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Vocab Malone & Elton Simpson, Islamic Terrorist

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Urban Theologian Radio’s Vocab Malone personally knew one of the Muslims who attacked the event in Garland, Texas. Vocab’s article – “I Knew Elton Simpson: My Jihadist Friend” – gained media attention and resulted in a CNN interview. This show is riveting and insightful – a must listen.

Featured Song:  The Unknown God (The Unknown God, 2013) – IV Conerly

*Bonus – Why I Love Jesus But Reject Islam – IV Conerly

 

 

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Learning Shariah at a Phoenix Mosque

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There is a well-known mosque in Phoenix, Arizona. It is north of Orangewood and east of 27th Ave. Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, both killed when they attacked a Draw Muhammad Contest in Texas, attended this mosque.Hassan Abujihaad, convicted of handing over military intelligence to al Qaeda, attended this mosque.

I didn’t know all that then. On Friday, December 16th, 2011, I was passing out copies of the Gospel According to St. John on a public sidewalk near mosque. The team I was with was there to discuss Islam and Christianity with Muslims for the purpose of having all peoples call Jesus Lord and be saved from their sins. Here’s how we proceed: I usually ask the men leaving prayer as they are on their way to their vehicles if they have read the Holy Injil. Most people pass by but sometimes they take one and say “thank you”, while other times they say “no” – in so many words or less. However, if they stop or inquire further I say, “This is Gospel According to Saint John in Arabic and English”. Sometimes, we talk more.

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Inerrancy, Assyrian Christians UPDATE (with Diana Benjamin)

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Vocab interviews Pastor Bob on the doctrine of inerrancy. We also get a news update on the persecuted Assyrian Christians in Iraq and Syria from an Assyrian Christian.

Special Guest: Diana Benjamin, Assyrian Christian

Featured SongNo Silence (Rewind) – Flame feat. Lecrae

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THE THEOLOGY OF ELTON SIMPSON

We all wonder what makes a killer* tick. People want to know what goes on in the mind of a terrorist. I can shed light on one: Elton Simpson; my former co-worker and frequent debate partner.

The Christian must think theologically about such people. The Christian must not think the murderer – or any sinner, for that matter – is so different, so much worse. The Christian must remember that outside of Christ, we too face God’s judgment for our sin, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Still, not everyone is ready to drive across the southwest United States to commit murder as Elton was. Why? That is the question. The answer: Elton’s theology.

SALAFI ISLAM

“Are you a Wahabist?”, I asked. Elton waved his hands emphatically: “That is the name Orientalists [British scholars of Islam] gave to those who practice true Islam. I am a Salafi.” Non-Salafi Muslims consider the Salafi understanding of Islam to be strict, rigid, limited, and narrow. Salafis believe Salafi Islam is closest to the Islam of Muhammad and his companions. Estimates indicate Salafi Islam is the fastest-growing form of Islam; the headlines indicate Salafi Islam is also the most violent.

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I KNEW ELTON SIMPSON: MY JIHADIST FRIEND

I knew Elton Simpson.

On Sunday, May 3, 2015, Elton and a friend opened fire at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas. He was shot and killed shortly after. Elton and his friend drove from Arizona to Texas to attack a gathering celebrating free speech — by displaying artistic depictions of Muhammad. Images of Muhammad are considered highly offensive to Muslims.

No, Elton was not insane. Elton was not mean. Elton was not rude. Elton was not wild-eyed. Elton was not constantly angry. Elton never threatened me. Elton was calm, level-headed, smart, and studious. He was generally kind and well-mannered.  Bright and articulate, he spoke smooth and easy. Elton was not a poor unwanted outcast; a down-and-outer he was not. Neither the simplistic narratives of the right or left work for him.

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THE CORE ISSUE IS THEOLOGY

I am convinced the secular world will never properly understand people like Elton because the secular world will never properly understand Elton’s theology.

Secularist presuppositions cause many people to seek in vain for a non-theological answer for “radicalization”: economics, insanity, politics, personal nastiness, family problems, blood lust, revenge. Certainly,some of those factors play into some aspects of some people who commit what we know as terrorist acts. But these are not the core.

The core is theology. The core is taking Muhammad, his words and his actions, seriously. Elton took Islam seriously.

How do I know? Elton and I worked for the same company. We spent time together at our mutual workplace. For example, I once asked Elton if he was going to take a certain job promotion:

“No”
“Why not?”
“They would ask me to trim my beard.”
“Why must you keep your beard?”
“To be like the Prophet.”
“Why? You don’t worship him.”
“No, but he was the best example of what it means to live as a Muslim. Do you know what ‘Muslim’ means?”
“Yes – one submitted.”
Yes, submitted to Allah’s will – like Muhammad was.”
“Is that why you wear your pants this way?”
(Elton wore his pants slightly above the ankles)
“Yes, The Prophet never let his garment drag on the ground.”

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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: Who’s The Ruffest, Pt. 1 (Violent Playground) – Preachas

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Qur’an: What You Need to Know [12/07/2014]

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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.

Featured Song: Why I Love Jesus but Reject Islam (Video Special Release) – IV His Son (IV Conerly)

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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: Apologetics (Christology – In Laymen’s Terms) – The Ambassador

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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: Double Tap (Ornithology) – Foreknown

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Ministry to Muslims ARIZONA UPDATE 2014

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MINISTRY UPDATE!

MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS recently completed its fourth annual outreach trip to Phoenix, Arizona. For four days (October 16-19), we prayed together, trained together, witnessed together, learned together and worshipped together. I was part of it; this is what happened:

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