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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

*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]

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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 -

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

Jewish Believers in Jesus [06/08/2014]

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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 Missions [06/01/2014]

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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"

Tithing vs Giving [05/25/2014]

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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)" 

Evolution & The Fossil Record [05/18/2014]

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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 can - and can't - the sun's energy do? 

Special Guest: Sal Giardina of AzOSA and New Creation Ministries

Truth About Planned Parenthood [05/11/2014]

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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

Resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 [05/04/2014]

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-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

Seth Andrews DEBATE #2/Old Testament iWitness [04/27/2014]

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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:

  • Did Moses write the Torah? 
  • What is the Apocrypha?
  • Special Guests: Seth Andrews, author of Deconverted and Doug Powell, author of Old Testament iWitness.

    The Thinking Atheist INTERVIEW & DEBATE pt. 1 [04/20/2014]

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    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.

    Human Rights DEBATE [04/13/2014]

    EPISODE #186
    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.

    The Myth of Neutrality [04/06/2014]

    EPISODE #185
    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.

    Against the Gods [03/30/2014]

    EPISODE #184
    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.

    Special Guest: Dr. John Currid (Ph.D., University of Chicago), author of Against the Gods

    Is Jesus the ONLY Way? [03/23/2014]

    EPISODE #183
    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 the amateurs our friends over at Apologia Radio.

    Special Guest: Sean McDowell of Worldview Ministries

    What is Love? [03/16/2014]

    EPISODE #182
    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.

    King James Version Controversy [03/09/2014]

    EPISODE #181
    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.

    Progressive Covenantalism [03/02/2014]

    EPISODE #180
    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

    What Is Biblical Theology? [02/23/2014]

    EPISODE #179
    -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

    Covenantal Apologetics [02/16/2014]


    EPISODE #178
    We cover:
    -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

    What is YOUR Worldview? [02/09/2014]


    EPISODE #177
    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?

    Thinking about Thinking [02/02/2014]


    EPISODE #176
    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 [01/26/2014]


    EPISODE: #175 
    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

    What is Presbyterianism? [01/19/2014]


    EPISODE #174
    Introduction to the topic of Presbyterianism: the doctrine, the history, the practice.
    Vocab even interviews a crusty Presbyterian curmudgeon.

    Debate Methodology [01/12/2014]


    EPISODE #173
    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.

    Liberal Christianity [01/05/2014]


    EPISODE #172 
    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.

    What is a Worldview? [12/29/2013]


    EPISODE #171
    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!

    The Story of the Bible [12/22/2013]


    EPISODE #170
    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?

    Wayne Grudem on Scripture LIVE! [12/15/2013]


    EPISODE #169
    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

    Did Jesus Exist? DEBATE part 2 [12/08/2013]


    EPISODE #168
    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... 

    Did Jesus Exist? DEBATE part 1 [12/01/2013]


    EPISODE #167
    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

    Objective Morality DEBATE [11/24/2013]


    EPISODE #166
    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

    The Vermon Trilogy [11/17/2013]


    EPISODE #165
    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”

    Cults, Heresies & World Religions [11/10/2013]

    EPISODE #164

    Interview with Doug Powell on his two newest apps: iWitness World Religions and iWitness Cults & Heresies

    We define key terms, travel through church history and get a snapshot of Christian Science and a few Eastern religions. 

    Special Guest: Doug Powell

    Signature in the Cell Synopsis [11/03/2013]


    EPISODE #163
    Vocab gives his synopsis of Dr. Stephen C. Meyer's 522-page book, Signature in the Cell (HarperOne, 2009)

    Check out our interview with Dr. Meyer on his latest book, Darwin's Doubt!

    Facebook Epistemology [10/27/2013]


    EPISODE #162
    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

    Ministry to Muslims [10/20/2013]


    EPISODE #161
    This episode:
    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

    Genesis: The Big Ideas [10/13/2013]


    EPISODE #160
    Survey of the content and major themes of Genesis. 

    The Doctrine of Creation, The Call of Abraham, God's Providence in Joseph's life and more! 
    Suggested Resources: 
    Pastor Vermon's sermons on Genesis 

    First Friday Debate Review [10/06/2013]


    EPISODE #159
    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"

    Solus Christus, Sola Deo Gloria [09/29/2013]


    EPISODE #158
    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. 

    BONUS: We recommend these sermon preached at Roosevelt Community Church on these solas as a compliment to this program: Solus Christus by Tim Statezny and Sola Deo Gloria by Bob Korljan

    Sola Fide, Sola Gratia [09/22/2013]


    EPISODE #157
    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').

    BONUS: We recommend these sermons preached at Roosevelt Community Church on these solas as a compliment to this program: Sola Fide by Jason Walsh and Sola Gratia by Vermon Pierre.

    The New Testament Canon [09/15/2013]


    EPISODE #156
    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

    Sola Scriptura& Evolution Feedback [09/08/2013]


    EPISODE #155
    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

    Geneva Journeys [09/01/2013]


    EPISODE #153
    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.

    Reformation History & Rap [08/25/2013]


    EPISODE #152
    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.

    Special Guests: Tim Statezny and Scott Rose, Jr.

    Evolution DEBATE & The Apologia Radio Beef [08/18/2013]


    EPISODE #151
    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

    Affected by Apologetics [08/11/2013]


    EPISODE #150
    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.

    Special Guests: Marty Clapp, James Umber, and Robert Contreras.

    Black Hebrew Israelites [08/04/2013]


    EPISODE #149
    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 Mormon Culture [07/28/2013]


    EPISODE #148
    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

    Darwin’s Doubt with Stephen Meyer [07/21/2013]


    EPISODE #147
    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

    Alcohol & Christian Liberty [07/14/2013]


    EPISODE #146
    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 [07/07/2013]


    EPISODE #145
    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.

    Sex, Divorce & Remarriage [06/30/2013]


    EPISODE #144
    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 Divine Gift of Singleness:
    The Divine Gift of Marriage:
    Divorce and Marriage:

    Women In Apologetics [06/23/2013]


    EPISODE #143
    '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)

    Why Pro-Life? [06/16/2013]


    EPISODE #142

    Why should we be pro-life? Our guest is Letitia Wong, co-hosts a radio program and is a member of the Journey in St. Louis. A wildly diverse show where we go from discussing Phoenix Comicon to GI Joe cartoons to abortion - but somehow it 'works' - right? 

      Special Guest: Letitia Wong, co-host of Pro-Life Fridays

    OT Archaeology [06/09/2013]


    EPISODE #141

    An interview with Doug Powell on Old Testament Archaeology for the biblical archaeology app he created called “iWitness Biblical Archaeology”. We discuss some major confirmations via archaeology for the bible.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Doug Powell of SelflessDefense

    Eastern Religions [06/02/2013]


    EPISODE #140

    We discuss religious pluralism and comparative religions (especially Buddhism) with Dr. Craig Hazen. Dr. Hazen’s book, "Five Sacred Crossings", is a novel that dives into what makes Christianity different than the other great world religious traditions. 

    Special Guest: Dr. Craig Hazen of Biola

    Common Good & Christians [05/26/2013]


    EPISODE #139

    What is the mission of the church? What are the historic debates on this question? We bring in the specific example of orphan care, zooming in on Arizona. Recommended Resource: What is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert.

      Special Guest: Dennae Pierre of Together for Adoption 

    Deacons & Elders [05/19/2013]


    EPISODE #138

    Why is biblical church government important? What do elders do in congregational life? What is a deacon, what do they do and how do they work

    with the elders? All this and more! 

      Related Resources: What is an Elder? | sermon video by Pastor Bob
    What is a Deacon? | sermon video by Vocab
    Bad Examples of Church Government discussion video w/Vermon & Bob

    Smart Faith [05/12/2013]


    EPISODE #137

     Vocab and guest host Marty Clapp talk to Shawn White, a working class apologist who is the mastermind behind the Smart Faith Apologetics Conference. Smart Faith is Arizona's high profile annual apologetic conference. Shawn also talks about defending the resurrection at local colleges. 

     Special Guest: Marty Clapp and Shawn White

    My Lord and My God! [05/05/2013]


    EPISODE #136

    Vocab and Vermon discuss John 20:28, where Thomas says to Jesus, "My Lord and My God." Learn the context of a verse which triumphs over all deficient Christologies, especially that of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. 

    The Mailman Apologist [04/28/2013]


    EPISODE #135

     Vocab is joined by working class apologist Marty Clapp. Marty is a mailman during the day and yet an apologist. Marty shares some amazing stories from both the high school and college ministry he has done. This show gives hope to the so-called non-professionals (like us)! 

      Special Guest: Marty Clapp of Think Again Apologetics

    False Teachers & Lyrical Theology [04/21/2013]


    EPISODE #134

    Vermon and Vocab talk about shai linne's new song "Fal$e Teacher$", where shai calls out a number of prosperity preachers. We discuss the nature of public rebuke (see Matthew 18) and play audio clips from popular TBN guests. We are even joined by a few of the artists who worked on the new Lyrical Theology album to get their perspective.


    Special Guests: Christian hip hop artists, JG Whitley and Omri Miles of iSix:5

    Homosexuality/Marriage DEBATE [04/14/2013]


    EPISODE #133

    A debate with atheist blogger Skeptimus Prime on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Vocab and Dylan lay out their views side by side and then critique and defend. 

    Being Black & Reformed [04/07/2013]


    EPISODE #132
    A discussion about the black and Reformed movement. What are some of the big issues? We bring up the book Glory Road and talk about some Reformed rappers.

    French Muslims & Christian Rap [03/31/2013]


    EPISODE #131

    Review of Vocab’s mission trip to France.

    Topics include: Muslim and Christian relations, the spiritual dynamics in France and apologetics in evangelism and relationships. 

      Special Guests: French missionary Mark Good and musician Alden Powers

    Purpose & Meaning DEBATE [03/24/2013]


    EPISODE #130

    Debate with atheist Patrick Callahan (student at University of Arizona) on meaning and purpose. Includes a moderated debate portion as well as an open discussion portion.

    A Theology of Prayer [03/17/2013]


    EPISODE #129

    We walk through a 4-part sermon series we did on prayer and discuss the biblical doctrine behind it.

    Black Christians You Should Know [03/10/2013]


    EPISODE #128

    Snapshots of some Black Reformed Christians based off of the book The Faithful Preacher.

    A discussion about church history and ethnic segregation in the US.