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Were Early Muslims Persecuted? (with Nabeel Qureshi)

UTR #45


This question relates to the nature of Muhammad’s violence, such as the rationale for the caravan raids and early Islamic wars. Nabeel is a former Muslim and both he and his father considered themselves apologists for Islam prior to his conversion.  Nabeel’s book – Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – goes through his journey to Christ and all of the intellectual arguments and emotional struggles he encountered. Currently, he’s in England working on his PHD with a New Testament emphasis.

Special Guest: Nabeel Qureshi, speaker for Ravi Zacharias Ministries

Featured Song: Satisfy (So It Ends, 2015) – S.O. feat. Adenike

 

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Quran’s Textual History (with Nabeel Qureshi)

UTR #44


Most Muslims believe the Qur’anic manuscripts have been so well preserved that there are no meaningful textual variants. We explore this claim misunderstanding with a former Muslim and current Christian apologist, Nabeel Qureshi. Nabeel’s book and audio book – Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – are outstanding; nothing better has been written to reach devout and thinking Muslims in the West.

Special Guest: Nabeel Qureshi (author, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus)

Featured Song: Répondez S’il Vous Plaît (RSVP,2013) – Justword

 

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Is The Qur’an Trustworthy? (Vocab Malone vs Shadid Lewis)


On October 17, 2015, Muslim apologist Shadid Lewis (Muslim Debate Initiative USA Regional Director) and Christian apologist Vocab Malone (host of Urban Theologian Radio) asked and answered this question: is the Qur’an trustworthy? Both men are orthodox and share a laid-back yet intense street-styled approach. The speakers’ “urban sensibilities” plus TWO (!) 20-minute cross examinations make this debate extremely unique and informative. Filled with information but fast-paced; you do not want to miss this lively discussion!

Debate: IS THE QUR’AN TRUSTWORTHY?

Negative: Vocab Malone (Christian)
Affirmative: Shadid Lewis (Muslim)
Moderator: Forrest Schreick (atheist)
Time-Keeper: Spencer Hawkins (atheist)
Audio Recording: Marcus Pittman of Crown Rights
Audio Mastering: George Willis of Urban Theologian

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Is the New Testament Trustworthy? (Vocab Malone vs Shadid Lewis)

On October 17, 2015, Muslim apologist Shadid Lewis (Muslim Debate Initiative USA Regional Director) and Christian apologist Vocab Malone (host of Urban Theologian Radio) asked and answered this question: is the New Testament trustworthy? Both men are orthodox and share a laid-back yet intense street-styled approach. The speakers’ “urban sensibilities” plus TWO (!) 20-minute cross examinations make this debate extremely unique and informative. Filled with information but fast-paced; you do not want to miss this lively discussion!

Debate: IS THE NEW TESTAMENT TRUSTWORTHY?

Affirmative: Vocab Malone (Christian)
Negative: Shadid Lewis (Muslim)
Moderator: Forrest Schreick (atheist)
Time-Keeper: Spencer Hawkins (atheist)
Audio/Video Recording: Marcus Pittman of Crown Rights
Audio Mastering: George Willis of Urban Theologian

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Shadid Lewis Debate Review (w/a Presby & 2 Atheists)

UTR #42


Urban Theologian host Vocab Malone recently debated Muslim apologist Shadid Lewis on the reliability of the New Testament and the Qur’an. One Presbyterian and two atheists – Marcus Pittman, Forrest Schreick  and Spencer Hawkins – offer their wisdom, opinion, and criticism on both debater’s performances.

Special Guests: Marcus Pittman (Apologia Radio & TV), Forrest Schreick (host, Sunday School’d), Spencer Hawkins (writer, Skeptic Examiner).

Featured Song: The Holy Scriptures (The Mosaic Mixtape, 2012) – Zae da Blacksmith & Average Joe

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The Islamic Dilema: Quran & Bible

UTR #39


Pastors Bob, Vermon and Vocab play and discuss a dynamic video presentation by David Wood of Acts 17 Apologetics. The gist? The Quran affirms the Bible but the Bible contradicts the Quran. Either way, if the Bible is true or false, the Muslims faces something called “The Islamic Dilemma”.

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Featured Songs: Can Apologists Rap? & The Gary Habermas Rap –  Vocab @ETS w/David Wood

 

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Who’s ISIS? What’s A Caliphate? (with Robert Spencer)

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What does Islam have to do with ISIS? Who is ISIS? What’s a caliphate? We interview the indomitable Robert Spencer on his new book, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS. Without a doubt, our most doomy gloomy show to date. Important.

Special Guest: Robert Spencer, New York Times Bestselling Author

Featured Song: Iraq: A Christian’s Response To Isis – rapofgod

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Ministry to Muslims – Arizona 2015

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First Arabic Baptist Church
2232 W. Campbell Av
Phoenix, AZ 85015

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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.

Elton Simpson

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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