box Faith

    Matt Fagioli coach, consultant and a serial entrepreneur. His company is called Certain Success and he works with business owners and entrepreneurs to help them grow amazing Christ centered businesses while becoming (as closely as possible to) exactly what Jesus intended for them to be. Today, Matt shares his upbringing in the Roman Catholic church, why he decided to return to church after he had children, and how the pandemic shifted his perspective. He also tells the story of discovering that there is so much more to walking with Jesus than checking the boxes on the Christian to do list. He’s found a new way of relating to the Lord. Matt’s story reminds us that wherever you are now on the journey, the Lord has more to show you.
    Listen to Matt’s story now in your favorite podcast player!
    Stories Matt shared:
    Wrestling with how to be a Christian business owner
    Growing up in the Philadelphia area in a Catholic school
    Not thinking very much about the Lord during his 20s
    Wanting something more at a time in life when he had it all
    Asking around for a church and going to an Evangelical church for the first time
    Beginning to investigate Christianity
    Giving his life to Christ and wanting to change everything
    Believing that he did all the right things as a Christian
    Checkboxing his faith
    How Covid changed his business and life
    Business events that changed his trajectory
    How suffering has helped him grow
    Learning to ask the Lord every day who he is
    What the experience of listening to the Lord is like for him
    Leaving his bag at the airport and how God spoke to him
    Great quotes from Matt:
    The front door for me was worship.
    I spend massive amounts of time speaking to the Lord but not a lot of words are said.
    Resources we mentioned:
    Matt’s website
    Dirty Disciple by Matt Fagioli
    Living Fearless: Exchanging the Lies of the World for the Liberating Truth of God by Jamie Winship
    Related episodes:
    James Bryan Smith and Loved Beyond Imagination
    Phileena Heuertz and Christian Contemplation
    Brian Zahnd and The Beauty of Christ
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    • 54 min
    350: Beth Allison Barr and Christian Curiosity

    350: Beth Allison Barr and Christian Curiosity

    Beth Allison Barr is the James Vardaman Professor of History at Baylor University and author of the book The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth. Today, Beth shares how she grew up knowing Jesus, learning that there were some things women didn’t do, and how intellectual curiosity is deeply important for her spiritual journey. We also discuss how knowing Church history and taking a curious approach to biblical interpretation can shape our faith in positive ways. Beth’s story reminds us that understanding church history with an inquisitive mind is a vital part of Christian growth.
    Listen to Beth’s story here or where you get your podcasts.
    Stories Beth shared:
    Growing up in a Christian family in Texas
    Never not knowing faith in Jesus and getting baptized as a young woman
    Realizing that there were expected gender roles in high school
    Using her intellectual curiosity and how that clashed with a literal interpretation of the Bible
    The distinction between man’s interpretation of God and who God really is
    Meeting her husband
    Seeing churches regressing in terms of intellectual curiosity
    Why KJV only is problematic
    Why historical context is critical to understanding texts
    How medieval history can help us now
    Being angry at God and the letters of despair that helped her
    When God spoke to her after her husband was fired
    Historical context and how it helps our hermeneutic
    Great quotes from Beth:
    My parents were never afraid of me being curious.
    My story fits into a story that’s a lot bigger than me and I’m thankful to be part of that story.
    Historical context does not diminish the Bible as God’s Word. It just helps us better understand God’s Word.
    God does not look like the white, Evangelical church.
    Resources we mentioned:
    Beth’s website
    The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth by Beth Allison Barr
    The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark
    The Showings by Julian of Norwich
    Related episodes:
    Aaron Niequist and Swimming in the Eternal Current
    Aimee Byrd and Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
    Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer and Becoming an Agent of Good
    Kristen Du Mez and Knowing Church History
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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80 Ratings

80 Ratings

ChristianGrowthCoach ,

Inspiring

Love the different guests and topics on walking out faith. Eric is a great host and draws out the gold in each guest’s testimony. Very encouraging!

@kimstewinspired ,

Amazing stories of God working in so many lives

I so appreciate Eric and his guests serving up the “real” stories of living out their faith, as it’s not always pretty, but it’s always inspiring to my soul. No matter where you are on your journey, there’s no doubt you will see yourself in some of these stories and how powerful God works in our lives. I highly recommend you tune in! Kim Stewart | Book Marketing Mania for Christian Authors

roseannforte ,

Inspirational for Sure!

Thank you for bringing us the stories that matter!

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