January 4, 2015

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)

December 28, 2014

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)

December 21, 2014

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)

December 14, 2014

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

December 7, 2014

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*

November 30, 2014

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)

November 23, 2014

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)

November 16, 2014

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)

November 9, 2014

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)

November 2, 2014

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)*

October 26, 2014

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

October 19, 2014

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

October 12, 2014

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)

October 5, 2014

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

September 28, 2014

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

September 21, 2014

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)

September 14, 2014

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

September 7, 2014

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”

August 31, 2014

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.

August 24, 2014

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

August 17, 2014

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

August 10, 2014

“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.

August 3, 2014

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
July 27, 2014

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

July 20, 2014

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!

July 13, 2014

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.

July 6, 2014

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

June 29, 2014

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

June 22, 2014

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

June 15, 2014

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

June 8, 2014

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

June 1, 2014

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"

May 25, 2014

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)" 

May 18, 2014

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

May 11, 2014

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

May 4, 2014

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

April 27, 2014

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.

    April 20, 2014

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

    bprCOVER-187.jpg EPISODE #187
    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.

    April 13, 2014

    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.

    April 6, 2014

    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.

    March 30, 2014

    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

    March 23, 2014

    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

    March 16, 2014

    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.

    March 9, 2014

    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.

    March 2, 2014

    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

    February 23, 2014

    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

    February 16, 2014

    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

    February 9, 2014

    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?

    February 2, 2014

    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

    January 26, 2014

    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