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!