Kresta in the Afternoon – May 1, 2018 – Hour 2

+  What does the Korea Treaty mean for Christians?

  • Description: Late last week North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace. The Declaration promises denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a future peace treaty that will end the Korean War. Does this treaty show real progress, or is it just a sham? What does it mean for Christians in the country that is ranked as the most hostile to Christianity? We'll talk with Kirsteen Kim.
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    • Kirsteen Kim
      Kirsteen Kim is a Professor of Theology and World Christianity at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her specialties include Korean and other Asian studies, world Christianity, theology of mission, pneumatology and intercultural studies. She came to Fuller from her native UK, where she was a professor at Leeds Trinity University. She began her career as a theological educator in South Korea and has lectured at Union Biblical Seminary in India as a missionary of the Presbyterian Church of Korea. She is the editor of the journal Mission Studies and of the book series Theology and Mission in World Christianity and is the author of five monographs, including A History of Korean Christianity
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    • Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite

      A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has gone undercover as a missionary and a teacher. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them English, all under the watchful eye of the regime. Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues—evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves—their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own—at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged. Without You, There Is No Us offers a moving and incalculably rare glimpse of life in the world's most unknowable country, and at the privileged young men she calls "soldiers and slaves." (learn more)

+  An Immovable Feast: My Modern Spiritual Journey (2 segments)

  • Description: Tyler Blanski grew up in a fundamentalist Baptist home and eventually found himself in an Anglican seminary. But something happened and he boldly decided to become a Catholic. Why? He joins us with the story.
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    • Tyler Blanski
      Tyler Blanski is the author of "An Immovable Feast: How I Gave Up Spirituality for a Life of Religious Abundance," "When Donkeys Talk: Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity," and "Mud & Poetry: Love, Sex, and the Sacred." He has produced two music albums, "Out from the Darkness" and "Think Out Loud." Visit and check out his Holy Renaissance Facebook page.
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    • An Immovable Feast: How I Gave Up Spirituality for a Life of Religious Abundance

      A winsome, beautifully written, page-turning account of a modern spiritual journey. An Immovable Feast is a gateway, leading readers into a world of transformation. A fresh breeze blows through it, one that perhaps has not blown through Christian conversation in a long time. Blanski reminds us that religion is not dead because it is not mortal. It is the festival of heaven …on earth. An Immovable Feast is a profound love story told with humor, wisdom and bite. It tells the colorful and gripping story of one man’'s religious path that begins with a fundamentalist Baptist childhood to an adolescence in emergent church spirituality. He moves on through hipster years as a house painter and musician, then marries and enters a seminary in Wisconsin. After years of wearing a black cassock and preparing to be an Anglican priest, he boldly joins the Catholic Church. Tyler Blanski’'s tale does not reject suitors of religion, but seduces them. "Indeed a feast to both mind and heart." --Peter Kreeft "This book reads like poetry, entertains like satire, and convicts as only the truth can convict. It is a marvel of charity and a prodigy of style." --Scott Hahn "With converts as articulate as Tyler Blanski, the Church is in excellent shape." --+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia (learn more)

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