253 episodes

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.

Candid Conversations with Jonathan Youssef Jonathan Youssef

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 125 Ratings

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 253: LGBTQ Conversations: Transgender from Biblical Times to Now, Claire and Rob Smith (Reprise)

    Episode 253: LGBTQ Conversations: Transgender from Biblical Times to Now, Claire and Rob Smith (Reprise)

    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 Missionary & Bible College. He also serves as the Assistant Director of Ministry Training and Development for the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. He is currently undertaking doctoral studies in the theology of sex and gender.

    Claire Smith is a writer and women's bible teacher. She is a nurse by background. She has a Ph.D. in New Testament from Moore Theological College and is the author of God's Good Design: What the Bible Really Says About Men and Women.

    Claire and Rob are members of St. Andrew's Anglican Cathedral in Sydney and have contributed to Desiring God and The Gospel Coalition (Claire Smith and Rob Smith).

    • 52 min
    Episode 252: How 20 Minutes Can Impact Your Child's Spirituality: Tyler Van Halteren (Reprise)

    Episode 252: How 20 Minutes Can Impact Your Child's Spirituality: Tyler Van Halteren (Reprise)

    In this episode of Candid, Jonathan welcomes Tyler Van Halteren, a man with a deep-rooted commitment to enriching the lives of children and youth through the power of Christian faith and storytelling. Tyler, a Master's Divinity graduate from the Master's Seminary, has dedicated most of his life to sharing Christ's teachings and the Bible's wisdom through storytelling.

    From serving as an Associate Pastor at Gorrie Bible Fellowship in his home country of Canada to teaching at Phnom Penh Bible School in Cambodia, Tyler's journey has been one of service and exploration. But the profound impact of 20-minute bedtime stories on his son sparked an innovative idea: why not blend the charm of bedtime stories with enduring lessons from the Bible?

    Taking up this challenge, Tyler founded Lithos Kids in 2020. His venture was no less than a mission to transform the world through biblically faithful and beautifully illustrated children's books. The launch of his first book, Little Pilgrim's Big Journey, on Kickstarter was a resounding success, exceeding its funding goal by 500%. It quickly became a treasured children's book, and Little Pilgrim's Big Journey, Volume 2, and Volume 3 was released shortly after.

    Now, as a father and an author, he continues his mission from southern Ontario, Canada, where he resides with his growing family.

    Join us as we dive into this inspiring journey with Tyler, discussing the importance of spiritual mentorship, the creative process behind his illustrated books, and his vision for instilling Christian values in young minds.

    This is an episode you don't want to miss, especially if you're a parent, an educator, or anyone interested in spiritual growth and innovative approaches to faith-based education. Be sure to tune in!

    • 30 min
    Episode 251: Broadcasting Hope: Farid Garas

    Episode 251: Broadcasting Hope: Farid Garas

    Have you ever considered the miraculous power of the Gospel message as it transcends borders, languages, and opposition? In this episode, we talk about the profound influence of Christian media in the Arab-speaking world through the compelling experiences of Farid Garas, the Senior Director of THE KINGDOM SAT satellite television and internet channel – a media outreach of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef.

    Farid's narrative is not just about spreading the Gospel; it's a journey of overcoming adversity, embracing his identity in Christ, and changing lives in a region where broadcasting Christian content can defy expectations and alter eternity.

    Embark on a captivating journey with Farid, a man who once questioned Christianity but now plays a pivotal role in shaping Christian media in a region where such content has often faced significant obstacles. His encounters with authorities, far from deterring him, only reinforced his commitment to his faith and mission, making his story a testament to the power of unwavering faith in Christ.

    • 46 min
    Episode 250: Understanding the Future Promise of Heaven: Dr. Michael Youssef

    Episode 250: Understanding the Future Promise of Heaven: Dr. Michael Youssef

    Is there something more than this life? This world is full of crises, conflicts, difficulties, and troubles, but this world will not last. No matter your age, your earthly life is slowly slipping away. This is why Jesus encourages us not to store up treasures on this earth but to invest in heaven.

    In this 250th episode of Candid Conversations, Dr. Michael Youssef joins Jonathan for a father-son conversation about his new book, Heaven Awaits. This book is written to help you understand the future promise of heaven in Christ Jesus. Explore what the Bible says about heaven and envision the wonders and glories awaiting those who believe in Christ.

    Heaven is real, far more real than your earthly experience right now.

    • 25 min
    Episode 249: Recovering Our Sanity: How the Fear of God Conquers the Fears That Divide Us: Dr. Michael Horton

    Episode 249: Recovering Our Sanity: How the Fear of God Conquers the Fears That Divide Us: Dr. Michael Horton

    In this profound episode, Jonathan is joined by esteemed theologian and author Michael Horton to discuss his latest book, "Recovering Our Sanity: How the Fear of God Conquers the Fears that Divide Us." In a world teetering on the brink of chaos—from unsettling politics to the lingering effects of the global pandemic—Horton's book offers not a typical self-help guide but a deep theological exploration of how a proper fear of God can liberate us from our myriad earthly fears.

    Dr. Horton, Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary, walks us through what it truly means to fear God—both biblically and theologically—and how this reverential fear can effectively drive out fears of the future, others, and even death itself.

    Throughout the episode, Dr. Horton discusses the different types of fears that plague our society—from cultural anxieties to personal struggles—and how these stem from a lack of genuine fear of God. He emphasizes confronting our earthly fears with the hope found in Christ, rooted in the Gospel, and the shift from self-preservation to a Christ-focused life.

    This episode is a humbling, thought-provoking, and hope-igniting journey that challenges listeners to replace false securities with the profound joy of knowing Christ, who commands us, "Do not be afraid." Join us as we explore how cultivating a healthy fear of God can recover our sanity in these turbulent times.

    • 41 min
    Episode 248: Parenting with Hope: Raising Teens for Christ in the Secular Age: Melissa Kruger

    Episode 248: Parenting with Hope: Raising Teens for Christ in the Secular Age: Melissa Kruger

    You’re sitting across from your teenager at the kitchen table. Now that you finally have their undivided attention, you want to talk about an important issue they are facing. Unfortunately, things get tense quickly. Their eyes roll, you get frustrated, and soon they are looking for an escape from this conversation. You sit dumbfounded thinking, “How do I raise my teen to love Christ in a world that is doing everything possible to pull them away?"

    In this episode of Candid Conversations, host JMY welcomes back Melissa Kruger, Vice President of Discipleship Programming at the Gospel Coalition. Melissa is also an accomplished author, having written multiple books, including “Growing Together,” “Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood,” and the popular children’s book “Wherever You Go, I Want You to Know.”

    During this conversation, JMY and Melissa discuss her latest book, “Parenting with Hope: Raising Teens for Christ in the Secular Age.” The book provides practical guidance and biblical insights for parents navigating the challenges of raising teenagers in today’s culture. Melissa shares her personal journey and the inspiration behind writing this important resource.

    Listen to this Candid Conversation as Melissa Kruger sheds light on parenting teens with hope, faith, and wisdom. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or youth leader, this episode offers valuable insights for nurturing the next generation.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

Rite Right ,

Outstanding

Grateful all the messages Jonathan brings. Answering many challenging questions for believers today! Relevant and encouraging.

Parker-Hudson ,

Grounded and Good

Jonathan’s theology and perspective are rock solid, and his interviews are always interesting. Thank you, and keep them coming!

16 Hands family of 8 ,

Thank you Jonathan and team!

Jonathan-

Today’s episode 214 on the Holy Spirit was fantastic! My small group at The HUB just completed John MacArthur’s study on Galatians having previously spent a year prior going through John MacArthur’s study on the book of Acts so your recommendation of this new book on the Holy Spirit will be a logical next step for our small group.
Thanks always,
Lane Hollis

Top Podcasts In Religion & Spirituality

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)
Ascension
The Bible Recap
Tara-Leigh Cobble
With The Perrys
The Perrys
WHOA That's Good Podcast
Sadie Robertson Huff
BibleProject
BibleProject Podcast
Girls Gone Bible
Girls Gone Bible

You Might Also Like

Leading The Way Radio
Dr. Michael Youssef
Timothy Keller Sermons Podcast by Gospel in Life
Tim Keller
TGC Podcast
The Gospel Coalition
The Becket Cook Show
The Becket Cook Show
The Alisa Childers Podcast
Alisa Childers
The Crossway Podcast
Crossway