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Christian Young Adults Podcast

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Christian Young Adults Podcast

    Behind the Scenes at The Babylon Bee: Episode 664

    Behind the Scenes at The Babylon Bee: Episode 664

    Women tell how their boyfriends proposed, plus a peek inside The Babylon Bee, and his church-going date doesn’t put Christ first.

    Featured musical artist: Various Artists

    Roundtable: Engagement Stories (The Girls’ Side)

    In part two of this discussion on proposal dos and don’ts (part one with the guys last week!), the ladies remember the details of that moment their boyfriends got down on one knee. Along with their stories, they talk about what made the experience meaningful, important conversations to have beforehand, their advice to men planning a proposal, and how to know if you’re ready to make the leap from dating to getting engaged. 

    Culture: The Babylon Bee Has Just the Right Sting

    The news is so serious these days. While it’s important to stay informed about important issues and events, it’s also necessary to have a good laugh — especially when the humor points out your little (or not so little) hypocrisies and keeps you humble. Kyle Mann, editor in chief of The Babylon Bee, tells about his journey of becoming a satire writer, what it’s like to have the world read your stuff (and sometimes believe it!), and how he’s learned to take his faith seriously amid all the hype.   

    Inbox: Christ’s Not the Center of Her Life?

    He’s taken her on a few dates and really enjoys spending time with her. But when he asked about her faith, she mentioned not being in the same place as him spiritually. She’s very involved at her church, so her response seemed rather odd. Is this a red flag, or should he keep dating her to find out more? Counselor Tim Sanford weighs in.

    • 56 min
    Sam Allberry Says Good Stuff About Singles: Episode 663

    Sam Allberry Says Good Stuff About Singles: Episode 663

    Men tell how they proposed to their girlfriends, plus myths about singleness, and is it time to stop texting a male friend?

    Featured musical artist: Abandon

    Roundtable: Engagement Stories (The Guys’ Side)

    With the holidays fast approaching, many young men are engagement-ring shopping in anticipation of popping the question to their girlfriends. The process can be nerve-wracking, but also a lot of fun. In part one of this conversation (part two with the ladies next week!), men share their proposal stories including the dos and don’ts, the plans and the surprises, and helpful ideas for making an engagement day meaningful. 

    Culture: Sam Allberry on Singleness Myths

    People say and assume a lot of weird things about singleness — and single adults. Pastor and author Sam Allberry has heard most of them. In this interview he addresses seven of the sneakiest, lamest and most damaging myths the world and even the church perpetuate about being single, and offers practical ways to respond to them. He also shares helpful encouragement for those of us wanting to reject the myths and thrive as Christian singles.   

    Inbox: Daily Texts, but Nothing Serious? 

    She’s been texting a guy daily for a year, but claims she doesn’t want anything serious because he doesn’t seem serious about his faith. Is it possible to stay in contact and remain friends? How should she move forward? Lisa Anderson weighs in.

    • 55 min
    Serve With Your Strengths: Episode 662

    Serve With Your Strengths: Episode 662

    Helping others by doing what you’re good at, plus practical safety tips for a dangerous world, and feeling awkwardly judged at church.

    Featured musical artist: Aaron Strumpel

    Roundtable: Love the Way You Serve

    You are good at something — probably several things. Even if you feel like nobody notices your efforts, especially when you’re helping others, God does. But how do you use what you’ve been given? Is your talent for a purpose greater than yourself? Our guests talk about how they’ve learned to serve others with their God-given abilities and passions, and remind us that in God’s hands, no talent is ever wasted. 

    Guests: Dan Robbins, Diane Ingolia, Rod Govea

    Culture: A Cop’s Best Tips for Staying Safe

    Are you prepared for when something unexpected threatens your safety? Police officer Chris Ausec says most people are unaware of or overconfident about the potential dangers they may face. From public places to your home to navigating things like Craigslist and other online traps, he’ll give practical ideas for protecting yourself when danger comes knocking.

    Inbox: Feeling Judged at Church

    She and her roommate are best friends and attend church together. But as they awkwardly hang around the welcome counter in the narthex, it feels like people are judging them or making assumptions about them. Is it all in her head? What should she do? Lisa Anderson offers some helpful advice.

    • 52 min
    Best Quarantine Reads: Episode 661

    Best Quarantine Reads: Episode 661

    Books to try in an era of social distancing, plus cohabitation and the single Christian, and is it OK to call out your Mom?

    Featured musical artist: Covenant Worship

    Roundtable: Quarantine Book Favorites

    COVID-19 lockdowns have allowed (or forced, depending how you look at it) more time at home. What better opportunity to catch up on your reading list? With all the noise going on in the world, reading can be the perfect escape. It can also be informative, challenging and so much more. Our guests talk about their favorite books they’ve read over the past few months, and discuss some of their most influential authors. 

    Guests: Glenn Stanton, Sara Bess Kemeny, Jeff Johnston

    Culture: Are Christian Singles Living Together?

    Many young couples, even Christians, are living together before tying the knot. What’s the real motivation for this, and what’s the outcome? Does it prepare you for marriage or derail you? Dr. David Gudgel counsels many engaged couples and addresses cohabitation through a biblical and practical lens. He gives us some good things to think about in this interview.

    Featured Book: "Before You Live Together: Will Living Together Bring You Closer or Drive You Apart?"

    Inbox: Should I Confront Mom?

    She’s 26 and is living in her parents’ home. Her mom shows visible disrespect to her dad, but when our listener brought it up with Mom in the past, it didn’t go over well. Is it time for another confrontation? Counselor Elaine Humphries weighs in.

    • 56 min
    Here’s Something Encouraging: Episode 660

    Here’s Something Encouraging: Episode 660

    Giving effective encouragement, plus managing your mental health in the election season, and dating when a successful business is in play. 

    Featured resource: Lighthouse Network  

    Featured musical artist: David Baloche

    Roundtable: Be Encouraged!

    What is encouragement? Is it being optimistic? Sharing a compliment? Biblical encouragement is much bigger, and there are great ways to both give and receive encouragement in all areas of life. We need true, soul-sustaining encouragement now more than ever. Our guests tell stories of how effective encouragement has made a big difference in their faith, their attitudes, and even in the small details of their days. 

    Culture: Your Mental Health and the 2020 Election

    Every day, a new headline threatens to derail us with anxiety, anger or depression. The polls change and our moods follow suit. Uncertainty about what life will look like in November has us on edge. How can we maintain any type of sanity? Psychiatrist Dr. Karl Benzio gives practical ideas for managing your mental health while still staying informed during this crazy election season.  

    Inbox: Business, Money and Marriage

    He’s the owner of a small but very profitable business. Now he’s ready to date again, but last time his relationship ran into problems because of his career. Can he find a balance between the demands of work and maintaining a healthy relationship? Counselor Geremy Keeton weighs in.

    • 56 min
    Find Your Bible Study Style: Episode 659

    Find Your Bible Study Style: Episode 659

    Finding quiet time strategies that work for you, plus a Q&A session on how to share your faith, and when your crush is out of reach. 

    Featured musical artist: Stu Garrard

    Roundtable: Study the Bible in a Way That Works for You

    Have you tried being more disciplined to read your Bible and pray, but still struggle to do it every day? You see people who seem so spiritual and into it, and you feel intimidated. In a world that keeps us busy and distracted, how can we effectively and joyfully make time for God? Our guests share their struggles of developing the habit, plus unique methods and personalized tips that ultimately brought success, not shame.

    Culture: Evangelism Q&A

    Sharing your faith in today’s world is tricky. Every situation and person is different, so how do you winsomely tell others about God? Our summer interns asked Dr. Mike Bechtle the practical questions around witnessing to others — and loving them in the process.  

    Inbox: Phantom Crush

    She only met him once, and fell hard. She got her hopes up, he went away, and now she heard he’s in a relationship. It’s the crush that never had a chance. Heartbroken, how can she move on? Lisa Anderson weighs in.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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60 Ratings

60 Ratings

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Blessed by your podcast

Can I just shout awesome!?!
Living in a small town with no Christian back up! Then I find you and wow did you ever encourage me in one show !! I can’t wait to see what happens ,when I listen to all previous podcasts. Single , woman and blessed !!❤️❤️❤️
God is so good !

Cheataesta ,

Used to like it but not as much anymore

I listened to Lisa speak on a show a few weeks ago about denominations and her opinion about how she sometimes shares with her friends that she doesn’t believe necessarily that all babies go to heaven if they die. She lost me there. I went straight to the scripture she suggested (Romans 9) and felt so sad and depleted. For someone that is feeling somewhat fragile around faith her opinions are often too strong for me.

Kelly3072016 ,

Listening for years

I used to listen to this podcast a couple years ago and for some reason stopped. I just got back into it a few months ago and am so glad. The topics are relevant, the discussions interesting, but mostly it has been faith strengthening. I have shared it with friends and would definitely recommend.

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