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Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – January 28

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Jan. 28

4:00 – Kresta Comments

4:20 – David Dancing Before the Lord in Praise – How Should We View Physical Expressions of Praise?
In today’s first reading from 2 Samuel we find David dancing before the Lord in praise. "David came dancing before the Lord with abandon...David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and sound of horn." We look at physical expressions of praise with Ralph Martin of Renewal Ministries.

5:00 – Kresta Comments

5:20 – Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation History
From biblical scholar John Bergsma--two-time teacher of the year at the Franciscan University of Steubenville--comes a fresh, fun, and authentically Catholic introduction to the "big picture" of salvation history. This overview of the Bible is based on Bergsma's wildly popular introduction to theology course at Franciscan. Bergsma combines sound theology, academic expertise, pastoral wisdom, and an endearing playfulness to draw readers into the connection between the great stories of the Bible and salvation in Jesus. John is with us.

5:40 – Roe v Wade / Catholic Schools Week / A Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost / Reflections on 5 years on Detroit
In our monthly interview with Detroit’s Archbishop Allen Vigneron we talk about his challenges and accomplishments in Detroit on this 5th anniversary being installed as the Archbishop of Detroit. We discuss his laser focus on the New Evangelization and a “Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost.” He follows up on last week’s anniversary of Roe v Wade. And in this Catholic Schools Week he talks about the importance of Catholic education for the Church.

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – January 28

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Jan. 28

4:00 – Kresta Comments

4:20 – David Dancing Before the Lord in Praise – How Should We View Physical Expressions of Praise?
In today’s first reading from 2 Samuel we find David dancing before the Lord in praise. "David came dancing before the Lord with abandon...David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and sound of horn." We look at physical expressions of praise with Ralph Martin of Renewal Ministries.

5:00 – Kresta Comments

5:20 – Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation History
From biblical scholar John Bergsma--two-time teacher of the year at the Franciscan University of Steubenville--comes a fresh, fun, and authentically Catholic introduction to the "big picture" of salvation history. This overview of the Bible is based on Bergsma's wildly popular introduction to theology course at Franciscan. Bergsma combines sound theology, academic expertise, pastoral wisdom, and an endearing playfulness to draw readers into the connection between the great stories of the Bible and salvation in Jesus. John is with us.

5:40 – Roe v Wade / Catholic Schools Week / A Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost / Reflections on 5 years on Detroit
In our monthly interview with Detroit’s Archbishop Allen Vigneron we talk about his challenges and accomplishments in Detroit on this 5th anniversary being installed as the Archbishop of Detroit. We discuss his laser focus on the New Evangelization and a “Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost.” He follows up on last week’s anniversary of Roe v Wade. And in this Catholic Schools Week he talks about the importance of Catholic education for the Church.

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – January 28

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Jan. 28

4:00 – Kresta Comments

4:20 – David Dancing Before the Lord in Praise – How Should We View Physical Expressions of Praise?
In today’s first reading from 2 Samuel we find David dancing before the Lord in praise. "David came dancing before the Lord with abandon...David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and sound of horn." We look at physical expressions of praise with Ralph Martin of Renewal Ministries.

5:00 – Kresta Comments

5:20 – Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation History
From biblical scholar John Bergsma--two-time teacher of the year at the Franciscan University of Steubenville--comes a fresh, fun, and authentically Catholic introduction to the "big picture" of salvation history. This overview of the Bible is based on Bergsma's wildly popular introduction to theology course at Franciscan. Bergsma combines sound theology, academic expertise, pastoral wisdom, and an endearing playfulness to draw readers into the connection between the great stories of the Bible and salvation in Jesus. John is with us.

5:40 – Roe v Wade / Catholic Schools Week / A Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost / Reflections on 5 years on Detroit
In our monthly interview with Detroit’s Archbishop Allen Vigneron we talk about his challenges and accomplishments in Detroit on this 5th anniversary being installed as the Archbishop of Detroit. We discuss his laser focus on the New Evangelization and a “Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost.” He follows up on last week’s anniversary of Roe v Wade. And in this Catholic Schools Week he talks about the importance of Catholic education for the Church.

Study Says, “Christians Hate People Different from Them.” Except it Doesn’t

A recent study claims, “Religiosity Means Love of Neighbor–If Values Line Up.”  You’ll probably be seeing more of this study since it seems like another opportunity for the secular world to prove that “those Christians” aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.   The problem is, the study doesn’t actually say what the headlines say it [Read More...]

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – January 27, 2014

4:00 – How to Go from Being a Good Evangelical to a Committed Catholic in Ninety-Five Difficult Steps
American evangelicalism has recently experienced a new openness to Roman Catholicism, and many evangelicals, both famous and ordinary, have joined the Catholic Church or are considering the possibility. Christian Smith is here to help sort out the kinds of concerns that typically come up when Evangelicals discern whether to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church. In simple language, it explains many theological misunderstandings that evangelicals often have about Roman Catholicism, and suggests the kind of practical steps many take to enter the Catholic Church. He speaks first-hand as an Evangelical-turned-Catholic.


5:00 – A Heart for Freedom: The Remarkable Journey of a Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape, and Her Quest to Free China's Daughters
More than twenty years ago, Chai Ling led the protesters at Tiananmen Square and became China's most-wanted female fugitive. Today, she's finally telling her astonishing story. Though haunted by memories of the horrifying massacre at Tiananmen and her underground escape from China in a cargo box, Ling threw herself into pursuing the American dream. She completed Ivy League degrees, found love, and became a highly successful entrepreneur. Yet her longing for true freedom, purpose, and peace remained unfulfilled. Years after Tiananmen, she was still searching to find meaning in all the violence, fear, and tragedy she'd endured. She is here to tell her tale of passion, political turmoil, and spiritual awakening . . . and the inspirational true story of a woman who has dedicated everything to giving people in China their chance at a future. 

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – January 27, 2014

4:00 – How to Go from Being a Good Evangelical to a Committed Catholic in Ninety-Five Difficult Steps
American evangelicalism has recently experienced a new openness to Roman Catholicism, and many evangelicals, both famous and ordinary, have joined the Catholic Church or are considering the possibility. Christian Smith is here to help sort out the kinds of concerns that typically come up when Evangelicals discern whether to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church. In simple language, it explains many theological misunderstandings that evangelicals often have about Roman Catholicism, and suggests the kind of practical steps many take to enter the Catholic Church. He speaks first-hand as an Evangelical-turned-Catholic.


5:00 – A Heart for Freedom: The Remarkable Journey of a Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape, and Her Quest to Free China's Daughters
More than twenty years ago, Chai Ling led the protesters at Tiananmen Square and became China's most-wanted female fugitive. Today, she's finally telling her astonishing story. Though haunted by memories of the horrifying massacre at Tiananmen and her underground escape from China in a cargo box, Ling threw herself into pursuing the American dream. She completed Ivy League degrees, found love, and became a highly successful entrepreneur. Yet her longing for true freedom, purpose, and peace remained unfulfilled. Years after Tiananmen, she was still searching to find meaning in all the violence, fear, and tragedy she'd endured. She is here to tell her tale of passion, political turmoil, and spiritual awakening . . . and the inspirational true story of a woman who has dedicated everything to giving people in China their chance at a future. 

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – January 27, 2014

4:00 – How to Go from Being a Good Evangelical to a Committed Catholic in Ninety-Five Difficult Steps
American evangelicalism has recently experienced a new openness to Roman Catholicism, and many evangelicals, both famous and ordinary, have joined the Catholic Church or are considering the possibility. Christian Smith is here to help sort out the kinds of concerns that typically come up when Evangelicals discern whether to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church. In simple language, it explains many theological misunderstandings that evangelicals often have about Roman Catholicism, and suggests the kind of practical steps many take to enter the Catholic Church. He speaks first-hand as an Evangelical-turned-Catholic.


5:00 – A Heart for Freedom: The Remarkable Journey of a Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape, and Her Quest to Free China's Daughters
More than twenty years ago, Chai Ling led the protesters at Tiananmen Square and became China's most-wanted female fugitive. Today, she's finally telling her astonishing story. Though haunted by memories of the horrifying massacre at Tiananmen and her underground escape from China in a cargo box, Ling threw herself into pursuing the American dream. She completed Ivy League degrees, found love, and became a highly successful entrepreneur. Yet her longing for true freedom, purpose, and peace remained unfulfilled. Years after Tiananmen, she was still searching to find meaning in all the violence, fear, and tragedy she'd endured. She is here to tell her tale of passion, political turmoil, and spiritual awakening . . . and the inspirational true story of a woman who has dedicated everything to giving people in China their chance at a future. 

After the Thaw






March for Life - ColdAs I continue to defrost and thaw out from the 40th Annual March for Life in Washington, I have had a chance to reflect on being once again among hundreds of thousands of pro -life activists. I have served as a field correspondent for several years now. Each year I am encouraged, inspired, and...

Message to New Yorkers: If the Governor Kicks You Out, You’re Welcome in Oklahoma


NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a now-famous rant, put out the "Not Welcome" mat in front of Empire State pro-lifers.  If you're conservative, he said, you're not welcome in his state.  NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio sided with him "100%".

Oklahoma State Representative Rebecca Hamilton, who has served in the Oklahoma House for 18 years, has published a response to the governor's inflammatory remarks on her blog, Public Catholic, which can be found on the Catholic Portal at Patheos.  

Rep. Hamilton first gratefully acknowledges the statement from Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, who publicly responded to the governor's over-the-top political posturing.  Then, she slices the governor and the mayor with her rhetoric.

Rep. Hamilton's well-reasoned perspective is worth reading.  Here is an excerpt:

Rep. Hamilton
I’ve held off writing about this because it is so over the top in terms of acceptable behavior from an elected official that I decided to give it a bit of time to jell. I wanted to allow Governor Cuomo a chance to issue a press release saying, I was suffering from gastroenteritis/drunk/grief-stricken-because-my-dog-had-died at the time and said things that in no way represent what I truly think. Nothing that carries the flat-out I-did-not-mean-it apology which I think is required for such outrageous comments from an elected official has ensued. 

It appears that not just the Governor, but the mayor of New York (or, as we call it where I’m from, New York City) are standing pat. They may not agree on much else, but they agree “100%” that people who think differently from them on a whole range of issues are not welcome in New York. 

This isn’t about pro life vs pro abortion. It’s not about gun control vs the Second Amendment. It’s also not about gay vs traditional marriage. It’s about two elected officials who, from all evidence, have totally lost their sense of what elective office means. Both the Governor and the attaboy mayor following in his footsteps have taken on attitudes and ideas that are antithetical to what public service in the form of elective office entails. 

When you’re elected to office, you represent everyone in the area that elected you. That means, Mr Governor and Mr Mayor, even those who oppose gun control, gay marriage and abortion. You are their governor and their mayor just the same as you are the mayor or governor for your pals and cronies who blow smoke up your skirts and tell you what a “statesman” you are for kicking everyone else to the curb. 

It doesn’t matter if you agree with your constituents. It doesn’t matter if they agree with you. It certainly doesn’t matter if they like you or not. They can call you names and drive you nuts with weird accusations and oddball demands all they want. The office you occupy belongs to them. Not you. 

Governor Cuomo occupies the office of Governor of New York. But the office belongs to the people of New York.  

By the people of New York, I mean all of them, including those that the Governor and his mayoral echo say “don’t belong” in their fair state and city.

It's an excellent analysis.  Read the rest here.

Message to New Yorkers: If the Governor Kicks You Out, You’re Welcome in Oklahoma


NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a now-famous rant, put out the "Not Welcome" mat in front of Empire State pro-lifers.  If you're conservative, he said, you're not welcome in his state.  NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio sided with him "100%".

Oklahoma State Representative Rebecca Hamilton, who has served in the Oklahoma House for 18 years, has published a response to the governor's inflammatory remarks on her blog, Public Catholic, which can be found on the Catholic Portal at Patheos.  

Rep. Hamilton first gratefully acknowledges the statement from Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, who publicly responded to the governor's over-the-top political posturing.  Then, she slices the governor and the mayor with her rhetoric.

Rep. Hamilton's well-reasoned perspective is worth reading.  Here is an excerpt:

Rep. Hamilton
I’ve held off writing about this because it is so over the top in terms of acceptable behavior from an elected official that I decided to give it a bit of time to jell. I wanted to allow Governor Cuomo a chance to issue a press release saying, I was suffering from gastroenteritis/drunk/grief-stricken-because-my-dog-had-died at the time and said things that in no way represent what I truly think. Nothing that carries the flat-out I-did-not-mean-it apology which I think is required for such outrageous comments from an elected official has ensued. 

It appears that not just the Governor, but the mayor of New York (or, as we call it where I’m from, New York City) are standing pat. They may not agree on much else, but they agree “100%” that people who think differently from them on a whole range of issues are not welcome in New York. 

This isn’t about pro life vs pro abortion. It’s not about gun control vs the Second Amendment. It’s also not about gay vs traditional marriage. It’s about two elected officials who, from all evidence, have totally lost their sense of what elective office means. Both the Governor and the attaboy mayor following in his footsteps have taken on attitudes and ideas that are antithetical to what public service in the form of elective office entails. 

When you’re elected to office, you represent everyone in the area that elected you. That means, Mr Governor and Mr Mayor, even those who oppose gun control, gay marriage and abortion. You are their governor and their mayor just the same as you are the mayor or governor for your pals and cronies who blow smoke up your skirts and tell you what a “statesman” you are for kicking everyone else to the curb. 

It doesn’t matter if you agree with your constituents. It doesn’t matter if they agree with you. It certainly doesn’t matter if they like you or not. They can call you names and drive you nuts with weird accusations and oddball demands all they want. The office you occupy belongs to them. Not you. 

Governor Cuomo occupies the office of Governor of New York. But the office belongs to the people of New York.  

By the people of New York, I mean all of them, including those that the Governor and his mayoral echo say “don’t belong” in their fair state and city.

It's an excellent analysis.  Read the rest here.

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