By Faith with Christine Hoover

By Faith with Christine Hoover

In whatever we’re doing—working, parenting, serving, suffering—it can be difficult sometimes to see through the fog of the circumstances of life and to know with confidence that God is there, that He’s working in us, and that He’s working through us. How do we live this life by faith? In "By Faith," author and blogger Christine Hoover asks this big picture question by getting into the details and daily lives of her guests: men and women who are walking forward by faith.... Show More

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Christine talks with Alia Joy, author of the book, Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack. Alia wonders if weakness is her spiritual gift. You’ll understand what she means when you listen to this conversation. Alia shares about growing up in poverty and how that formed her. She also shares about the day in her teenage years when she decided to take her own life and what happened that saved her life in the lit... Read more

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Christine sits down with Olga Zapolska to hear her story of watching her home nation, the Soviet Union, dissolve, and how she met Christ after coming out of a communist country. Olga then shares about getting the phone call every mother never hopes to get, a phone call where she learned her son had been killed by a drunk driver. Olga shares how God was near to her even as she was thousands of miles away from her son, how he prov... Read more

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Christine chats with her friend Maegan Clark about when Maegan literally lost everything: her marriage, her dreams of children, a ministry job she loved, and even her home. But she also shares how God has resurrected her life, changed her heart through the pain and difficulty, and what she’d say to all of us who have lost what we most hoped for. 

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Christine is joined by Garrett Kell, who details his dramatic conversion while a student at Virginia Tech and how the gospel changed him and those around him. Garrett then shares about his first years as a pastor and how he hid a secret sin from people in his life. God, in his goodness, brought his sin into the light and the way he did it changed Garrett forever.

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Christine talks with author Sarah Mae about her complicated upbringing, specifically about her relationship with her alcoholic mother. Many people ask Sarah how she knew whether or not she should stay in a relationship with her mom, how she got her own emotional junk together so she could stop unhealthy patterns and behaviors, and how she got to a place where the sadness and pain of her relationship with her mom no longer consum... Read more

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Kicking off Season 5, Christine talks with pastor Afshin Ziafat about growing up Iranian and Muslim at a time when Iranians were hated in America. He shares how someone in his life took the risk of loving him and giving him a Bible, and how that Bible became pivotal in his life many years later. When Afshin became a Christian, it cost him everything to follow Jesus, and he details those painful costs in today's episode, as w... Read more

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Christine is joined by her husband Kyle and together they answer your questions about the podcast season, church planting, ministry, and parenting. Questions answered include:

  • What should you do when you feel your plate is too full? How do you step back well?
  • What were the key factors that influenced you to church plant?
  • What were your fears in church planting?
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  • Christine chats with Kim Ransleben about intentionally living locally and why that requires fighting isolation, homogeneity, and self-preservation. Kim shares gospel truths that help us face feelings of lack, whether financial, spiritual, or physical, and she shares how she's practically trying to serve in her own community.

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    June 3, 2019 42 min

    Christine talks with writer and counselor Lauren Weir about how true greatness means being a servant. Lauren shares how we can cultivate a servant's heart in imitation of Jesus, how service is an expression of affection for him, and how she finds renewal when her service becomes dry. 

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    Christine talks with Amy Blair, founder and CEO of The Batik Boutique in Malaysia. Amy shares how she and her husband knew God was calling them to Malaysia, what she's learned about God and herself through cross-cultural living, and how practicing language skills with a friend led to an opportunity to help women and children escape poverty in her adopted country. 

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    Christine is joined by pastor and author Kyle Idleman, who shares from Hebrews 12 about what faith is and how it gives us confidence to run the race God has set before us. He also shares how we can respond to anxieties and other weights that pull us out of the race. 

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    Christine chats with author and speaker Trillia Newbell about fears that keep us from stepping out and using our gifts to serve: fear of failure, fear of drawing attention to ourselves, and the fear of what others will think. Trillia offers both big gospel truths and practical, everyday ways we can respond when we sense fear rising up within.  

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    Christine talks with pastor and author Winn Collier about the ministry of words through writing and pastoring. Winn shares how he got started writing, what words and books have most impacted him in his life, and what advice he'd give to those who dream of writing.  

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    Carolyn McCulley joins Christine to talk about women and work, how we don’t often within the church talk about the entire arc of a woman’s life, and how this hinders our understanding of biblical womanhood. Carolyn also shares about being single in the church and gives us some super practical things we can all do to cultivate community for our single friends, as well as how we can encourage singles to use their gifts within the ... Read more

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    April 22, 2019 42 min

    Christine chats with Anna Perez about church planting in NYC alongside her husband Rich. Anna shares how, as she says, God has worked out her obedience specifically through church planting. She touches on comparison, trying to fit herself into a cookie cutter formula of what she thought she should do, and how she's come to embrace the calling not just as her husband's but also as her own. 

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    Christine talks with pastor Greg Gilbert about how we can discover grace, let go of guilt, and rest with great assurance in our salvation. He helps us discover the why behind our service and what it means to actually serve by faith rather than from a place of guilt.

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    Christine sits down with Dorena Williamson, a pastor's wife and mom of four, who is passionate about helping others revel in the beauty of the diversity of God's kingdom. She calls this passion "bridge building": seeking to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Dorena shares what bridge building practically looks like in her life, how God is expanding the reach of her message through children, and the... Read more

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    April 1, 2019 46 min

    Christine chats with wife, mom, women's minister, and author Melissa Kruger about how she's cultivated the gift of teaching. Melissa shares about her unlikely start as a teacher, and how she helps other women learn to teach and hone their craft. She says we're all teachers in some form, whether we're teaching our children or counseling a friend over coffee. Melissa gives us helpful advice on growing in our unders... Read more

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    Christine talks with Dr. Russell Moore about what the gift of prophecy is, how we see it in the church today, and how we can endure in our service to others when we're discouraged, weary, or facing criticism.

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    Christine talks with her friend Lori McDaniel about the gift of leadership. Lori shares how she first knew she was a leader, what challenges she's faced as a woman leader, and what leadership looks like for women in complementarian church contexts.

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