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.
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
Special Guest: Dr. Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries
PCA? PCUSA? OPC? RPCNA? ETC?
Introduction to the topic of Presbyterianism: the doctrine, the history, the practice.
Vocab even interviews a crusty Presbyterian curmudgeon.
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.
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.
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.
A discussion about church history and ethnic segregation in the US.
The claims Rome makes for herself can be shown to be false. Two big reasons why Rome cannot be the one true church:
- Justification. They teach dogma directly contrary to the essential elements of the gospel.
- History. Many historical examples are contra Rome’s claims about papal authority/infallibility.
*WE EVEN SNEAK IN A RAP SONG WRITTEN AND PERFORMED LIVE BY MARTIN LUTHER HIMSELF!
Special Guest: former Roman Catholic Jason Walsh
Brief 'history lesson' on the 'mainlines' and why certain churches are pulling out of these denominations. We speak with a conservative *former* member of one of the mainline denominations (PCUSA) during the show.
Special Guest: Pastor Pat McElroy of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Special Guest: Jim Wallace of Stand to Reason
The BPR hosts discuss important cultural and historical background info dealing with the response of the Greco-Roman culture towards early Christianity. Here is our list of critics:
- Pliny the Younger, 112 AD
- Tacitus, 116 AD
- Epictetus, 135 AD
- Galen, 199 AD
- Fronto, 160 AD
- Marcus Aurelius, 166 AD
- Lucian of Samosata, 200 AD
- Celsus, 170 AD
- Porphyry, 300 AD
- Julian, 362 AD
We even manage to sneak in a bonus with Suetonius, 120 AD
The Heresy of Orthodoxy [02/13/2011]
Was Christianity created from a source of diversity or from a source of unity? That's just a part of what we discuss with Professor Andreas Kostenberger as we dive into his book The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture's Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity. Here's his blog: Biblical Foundations
Special Guest: Andreas Kostenberger, professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary EPISODE 20
Black History Month Commercial [02/8-28/11]
The one and only Vermon Pierre (a pastor in the downtown Phoenix scene), shares some thoughts about Richard Allen and the power of forgiveness in light of Black History Month. This commercial aired from February 8-28.
We chop it up with Dr. Larry Hurtado about his book The Earliest Christian Artifacts. We zoom in on visual references to Jesus' crucifixion, some as early as 200 AD. Great insight on early Christian preference to codex over scrolls for Scripture.
Special Guest: Dr. Larry Hurtado, professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Hear an interview we did on the origin of the canon w/a scholar who studied under Dr. Hurtado, one Michael Kruger
Church History 101 [08/10/2008]
Since last week's broadcast was a re-run, we've decided to post a show from the BPR Archives for this week's podcast. Back when Tommyboy and Vocab were the duo running the show, we interviewed one Pastor Bob (who is now a regular on the current incarnation of BPR). The program was a basic and brief overview of the history of the Christian church with ... Pastor Bob. (Who, by the way, holds an M. Div. from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis.)
Special Guest: Pastor Bob Korljan
Was there an alternate Christianity more friendly to the ladies? We explore just how "female friendly" early Gnosticism was. We read a few quotes from documents and see that Gnostic doctrine is not as friendly to females as is sometimes claimed.
Special Guest: Dr. John DelHousaye of Phoenix Seminary
Why do we go to church on Sunday?
Why don’t we go to church on Saturday?
What does it mean when someone says 'The Lord’s Day'?
What does it mean when someone says 'The Christian Sabbath'?
Does it matter?