Kresta in the Afternoon – December 13, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Be Someone's Miracle this Christmas

  • Description: You can be someone's miracle this Christmas by giving a gift that will have a lasting impact. The Cross Catholic Christmas Catalog is a way to select much-needed items to be sent to the poorest of the poor, who need them so desperately. We talk with Jim Cavnar.
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+  The Real Story of the Magi (2 segments)

  • Description: We're all familiar with the story of the Magi - the three kings who rode camels from the east, following the star, to bring gifts to the Christ child. But Matthew's Gospel never gives their number, never says how they got there, never mentions their names and doesn't even refer to the star. Some modern Biblical scholars have dismissed them as a myth. Who were the magi? We talk with Fr Dwight Longenecker.
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    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker
      Fr. Dwight Longenecker is the author of Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men. He was raised in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He eventually became an Anglican priest in England. In 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. Since then, he has become a prolific writer and author of several books, including Challenging Catholics, More Christianity, Quest for the Creed and The Gargoyle Code. In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He now serves as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenville, South Carolina.
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    • Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men

      Modern biblical scholars tend to dismiss the Christmas story of the “wise men from the East” as pious legend. Matthew’s gospel offers few details, but imaginative Christians filled out the story early on, giving us the three kings guided by a magical star who join the adoring shepherds in every Christmas crèche. For many scholars, then, there is no reason to take the gospel story seriously. But are they right? Are the wise men no more than a poetic fancy? In an astonishing feat of detective work, Dwight Longenecker makes a powerful case that the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem really happened. Piecing together the evidence from biblical studies, history, archeology, and astronomy, he goes further, uncovering where they came from, why they came, and what might have happened to them after eluding the murderous King Herod. In the process, he provides a new and fascinating view of the time and place in which Jesus Christ chose to enter the world. The evidence is clear and compelling. The mysterious Magi from the East were in all likelihood astrologers and counselors from the court of the Nabatean king at Petra, where the Hebrew messianic prophecies were well known. The “star” that inspired their journey was a particular planetary alignment―confirmed by computer models―that in the astrological lore of the time portended the birth of a Jewish king. The visitors whose arrival troubled Herod “and all Jerusalem with him” may not have been the turbaned oriental kings of the Christmas carol, but they were real, and by demonstrating that the wise men were no fairy tale, Mystery of the Magi demands a new level of respect for the historical claims of the gospel. (learn more)

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