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Most of our days aren’t lived on the high peaks or low pits but right in the middle - that is where our life actually happens. The Middle with Daniel and Heather Ritchie is a weekly podcast discussing it all from relationships, cultural events, theology and parenting. They will bring their passion, humor, creativity, and more than 15 years of ministry experience into each conversation with the hope of encouraging you as you navigate whatever journey you are in the middle of right now.
 
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Being a good spouse and a good parent is hard. Being a good spouse and parent while also in ministry is stress to the max. Doing all of that during COVID and an election is almost unfathomable. This week we're talking about how to managed all of that with Roland and Tammy Martinez. They have dedicated themselves to teaching and discipling others. I…
 
Josh has been the Lead Pastor of 2ND Conway since September 2018. He met his wife, Jacki, at Criswell College where they both earned degrees in Biblical Studies. He holds a B.A., Masters of Arts, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree. He began full-time church ministry in the Fall of 2001 and has served primarily in and around Dallas TX. Josh…
 
It seems like the contentious nature of our day is stressing relationships to the point where friendships are being broken up and bridges are being burnt. This week, we look at the Christian response when people are hurt and sinned against. We're looking at forgiveness. This is a sermon that Daniel preached this past Sunday at Denver Baptist Church…
 
David serves as the Lead Pastor for First Baptist Church of Orange Park, Florida and is founder of the First Family Network of churches and campus locations. He is also the founder of Battle Ready Men, an organization that seeks make disciples of men and empower them to be the primary disciplemakers of their family. You can read David's writing HER…
 
After a bit of a hiatus, we're back! This week we fill you guys in on all the things that have gone on in our family & ministry while also sharing what God has been teaching us. Heather mentions our "Thrill of Hope" episode this week and you can find that episode HERE. As always, thanks for listening and don't forget to be kind!…
 
This week we are trying something a little different here at The Middle. We wanted to share a sermon that Daniel preached at our home church. We feel that this sermon is incredibly timely for many of us as we wonder what God is doing in this season. We pray this is an encouragement for you to not stop and to trust God's plan as He seeks to turn the…
 
One of the most common questions that I get from people in the moments after I speak is how they can share their testimony. For me sharing my story takes a lot of forms: from the stage, small groups or one-on-one in everyday life. Regardless the circumstance, I think these three aspects are crucial for honoring God in your story. We take a quick lo…
 
Obviously, we cannot control a lot of things in our lives. 2020 has proven that like never before. But learning to cope when you feel out of control can help you manage your stress, your emotions and even alter your perspective as you live in a difficult season. This week we look at 3 ways to navigate stress regardless of what you find yourself in …
 
There are phrases that are used in Christian culture that, though common, aren't necessarily true. Today, we look at the phrase, "God will never give you more than you can handle." As we talk not only do we see that is not Scripturally true but that God does want you to have trials that go far beyond what YOU can handle. Many of us may say we are i…
 
Daniel was born without arms and therefore lives a life very differently from the majority of the rest of the world. Aside from having to adapt to doing everything with his feet, today he shares what it’s like to live differently in society. Heather also gives her perspective on being married to a non-typical person and how that affects their marri…
 
We are incredibly excited here at The Middle because this episode falls on the one year anniversary of starting this podcast!!! We certainly understand that this episode comes in the midst of collective brokenness and hurt that is gripping our nation. While addressing and lamenting the hurt of our day, we talk about the practice of choosing to focu…
 
Robert Lane has been a friend for almost 20 years and is a brother in ministry that I deeply respect. He has been a missionary for 15 years in spots all across the planet. I pray this conversation will challenge you as you see what it means to support a missionary while still being on mission yourself.…
 
The nation is reeling with riots and months of quarantine stress and we know the only place to turn is to God. Romans 8 is one of the most theologically dense pieces of scripture, yet so full of God’s character and promises and hope. Heather and Daniel walk through some of their favorite portions of this chapter today to remind yourself of the good…
 
Parenting is an incredible challenge that is filled with mountains and valleys. Parenting in quarantine has been a challenge all its own for many of us. Yet, this time brings an amazing opportunity for us to lead our kids through suffering as well as affording us the chance to model how to hold onto hope when circumstances are hard. We dive in to t…
 
Joe Thorn is the founding and Lead Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, IL. and a graduate of Moody Bible Inst. (BA) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv). He and his wife Jen have four children. You can follow Joe on Twitter - @JoeThorn. You can find the podcast Joe co-hosts along with Jimmy Fowler HERE.…
 
Upon recently learning a longtime hero of our faith, Ravi Zacharias is in his final days, many are paying tribute to his life and what it meant to them. We felt the same and also wanted the chance to share many Christian leaders who have encouraged and shaped our faith with their lives and ministries. Each is unique. Hopefully at least one will be …
 
The shocking death of Ahmaud Arbery became public knowledge last week. We are lamenting with many of you over his death and the evil that pervades America for those of color. Today, we wanted to walk through the beginning layers of identifying white privilege, the active lingering fruit of white supremacy in our nation, and the steps we can take to…
 
Every time I talk with Dayton - whether it is about family, ministry, preaching or even sports - I come away encouraged and challenged. I know that's the way you'll feel once you listen to my conversation with him as we talk through the dangers of ministry, church planting and the tension of the church & race. Dayton Hartman is a husband, father, p…
 
These days have brought us plenty of hurt, fear, isolation and despair. Finding the hope in these circumstances can be SO hard. What do I do? How can I comfort friends? The trite Christian phrase can be to just “hope in the gospel.” Which is true, but left by itself isn’t helpful at all. This week, we dive into the dynamic, robust hope of the gospe…
 
Quarantine may have you feeling like there is too much “togetherness” with those you love the most. We’re feeling that too but we are also trying to redeem all this time together as a married couple. Today we are sharing how we are trying to serve one another, love and grow together in a time that is extra stressful. We hope if you have been marrie…
 
Daniel Darling is the Senior Vice President for Communications for National Religious Broadcasters. Dan is a bestselling author of several books, including Teen People of the Bible, Crash Course, iFaith, Real, Activist Faith, The Original Jesus, The Dignity Revolution, The Characters of Christmas and the forthcoming, A Way With Words, releasing in …
 
This week we’re having a party at The Middle!! This week is episode number 52. Obviously this is an odd number but with our special episodes and what we’re doing at The Pastor’s Corner, we weren’t sure whether to count them as an episode or not. Since we have gotten to a year’s worth of episodes, we felt we needed to celebrate with all of you. To d…
 
How do I know if my preaching or teaching is boring or ineffectual? What do I do if my pastor is a terrible preacher? How do I discern what preaching is biblically faithful? These are a few of the questions we deep dive into in this show from two perspectives: a pastor and a congregation member. Let this encourage your growth as a pastor, your grac…
 
This wide-ranging conversation with Jared covers gospel-partnership, discipleship while social distancing and gospel faithfulness - all while we have quite a few laughs. Jared C. Wilson is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Spurgeon College, Author in Residence at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, General Editor of For The Church (a…
 
What are you doing to celebrate Easter this year? Today we are sharing the very simple things we decided to do to still make Easter feel special to us and our kids in quarantine this year. We hope this encourages you to think through what fits best for your family in this season and bend all our hearts in greater worship of Jesus. https://www.gospe…
 
This past Sunday we took some time to watch the livestream service from Passion City Church. Louie Giglio preach a sermon entitled, "Where Is God?" where he looked at the hearts of the disciples on the day wedged between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. On that Silent Saturday, the disciples certainly had questions, fears and doubts. Among those ques…
 
In this episode of The Pastor's Corner, we take time to sit and talk with Brian Dye. Brian is the head of Legacy Disciple which is a disciple-making conference for urban young adults. He also works with The Chicago Partnership which is an organization that works with church planting and leadership development in the Chicago area. This is a master c…
 
This week we had a chance to talk with author and professor Karen Swallow Prior. Karen is brilliant, witty and loves Jesus - and all of those things are plainly seen in this conversation. In the times of trial we find ourselves in these days, this is exactly the conversation we need. You can find Karen's Amazon author page HERE. Karen's Social Medi…
 
Hope from the word of God is what our souls need the very most of all right now. Not more statistics or stockpiles of supplies. Daniel and Heather teach through the two passages of Scripture that God is using to specifically encourage their hearts amidst the immediate implications of quarantine for the Coronavirus. You will also receive a thrill of…
 
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