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

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Jonathan Youssef

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 teacher who was the pastor of Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years. He is author of more than 50 books, including Total Forgiveness.

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Episode 21: David Robertson: The #1 Question Young People Are Asking - Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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, and he has recently released ASK: Real World Questions/ Real World Answers. In it, he takes questions from young people around the world about Christianity and provides simple but profound answers. As he shares, you will learn how to answer popular questions about the faith using Biblical Truth and insight.

ASK: Real World Questions/Real World Answers

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Episode 20: Dave Hubbard: Former NFL Player Dishes on Fitness - Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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 overweight and out of shape for the first time in his life. This led to what Dave describes as his "fitness crisis" and his search for a fitness formula that would help him get and stay fit.

In this episode of Candid Conversations, Dave shares the captivating story of his fitness journey. As he does, you will receive Biblical encouragement to pursue physical fitness and practical tools to improve your strength and stamina in just 10 minutes a day so you can live a healthier and more productive life in Christ.

You can learn more about Dave's 10 minute fitness program at

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Episode 19: Looking Forward to 2020 - Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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 you.

From the entire Candid Conversations team, we wish you a  happy and healthy New Year!

Episode 18: It's a Very Youssef Christmas - Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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 very Merry Christmas.

Episode 17: Zack Carden: Why Should I Care About the Old Testament? - Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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 heart and a gift for simplifying and sharing complex Biblical Truth.  If you want to enjoy your Christmas in Biblical technicolor, listen to this episode!


Episode 16: A Personal Look at Suicide - Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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 Eberhardt, who has walked with countless people through their struggles with addiction and suicidal thoughts. Rand offers wisdom on how to respond if we are struggling ourselves with suicide or if we are walking alongside someone considering death by suicide.

To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit

If you are personally struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to someone. If you are involved in a church, please contact your pastor. If you are not connected with a church, please call the national suicide prevention hotline – 1-800-273-8255. That’s 1-800-273-TALK–


Episode 15: Dr. Bill Davis: Let's Talk About Suicide - Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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 13 Reasons Why on young people considering suicide.

Dr. Bill Davis is a professor of philosophy at Covenant College and adjunct professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He has spent a good deal of time discussing suicide with his students and he has developed a training for pastors who are dealing with the issue in their churches. He is a deep and compassionate minister of the Gospel.

Episode 14: John Dickson: Always Be Prepared to Give an Answer - Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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 in Public Christianity at Ridley College, Melbourne. In all that he does, whether in the media or the church, creative or academic, he strives to be a public advocate for the Christian faith. His podcast Undeceptions seeks to promote clarity about Christianity in doubting times. Having lost his father in a plane crash at 9, John is sympathetic to the sorrows and questions of our world, and values his wife and three children above all other gifts of this life.

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Episode 13: Dee Barnes: Redeemed Sexuality - Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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 family relationships and sexuality. 

His Wonderful Works  comes alongside individuals, ministries, and churches to provide insightful Biblical teaching,  testimonies,  lay counseling, healing prayer, and trusted resources.


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