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Kresta in the Afternoon – January 1, 2021 – Hour 2

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Overcoming Crisis with the Beatitudes

We live in an age of crisis. Financial crisis, political crisis, environmental crisis―the list goes on. We’re confronted with calamity every time we read the headlines. But behind each of these lurks another kind of crisis, one we find harder to define: a moral crisis―a crisis of goodness. Behind financial crisis is unrestrained greed; behind political crisis is the lust for power. To properly address the crises that plague our world, we must be formed as people of moral goodness. We must cultivate virtue – and it begins with the Beatitudes. Jonathan Dodson joins us.

Jonathan Dodson

Jonathan K. Dodson (MDiv, ThM) is author of Our Good Crisis: Overcoming Moral Chaos with the Beatitudes and the founding pastor of City Life Church in Austin, Texas, and founder of Gospel-Centered Discipleship. He is the author of several books, including The Unbelievable Gospel, Raised?, and Here in Spirit.

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The Story of the Middle East’s Disappearing Christians (2 segments)

For 1400 years Christians in the Middle East lived under a system of sustained persecution, and as we saw last week in a report from Aid to the Church in Need, they are now on the brink of extinction. How did this happen? What role did western Foreign Policy play? What about the role of Islam and of the Christians themselves? Stephen Rasche joins us.

Stephen Rasche

Stephen Rasche is the author of The Disappearing People: The Tragic Fate of Christians in the Middle East. He’s a recognized international expert on persecuted Christians and has served since 2010 as counsel to the Chaldean Archdiocese of Erbil, Iraq. He is also Vice-Chancellor of the Catholic University in Erbil. He holds a BA from Boston University and a JD from the University of San Diego.

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Telling the Story of the Mideast’s ‘Disappearing People’ — Christians

Persecuted Christians Resettled in US Drop Dramatically Under Trump

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