Old Testament expert Dr. John Oswalt compares the Hebrew Scriptures to the religious literature ancient peoples. Dr. Oswalt explains the Ancient Near Eastern context of the Bible and elaborates on relevant worldview and philosophical considerations.
*Featured Song: Trip Lee - Who Is Like Him? (20/20)
Old Testament scholar John Oswalt on the book of Isaiah:
Dr. John Meade makes a cameo, commenting on the physical text and variants.
Fulfilled prophecies are an important apologetic proof. BPR drops some from the book of Isaiah. We also delve into key theological points from Isaiah, contra Mormon and Jehovah's Witnesses theology.
*Featured Song: Lamp Mode Recordings - Holiness of God (Grass Roots Vol. 1)
Atheist-turned-Muslim, Andrew Livingston writes counter-apologetic articles for TAQWA, an Islamic youth culture magazine. Vocab and Andrew debate Islamic soteriology and New Testament reliability.
*Featured Song: Foreknown - Double Tap (Ornithology)*
Jonathan Sarfati with a live audience @BPR's four-year anniversary. Questions include: creation, evolution, age of the earth, interpreting Genesis, molecular machines and starlight and time!
Special Guest: Dr. Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries International
Children's church curriculum *is* an apologetics issue. Unfortunately, most of it is weak. Enter: THE GOSPEL PROJECT! Trevin talks theology, the story of the Bible, Jesus and Sunday School. A topic too important and a show too practical too miss!
David Menton gives a detailed explanation Lucy's anatomy, followed by a refutation of evolutionist's claims about her. Plus: Jordan Worley on witnessing @the infamous Burning Man Festival in Nevada!
Our friend and brother Jamal Bishara drops by the studio to tell us the truth about Christians from the Middle East. Plus: Islamic communities in the US, training Christians to witness to Muslims.
Special Guest: Pastor Jamal Bishara of First Arabic Baptist Church
Anthony Rogers gives a devastating theological, philosophical and scientific critique of the Qur'an: contradictions, mistakes and errors!
Special Guest: Anthony Rogers, an apologist to Muslims and M. Div. student @ Greenville (SC) Seminary.
What is New Age spirituality? Jesus and the New Age? How do Eastern religions fit in? Dr. Doug Groothuis explains and shares his own journey.
Dr. Kurt Wise tells us about his:
An amazing, fun and fact filled tour de force with BPR's favorite Creation scientist!
Special Guest: Dr. Kurt Wise, Director of the Creation Research Center at Truett-McConnell College
Our very own Pastor Vermon is working on a book for The Gospel Coalition.
RESOURCES: Vermon's sermon series “The Church – A Light In A Dark World”
Film critic Paul Asay of PLUGGED IN and Christian comic book writer/artist Bryce Morgan discuss gospel elements in the BATMAN mythos. We also ask: what is acceptable (and unacceptable) entertainment for Christians?
Missionary David Witt compares and contrasts the Islamic doctrine of martyrdom and jihad with the Christian doctrine of suffering and persecution. Also, how to share the love of Christ with Muslims in dangerous contexts: we 'HEART' Muslims!
Special Guest: David Witt of Spirit of Martyrdom
Dr. Jeff Tomkins of ICR joins us to discuss the DNA of chimps and humans.
Special Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins of ICR
Dr. Michael Brown discusses his book Gay and Christian?".Fast-paced interview in free-association style; like our first show with him (link. We focus on the Biblical data, especially from the Old Testament.
Special Guest: Dr.Michael Brown, author of Gay and Christian?: Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality.
Special Guest: Dr. Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries
Pastors Vermon, Bob and Vocab discuss this challenging and instructive section of Paul's letter to the church at Corinth. Includes:
Scripture says “act like a man” (1 Cor 16:13-14) - but what is true masculinity? We discuss the biblical teaching on manhood, especially the responsibility of work as it relates to family. Oh ... and this is our 200th Episode so we have a party in the studio!
The why and how of analyzing pop culture through a Christian worldview for apologetics. Our guest gives a broad interpretive framework for "popologetics". Practical, yet ultra-geeky fun.
Pastor Vermon brings the superhero info on this one! We drop some knowledge on theology in comics. Our guest, Stephen Skelton, breaks down the "Gospel of Superman". A unique, fun and surprising episode ... "super" dope.
Special Guest: Stephen Skelton, author of The Gospel According to the World's Greatest Superhero
What is the basis for freedom of conscience and human rights? We dissect the underpinnings via the "Golden Triangle of Freedom" concept: freedom requires virtue, virtue requires faith and faith requires freedom.
Special Guest: Os Guinness, author of A Free People's Suicide: A Free People's Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future
The moral vision and positive values of Old Testament law in the economic, social and political realms. We present the 'big picture' of OT ethics but still touch on a few common questions (Year of Jubilee, slavery, sexual ethics, etc.).
Special Guest: Dr. Christopher Wright, author of Old Testament Ethics for the People of God
When a Christian shares the gospel, what does the typical Mormon think and feel? How can the church witness (and not just debate or dispense information) in love to Mormons? We focus on equipping evangelicals to better reach their LDS friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers.
A Jewish believer in Jesus breaks down what ministry to non-Christian Jewish people looks like. Hear how Messianic prophecy plays a key role in apologetics and our guest's testimony!
Special Guest: Jeff Kran of Chosen People Ministries
Real talk on the theological impulses behind missions. Vocab and Bob share their experiences with missions work in Peru, France and Kenya. The grimy facts and realities about missions drawn from Scripture.
BONUS: Here is a video of a sermon Vocab preached on "A Theology of Missions"
What did OT tithing have to do with national Israel's sacrificial system? We explain the theology of giving in the NT and share practical strategies for generous giving.
Plus: we diss the prosperity "gospel" loud and clear!
BONUS: Pastor Bob sermon titled "It Is About Money (A Theology of Money)"
Bill Nye the Science Guy, in a debate with Ken Ham, inferred the fossil record displays an evolutionary progression.
We examine Nye's claims about the geologic column and also ask:
Is Tiktaalik a true transitional form?
What is Planned Parenthood? What is abortion (methods, risks, etc.). Why do some charities and churches support PP? How can we stop Planned Parenthood and what are better alternatives?
SPECIAL GUEST: Jason Walsh of Arizona Right to Life
-Major apologetic and doctrinal issues in the chapter
-An early Christian creed in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5
-The future resurrection: what kind of body?
-What does it mean? The defeat of death!
-Feedback from from the Seth Andrews interview/debate
Plus: Vocab's apology to Andre Salais from the HUMAN RIGHTS DEBATE
Part two of our interview/debate with Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist podcast.
The second half of the show features artist and author Doug Powell. We talk about his new apologetics app and some choice OT questions:
Seth Andrews, host of the popular Thinking Atheist podcast, shares what he refers to as his "deconversion" story. Then, we ask each other questions and debate our answers. Our hope is that each "side" of the audience will better understand the other ... and maybe even think about some things in a slightly different way.
Special Guest: Seth Andrews, author of Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason
*BONUS AUDIO! An lively in-depth off-air segment between Vocab, Vermon and Seth.
What are human "rights"? Where do they come from? Atheist Andre Salais of The Unbelievers Blog and Pastor Vocab discuss the concept of individual rights: freedom of conscience, speech, religious liberty and a brief excursus on the Canaanite judgment.
Special Guest: Andre Salais, President of The Secular Student Alliance at Arizona State University.
Is there a such a thing as "neutrality"? Do Christians and non-Christians have "common ground"? Chris Bolt joins us to explain why pushing the antithesis is crucial in apologetics.
Special Guest: Chris Bolt of Choosing Hats.
Did Israelite religion incorporate pagan motifs into its writings? If so, why? Archaeologist and Ancient Near Eastern scholar Dr. John Currid joins us to explain the polemical theology of the Old Testament.
Are all religions basically the same? Is Jesus the ONLY way? What of those who never hear? What does the Bible say? What can we conclude? Includes a dash of tomfoolery, courtesy of
Special Guest: Sean McDowell of Worldview Ministries
What is love ... really? In answer to this question, we exegete 1 Corinthians 13. We also read some of your e-mails. Theme music courtesy of Old School Christian hip hop: Freedom of Soul, Mike-E and PID.
Topics: Origins and translation of the KJV. False assumptions about the Textus Receptus. Textual and translational deficiencies. The "KJV Only” attack on ancient manuscripts and modern translations.
Special Guest: Dr. Ed Dalcour, author of The King James Version: The New Testament Textual and Translational Disputations.
Based on an e-mail question from a listener. How does Progressive Covenantalism eschatology differ from Dispensationalism... and even classic Covenant Theology? We survey Kingdom through Covenant by Peter Gentry for a balanced view of the covenants.
Special Guest: Dr. John Meade of Phoenix Seminary
-The differences between historical or systematic and Biblical theology
-Meanings and import of key symbols in the Bible
-Biblical theology in relation to sexism and slavery
-The practical impact of Biblical Theology
Special Guest: James M. Hamilton Jr. (professor of biblical theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), and author of What Is Biblical Theology? A Guide to the Bible's Story, Symbolism, and Patterns
-The biblical and theological foundations for presuppositional apologetics.
-The history of philosophy and the impact of Immanuel Kant.
-Guidance for interacting with and persuading those who don’t believe.
|Special Guest: K. Scott Oliphint (professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster), author of Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith|
How can we become aware of our biases?
Our presuppositions? How can a person’s worldview change? How does this relate to apologetics and evangelism? We discuss these questions, plus give some love to our LA listeners!
|Special Guest: Dr. James N. Anderson (professor of theology & philosophy @RTS), author of What’s Your Worldview?|
Studying and thinking are aspects of Christian discipleship.
Our guest Pastor Tommy talks about the need for Christians to love the Lord with all of their minds.
A special issue featuring Backpack Radio’s origin story!
Special Guest: Pastor Tommy Russell
Nouthetic counseling: the history, the basis and some resources.
How does the biblical counseling model differ from other models?
Jeff even gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of his appearance on The History Channel regarding drug addiction.
|Special Guest: Pastor Jeff Durbin of Apologia Radio|
PCA? PCUSA? OPC? RPCNA? ETC?
Introduction to the topic of Presbyterianism: the doctrine, the history, the practice.
Vocab even interviews a crusty Presbyterian curmudgeon.
The rationale for our BPR debates and why we do our debates in a specific way/style/method.
We explore Biblical/historical instructions and reasons/guidelines for debating.
Brief review of some of our past debates.
What is "liberal Christianity"? What is the current state of theologically liberal Christianity? The crew shares some stories about their experiences with liberal Christianity and gives some practical thoughts on the matter.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 describes a struggle of ideas, a conflict of worldviews. What is a worldview and why does it matter? We survey Hedonism, Naturalism, and Postmodernism. Includes thoughts on how to develop a Christian Worldview!
What is the overall theme of Scripture? From the Torah, Joshua, Kings/Chronicles, the Prophets, to the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles and Revelation - how do we see JESUS? How should this story affect the way we think about our lives?
Pastor Vermon and Vocab interview Dr. Wayne Grudem live at the Sola Scriptura Conference. Dr. Grudem also answers a variety of questions from the audience. Lots of fun, lots of wisdom.
Special Guest: Dr. Wayne Grudem
BONUS (VIDEO): Sola Scriptura Conference LIVE with Wayne Grudem
An in-studio debate between Pastor Vocab and atheist David Fitzgerald.
David is the author of Nailed, a book arguing Jesus never existed. Our focus is the non-biblical evidence for Jesus, such as the Jewish historian Josephus.
Special Guest: David Fitzgerald of the Secular Student Alliance
Watch uncut interview on video here, we even have the in between break discussion and a special extended discussion after the show... DEBATE VIDEO - UNCUT
Vocab debates with atheist author David Fitzgerald watch his talk @SkeptiCon. David wrote Nailed, which claims Jesus never existed at all. Our main topic is the biblical evidence for Jesus, especially the Pauline corpus.
Special Guest: David Fitzgerald of the Secular Student Alliance
Atheist Edward Tracy of Tyler, Texas and Vocab debate the question "If there is no God, can there be objective morals?" When we make moral claims, who is being consistent with their axioms - the atheist or the Christian? Vocab holds that atheism steps outside its own worldview to make objective moral statements.
Special Guest: Edward Tracy of Religion on the Brain
One of our hosts, Vermon, has written three Gospel Coalition blog posts
1: “The Awesome Church”
2: “Don't Throw Out Your Nice Suit Just Yet”
3: “Why I Wanted to Go to the Million Man March”
Vocab gives his synopsis of Dr. Stephen C. Meyer's 522-page book, Signature in the Cell (HarperOne, 2009).
How to witness and do apologetics on Facebook in a Christ-like, God-glorifying way. Includes a crash course on Christian epistemology and dealing with atheists online.
Special Guest: Colin Samul of Viral Apologetics
Debating Islamic apologists.
Witnessing to Muslims outside the mosque.
Getting beat up for not memorizing the Qur'an.
Growing up in Sudan and attending madrassas.
Suing Dearborn for arresting Christian evangelists.
Special Guest: George Saieg of The Center for Religious Debate
Survey of the content and major themes of Genesis.
Several callers voice their opinion on Vocab's recent debate with atheist William Costigan, including William himself.
We speak to an apologist and an atheist who were in attendance as well.
Watch the video of the debate here: "Ask a Question: A Christian & Atheist Discussion"
We break down the last two solas, explain why they are important and offer practical applications. We go over some feedback and play some nice Shai Linne rap tunes, too. Niiice.
We dive right into some great listener responses first and then discuss 2 of the 5 solas of the Protestant Reformation: Sola Fide ('by Faith Alone') and Sola Gratia ('Grace Alone').
Important discussion about the New Testament canon with Dr. Michael Kruger, author of Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books and The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate. We get into the self-authenticating model and the intrinsic model.
Special Guest: Dr. Michael Kruger of Charlotte RTS
We interact with some feedback from an atheist about evolution from our recent Darwin's Doubt show with Dr. Stephen C. Meyer. Then we transition into the Protestant doctrine of Sola Fide (Scripture Alone); what it means; what it doesn't mean; why it's important, and its practical applications.
BONUS: We recommend this sermon preached at Roosevelt Community Church on these solas as a compliment to this program: Sola Scriptura by Vocab Malone
The BPR hosts share their individual journeys as to how they became Reformed in their theology. Bob, Vermon and Vocab tell their stories and struggles and why they think embracing the doctrines of grace is significant.
It is essential to grasp not only the doctrines of the Reformation but also the historical background - this show helps you do just that. We cover the major ideas, doctrines, the Reformers themselves and we play a rap song on the German Reformation by hip hop artist Through Hymn.
Notorious atheist B. Strong was on before to debate the historical Jesus. This time we discuss evolution: its evidence and its implications. And we finally break our silence regarding the Apologia Radio Controversy and interact with some of your great comments and questions.
Special Guest: Atheist B. Strong
Testimonials of how Christian apologetics have shaped the faith of three men. Marty Clapp (THE MAILMAN APOLOGIST) mentors young men, James Umber is a Creation lay-apologist, and Robert Contreras is a ner Christian who works as a police officer.
You know those dudes yelling and swearing about keeping Old Testament Law while holding strange signs and wearing even stranger clothes? We play some audio clips of Vocab interacting with this group - the Black Hebrew Israelite cult - about all things theological. This joint right here ... is ... straight crazy.
Special Guest: SlimJim of The Veritas Domain blog
Utah resident and ex-Mormon turned church planter Chris Murray gives us the low down on LDS slang and Mormon culture. From BYU to FLDS to SLC, this show has it all! We also unveil our new intro, courtesy of CDZ the Messenger and producer David Elijah.
Special Guest: Chris Murray aka CDZ the Messenger
Dr. Stephen C. Meyer details the thesis of his landmark book, Darwin's Doubt. We discuss the Cambrian Explosion, why it's a problem for evolution and how Intelligent Design is a better model than Neo-Darwinism.
Special Guest: Stephen C. Meyer of the Discovery Institute
A discussion on 1 Corinthians 8 dealing with the issues of Christian liberty and freedom of conscience. We use alcohol, entertainment and some other controversial issues as test cases - a very practical program.
Bonus: Pastor Bob's Sermon - Christian Liberty: Problem or Solution
Clement of Rome is considered an 'Apostolic Father'. He wrote to the Corinthians about 40 years after Paul's letter.
Learn why this early epistle is important and hear some key highlights from 1 Clement.
We go through some key biblical passages dealing with the hot topics of sex, marriage, divorce and remarriage. Pastor Vermon preached about these subject recently:
'The Valley Girl Apologist' joins us to discuss:
-Women in apologetics
-The argument from desire and its appeal for youth
Special Guest: Sarah Ankenman of The International Society for Women Apologetics (a society of female apologists)
with the elders? All this and more!
Topics include: Muslim and Christian relations, the spiritual dynamics in France and apologetics in evangelism and relationships.