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How NOT To Do History (with Carl Trueman)

Urban Theologian Radio #20

We interview Dr. Carl Trueman and ask, why should Christians care about history? What are wrong ways to do history? Are Christian assumptions about reality important for studying and understanding history? Is this relevant to apologetics?

Special GuestCarl Trueman, author of History and Fallacies.

Featured Song: Synod of Dort (On Word and Sacrament,2011) - Through Hymn

published date: 2015/05/24


Neuroscience and the Soul (with JP Moreland)

Urban Theologian Radio #19

What is the soul? Why have Christians believed in the soul? What questions does the soul answer? What does consciousness have to do with the soul? What does the brain have to do with the soul?

Special Guest: JP Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University

Featured Song: Rhyme Spirit Soul (The Risen Son) - Peace586

published date: 2015/05/17


Inerrancy, Assyrian Christians UPDATE

Urban Theologian Radio #18

Vocab interviews Pastor Bob on the doctrine of inerrancy. We also get a news update on the persecuted Assyrian Christians in Iraq and Syria from an Assyrian Christian.

Special GuestDiana Benjamin, Assyrian Christian

Featured SongNo Silence (Rewind) - Flame feat. Lecrae

published date: 2015/05/10


Eggsploitation: Infertility Industry Secrets (with Jennifer Lahl)

Urban Theologian Radio #17

This interview may be controversial - even in the church. People don't like when you question their fertility choices. We don't deny the beautiful children people have - but we need to ask hard questions about how we get them and whether or not it's ethical.

Special Guest: Jennifer Lahl, executive producer of Eggsploitation: The Infertility Industry Has a Dirty Little Secret

Featured Song: Behind the Clouds (Growing Pains) - Json

published date: 2015/05/03


New Apostolic Reformation (with Holly Pivec)

Urban Theologian Radio #16

Researcher Holly Pivec on the New Apostolic Reformation. NAR is filled with "super apostles" and wannabe prophets. A missionary who has hands on experience joins us to help expose this dangerous global movement.

Special Guests: Holly Pivec, author of God's Super Apostles & The New Apostolic Reformation and Mike Pettengill, missionary to the Honduras.

Featured Song: Symbols & Signs (Instruments of Mercy, 2013) - Beautiful Eulogy feat. Propanganda
*Bonus: Symbols & Signs music video with lyrics in the comments

published date: 2015/04/26


Biology & Common Descent (with Paul Nelson)

Urban Theologian Radio #15

Here are some things we discuss with Dr. Nelson:
-Why should Christians care about and study biology?
-Why should Christians become familiar with evolution?
-What are significant critiques of evolution as a plausible model?
-What would constitute evidence for common descent?

Special Guest: Paul Nelson of Discovery Institute

Featured Song: beauty. (Smoke Signal., 2015) - nobigdyl ft. Chad Jones

published date: 2015/04/19


Richard Carrier & Christ-Myth Theory, Part 2 (with Chris Winchester)

Urban Theologian Radio #14

Atheist Richard Carrier claims the first Christians believed Jesus was a celestial deity who was crucified in outer space just below the moon. He also claims the gospels are historical allegories and that Jesus never existed. We discuss these claims.

Special Guest: Chris Winchester, PhD Student, University of Edinburgh

Featured Song: Yeshua Ha Mashiach - Christcentric feat. Mike Guess, Believin Stephen, B.morr & Righteouz Knight

published date: 2015/04/12


Richard Carrier & Christ-Myth Theory, Part 1 (with Chris Winchester)

Urban Theologian Radio #13

Atheist Richard Carrier claims the first Christians believed Jesus was a celestial deity who was crucified in outer space just below the moon. He also claims the gospels are historical allegories and that Jesus never existed. We discuss these claims.

Special Guest: Chris Winchester, PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh 

Featured Song: Eyewitness (Eyewitness Encounter, 2013) - Evangel feat. Monielle
*Bonus: Eyewitness Official Music Video

published date: 2015/04/05


When Was Jesus Crucified? (+News Update)

Urban Theologian Radio #12

Pastors Vermon, Bob and Vocab give the listeners a few updates so you can know what we've been up to lately (as well as what's coming up). We work our way through a classic and influential 1989 article by historian Paul Maier on the date of Jesus' crucifixion. We also get some insight on the associated earthquake and mysterious darkness.

Resource: Paul L. Maier's The Date of the Nativity (pdf)

Featured Song: Were You There? (The Atonement, 2010) - shai linne

published date: 2015/03/29


St. Augustine (with Ken Samples)

Urban Theologian Radio #11

Based off Ken's series, “If I had Lunch with St. Augustine.” We touch on Augustine’s life, accomplishments, controversies, and ask “how did a great sinner become a great saint?”

Special Guest: Ken Samples, of RTB, read part 1 of his Augustine article

Featured Song: Take Up & Read (Lyrical Theology: Part 1, 2013) - shai linne feat. Through Hymn, Omri and Ant

published date: 2015/03/22


The Real St. Patrick (with Mike Pettengill)

Urban Theologian Radio #10

Patrick went from slave to evangelist. He was ahead of his time in his treatment of women. Mike Pettengill wants to reclaim the true Patrick and his missionary legacy.

Special Guest: Mike Pettengill, missionary and author, St. Patrick: Reclaiming the Great Missionary,

Featured Song: Plate Fulla Funk (Plate Fulla Funk, 1995) - DDC

published date: 2015/03/15


Evolution in the Textbooks (with Russ Miller)

Urban Theologian Radio #9

Learn how a disturbing amount of the support given for evolution in textbooks is drawn from incorrect or outdated information.

Special Guest: Russ Miller of creationministries.org

Featured Song: Peep the Message (Forfeit Never, 2014) - Urban Ops

published date: 2015/03/01


Super Apostles! (with Doug Geivett)

Urban Theologian Radio #8

Doug Geivett warns of the dangers of the New Apostolic Reformation and its "super apostles".

Special Guest: Dr. Doug Geivett of Talbot School of Theology, author of God's Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement

Featured Song: Fal$e Teacher$ (Lyrical Theology Part One: Theology) - shai linne

published date: 2015/03/01


Faith, Film & Philosophy (with Doug Geivett)

Urban Theologian Radio #7

Doug Geivett on how to "think Christianly" about film and analyze it from a theological/philosophical perspective.

Special Guest: Dr. Doug Geivett of Talbot School of Theology, author of Faith, Film & Philosophy: Big Ideas on the Big Screen

Featured Song: Idiot Box (A Saved Man (In the Jungle)) - S.F.C.

published date: 2015/02/22


Five Reasons to Study Black Church History

Urban Theologian Radio #6

Pastor Vermon and Vocab Malone give five reasons why the history of the black church is important and should be studied.

Featured Song: Racial Diversity (Rewind) - Flame

published date: 2015/02/15


Theology of Worship (and Listener Feedback)

Urban Theologian Radio #5

Vocab Malone and Pastor Bob interact with listener feedback and give practical principles from a biblical theology of worship.

Featured Song: Worship God (Lyrical Theology Part 2: Doxology) - shai linne

published date: 2015/02/08


Millions of Years and Natural Evil (with Terry Mortenson)

Urban Theologian Radio #4

Dr. Terry Mortenson of Answers in Genesis on the age of the earth and the problem of evil.

Special Guest: Dr. Terry Mortenson, author The Great Turning Point

Featured Song: The 6th Day (The 6th) - Flame feat. Chris Lee

published date: 2015/02/01


God as Properly Basic (with Guillaume Bignon)

Urban Theologian Radio #3

Christian philosopher and theologian Guillaume Bignon explains Alvin Plantinga's concept of belief in God as properly basic and its relation to warranted Christian belief.

Special Guest: Guillaume Bignon, blogs at TheoloGUI

Featured Song: L'As Kind-Son Lhaïtien - Mon Rap (from Ma Confession)

published date: 2015/01/25



Witnessing to Family (with Randy Newman)

Urban Theologian Radio #2
Randy Newman of the C.S. Lewis Institute on sharing the gospel with family members.

Special Guest: Randy Newman, author Bringing the Gospel Home

Featured Song: Reality (Unreleased) - Lecrae (Rebel {USB Bonus Material})

published date: 2015/01/18


Questioning Evangelism (with Randy Newman)

Urban Theologian Radio #1

Longtime campus evangelist Randy Newman on using questions to engage people..

Special Guest: Randy Newman, author Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People's Hearts the Way Jesus Did

Featured Song: Evangelism - Hazakim (The Church: Called & Collected)

published date: 2015/01/11


New Testament Canon: Covenant & Community [01/04/2015]

Last BPR show Episode #224

How did we get our current Bible? Why do we have the books we do in the New Testament? Were some books left out of the New Testament? Vocab discusses these issues with Phillip Evans of Tyndale House and Christian hip hop artist Davis Absolute.

Special Guests: Phillip Evans, Executive Director of the American Friends of Tyndale House Cambridge and Christian hip hop artist Davis Absolute

*Featured Song: Justword - Picture That (Light Generation)


Text and Manuscripts [12/28/2014]

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What is the quality of the New Testament text? What do we know about early Christian copyists? What was the character of early Christian book production? What is the state of the manuscripts? What is the extent of textual variants?

Special Guests: Phillip Evans of American Friends of Tyndale House Cambridge and Christian hip hop artist Davis Absolute

Featured Song: Flame - Scripture Alone (The 6th)


5 Percenters: Nation of the Gods and Earths [12/21/2014]

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The Five Percent Nation is a religious group that broke away from the Nation of Islam. Based in New York, their ideas and vocabulary heavily influenced hip hop culture. Old School Christian rap artist Fred Lynch drops knowledge on The Fivers and speaks on his brother's (K-Mack the Knife) journey to The Nation.

Special Guest: Fred Lynch of Preachas fka PID

*Featured Song: Preachas - Who’s The Ruffest, Pt. 1 (Violent Playground)


Gospel Rapping with Josh McDowell [12/14/2014]



Christian rap pioneer FRED LYNCH talks:

  • PID and Christian hip hop history
  • rapping the entire gospel of John
  • his relationship with Josh McDowell
  • his hip hop devotional project

Special Guest: Fred Lynch of Preachas fka PID
and Christian hip hop artist David Absolute

*Featured song: Preachas fka PID - Take 'Em To Church


Qur’an: What You Need to Know [12/07/2014]

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We talk to James White about his new book, What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an. We focus on Chapter 11: "The Perfection of the Qur'an: Transmission of the Text".

Special Guests: Dr. James White, author of What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an & Al Fadi, co-author of The Qur'an Dilemma and host of Let Us Reason.

*Featured Song: IV His Son (IV Conerly) - Why I Love Jesus but Reject Islam (Video Special Release) 

*Click here for more of IV Conerly's music*


Debating Muslims with James White [11/30/2014]

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Dr. James White on his debates with Muslim apologists. Hear exciting news from his travels to South Africa and learn the significance of Islamic apologist Ahmed Deedat.

Special Guests: Dr. James White, Director of Alpha & Omega Ministries
Al Fadi, co-author of The Qur'an Dilemma and host of Let Us Reason.

*Featured Song: The Ambassador - Apologetics (Christology - In Laymen's Terms)


Bible Among the Myths [11/23/2014]

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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.

Special Guest: Dr. John Oswalt, author of The Bible Among the Myths
Dr. James White, Director of Alpha & Omega Ministries 

*Featured Song: Trip Lee - Who Is Like Him? (20/20)


Apologetics in Isaiah [11/16/2014]

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Old Testament scholar John Oswalt on the book of Isaiah:

fulfilled prophecy
apologetic issues
polemics against false gods
Dead Sea Scrolls and the Isaiah Scroll

Dr. John Meade makes a cameo, commenting on the physical text and variants.

Special Guests: Dr. John Oswalt, Asbury Theological SeminaryDr. John Meade, Phoenix Seminary

*Featured Song: Othello - Isaiah 53 (Streetlights Bible) + (video)


Prophecy in Isaiah [11/09/2014]

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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)


Misconceptions About Islam DEBATE [11/02/2014]

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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.

Special Guest: Andrew Livingston, writer for TAQWA Magazine, author of Snatching Shadows novel

*Featured Song: Foreknown - Double Tap (Ornithology)*


Dr. Sarfati Answers Science Questions LIVE! [10/26/2014]

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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


Gospel-Centered Children’s Curriculum [10/19/2014]

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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!

Special Guest: Trevin Wax, Content Editor of The Gospel Project


Lucy’s Feet & Burning Man [10/12/2014]

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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!

Special Guests: Dr. David Menton of Answers in Genesis & Jordan Worley, guest host of RemnantX Radio (listen here when he interviewed Vocab on presuppositional apologetics)


Christians from the Middle East [10/05/2014]

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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


Problems with the Quran [09/28/2014]

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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.

VIDEO LINK: See where Vocab (role playing as a Muslim) once debated Anthony


New Age Jesus [09/21/2014]

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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.

Special Guest: Dr. Douglas Groothuis of Denver Seminary (read his great article on THE NEW AGE JESUS)


Dr. Kurt Wise on Creation Science [09/14/2014]

bprCOVER-208.jpg Episode #208 

Dr. Kurt Wise tells us about his:

  • days at Harvard with Stephen Jay Gould
  • faithful approach to Scripture and science
  • model of the pre- and post-Flood world
  • ways to empirically test these ideas
  • methodology for scientific research
  • research work, such as baraminology
  • reaction to a Richard Dawkins diss

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


Counter Cultural Church [09/07/2014]

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Our very own Pastor Vermon is working on a book for The Gospel Coalition.
We discuss the content: The church as a distinct light in a dark place.  The united church in a divided world.  The church telling and doing the truth in a relativistic world. 

RESOURCES: Vermon's sermon series “The Church – A Light In A Dark World”


Batman and the Gospel [08/31/2014]

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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?

Special Guests:
Paul Asay, author of God on the Streets of Gotham and
Bryce Morgan, Pastor at Way of Grace Church and Captain Sun Comic Book Creator.


Islamic Doctrine of Martyrdom [08/24/14]

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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


Human and Chimp DNA [08/17/2014]

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Dr. Jeff Tomkins of ICR joins us to discuss the DNA of chimps and humans.
Based on these two articles:

Special Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins of ICR


“Gay” and Christian? [08/10/2014]

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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.


Christian Roots of Science [08/03/2014]

Episode #202 

An interview with Dr. Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries. Vocab once co-interviewed him about Richard Dawkins with Jeff Durbin of Apologia Radio on Redemption Radio, Part 1 & Part 2 here.

Special Guest: Dr. Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries

BONUS: check out Dr. Sarfati's interview on Apologia Radio -http://www.apologiaradio.com/?p=837

Navigating 1 Corinthians 14 [07/27/2014]

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Pastors Vermon, Bob and Vocab discuss this challenging and instructive section of Paul's letter to the church at Corinth. Includes:
-Church Order
-Women in Ministry


Biblical Manhood: What Is It? [07/20/2014]

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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!


Pop Culture Apologetics [07/13/2014]

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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.

Special Guest: Ted Turnau, author of Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective.


Superman & Jesus: Theology in Comics [07/06/2014]

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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


Ingredients for Freedom [06/29/2014]

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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


OT Ethics for God’s People [06/22/2014]

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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


Truth in Love to Mormons [06/15/2014]

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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.

Special Guest: Mark J. Cares, author of Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons and President of Truth in Love Ministries