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Tru-ID Podcast

Tru-ID is a podcast that focuses on Christian apologetics and tackling the issues of our time from a Christian perspective. The host of Tru-ID, Adam Coleman, hopes to honor Jesus Christ by engaging questions about and objections to Christianity, particularly those related to the African American community. Podcast episodes will explore race, the allegation that Christianity is the "white man's religion", history, science, philosophy, current events, and various ways to defend the Christian faith. The central theme of the Tru-ID Podcast series is that our true identity is to be found in God who has made mankind in His image.
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Welcome to my podcast page!

Tru-ID is my effort to contribute to the ongoing dialogue within our culture concerning topics like Christianity, race, morality, politics, and the merits of the Christian faith. On this journey we're all about sharing the gospel of Christ as we learn, grow, and tackle tough questions. Come along for the ride!

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Oct 16, 2019

Y'all know what it is man! For anyone who has been following me or been active in the Urban apologetics community, you know there was a huge debate at Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia between Dr. Vince Bantu and Brother Jabari Osaze.

 

They tackled 3 main topics:

 

Is Christianity the White Man's religion?

 

Is Christianity a copy of Kemetic Spirituality? (Egyptian Myth)

 

Christianity or Kemet: Which One has the answer for the black community?

 

I caught up with Dr. Bantu for a post-debate interview that you definitely want to tune in for. We talked about his preparation for the event, thought process behind the argumentation he presented at the debate, as well as additional points that Dr. Bantu explains which provide further support for arguments he made at the debate. 

 

This interview is fire!!!

Oct 10, 2019

Weeee back! I know I've been gone for a while and I've got a lot of explaining to do but we're back at it and have some exciting things coming so stay tuned. 

For anyone who has been keeping up with things in the urban apologetics community you know that last week there was a major event last weekend: The Great Debate between Dr. Vince Bantu and Brother Jabari Osaze.

As the footage from the debate is released Alfredo Valentin and yours truly will be going live on Youtube and doing in depth analysis of the debate round by round and point by point. 

 

In this episode we give our initial thoughts on the debate, some background on how it came about and our involvement behind the scenes, as well as spilling the beans on stuff that popped off that took us by surprise. Check us out...

Sep 10, 2019
 
Maaaan listen. Ollaudah Equiano is among my favorite figures of African/African-American history hands down. You guys are really in for a treat as we discuss the faith and life journey of Olaudah Equiano with special guest, Dr. Eric Washington, who is a historian that has specialized in studying Equiano's life!
 
Key Points:
 
Ollaudah Equiano’s journey from West Africa, to slavery, to being a world-changing abolitionist.
 
Equiano’s Reformed theology and how his commitment to Christ led him to fight chattel slavery. 
 
The importance of ethnic and cultural diversity among academics in institutions of higher learning.
Jul 5, 2019

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglas presented what is perhaps his most famous speech, which is generally titled, "What to the Slave is the 4th of July?". At the Corinthian Hall, in Rochester New York, Douglass made this speech to the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society.

Douglass is by far my favorite figure of African American history. He had a brilliant mind that certainly shined through in his writings and accomplishments as an abolitionist. 

In this episode, we take a look at sections of "What to the Slave is the 4th of July?" and explore what many African Americans experience as a tension between that which can be appreciated about America/American history and grappling with harsh moral realities of America/American history.

I'll attempt to draw insights from Frederick Douglas and point out how this issue may intersect with how we go about doing so called "urban" apologetics. I'm somewhat shooting from the hip in this episode.

I haven't got it all completely worked out in my thinking yet and would welcome feedback from y'all out there. Enjoy...

 

Jun 7, 2019
Waddup y’all! I had a blast doing this interview! In this episode we feature the author of “Counterfeit Charisma: The Age of False Prophets”. 
 
Dr. Woods is a renowned author and Pastor of Power of the Holy Ghost Deliverance Ministries. We’re taking deception in the church head on in this episode and giving our listeners tools to discern what is of God and what is deception.
 
Key topics:
 
Exposing this era of false prophets that have gained followings on TBN, Word Network, etc.
 
Clear biblical guidelines on how to separate the real from the fake!
 
If we’re going to defend the faith effectively we’ve got to defend it against false doctrine in the church as well
May 2, 2019

Waddup Tru-ID Familia!

A while back I taught a series at No Ceilings Bible Study on the subject of the “Problem of Evil”. For those who have been following the Tru-ID Podcast, you'll recall that I posted the first two Bible study sessions and mentioned that there would be a third.

Welp, as I was digging through some old files on my computer I realized I hadn't posted the third segment of that series. So let's get that corrected right now shall we?

In the previous two sessions we covered basics of what the “problem of evil” is and responses to the “Logical Version of the Problem of Evil”. In this next episode we will tackle the “Inductive/Evidential version of the Problem of Evil (or Suffering)”. Tune in!

Apr 12, 2019
Mar 22, 2019

For some time I've been intending to do an episode on the issue of abortion. It's an issue I've been very vocal about in the past and have recently felt compelled to re-engage in the public square.

Just a few weeks ago the national conversation about abortion sharply intensified when New York passed a bill which significantly weakened the regulations related to elective abortions particularly in regard to late term abortions. When a similar bill was proposed in my home state of Virginia, I found myself uncomfortable with being on the sidelines of this and other social issues. As a first step in getting more involved I decided to reach out to someone that I believe could speak to this subject in a way that my listeners would greatly benefit from.

Today's guest, Scott Klusendorf, is a nationally recognized pro-life advocate and president of the Life Training Institute.  He has lectured on and debated the issue of abortion on over 80 colleges and universities, regularly conducted pro-life advocacy trainings and is the author of "The Case for Life". Yours truly caught up with Scott Klusendorf to talk about the following:

What is the current state of the abortion debate in America and in the church?

Do I have to become a Trump supporter or Republican to be on the right side of the abortion question?

How to make a 3 step argument for the pro-life position.

You don’t wanna miss this one!!!

 

P.S.: Ironically, this show is about kids and it just so happened that during the recording my 2 year old wandered into my studio area so you briefly hear him in the background smh. Shoutout to special guest Kaiden Coleman

Mar 14, 2019

Urban Apologist Alfredo Valentin 

Droppin Biblical Jewels & Addressing Conflict amongst the Urban Apologetics Community

Topic: Alfredo Valentin is well respected in the urban apologetics community and for a reason. He has tons to offer folks who are seeking answers to address the objections to Christianity we face in our context and he always carries himself in a way that builds bridges rather than tears down. I caught up with Alfredo to discuss the following:

 

-The importance of Bible study and handling God’s Word properly in the life of an apologist.

 

-The current state of the urban apologetics community.

 

- How to address the conflict between urban apologists so that we can keep our focus on winning the lost and edifying believers.

 

Tune in for this one y’all! 

 

 

Feb 12, 2019

Yoooooo Waddup my peoples! Your boy Adam Coleman is on the run but I was able to hop on the line with Dr. Michael Heiser for a dope interview!

Dr. Heiser is a professional academic and an established author with specialization in the Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages. Key topics discussed in this episode are:
 
Old Testament texts in the context of the Ancient Near East
 
“Ye are gods”?: Analyzing a scripture Conscious Community misuses ALL the time
 
Did Jesus claim to be God?
 
Is the Trinity an unbiblical invention of Greco Roman philosophy?
Jan 17, 2019

Waddup y'all!

On the last show I took a slight detour in our broader discussion on Social Justice to examine how the moral frameworks of the worldviews that are gaining traction in the black community and jockeying for position against Christianity. "Black" Atheism was the focus of our last episode but now we'll take a look at other notable conscious community contenders.

In this episode I will offer basic arguments/ critiques of the moral frameworks of Hebrew Israelite theology, Islam, Moorish Science, and Kemetic Science. As I’ve suggested about atheism, these other spiritual systems cannot provide as solid a foundation for ethics and social justice as we find in the Christian worldview.

Jan 15, 2019

Last time we talked about how the God of Christianity provides a plausible moral foundation for social justice. In this episode I continue my discussion on social justice by offering a light summary of the kinds of things that have led me to the conclusion that atheism cannot offer a foundation for ethics that is as firm as what we find in the biblical worldview. This is the first of 2 episodes that I'll be releasing this week so stay tuned as we will shift from critiquing atheism to looking at the moral framework of Hebrew Israelism, Islam, Moorish Science, and Kemetic Science.

Dec 18, 2018

In this episode we continue our series on social justice. One of the main issues I hoped to deal with in this series is to dispel the Conscious Community myth that Christianity has nothing to offer the black community in terms of providing a basis for grappling with suffering and specific moral realities of the "black experience" here in the West as well. 

In response to this erroneous notion about the biblical worldview I am working my way through a number of "building blocks" to biblical morality which debunk this idea. Tune in to this episode in which we explore the first and most important of our building blocks.

KEY CONCEPTS

Breaking down the connection between social justice and moral claims

The nature of God as the foundation for morality

Does the biblical worldview have what it takes to back up moral claims?

Nov 24, 2018

Waddup my peoples!

What is the connection between Pastor John Macarthur and Conscious Community figure Brother Polight?

You definitely want to tune in for our latest episode of the Tru-ID Podcast and find out.

I've often received questions as to where I stand on certain social issues and race relations in our society. Since there is so much discussion going on about social justice nowadays I thought this would be a good time to give my take on it from an apologetics standpoint.

In this episode, our series on social justice gets a little more spicy than usual. After listening to John Macarthur's series of sermons on Social Justice and the gospel, I decided to play a few clips from Macarthur and also a clip from well known Conscious Community figure Brother Polight as I attempt to shed light on how the conflict within the church related to urban apologetics, evangelism, and social justice.

Key Points:

Tackling statements made by John Macarthur about social justice and the gospel.

Should Christians "just preach the gospel"?

Is Brother Polight right about Christianity holding the black community back?

Does Christianity make black people cowards? 

What are some specific examples of how misrepresentations of the biblical worldview has contributed to there being barriers to the gospel in the black community?  

 

 

Nov 24, 2018

Waddup y'all!

This episode is a continuation of "Mac Friday" so if you missed that one you may want to go back and check that out first.

As a reminder of what we're addressing, I'm joining the conversation on social justice as I'm often asked about where I stand on certain social issues and race relations in our society. Since there is so much discussion going on about social justice nowadays I thought this would be a good time to give my take on it from an apologetics standpoint.

In this episode, I give further commentary of clips I've played from Brother Polight and John Macarthur related to an intersection between ethical, the "black struggle" and the biblical worldview. 

Key Points:

Are Christian teachings on forgiveness a source of weakness in the black community?

Unity or Disunity: Where does the church stand?

Tackling statements made by John Macarthur about social justice and the gospel.

Should Christians "just preach the gospel"?

Is Brother Polight right about Christianity holding the black community back?

 

Oct 16, 2018

Say it ain't so! Is Adam Coleman a Social Justice Warrior?!!

I've received a number of emails, IMs, and comments online speculating about my perspective on the so called "Social Justice Movement" particularly as it relates to the recent Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel that a number of pastors and theologians released and signed their names to about a month ago. I started a new gig in September and due to getting acclimated to my new part time job I've been delayed in giving my take on it. But here it is folks. Well at least part 1 of it anyway. I have a lot to say on the subject so I'll probably have to split it up over the course of a few episodes but check out part 1 and give me your feedback!

Key Points

How is social justice and apologetics/evangelism issue?

Where is much of the confusion and conflict stemming from?

Is there a way to approach social justice from a biblical standpoint?

Aug 31, 2018

Recently I sat down with Damon Richardson of Urban Logia Ministries, Pastor Isaiah Robertson, and Pastor Jason Laplanche on Dacebook Live for a discussion about “The State of Urban Apologetics”. 

The budding “urban” apologetics community is something I care a great deal about and I’m sure the same could be said about Damon Richardson and Isaiah Robertson. I’m fortunate to call these brothers my friends and over the last several months we have all been making similar observations about what is going on in the urban apologetics community. Some of what we are seeing has been very concerning, not only for the 3 of us. Over the last several months there have been rashes of intense and at times antagonistic exchanges between urban apologists. As I’ve been keeping track of things in our social media community and reaching out to individuals involved with these skirmishes between apologists, it seems to me that the pulse of the community leans toward putting some things in place to better mediate and even prevent these sorts of internal conflicts that can potentially create fractures in the community. 

In this conversation with Damon Richardson and Isaiah Robertson we discuss what it is that we’re seeing and propose solutions which we hope to develop amongst the Urban Apologetics community such that resolutions achieve some degree of community wide acceptance.

KEY TOPICS:

1. What is the current state of urban apologetics?

2. What steps can be taken to resolve issues within the community?

3. Proposing a statement of faith for urban apologists.

4. Proposing a standard of conduct and boundaries for public debate/dialogue amongst urban apologists.

Aug 16, 2018

Over the last few years, we've seen an increasing awareness of the need for "urban" apologetics. As a result, there has been a community forming of individuals who are equipping themselves and others to address the questions about and objections to Christianity that have been gaining ground in the African-American community as well as among people of African descent in the broader Western World. 

One of the things that many of us in this community see a need for is literature addressing these needs. We want books. Author/Apologist Tyran Laws (and Rahsaan Armand) is filling that need with his book entitled, "The Round Table: A Christian's Conversation with Marginal Beliefs Affecting the Black Church Experience". 

You definitely want to listen to this episode as we address the following topics.

KEY POINTS:

What is the church doing about the violence in Chicago?

How to engage in conversation with people from the Conscious Community.

What are the dangers of "Word of Faith" theology?

Why is theology important in apologetics?

Aug 2, 2018

Wassup y'all. We're back again with another dope episodes. I want to thank everyone who messaged me with positive feedback for our Summer Soteriology Series. We're now shifting gears as I hit y'all with part 2 of a series I've been doing on the "Problem of Evil" at No Ceilings Bible Study in Richmond, VA. The "official" title for the series is "No Ceilings: Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?". If you missed the first part of that series click on the link to that episode below so you can get caught up.

http://truidpodcast.com/no-ceilings-why-do-bad-things-happen-to-good-people-pt-1

 

In this episode well will be addressing:

How can there be a God with so much evil and suffering in the world?

How do we breakdown certain basic arguments against God related to the Problem of Evil?

Jul 12, 2018

Welp, as Tru-ID slides into home plate with our Summer Soteriology Series Adam Coleman catches up with Texas Baptist Director of apologetics and host of the Soteriology 101 Podcast, Dr. Leighton Flowers. Dr. Flowers is well known for his public critique of Reformed Theology and advocacy of an often misunderstood perspective on the doctrine of salvation, Provisionism (aka Traditionalism). 

In this interview Dr. Flowers pulls no punches in his critique of Reformed theology as he explains the Provisionist perspective, gives his take on key scriptures that come up in soteriology debates, and touches on how soteriology intersects with apologetics. Sit tight for an engaging and educational interview!

 

Key Points:

What is the Provisionist Soteriological Perspectivce?

Breakdown of Biblical passages like Ephesians 2 and Romans 9

Critique of Reformed Theology

Wassup with "Total Depravity/ Total inability"?

How might a person's view on salvation impact how they approach apologetics (i.e. Problem of Evil)?

 

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Jun 28, 2018

As we continue our miniseries on soteriology (doctrine of salvation) we sat down with Damon Richardson of Urban Logia ministries. Damon Richardson is very active as an apologist and is well-known for public speaking and shutting false teachers down in online debates. In this episode Damon Richardson gives us an overview of Reformed theology as well as identifying common misconceptions about the doctrines of grace. Of course, I couldn't let him go without getting his thoughts on his recent calling out of a false teacher by the name of Gino Jennings!! Let it be known Damon Richardson is putting Jennings on front street for legalism and paper thin Christology. Richardson also offers his thoughts about "race relations" in the church. This is not an episode you want to miss!

 

Key Topics

What the urban apologetics community needs to do to be effective

Overview of Reformed theology

Common misconceptions about Reformed Theology

Calling out false teachers

"Race relations" in the church

Jun 15, 2018

So, lately on my FaceBook timeline I've noticed there has been quite a stir among the urban apologetics community concerning what the Bible teaches on soteriology; basically doctrines related what salvation is and how it occurs. Quite frankly soteriology is a subject I've intentionally avoided on Tru-ID because I understand it can be one of those subjects that fractures rather than builds. I felt that my primary goal was to provide content that people from all theological camps could benefit from and put to use. With that said, one's understanding about salvation and how it occurs can have serious implications as to how you approach apologetics or articulate the gospel. So, I've lined up some guests who can educate us on a diversity of soteriological views. For this episode, we will be talking about "Molinism" with Tim Stratton, the founder of Free Thinking Ministries.

As I was just getting my feet wet in building a public apologetics platform , Tim Stratton, gave me my first shot at blogging and getting my ideas out there. It's been a long time coming but I've finally managed to get him on as a Tru-ID Guest. In addition to giving us and introduction to "Molinism", Tim Stratton, gives us an overview of an argument he has developed called the Free Thinking Argument Against Naturalism***. Get ready for a heavy dose of apologetics and theology!!

Key Points:

Does the Bible teach that mankind has "free will"?

What is the Molinism?

What is soteriology?

What does Molinism have to do with soteriology?

What is the Free Thinking Argument Against Naturalism***?

***Note: Naturalism is basically a strict form of atheism.

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May 25, 2018

Y'all know how we do. Anytime I'm doing a presentation at a conference or other public event I try to obtain the audio from it so that I can share it with you guys. As my listeners might recall, in our last episode we caught up with president of the Mentionables Apologist Network, Joel Furches, who talked about the Mentionable Conference we had coming up in Greensboro, NC. Well last week I had the privilege of presenting at the first annual Mentionables Conference on the topic "The Historical Impact of the Church". I had a blast kickin' it with all that were presenting and/or in attendance and am thankful I can share my contribution to the event with our Tru-ID Podcast listener family! 

P.S. Be on the lookout at my Youtube channel as we will be updating it with excerpts from the Mentionables Conference (i.e. Q & A) a lots of videos coming soon!

Key Topics:

The contribution of the church to philosophy, science, humanitarianism, and law. 

May 18, 2018

I’m out of town this week In Greensboro, North Carolina where I’ll be teaching at an apologetics conference along with the The Mentionables apologist network. For this episode I was able to chop it up with founder and el presidente of the Mentionables, apologist Joel Furches. We covered a lot of ground in this episode dealing with the question of why the church needs apologetics and digging into the so called “Problem of Evil”. Check it out!!

May 3, 2018

Part 3: Final thoughts and responses to Come Sunday/Carlton Pearson

In our previous shows I provided biblical and philosophical responses to the points raised by Pearson in the movie Come Sunday, interviews, and from his website. In this episode we continue addressing his specific heretical claims and giving tips as to how we might go about helping someone like Pearson to think through difficult questions and challenge heretical ideas with logic and sound biblical teaching.

As I said before, In the same way that a viral infection left untreated can lead to serious physical consequences, erroneous ideas can infect our minds and hearts in such a way that we find ourselves unable to walk rightly with God. For that reason, we must keep our hearts with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23) as we contend against lies that are circulating in society and causing people to stumble. So Let's get it!!!

Key Topics:

Responding to Pearson’s claim that Jesus has saved everyone and everyone is going to “Heaven”.

Answering the question: “How can a loving God send people to hell?”

Using Christian philosophy about morality to respond to Pearson regarding why people go to hell?

Answering the question: “What about people who live evil and then come to Christ at very end of their lives? If they go to ‘Heaven’ how is that fair?”

Links to additional info on the “Problem of Evil:

From Reasonable Faith Ministries (William Lane Craig)
Video #1: On the Logical Problem of Evil

https://youtu.be/k64YJYBUFLM

Video #2: On the Probability Version of the Problem of Evil

https://youtu.be/cxj8ag8Ntd4

 

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