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“Kresta in the Afternoon”— August 25, 2014

Talking about the “things that matter most” on August 25.


4:00 – Desire of the Everlasting Hills


This  film provides intimate and candid portraits of three Catholics trying to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality. It takes humility and courage to face certain questions about our lives.  One such question is, “How do I know if I am designing my life well?   By what standard can I come to a conclusion?”  This question is closely linked with another, “What is the purpose of my life?  What does it mean to be fulfilled and at peace?”  And these are the central questions around which the film turns. One of the people featured in the film is Dan Mattson, a gregarious artist who spent his life hiding a deep sense of isolation from those who loved him. Dan joins us. 


4:40 – The rise in Muslim converts to Christianity


According to a thesis by Dr. Duane Miller, since the 1960’s there has been a marked increase in the number of known conversions from Islam to Christianity. He asks whether certain of these ex-Muslim Christians engage in the process of theology-making and, if so, it asks what these theologies claim to know about God and humans’ relation to God. Dr. Miller is here to discuss that question.



5:00 – Teachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character and Faith.


Never have Christian families been so challenged by the world around them to instill and instruct their children in the tenets of their faith. Moral relativism literally seeps into every facet of family life and saturates our popular culture. A ubiquitous media presence that defines our daily experience also is defining the attitudes and behaviors of those who consume it. Yet within this pervasive secular culture, Christian families encounter “teachable moments,” those unplanned but unmatched opportunities to put their faith into action and live out the values and virtues embodied in Jesus Christ. When looking for teachable moments, parents, and coaches must approach each day with intentionality, seeking out and capitalizing on opportunities to incorporate life lessons into every day experiences amid the culture. Author Marybeth Hicks joins us to discuss her latest book. 

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