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The Basics of Life Conversations

The Basics of Life Conversations

By Rob Salvato
Rob Salvato hosts Interviews about culture, life, and ministry.
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Amy Lefotu | Redeeming Sexuality
Amy Lefotu talks with Rob about her God story and how God brought her out of a gay lifestyle. 
48:43
September 17, 2021
Dominic Done | Doubt & Deconstruction
Pastor and author of "When Faith Fails", Dominic Done, talks with Rob about doubt and deconstruction. You can find more from Dominic on his website https://www.pursuingfaith.org
41:04
September 10, 2021
Season 3 Premiere with Rob Salvato
We're kicking off season 3 of the Basics of Life Conversations by hearing Rob Salvato's God story. Stay tuned for more God stories to come for season 3. 
01:06:05
September 3, 2021
Brett Meador | Prophecy Update
Pastor Rob Salvato concludes season 2 of the Basics of Life Conversations with a discussion on bible prophecy with Pastor Brett Meador of Athey Creek Fellowship. 
48:15
July 2, 2021
Father's Day Special | The Fatherhood of God
In this episode, Pastor Rob talks with Pete Denham, Jesse Hernandez, and Tyler Bacquet about the fatherhood of God and lessons they've learned as dads. 
01:02:23
June 18, 2021
Evan Wickham | Progressive Christianity
Evan Wickham is the Lead Pastor or Park Hill Church in San Diego. In this conversation, Rob and Evan bring clarity to the popular progressive and deconstruction movements that are emerging in many churches. 
43:25
June 11, 2021
Skip Heitzig | Biography of God
Skip Heitzig, pastor of Calvary Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, shares insight on his latest book the biography of God. 
48:20
June 4, 2021
Tony Clark | Memorial Day Special
Pastor Tony Clark of Calvary Chapel Newport News shares on the importance of Memorial Day, and how to serve those who have served in the armed forces. 
27:05
May 28, 2021
Jason Duff | Suffering with God
Jason Duff, the lead pastor of the Garden Fellowship in Bermuda Dunes, talks with Rob Salvato about his battle with cancer and pneumonia. This conversation gives great insight to how God walks with us through suffering and always brings purpose to our pain. 
26:12
May 21, 2021
Moming |Rachel Urbina & Stacy Henschel
In this Mother's Day Special, Pastor Rob sits down with Rachel Urbina and Stacy Henschel to talk about the subject of moming. Rachel and Stacy co-host a podcast together called Moming where they talk about the blessings and challenges of the mom world. Tune in for this special Mother's Day episode. 
34:57
May 7, 2021
Brett Meador | God is Doing Something Amazing in Portland
Brett Meador, pastor of Athey Creek Fellowship in the Portland area, joins pastor Rob for an inspiring conversation on Brett's story. He shares how he got started in ministry, his philosophies of ministry and some the exciting things that God is doing in the Portland area. 
53:52
April 23, 2021
David Zamora | Ministry in the Inner-City
David Zamora is the lead pastor of Living Way Church in Fontana, Ca. In this episode Pastor David shares his powerful testimony of God's deliverance from drug abuse, gang violence, and prison. Pastor Rob also asks about many of the challenges and incredible outreach initiatives that Pastor David has begun in the inner-city. Radio listeners can tune in at the 22:00 minute mark. 
44:39
April 9, 2021
Evan Wickham, Dominic Balli, & Danny Donnelly | Good Friday Special
In this episode, Rob Salvato interviews three incredible worship leaders on their favorite song about the cross. Evan Wickham, Dominic Balli, and Danny Donnelly have different responses but give incredible insight the work of Christ on the cross. 
25:25
April 2, 2021
Jordan Verdin | Treating People with Dignity
In this episode, Rob Salvato interviews Jordan Verdin on treating people with dignity. Jordan is the founder of Humanity Showers, a non-profit organization that is making an incredible impact in the homeless community by restoring dignity through accessible showers. We believe this conversation will be both inspiring and challenging as Jordan reminds us to serve the least of these. 
32:47
March 19, 2021
Mark Hitchcock | Is the Covid Vaccine the Mark of the Beast?
Pastor and author, Mark Hitchcock, returns to the podcast to have a conversation with Rob Salvato about the Mark of the Beast. In this conversation, Mark breaks down some of the key principles when it comes to this often misunderstood teaching in the Bible.
24:45
March 12, 2021
Kari Trent Stageberg | Merging in Marriage
Kari Trent Stageberg returns to the Basic of Life Conversations to talk to Rob Salvato about merging in Marriage. This conversation is based off of Kari's latest book titled "The Merge" and dives into what it looks like when two different people come together for a lifetime.
26:24
February 26, 2021
Daniel Fusco | Crazy Happy
Pastor & Author, Daniel Fusco, returns to the Basics of Life Conversations to talk about his latest book "Crazy Happy". In this conversation, Daniel links the Bible's "Fruit of the Spirit" and "Beatitudes" to give great insight into a what it means to have a happy life. 
27:22
February 19, 2021
Denise Salvato | The Mission of Marriage
Denise Salvato joins her husband, Rob, in the studio for a Valentines edition of the Basics of Life Conversations. In this episode, Pastor Rob & Denise talk about ministry, marriage, and God's mission for marriage. Radio listeners can pick up at the 24:05 mark. 
48:50
February 12, 2021
Pilgrim & Jen Benham | Marriage & Ministry
Pilgrim and Jen Benham of Shoreline Church in Bradenton, Florida talk with Rob Salvato about marriage and ministry. The Benham's have been apart of multiple church plants and host the Marriage & Ministry Podcast. 
27:25
February 5, 2021
Ed Taylor | Suffering with God
Pastor and author, Ed Taylor, joins Rob Salvato in a conversation based around suffering with God. In this conversation Pastor Ed shares a real and raw experience of how God met him during a time of great suffering. 
53:32
February 1, 2021
Ben Courson | Living for Jesus in 2021
Founder of Hope Generation and lead pastor of Applegate Christian Fellowship, Ben Courson, is back for season 2 of the Basics of Life Conversations. Rob Salvato sits down with Ben Courson and Tyler Bacquet to talk about they learned from 2020, and what they're looking forward to in 2021. 
24:24
January 22, 2021
Season 2 Kickoff w/ Bob Goff | Dream Big in 2021
NY Times Bestseller, Bob Goff, kicks things off with Rob Salvato for season 2 of the Basics of Life Conversations. In this episode, we will hear Bob's takeaways from 2020 and his dreams going into 2021. Our radio listeners can pick up at the 22:25 minute mark. 
27:25
January 15, 2021
Zach & Abby Vestneys | Vespers: Christmas Edition
Pastor Rob invites back Zach and Abby Vestneys for a special Vespers Christmas Edition of the Basics of Life Conversations. 
23:55
December 18, 2020
Phil Wickham | Christmas Albums, Songwriting, & More Part 2 (Updated)
Updated Version (some content was missing form original post). In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Pastor Rob interviews Phil Wickham on his recent album, songwriting, and what he's looking forward to in 2021.
22:11
December 18, 2020
Phil Wickham | Christmas Albums, Songwriting & More Part 1
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Pastor Rob interviews Phil Wickham on his recent Christmas album. In this conversation, they will reflect on Phil's history at Calvary Vista, as well as give a sneak peak into songwriting. Make sure to listen Part 2 of this conversation. 
21:55
December 11, 2020
Cody Flom | Pro Scooter Riding, Living with Purpose, & Being Kingdom Minded
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Pastor Rob sits down Cody Flom. Cody is a pro scooter rider, and is very active on sharing his faith in his sphere of influence. In this episode, Cody shares what it means to live with a purpose, and how to remain kingdom minded. 
23:27
November 27, 2020
Ben Courson | Overcoming Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, & Real Hope Part 2
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews Ben Courson. Ben has recently transitioned to the role of Lead Pastor of Applegate Christian Fellowship in Oregon, and is the founder of an international ministry called Hope Generation. In part 2 of this interview Ben gives biblical insight on the topic of depression, and both Ben and Rob share their experiences with suicidal thoughts. 
27:35
November 20, 2020
Ben Courson | Overcoming Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, & Real Hope Part 1
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews Ben Courson. Ben has recently transitioned to the role of Lead Pastor of Applegate Christian Fellowship in Oregon, and is the founder of an international ministry called Hope Generation. In part 1 of this interview Ben shares about his transition to this new position, and gives insight into the heart of his new book, Flirting with Darkness. 
25:58
November 20, 2020
Cambria Joy | Eating Disorders, Idolatry, & Identity
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Pastor Rob sits down with Cambria Joy. Cambria is a Youtuber, author of Growing Strong, and host of "the Joyful Life Podcast." Cambria shares her story of how God helped her overcome an eating disorder, and gives insight into her new book Growing Strong. To learn more about Cambria visit her website https://cambriajoy.com 
24:16
November 13, 2020
Sean Mattison | Pro Surfing, Coaching, & Using Your Platform for Jesus
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Pastor Rob sits down with Sean Mattison. Sean has an incredible career of pro surfing, coaching the USA surf team, and launching his own business, Von Sol Surfboards. In this conversation, Sean shares his testimony, gives insight into coaching, and how to represent Jesus in your sphere of influence. 
24:27
November 11, 2020
Tyler Bacquet | Personal Evangelism, How to Share Your Faith Part 2
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Pastor Rob sits down with Tyler Bacquet, the outreach pastor of Calvary Vista, to talk about personal evangelism. Part 1 will cover some of the obstacles and misconceptions of evangelism, and part 2 will address how to share the gospel to younger generations.
34:34
November 6, 2020
Tyler Bacquet | Personal Evangelism, How to Share Your Faith Part 1
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Pastor Rob sits down with Tyler Bacquet, the outreach pastor of Calvary Vista, to talk about personal evangelism. In Part 1 they cover some of the obstacles and misconceptions of evangelism, and in part 2 they address how to share the gospel to younger generations. 
25:59
November 6, 2020
Jack Hibbs | Presidents, Politics, & Prophecy
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews Jack Hibbs. Jack is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, and radio host of Real Life with Jack Hibbs. His church is currently ministering to approximately 18,000 people in-person every weekend, and thousands more online. In this conversation, Jack gives an update on how God is using his church, and how the Lord has led him to minister in the world of politics. 
27:40
October 26, 2020
Mark Hitchcock | Bible Prophecy, Iran, Russia, & Apostasy Part 2
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews Dr. Mark Hitchcock. Mark is the Senior Pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, and is prolific author of over thirty books. In part 2 of this conversation, Mark goes deeper into conversation about Iran and Russia's role in the End Times and how the current world set up is preparing for the Tribulation period. 
38:40
October 23, 2020
Mark Hitchcock | Bible Prophecy, Iran, Russia, & Apostasy Part 1
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews Dr. Mark Hitchcock. Mark is the Senior Pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, and is prolific author of over thirty books. In this conversation, Mark shows us if the coronavirus fits into Bible prophecy, as well as, the current the significance with the current world events and how they line up with bible prophecy. 
25:59
October 23, 2020
Ray Bentley | Israel, Prophecy, & the Cyrus Mandate
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews Ray Bentley. Ray is the pastor of Maranatha Chapel, teacher on the daily radio program, "Maranatha Radio", and is the author of multiple books including "The Cyrus Mandate". In this conversation, Ray talks about the nation of Israel, bible prophecy and his newest book "The Cyrus Mandate". 
25:56
October 16, 2020
Lance Cook | Disaster Relief & Crisis Response
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews Lance Cook. Lance is the pastor of Calvary Chapel La Habra, and has been involved in disaster relief around the globe for decades. In this conversation Lance gives great insight and practical tips to responding to the world around us in times of natural disasters. 
25:56
October 9, 2020
Philip De Courcy Part 2 | Civil Unrest, Experience of a Police Officer, & the Gospel
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews Philip De Courcy. Philip is the Senior Pastor of Kindred Community Church in Anaheim Hills, the teacher on "Know the Truth" radio program, and the author of several books including "Take Cover: Finding Peace in God's Protection". In part 2 of this conversation, Philip goes into further detail of the insights he wrote about in his book "Take Cover" from his experience of being a police officer in the most dangerous time of Ireland's history. 
32:04
October 2, 2020
Phillip De Courcy Part 1 | Civil Unrest, Experience of as Police Officer, & the Gospel
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews Philip De Courcy. Philip is the Senior Pastor of Kindred Community Church in Anaheim Hills, the teacher on "Know the Truth" radio program, and the author of several books including "Take Cover: Finding Peace in God's Protection". In part 1 of this conversation, Philip shares his experience of being both a pastor and police officer during one of the most dangerous times in Ireland's history.
25:56
October 2, 2020
Dominic & Emily Balli Part 2 | Life, Loss, & Ministry
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews Dominic and Emily Balli. Dominic is a well-known Christian artist and currently pastors Reality Church in Ventura, California. In Part 2 of this interview, Dominic and Emily share how God comforted them after the loss of their son Nehemiah and how God has used their story to comfort others.
54:59
September 25, 2020
Dominic & Emily Balli Part 1 | Life, Loss, & Ministry
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews Dominic and Emily Balli. Dominic is a well-known Christian artist and currently pastors Reality Church in Ventura, California. In Part 1 of this interview, Dominic and Emily share the story of the pregnancy and birth of their son Nehemiah, and how God prepared them for their sons birth date and death date. 
25:56
September 25, 2020
Pressure, Alcohol, Addiction, & Jesus | An Interview with Jon Peters
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Pastor Rob is joined by former high school phenom Jon Peters. Jon is one of the few high school athletes to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.  In this conversation, Rob talks with Jon about his baseball career and how his life was derailed by an alcohol addiction that lead Jon to the point where he was ready to take his own life. It was at this low point that Jon found hope and healing in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 
41:05
September 10, 2020
Daniel Fusco | Leading During Covid | Part 2
In this 2 part episode, Pastor Rob talks with Pastor Daniel Fusco about leading during COVID. A great conversation especially for those who are involved in leading a ministry during these difficult times. 
22:07
July 23, 2020
Daniel Fusco | Leading During Covid | Part 1
In this 2 part episode, Pastor Rob talks with Pastor Daniel Fusco about leading during COVID. A great conversation especially for those who are involved in leading a ministry during these difficult times. 
22:50
July 23, 2020
Great Music & Great Hearts - Zach and Abby Vestneys
Great music and great hearts is what you get with Zach and Abby Vestneys. In this interview we talk about their music, their lives, their audition for the voice and their ministry with Bob Goff and Lauren Daigle.
21:54
June 30, 2020
Jason Romano - Leadership, Covid, and Michael Jordan
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Pastor Rob’s guest is Jason Romano. Jason is the former senior producer at ESPN and the current Host of the Sports Spectrum Podcast. Rob and Jason discuss Jason’s new book on leadership, the Covid Pandemic, and they wrap up the show talking about the Michael Jordan documentary.
31:25
May 19, 2020
Worship Leaders Share Their Favorite Songs About The Cross
Tired of hearing about COVID19? Let’s talk about the Cross! In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Pastor Rob has a conversation with Scott Cunningham, Andrew Polfer, Shane Lantz and Pete Denham, asking each one what is their favorite song to sing about the cross! We believe this conversation will inspire and encourage you on this Good Friday, the day that Jesus died on the cross to give us life, and to set us free!
25:59
April 10, 2020
You Are A Carrier Of Hope - Living in Unprecedented times part 5
In this study, Pastor Rob challenges us to realize that all of us are a carrier of something. The question that remains to be seen is this, what are we carrying, fear, panic, a critical spirit? Or the faith, hope, and love of Jesus Christ?
42:19
April 8, 2020
Panel Discussion: COVID 19 and Anxiety - Living in Unprecedented times part 4
In this study Pastor Rob switches it up and invites 3 friends to join him for a raw discussion on COVID 19 anxiety and Jesus as they unpack together Paul’s timely words from Philippians 4 on overcoming anxiety.
50:07
March 26, 2020
Facing crisis prophetically, personally, and publicly. - Living in Unprecedented times part 3
In this study Pastor Rob looks at what living in these unprecedented times means for us as Christ followers from three vantage points Prophetically, personally and publicly.
41:13
March 26, 2020
Lessons from Paul on Overcoming Anxiety - Living in unprecedented times part 2
Philippians 4:4,5  In this study Pastor Rob begins a deep dive into this timely passage that Paul writes that gives us the tools for overcoming Anxiety.
35:21
March 26, 2020
Steadiness and Peace During Crisis - Living in Unprecedented times part 1
2 Timothy 1:7  In this message Pastor Rob reveals that we have not been given a spirit of fear, however God has given us three things that are essential for us to own and embrace, to steady our own hearts and be dispensers of peace in the midst of this crisis.
47:43
March 26, 2020
Mental Health and the Church - With Wesley Towne
In this episode of the Basics of Life Conversations, Pastor Rob talks with Wesley Towne. In the first half of this conversation, Wesley shares his story of planting a church in Eugene, Oregon in 2008 that in five years became one of the fasted growing churches in the Northwest.  In 2013, Outreach Magazine named him the youngest megachurch pastor in America. Wesley shares insights in ministry as well as the struggles of pastoring a rapid growing church and the decision that led him to step away from Ekklesia in 2018. In the second half of this conversation, Rob and Wesley discuss the subject of mental health and the Church and how the church can be a great place of healing and refuge for those struggling with mental illness.
58:59
February 19, 2020
Pastors Talk About: Kobe Bryant
In this episode of The Basics of Life Conversations, Rob Salvato interviews fellow pastors Tony Clark and Tommy Cota about the sports legacy of the late great basketball player, Kobe Bryant, who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident that took the lives of nine people, including his daughter Gianna. In the final segment of this podcast, Rob talks with former Emmy Award winning Producer at ESPN and Sports Center, Jason Ramono. Jason shares his thoughts on actually getting to see Kobe play twice in person. Rob and Jason wrap of the show by answering the debate: Who is the GOAT, Kobe or Michael Jordon?
38:13
February 10, 2020
Fleeing and Healing From an Abusive Relationships - Kari Stageberg
Rob has an important conversation he has with Kari Stageberg concerning fleeing and healing from abusive relationships.⁣ Kari shares her personal story of abuse and has a passion to help others find freedom and healing.⁣ #simplyjesus #thebasicsoflife ⁣
57:43
January 30, 2020
When Faith Fails: Dominic Done
Rob Salvato talks with Dominic Done
44:03
November 28, 2019