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.

November 30, 2014

Debating Muslims with James White [11/30/2014]

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Dr. James White on his debates with Muslim apologists. Hear exciting news from his travels to South Africa and learn the significance of Islamic apologist Ahmed Deedat.

Special Guests: Dr. James White, Director of Alpha & Omega Ministries
Al Fadi, co-author of The Qur'an Dilemma and host of Let Us Reason.

*Featured Song: The Ambassador - Apologetics (Christology - In Laymen's Terms)

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November 2, 2014

Misconceptions About Islam DEBATE [11/02/2014]

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Atheist-turned-Muslim, Andrew Livingston writes counter-apologetic articles for TAQWA, an Islamic youth culture magazine. Vocab and Andrew debate Islamic soteriology and New Testament reliability.

Special Guest: Andrew Livingston, writer for TAQWA Magazine, author of Snatching Shadows novel

*Featured Song: Foreknown - Double Tap (Ornithology)*

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April 20, 2014

The Thinking Atheist INTERVIEW & DEBATE pt. 1 [04/20/2014]

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Seth Andrews, host of the popular Thinking Atheist podcast, shares what he refers to as his "deconversion" story. Then, we ask each other questions and debate our answers. Our hope is that each "side" of the audience will better understand the other ... and maybe even think about some things in a slightly different way.

Special Guest: Seth Andrews, author of Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

*BONUS AUDIO! An lively in-depth off-air segment between Vocab, Vermon and Seth.

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April 13, 2014

Human Rights DEBATE [04/13/2014]

EPISODE #186
What are human "rights"? Where do they come from? Atheist Andre Salais of The Unbelievers Blog and Pastor Vocab discuss the concept of individual rights: freedom of conscience, speech, religious liberty and a brief excursus on the Canaanite judgment.

Special Guest: Andre Salais, President of The Secular Student Alliance at Arizona State University.

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January 12, 2014

Debate Methodology [01/12/2014]

EPISODE #173
The rationale for our BPR debates and why we do our debates in a specific way/style/method.
We explore Biblical/historical instructions and reasons/guidelines for debating.
Brief review of some of our past debates.

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December 8, 2013

Did Jesus Exist? DEBATE part 2 [12/08/2013]

EPISODE #168
An in-studio debate between Pastor Vocab and atheist David Fitzgerald.
David is the author of Nailed, a book arguing Jesus never existed. Our focus is the non-biblical evidence for Jesus, such as the Jewish historian Josephus.

Special Guest: David Fitzgerald of the Secular Student Alliance

BPR SPECIAL
Watch uncut interview on video here, we even have the in between break discussion and a special extended discussion after the show... 
DEBATE VIDEO - UNCUT

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December 1, 2013

Did Jesus Exist? DEBATE part 1 [12/01/2013]

EPISODE #167
Vocab debates with atheist author David Fitzgerald watch his talk @SkeptiCon. David wrote Nailed, which claims Jesus never existed at all. Our main topic is the biblical evidence for Jesus, especially the Pauline corpus.

Special Guest: David Fitzgerald of the Secular Student Alliance

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November 24, 2013

Objective Morality DEBATE [11/24/2013]

EPISODE #166
Atheist Edward Tracy of Tyler, Texas and Vocab debate the question "If there is no God, can there be objective morals?" When we make moral claims, who is being consistent with their axioms - the atheist or the Christian? Vocab holds that atheism steps outside its own worldview to make objective moral statements.

Special Guest: Edward Tracy of Religion on the Brain

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October 6, 2013

First Friday Debate Review [10/06/2013]

EPISODE #159
Several callers voice their opinion on Vocab's recent debate with atheist William Costigan (Spencer Hawkins of Unbelievers Radio). We speak to an apologist and an atheist who were in attendance as well.

Watch the video of the debate here: "Ask a Question: A Christian & Atheist Discussion"

Special Guest: William Costigan (Spencer Hawkins of Unbelievers Radio)
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August 18, 2013

Evolution DEBATE & The Apologia Radio Beef [08/18/2013]

EPISODE #151
Notorious atheist B. Strong was on before to debate the historical Jesus. This time we discuss evolution: its evidence and its implications. And we finally break our silence regarding the Apologia Radio Controversy and interact with some of your great comments and questions.

Special Guest: Atheist B. Strong

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April 14, 2013

Homosexuality/Marriage DEBATE [04/14/2013]

EPISODE #133

A debate with atheist blogger Skeptimus Prime on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Vocab and Dylan lay out their views side by side and then critique and defend. 

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March 24, 2013

Purpose & Meaning DEBATE [03/24/2013]

EPISODE #130

Debate with atheist Patrick Callahan (student at University of Arizona) on meaning and purpose. Includes a moderated debate portion as well as an open discussion portion.
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January 27, 2013

Nadir Ahmed DEBATE [01/27/2013]

EPISODE #122

Vocab vs. Muslim apologist Nadir Ahmed on the question of "Does God Kill Innocent People?" 

Special Guest: Nadir Ahmed of ExamineTheTruth.com
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September 23, 2012

Resurrection/Miracles DEBATE [09/23/2012]

EPISODE #104


Vocab debates the resurrection. Did it happen? Are miracles even possible? Pastor Vermon hosts while Pastor Bob moderates. 

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August 6, 2012

New Perspective on Paul DEBATE [08/05/2012]

EPISODE #97


Pastor Bob hosts a cordial and respectful debate between Vocab and his friend Pastor Lawrence Garcia on the NPP. Some of the questions we cover: 

*What does Paul mean by works of the law? (Philippians 3:2-11) 
*What is the righteousness of God? (Romans 3:21-26) 
*Is imputed righteousness a biblical concept? (Romans 4:2-6 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-21) 

  Special Guest: Pastor Lawrence Garcia of Academia Church

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July 15, 2012

Is Jesus a Myth? DEBATE [07/15/2012]

EPISODE #94

Debate with atheist author B. Strong (who has also appeared on The Unbelievable Radio program in London) on the question of "what can we know about the historical Jesus?" This debate focuses on the question of "is Jesus, as portrayed in the Bible, a pure myth?" 

Special Guest: Brett Strong of "Jesus is a Hoax" fame

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April 29, 2012

Atheists Behaving Badly [04/29/2012]

EPISODE #83

We review a recent event which was titled: "A Christian & Atheist Discussion: 'Does Evil Nullify God's Existence?'". The participants in the debate were Jason Short, an atheist  from Tempe, Arizona, Randy Chesley, an atheist from Portland, Oregon and Vocab Malone. 


  Special guest: Professor Sanjay Merchant (Grand Canyon University)
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April 27, 2011

The Debate Aftermath [04/24/2011]

The Debate Aftermath [04/24/2011]

Jeff Durbin joins the Backpack crew to recap the recent debate on April 1, 2011 (AUDIO: Which Makes More Sense - Christianity or Atheism). Vocab and Jeff had partnered together for the side of Christianity and are reunited on this show to also examine clips of themselves from the debate and receive critique from the rest of the Backpack pastors.

Guest: Pastor Jeff Durbin of Apologia Church

EPISODE #30

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August 17, 2008

Homosexuality & the Bible DEBATE [08/17/2008]

EPISODE #154 (sort of)
We accidentally skipped Episode #154 in our initial numbering system! To make up for it, we uploaded an archived show from when BPR was on a different station with different personnel. This brief broadcast is a lively conversation on what the Scriptures say about homosexuality. 

Special Guest: 
a man who describes himself as a Christian homosexual

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