Kresta in the Afternoon – February 5, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Pope Francis Visits Dubai

+  A Look at the Roman World (2 segments)

  • Description: Whether you were a Jew or a Gentile, following Jesus in first-Century Rome was a tremendous risk. What did that world look like? We talk with Jim Papandrea, who gives us a view of early Christian times through the eyes of a man who risks everyone to follow the new faith.
  • Segment Guests:
    • JIm Papandrea
      Jim Papandrea is a Catholic teacher, author, speaker, and musician. He's the author of several books, most recently A Week in the Life of Rome, and also From Star Wars to Superman: Christ Figures in Science Fiction and Superhero Films. He was baptized Catholic, but raised in the Lutheran denomination. and reverted back to the Catholic Church through his studies of the Church fathers. Jim is currently Associate Professor of Church History at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary at Northwestern University, as well as a consultant in the area of Adult Faith Formation, and a regular speaker in parish and lay formation programs in the Chicago area. Jim is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Association of Music. Visit
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    • A Week in the Life of Rome

      In first-century Rome, following Jesus comes at a tremendous social cost. An urbane Roman landowner and merchant is intrigued by the Christian faith―but is he willing to give up his status and lifestyle to join the church? Meanwhile his young client, a catechumen in the church at Rome, is beginning to see just how much his newfound faith will require of him. A Week in the Life of Rome is a cross section of ancient Roman society, from the overcrowded apartment buildings of the poor to the halls of the emperors. Against this rich backdrop, illuminated with images and explanatory sidebars, we are invited into the daily struggles of the church at Rome just a few years before Paul wrote his famous epistle to them. A gripping tale of ambition, intrigue, and sacrifice, James Papandrea's novel is a compelling work of historical fiction that shows us the first-century Roman church as we've never seen it before. (learn more)

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