A unique show that covers theology, faith, & culture w/a fresh urban slant. Christian apologist VOCAB MALONE debates, discusses, and dissects relevant questions and issues about the Christian faith from a Biblical perspective.

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 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 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”

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

November 17, 2013

The Vermon Trilogy [11/17/2013]

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”

May 26, 2013

Common Good & Christians [05/26/2013]


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 

May 19, 2013

Deacons & Elders [05/19/2013]


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
March 3, 2013

The Great Evangelical Recession [03/03/2013]

Author and Pastor John Dickerson discusses his new and incisive book, The Great Evangelical Recession. We ask questions like 'how many evangelicals are there really in America?' 'What is the future for evangelicalism?' John talks about 6 Factors That Will Crash the American Church. . . and How to Prepare.

Special Guest: John S. Dickerson

July 8, 2012

The Decline of the Mainlines [07/08/2012]

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

October 10, 2011

What is an Anglican? [10/09/11]


This show answers the age old question of  What is an Anglican? 

Special Guest: Rev. Shane Copeland of St. George Anglican Church.
July 5, 2011

How to Listen to a Sermon [07/03/2011]

How to Listen to a Sermon [07/03/2011]:

The Backpack pastors discuss an issue internal to the church - how to listen to a sermon.

Reference: Listen Up - A Practical Guide to Listening to Sermons by Christopher Ash.


May 30, 2011

Kill Your Youth Group! [05/29/2011]

Kill Your Youth Group! [05/29/2011]

The Backpack crew discusses church youth groups and their statistical issues concerning the amount of young people leaving the church after high school as well as focusing on what is being done wrong by the leaders teaching the youth and what should be done about it.


March 22, 2011

Why Can’t Johnny Preach? [03/20/2011]

Why Can't Johnny Preach? [03/20/2011]

What’s happening in the culture that’s degrading the quality of preaching? What’s the impact of media on people in general, and in particular the Christian preacher? Why have we (the church) accepted such poor preaching? Reference(s): Why Johnny Can't Preach by T. David Gordon.

Special Guest: Professor of Religion and Greek at Grove City College, T. David Gordon.


March 9, 2011

Denominations: More, Less, or None? [03/06/2011]

Are denominations a good thing or a bad thing? Are there too many or not enough? 
Why do they exist? What are the key differences between them? Pastors Bob and Vermon discuss these important questions as Vocab Malone listens in.

February 28, 2011

Pastor as Theologian? [02/27/2011]

Pastor as Theologian? [02/27/2011]

Does theology matter in the church? Does it matter if your pastor cares about theology? Dr Michael J. Kruger discusses what it looks like for a pastor to be theologically minded - and what it looks like for the academic to be pastorally minded. Dr. Kruger is the author of The Gospel of the Savior: An Analysis of P.oxy.840... and co-author of The Heresy of Orthodoxy.

Special Guest: Dr. Michael J. Kruger of RTS. EPISODE 22

January 4, 2011

The Who, What and Why of Backpack Radio [01/02/2011]

The Who, What and Why of Backpack Radio [01/02/2011]

Introducing: Pastor Bob, Vermon Pierre, and Vocab Malone! EPISODE 14

November 8, 2010

Christian Sabbath or Lord’s Day? [11/07/2010]

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?

October 18, 2010

Biblical Church Government? [10/17/2010]

Biblical Church Government?  [10/17/2010]

Is there a such a thing as biblical church government? I mean, who's in charge here? Elders, deacons, and nothing else - oh my!


October 25, 2010

Urban Artist, Urban Church [10/24/2010]

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Being in a local church is inherent to being a Christian. The Christian artist must be in a place where they can actively practice the 'one anothers' of Scripture. The local church also has a responsibility: to shepherd the heart of the urban artist.

Special Guest: Jeff Durbin of Apologia Radio

BONUS: videos of Shai Linne speaking during our Sound&Pound event
Plus ... 
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