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Candid. Conversations with Jonathan Youssef

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Join Jonathan Youssef for a candid look at the Christian faith. Each week, Jonathan will tackle tough issues, answer the hard questions, and will host thought-provoking conversations with respected Christian leaders. Topics include theology, Biblical parenting, healthy sexuality, world religions, engaging a post truth world, and so much more.

Join Jonathan Youssef for a candid look at the Christian faith. Each week, Jonathan will tackle tough issues, answer the hard questions, and will host thought-provoking conversations with respected Christian leaders. Topics include theology, Biblical parenting, healthy sexuality, world religions, engaging a post truth world, and so much more.


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Join Jonathan Youssef for a candid look at the Christian faith. Each week, Jonathan will tackle tough issues, answer the hard questions, and will host thought-provoking conversations with respected Christian leaders. Topics include theology, Biblical parenting, healthy sexuality, world religions, engaging a post truth world, and so much more.






Episode 31: A Candid Take on COVID-19

Jonathan Youssef offers timely Biblical encouragement for believers during the COVID-19 crisis. He also shares the importance of welcoming and addressing difficult questions from your children in trying times. To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:


Episode 30: Al Mohler: Netflix and the Coronavirus

There are 169 million Netflix users, 28 million Hulu users and 74 percent of Americans have subscriptions to online streaming services. In just three short months, Disney+ had 28.6 million subscribers. With so much content readily available, how should we, as believers, decide what and how much to consume? Dr. Al Mohler joins Jonathan Youssef for a conversation about media and our consumption of it. Dr. Mohler also takes a moment to address the fear surrounding the Coronavirus crisis. To...


Episode 29: Mike Galanos: From Fame to Faith

Jonathan Youssef welcomes Mike Galanos to Candid Conversations for an inspirational conversation on how God shifted his focus from pursuing fame to pursuing a thriving relationship with Jesus Christ. Mike is a longtime anchor for CNN Headline News who offers encouraging insight for people working in secular environments who want to be a witness for Christ but don't know how. To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit Facebook:...


Episode 28: Do I Really Need to Go to Church?

What comes to mind when someone mentions church? For some, it's a positive thought full of love, warmth, and community. For others, it immediately sparks feelings of judgment and rejection. Through the local church, we should experience Christ, meet our heavenly family, and grow in faith and love as we are stretched by one another, but is this happening? In this episode, Jonathan Youssef unpacks God's purpose and design for the church. He shares why going to a Biblical church can help you...


Episode 27: Bree Tuttle: What I Wish I Had Known Before My Abortion

Some celebrities are celebrating abortion as a stepping stone to a better life for women. Today's Candid Conversations guest has a very different perspective to share. At just 20 years old, Bree Tuttle had an abortion and suffered through physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional scarring. Bree joins Jonathan Youssef today to share the truth she wishes she'd known before her abortion. Bree is a trained crisis pregnancy counselor and an outspoken and passionate advocate for women facing...


Episode 26: Dr. Bruce A. Lowe: Why We Need to Talk About Sin

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe from Reformed Theological Seminary joins Jonathan to take a deep dive into the topic of sin. Together, they discuss several aspects of sin, including: • What is sin and who defines it? • Why is the topic of sin taboo in the church of all places? • How do I address the problem of sin in my life? • Why is isolation dangerous? • What role does community play in breaking habitual sin? • What is the danger in not talking about sin? To ask Jonathan a question or connect...


Episode 25: Dr. Michael Youssef: Does Christianity Need Saving?

So many teachers and theologians are teaching falsehood under the guise of Truth. What causes them to give in to this false teaching? Some think they are "saving" Christianity but does Christianity need to be saved? Jonathan Youssef welcomes Dr. Michael Youssef back to Candid Conversations to answer these questions and to share about his newest book, Saving Christianity?. Dr. Youssef has written over 40 books but says Saving Christianity? is his most important work to date. In it, he...


Episode 24: Paul David Tripp: Uncover the Marriage of Your Dreams

Marriage. It is a blessing from God but it can also be difficult and complicated. We get married because we believe marriage is a good thing that will bless our lives. But much of the time, marriage morphs into something we didn’t intend it to be. When it does, we need something sturdier than romance and deeper than shared interest and mutual attraction. Jonathan welcomes Dr. Paul David Trip to Candid Conversations. Dr. Tripp believes marriage requires changed expectations, radical...


Episode 23: Three Reasons for Suffering

What is suffering? Why is there suffering in this world? Why aren't we immune to it as Christians? Why would a loving God allow suffering? One of the most asked questions by young people in the Western world is, "Why is there suffering?" Pain and hardship are part of the human experience but why? The Bible is clear that we will all face suffering to some degree and that it will ultimately be used for good in the life of a believer. In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan Youssef...


Episode 22: R.T. Kendall: Forgiving the Unforgivable

Forgiveness is at the heart of the Gospel. Not just forgiveness but total forgiveness. A forgiveness that completely sets us free from the wages of sin and death. Not only are we totally forgiven but the Lord asks us to totally forgive others, too. Without giving and receiving forgiveness, we live a life of bondage. Join Jonathan and Dr. R.T. Kendall as they discuss the importance of forgiveness and his hope for younger generations. Dr. Kendall is a respected Christian writer, speaker, and...


Episode 21: David Robertson: The #1 Question Young People Are Asking

Do you know the #1 question young people worldwide are asking about the Christian faith? Why are only youth in the West asking about suffering? Do you feel equipped to answer questions about Christianity? Join Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes David Robertson to Candid Conversations. David is an experienced minister and gifted apologist who can explain complex theological Truth in a simple and engaging way. He has written several books including The Dawkins Letters, he has The Wea Flea blog,...


Episode 20: Dave Hubbard: The 3-Word Prayer That Saved My Life

Do you want spiritual and physical help making progress on your health and fitness goals this year? Join Jonathan as he talks to Dave Hubbard, a former NFL player who is now America's Fitness Coach. Dave grew up on a farm in California. He played college football and then was drafted by the New Orleans Saints to play in the NFL. After leaving the NFL to become a pastor, he was almost killed when his parachute did not open on his first skydiving adventure. During his recovery, Dave was...


Episode 19: Looking Forward to 2020

Thank you for joining us for Candid Conversations in 2019. In this New Year's Eve episode, Jonathan offers his appreciation for you and your engagement with the podcast this year. He also reveals little known facts about resolutions including which states are the best and worst at keeping resolutions. Sorry, Texas. Jonathan also reads some of your encouraging notes to our team and shares how you can help direct content on future episodes of Candid Conversations. We want to hear from...


Episode 18: It's a Very Youssef Christmas

Relax and have a little fun by joining Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes his wife, Lindsey, to Candid Conversations for the first time. In this special Christmas Eve episode, they share a little bit about how Christmas was for each of them growing up and how they plan to celebrate it as a family in the future. To wrap things up, they play a short round of This or That: Christmas edition. From the entire team at Candid Conversations with Jonathan Youssef, we want to wish you and your family a...


Episode 17: Zack Carden: Why Should I Care About the Old Testament?

One of the issues in the church is the move by some to disconnect the Old Testament from the New Testament. Does the Old Testament really matter? What value does it have for the church today? Jonathan Youssef welcomes Zack Carden to Candid Conversations to help us understand the importance of both the Old and New Testaments and the purpose of the Biblical covenants. Zack has a Masters in Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary and has been a pastor for 18 years. He also has a teacher’s...


Episode 16: A Personal Look at Suicide

Jonathan Youssef welcomes friend and former colleague, Laura, to Candid to share her personal experience of losing her mother to suicide. She tells her story to help people understand the reality of suicide, the impact of suicide on those left behind, and to provide words of love and hope to those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts. Jonathan also talks with seasoned counselor, Rand Eberhard, who has walked with countless people through their struggles with addiction and suicidal...


Episode 15: Dr. Bill Davis: Let's Talk About Suicide

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 10 to 34-year-olds and the rate of suicide in the United States has increased 33% from 2000 to 2017. It's time for Christians to talk about suicide. Join Jonathan Youssef and Dr. Bill Davis for a candid conversation about the root of suicide, the church's historical and modern response to suicide, as well as the impact of the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why on young people considering suicide. Dr. Bill Davis is a professor of philosophy at...


Episode 14: John Dickson: Always Be Prepared to Give an Answer

Dr. John Dickson thinks, writes, and speaks. Starting out as a singer-songwriter, he now works as an author, academic, and media presenter. In 2007 he co-founded (with Dr Greg Clarke) the Centre for Public Christianity, and has published 18 books and three TV documentaries. He teaches ‘Historical Jesus’ at the University of Sydney, and is a Visiting Academic (2017-2020) in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford. In 2019 he was appointed Distinguished Fellow and Senior Lecturer...


Episode 13: Dee Barnes: Redeemed Sexuality

Jonathan has a heartfelt conversation with Dee Barnes about how God saved her and redeemed her sexuality as she pursued a relationship with Christ. Her transparent testimony of transformation through the power of God's Word has compelled her to lead others struggling with sexual and relational issues to the freedom only possible in Christ. Dee Barnes is the founder of His Wonderful Works, a ministry dedicated to bringing hope, healing, and freedom to the Body of Christ in the areas of...


Episode 12: Can a Christian Date a Non-Christian?

As a young adult pastor, Jonathan Youssef often hears the question, "Can I, as a Christian, date a non-Christian?" In this episode of Candid, Jonathan shares Biblical wisdom and insight as he answers this heartfelt question. Dating can be difficult and can lead to so many questions. One question Jonathan Youssef often receives from his young adult group is, "Can I, as a Christian, date a non-Christian?" Recognizing the struggle behind this question, Jonathan's answer provides Biblical...