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Jan. 5, 2015
How did we get our current Bible? Why do we have the books we do in the New Testament? Were some books left out of the New Testament? Vocab discusses these issues with Phillip Evans of Tyndale House and Christian hip hop artist Davis Absolute.
Special Guests: Phillip Evans, Executive Director of the American Friends of Tyndale House Cambridge and Christian hip hop artist Davis Absolute
*Featured Song: Justword
Dec. 29, 2014
What is the quality of the New Testament text? What do we know about early Christian copyists? What was the character of early Christian book production? What is the state of the manuscripts? What is the extent of textual variants?
Special Guests: Phillip Evans of American Friends of Tyndale House Cambridge and Christian hip hop artist Davis Absolute
Featured Song: Flame - Scripture Alone (The 6th)
Dec. 22, 2014
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)
Dec. 15, 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 PIDand Christian hip hop artist David Absolute
*Featured song: Preachas fka PID - Take ‘Em To Church
Dec. 8, 2014
We talk to James White about his new book, What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an. We focus on Chapter 11: “The Perfection of the Qur’an: Transmission of the Text”.
Special Guests: Dr. James White, author of What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an & Al Fadi, co-author of The Qur’an Dilemma and host of Let Us Reason.
Dec. 1, 2014
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.
Nov. 24, 2014
Old Testament expert Dr. John Oswalt compares the Hebrew Scriptures to the religious literature ancient peoples. Dr. Oswalt explains the Ancient Near Eastern context of the Bible and elaborates on relevant worldview and philosophical considerations.
Special Guest: Dr. John Oswalt, author of The Bible Among the Myths
Nov. 17, 2014
Old Testament scholar John Oswalt on the book of Isaiah:
polemics against false gods
Dead Sea Scrolls and the Isaiah Scroll
Dr. John Meade makes a cameo, commenting on the physical text and variants.
Special Guests: Dr. John Oswalt, Asbury Theological Seminary, Dr. John Meade, Phoenix Seminary
*Featured Song: Othello - Isaiah 53 (
Nov. 10, 2014
Fulfilled prophecies are an important apologetic proof. BPR drops some from the book of Isaiah. We also delve into key theological points from Isaiah, contra Mormon and Jehovah’s Witnesses theology.
*Featured Song: Lamp Mode Recordings - Holiness of God (Grass Roots Vol. 1)
Nov. 3, 2014
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
Oct. 27, 2014
Jonathan Sarfati with a live audience @BPR’s four-year anniversary. Questions include: creation, evolution, age of the earth, interpreting Genesis, molecular machines and starlight and time!
Special Guest: Dr. Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries International
Oct. 20, 2014
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
Oct. 13, 2014
David Menton gives a detailed explanation Lucy’s anatomy, followed by a refutation of evolutionist’s claims about her. Plus: Jordan Worley on witnessing @the infamous Burning Man Festival in Nevada!
Special Guests: Dr. David Menton of Answers in Genesis & Jordan Worley, guest host of RemnantX Radio (
Oct. 6, 2014
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
Sept. 29, 2014
Anthony Rogers gives a devastating theological, philosophical and scientific critique of the Qur’an: contradictions, mistakes and errors!
Special Guest: Anthony Rogers, an apologist to Muslims and M. Div. student @ Greenville (SC) Seminary.
VIDEO LINK: See where Vocab (role playing as a Muslim) once debated Anthony
Sept. 22, 2014
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)
Sept. 15, 2014
Dr. Kurt Wise tells us about his:
days at Harvard with Stephen Jay Gould
faithful approach to Scripture and science
model of the pre- and post-Flood world
ways to empirically test these ideas
methodology for scientific research
research work, such as baraminology
reaction to a Richard Dawkins diss
An amazing, fun and fact filled tour de force with BPR’s favorite Creation scientist!
Special Guest: Dr. Kurt Wise, Director of the Creation Research Center at Truett-McConnell College
Sept. 8, 2014
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”
Sept. 1, 2014
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
Aug. 25, 2014
Missionary David Witt compares and contrasts the Islamic doctrine of martyrdom and jihad with the Christian doctrine of suffering and persecution. Also, how to share the love of Christ with Muslims in dangerous contexts: we ’HEART’ Muslims!
Special Guest: David Witt of Spirit of Martyrdom