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!
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
Our very own Pastor Vermon is working on a book for The Gospel Coalition.
RESOURCES: Vermon's sermon series “The Church – A Light In A Dark World”
Pastors Vermon, Bob and Vocab discuss this challenging and instructive section of Paul's letter to the church at Corinth. Includes:
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”
with the elders? All this and more!
What is a Deacon? | sermon video by Vocab
Bad Examples of Church Government discussion video w/Vermon & Bob
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Who, What and Why of Backpack Radio [01/02/2011]
Introducing: Pastor Bob, Vermon Pierre, and Vocab Malone! EPISODE 14
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?
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!
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.