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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.
 
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When it comes to ensuring the spiritual well-being of our children, how do we go beyond just “raising them in church”? As the next generation navigates unprecedented issues surrounding gender identity, doubt, and resistance to the Christian faith—it won’t be enough for them to simply have the faith of their parents. How do we equip them to become d…
 
November rolls around and we all think about giving thanks. Jonathan welcomes Mary Mohler to Candid Conversations to discuss what Biblical gratitude really is – a gratitude that is more than thanking God for all the good things in our lives. Mary Mohler serves in ministry alongside her husband, Dr. Al Mohler, at The Southern Baptist Theological Sem…
 
The holiday season is here – a time of year filled with joy, tradition, faith, and nostalgia–but also a season of sorrow for so many. Where is God in seasons of sorrow? Whether you are grieving the death of a loved one, a lost relationship, an unsaved family member, or an unfulfilled dream, today’s Candid Conversation guest will minister powerfully…
 
You cast your vote. Your civic duty is done. Now what do you do? Join Jonathan as he discusses the role of fear and faith in our lives post-election. In this episode of Candid Conversations, he reflects on the reminder we have in Scripture to cast off anxiety while prayerfully trusting in the Lord for our future. Take a few minutes to listen and th…
 
As you scroll through social media, it's no longer uncommon to come across a video shared or created by a friend that challenges elements of the Christian faith. You don't agree with their logic, but you aren't quite sure how to highlight the error you see. You honestly want to offer insight, but you don't want to come across angry or defensive. Ho…
 
Progressive Christianity. Deconstruction. We are hearing these terms more regularly as some Christian leaders walk away from Biblical orthodoxy. What is the impact of redefining the Christian faith? In today’s episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan Youssef welcomes Alisa Childers whose book, Another Gospel, is a helpful guide to unpacking and un…
 
This week's Candid Conversation is with a man who is known as a quiet voice on behalf of faith, freedom, truth, reason, and civility. Jonathan welcomes Os Guinness to the program. Os is an author, social critic, and great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. He has written or edited more than 30 books that offer valuable insi…
 
Should Christians throw out the Old Testament, claiming its teaching is no longer relevant because of Christ's finished work on the cross? What exactly changed after the Crucifixion and Resurrection? Did God change? Is He a God of wrath or mercy? Join Jonathan as he shares the importance of the Bible as a whole and the cohesive, overarching narrati…
 
Are the end times upon us? That's the question pastor and author Dr. Michael Youssef is asking in his latest book, "Is The End Near?: What Jesus Told Us About the Last Days." With the ever-streaming flow of chaotic events, it can feel like the end is upon us. However, we don’t have to rely on speculation, we can look to Jesus’ own words. Join Jonat…
 
"You are enough!" "God wants you to be happy." "Be the boss of you!" These popular quotes sound encouraging and empowering, but are they really Biblical? Jonathan welcomes Alisa Childers back to Candid Conversations to discuss the infiltration of cultural lies into Christian circles. Together, they unpack the importance of holding every thought cap…
 
You might remember TLC’s popular hit TV show 19 Kids and Counting. The show followed the Duggar family, devout Christians who offered 2.3 million viewers a glimpse into life with 19 children. Each episode chronicled the joys and challenges of raising children—from toddlers to teens and from courting to marriage. On this episode of Candid, Jonathan …
 
When the surrounding culture or our feelings contradict the Truth of God, what should we believe is true? In today’s Candid episode, Jonathan Youssef reflects on why it is vitally important to consider life's most difficult questions through the lens of Scripture - even when the answers aren't always what we want to hear. To ask Jonathan a question…
 
The Mormon faith seems shrouded in mystery. Is it another branch of Christianity? Do we believe the same things about Jesus? If not, where do we differ? Join Jonathan as he sits down with Dave Hubbard for a deeper dive into the theological differences of Christianity and Mormonism. Dave grew up as a Christian in California but was an All-American c…
 
Fall is just around the corner. Leaves are changing. Grills are being fired up. That can only mean one thing. It’s time for football and we can't wait! In July of 2021, Jonathan sat down with Coach Mark Richt for a candid conversation about faith and football. With football season kicking off, we thought it was the perfect time to re-air this fan f…
 
As we walk closely with Christ, there will be times when we have to choose between the calling God has put on our lives and something else like a relationship, a friendship, family, or our career choices. Can you imagine being at the top of an illustrious career when God asks you to leave it for vocational ministry? When most people would revel in …
 
How do you forgive when you feel deeply wronged and wounded? Is it important to ask for forgiveness when we have wronged someone else? On today's episode of Candid, Jonathan Youssef unpacks the parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18 and reveals how giving and receiving forgiveness are intertwined. After you listen to this episode, you may …
 
Fall is right around the corner and students are back in school. Many are heading to College for the first time. These students will be faced with so much more than the next step in their education. They will navigate new relationships, new social experiences, and a new found freedom that can be a challenge to the spiritual lives of many students. …
 
Raising children to know, love, and follow Christ in a culture hostile to the Gospel is a daily challenge. How do we follow Christ as a family and help lead our children grow into godly men and women? Join Jonathan as he offers insight into Biblical parenthood. In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan offers five Biblical keys to following…
 
She was wrongly accused, betrayed by her family, wounded by deep loss, and left with no choice but to leave her entire life behind. Still, she forgave... and the Lord brought incredible redemption out of the most painful season of her life. Today's guest had every reason in the world not to forgive or forget the profound abuse she endured. However,…
 
The population of students with special needs is growing and accounts for close to 15 percent of the total student population. Special needs are medical, mental, or psychological disabilities that require special care. Unfortunately, people with special needs can be overlooked in the church because we don't know how to serve them well. In today's C…
 
Is abortion a stepping stone to a better life for women? How does an abortion impact the daily life of a woman? Today's Candid Conversations guest, Bree Tuttle, shares an intimate look at life in the aftermath of her abortion and the healing she has received through a vibrant relationship with Christ. Bree joins Jonathan Youssef to share the truth …
 
Red, white, and blue. The American Dream. Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, coming from nothing, working hard, and making something of yourself. The American Dream is beautiful. However, is there an even greater gift than American freedom? Today, Jonathan shares a reflection on the greater gift for believers and what it means for Christians t…
 
You’re hearing about it on the news and in your social media feeds: Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey have officially been overruled through the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. It seems like half the nation is rejoicing… and half the nation is shocked and outraged. But what really happens next? What…
 
In the past few years, we have seen the rise of the public debate around gender and transgender. What makes a man a man and a woman a woman? Is this a new debate or an ancient one? Jonathan Youssef welcomes Claire and Rob Smith from Sydney, Australia to Candid Conversations. Rob Smith lectures in theology, ethics, and music ministry at Sydney Missi…
 
In the past few weeks, we’ve heard news of a possible overturn of Roe v. Wade as the abortion debate continues. How should we think about abortion biblically, philosophically, and ethically? How does the Biblical perspective of family contrast the Western perspective and how does this impact our thoughts on this issue? Join Jonathan as he welcomes …
 
This month throughout the U.S. many will celebrate Pride month. In today's episode we look at God's perspective on human sexuality. You may have heard of the term gender dysphoria. If you haven’t, it is the psychological distress endured by a person because of a perceived mismatch between a person’s biological sex and their gender identity. What ca…
 
In light of all of the tragic events over the past weeks and months, Jonathan shares with us a heartfelt and Scripture-led response to tragedy. Tragedy strikes. Grief and sorrow follow. We want to know why it happened, who is to blame, and all the details of what happened. Is that the right way to respond? How did Jesus respond to tragedy? What can…
 
Modern culture rarely agrees with the Biblical Christian worldview. As Christians, how do we engage with the culture around us? Jobs, politics, raising children, the entertainment industry, and the news challenge us daily. Should we ignore and isolate away from the culture or do we engage with it? To what degree should we engage? And, if necessary,…
 
It feels like we are on a financial roller coaster. Inflation is impacting much of the world. When the prices on daily necessities shoot up, fear is often our natural response. Today's episode of Candid Conversations will help you fight against the fear that an uncertain economic future can trigger. Jonathan welcomes financial advisor, David Nichol…
 
Can you trust the Bible? It is an important question to answer when considering the Christian faith. Is there evidence to support the validity of Scripture or does it need to be accepted on blind faith? In this episode of Candid, Jonathan Youssef shares practical evidence for the validity of Scripture and he also unpacks the reason why so many choo…
 
Addiction. It's far more common than you think and the statistics are staggering. In fact, 45 million people in America are directly impacted by addiction. 1 in 3 households is exposed to, suffering from, or otherwise impacted by addiction. Are you struggling with being addicted to something, but you aren't sure how to get help? Maybe you have a lo…
 
Would you consider yourself a disciple of Christ? What is discipleship and how do we pursue it? Join Jonathan for this episode of Candid as he examines these questions and reveals the elements necessary to pursue a life of Christian discipleship. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/Candid Facebook:…
 
Are you struggling to find direction? Do you have a vision for your life? Do you know how to align that vision with God's plan? Join Jonathan Youssef and his father, Dr. Michael Youssef, as they discuss the importance of having a God-focused vision for life and provide insight to help you uncover your vision. To ask Jonathan a question or connect w…
 
It's Easter week and Jonathan, along with the Candid team, have put together a very special Easter episode that you don't want to miss. Join Jonathan and his son Isaac as they welcome the Candid team's kids to help retell the Easter story. This is an episode so sweet that we are sure you will smile at the beautiful faith of a child. We also hope it…
 
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 t…
 
Tragedy strikes. Grief and sorrow follow. We want to know why it happened, who is to blame, and all the details of what happened. Is that the right way to respond? How did Jesus respond to tragedy? What can we learn from Him? Join Jonathan Youssef as he shares insight from Luke 13 about how Christians should respond to tragedy. In this chapter, Jes…
 
Should believers be on the frontlines of culture wars? Is cancel culture impacting how younger Christians engage with the church and with secular culture? How can different Christian generations with diverse opinions come together in unity to overcome cancel culture? On today’s episode, Jonathan welcomes Dr. Bill Davis as they discuss culture wars …
 
Have you ever wondered what God's call is for your life? Do you think about what He created you to do? Do you wrestle and ask if you are in the center of His will? These are questions we all wrestle with periodically. If you are in that place now or know someone who is, today's podcast is for you. Jonathan welcomes Clay Kirkland back to Candid Conv…
 
"You are enough!" "God wants you to be happy." "Be the boss of you!" These popular quotes sound encouraging and empowering, but are they really Biblical? Jonathan welcomes Alisa Childers back to Candid Conversations to discuss the infiltration of cultural lies into Christian circles. Together, they unpack the importance of holding every thought cap…
 
As false teachers tear down Biblical morals and many deconstruct their faith, how are believers to respond? Jonathan Youssef welcomes his father, Dr. Michael Youssef, to Candid to discuss his new book, Never Give Up: Holding Fast to Biblical Truth in Times of Danger and Despair. Together, they discuss Paul's writings to Timothy and the Church in 2 …
 
We love receiving your questions at Candid Conversations. We want to help you navigate the hard questions of the Christian faith. We all have questions about Christianity, so let’s dive in and answer them together. On today's episode of Candid, Jonathan takes a few minutes to unpack answers to your recent questions, including: Why would God create …
 
Critical Race Theory is being offered as a framework that will help with the work of racial healing. Is this true? Can Critical Race Theory bring racial healing? Can it bring Biblical unity? Join Jonathan and his guest, Monique Duson of the Center for Biblical Unity, to peel back the layers of Critical Race Theory. Monique is a racial unity advocat…
 
Join Jonathan as he sits down with famed baseball player and sports legend, Darryl Strawberry. Darryl Strawberry is a former professional baseball player, who rose to fame in 1980 and became the number one draft pick at the age of 18. Three years later he became Rookie of The Year, and went on to play 17 seasons in Major League Baseball. He was one…
 
Are you looking for a way to study God’s Word consistently? Do you need a new Bible reading plan? Join Jonathan as he shares his favorite plan, as well as the potential pitfalls and rewards of a Bible reading plan by Robert Murray M'Cheyne: Daily Bread. We pray that this episode encourages you in the general reading of God's Word and that choosing …
 
As frustrating as it may seem, life never goes according to plan. Almost nothing is normal. Today, Laura Story joins Jonathan on Candid to discuss her new book, So Long, Normal: Living and Loving the Free Fall of Faith. Laura is a wife, mother, songwriter, worship leader, author, artist, and Bible teacher. Her songs—which have won Grammys, Billboar…
 
Why do we pray? What is prayer? In this episode Jonathan welcomes Dr. Guy Richard to discuss your most common questions about prayer. He is the author of Persistent Prayer and Executive Director and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Together, Jonathan and Dr. Richard unpack the misunderstandings…
 
We all face difficulties. Why? What is the purpose of trials? How should we view them as followers of Christ? How do we keep going when things seem unbearable? In this episode, Jonathan Youssef unpacks wisdom from James 1 about how we are to handle trials and the blessing we receive when we persevere. To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with t…
 
Do you hope to grow spiritually in 2022? Jonathan encourages you to take some time to reflect on and plan the ways you can grow spiritually this year--finding your hope, joy, peace, and contentment in Christ alone. After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connec…
 
Would you follow God away from comfort and security into hard places? Would you welcome prostitutes and drug users into your home? Do you lead with trust in relationships or is trust earned? For believers, these are hard questions that can only be answered when someone is rooted in Biblical wisdom and is seeking answers from God. Today's Candid Con…
 
Could you be missing a miracle of God? Are you too busy for God's intrusion into your life? God took on flesh in Bethlehem on a night when the streets were bustling with congestion created by a mandatory census. People were busy, but the Messiah quietly came into the world. Some stopped what they were doing and followed God's prompting, but so many…
 
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