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)
Christian rap pioneer FRED LYNCH talks:
*Featured song: Preachas fka PID - Take 'Em To Church
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
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.
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”
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?
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
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
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”
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
A discussion about church history and ethnic segregation in the US.
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.
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?