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Kresta in the Afternoon – December 18, 2017 – Hour 2

+  God is Not Nice (2 segments)

  • Description: Pop Culture has created an image of a God who is "nice." He's a God who can be bargained with like a kindly merchant at the market, or a therapist we can go to in tough times. But this kind of God doesn't play any real role in our lives and doesn't demand any kind of real Change. Ulrich Lehner asserts that this is not the true image of God, because God is not nice. He joins us with more.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Ulrich Lehner
      Ulrich Lehner is the author of God is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living For. He's a professor of religious history at Marquette and a member of the European Academy of Science and the Arts. He is also the author of several other scholarly works on early modern and modern history of religion, such as Enlightened Monks.
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    • God Is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living for

      Ulrich L. Lehner reintroduces Christians to the true God—not the polite, easygoing, divine therapist who doesn’t ask much of us, but the Almighty God who is unpredictable, awe-inspiring, and demands our entire lives.  Stripping away the niceties with a sling blade, Lehner shows that God is more strange and beautiful than we imagine, and wants to know and transform us in the most intimate way. With his iconoclastic new book God Is Not Nice, Lehner, one of the most promising young Catholic theologians in America, challenges the God of popular culture and many of our churches and reintroduces the God of the Bible and traditional Christianity. As Lehner writes in the book’s introduction, "We all need the vaccine of the true transforming and mysterious character of God: The God who shows up in burning bushes, speaks through donkeys, drives demons into pigs, throws Saul from his horse, and appears to St. Francis. It’s only this God who has the power to challenge us, change us, and make our lives dangerous. He sweeps us into a great adventure that will make us into different people." This book is not safe. It may startle and annoy many people—including those who purport to teach and preach the Gospel, but are missing it, according to Lehner. God Is Not Nice intends to overthrow all of our popular misconceptions about God, inviting us to ask deeper questions about the nature of our lives and our relationship with him. When you're finished with God Is Not Nice, you may find the idols you constructed in God’s name smashed, replaced with a God who will ask you to live an entirely different life full of hope and transformation. (learn more)

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+  Countdown to Christmas: Are you Ready?

  • Description: Because Christmas falls on a Monday this year, Advent is very short. We’ve been given less time than normal to prepare for the arrival of the Savior. We still have a week – are you ready? We’ll reflect on Advent and prepare for Christmas with Archbishop Allen Vigneron.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Archbishop Allen Vigneron
      Archbishop Allen Vigneron has been the Archbishop of the Detroit Archdiocese since 2009. He was formerly the bishop of Oakland, CA and rector-president of Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Visit unleashthegospel.org.
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