Kresta in the Afternoon – July 7, 2020 – Hour 2

+  The Problem With Black Lives Matter-Style Activism

  • Description: When the Ferguson riots broke out in 2014, the nation was shocked and alarmed. The press gave the event wall-to-wall coverage for a week. For young people this was fairly new territory, while older people had flashbacks to the Los Angeles riots of 1992 or the summer of 1965. The Baltimore riots of 2015 were less shocking – this was a movie we had seen before. And in other riots since then, one thing has become clear - just about everyone seems to prefer narrative-peddling to problem-solving. Rachel Lu joins us.
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    • Rachel Lu
      Rachel Lu is a writer, moral philosopher, mother of five, who has researched criminal justice reform as a Robert Novak Fellow. Follow her on Twitter at rclu.
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+  Sharing a Gospel of Spiritual Warfare (2 segments)

  • Description: Far too many Christians have succumbed to sharing a “feel-good, watered-down” Gospel that, ultimately, is indistinguishable from the messages of the wider world and ends in submission to the world. But there is another way – by engaging in the lost art of spiritual warfare we can confront evil rather than try to coexist with it. Fr Dwight Longenecker joins us with more.
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    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker
      Fr Dwight Longenecker is the author most recently of Immortal Combat: Confronting the Heart of Darkness. He was raised in an Evangelical home and served as an Anglican priest before becoming a Catholic. In 2006 he returned to the USA to be ordained. He now serves as parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville SC. Browse his books and be in touch at
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    • Immortal Combat

      Today, far too many leading Christians water down the robust teachings of our Faith. Ignoring Christ s clear example and constant demand that we boldly confront evils, they preach an amicable, nonconfrontational, feel-good gospel. Instead of teaching the faithful to edify and enjoin the wayward, they urge them to pacify and submit . . . with catastrophic results personally, for the Church, and for society at large. Now comes Fr. Dwight Longenecker with this potent book that shows how, by engaging in the lost art of spiritual warfare, good Christians can cure this trend and repair the extensive damage it has caused. Here, without fear or favor, Longenecker maps out the myriad places where evil lurks in our world, shines a light on its many faces, and details the countless clever tricks it uses to hide. He delineates ten sturdy principles that must motivate all Christian warriors who hope to expunge evil and stop it from returning. And finally, he explains in fascinating detail the art of immortal combat, showing how self-sacrifice and contemplation of the Cross can bring victory over any evil, no matter how hidden or how grave. Be forewarned: this book calls you to sanctity and is not for wimps. For sanctity is impossible apart from heroic virtue, and heroic virtue is impossible apart from spiritual warfare. As Fr. Longenecker puts it, Find a saint, and you ll find a warrior. These pages are a mighty guidebook for souls hungry to follow the way of the Christian warrior by taking up their crosses and following into immortal combat the King of the Universe, Jesus Christ, our Lord. (learn more)

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