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.

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

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 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 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.

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

February 2, 2014

Thinking about Thinking [02/02/2014]

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

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”

July 28, 2013

Utah Mormon Culture [07/28/2013]

Utah resident and ex-Mormon turned church planter Chris Murray gives us the low down on LDS slang and Mormon culture. From BYU to FLDS to SLC, this show has it all! We also unveil our new intro, courtesy of CDZ the Messenger and producer David Elijah.

Special Guest: Chris Murray aka CDZ the Messenger

June 16, 2013

Why Pro-Life? [06/16/2013]


Why should we be pro-life? Our guest is Letitia Wong, co-hosts a radio program and is a member of the Journey in St. Louis. A wildly diverse show where we go from discussing Phoenix Comicon to GI Joe cartoons to abortion - but somehow it 'works' - right? 

  Special Guest: Letitia Wong, co-host of Pro-Life Fridays
April 7, 2013

Being Black & Reformed [04/07/2013]

A discussion about the black and Reformed movement. What are some of the big issues? We bring up the book Glory Road and talk about some Reformed rappers.

March 10, 2013

Black Christians You Should Know [03/10/2013]


Snapshots of some Black Reformed Christians based off of the book The Faithful Preacher.

A discussion about church history and ethnic segregation in the US.

September 13, 2012

The New inTOLERANCE [09/09/2012]


Fresh off the heels of the Chick-Fil-A Controversy, we discuss the redefining of “tolerance”, especially in the area of homosexuality. We use D.A. Carson's new book The Intolerance of Tolerance as a guide as we ask: how this is beginning to impact the church? How do we respond? What is the future of gospel witness?
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.


October 13, 2010

The Gospel of Glenn Beck [10/10/2010]

The Gospel of Glenn Beck [10/10/2010]

The recent "Rally on the Lawn" shows the problem with "American Civil Religion". What happened - and is happening - and why is this a problem? What are the reactions from evangelicals? Is "Americolatry" Christian? Is Glenn Beck Christian? The Gospel is the answer to all this - but how?