Kresta in the Afternoon – March 16, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Evangelicalism After Billy Graham

  • Description: As soon as news broke that Billy Graham had passed away, scholars and admirers began asking if there would ever be another like him. In many ways, the answer is 'No.' Our cultural amd media landscape have changed so much and become so diverse that it is unlikely a single person could achieve the widespread appeal that Graham did. But if God wills it, it will happen. What would the Billy Graham of the 21st century look like? We'll talk with Thomas Kidd.
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    • Dr. Thomas Kidd
      Thomas S. Kidd is distinguished professor of history and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He's the author of several books and we've spoken with him in the past about the religious lives of Ben Franklin and George Whitefield.
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    • Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father

      A major new biography, illuminating the great mystery of Benjamin Franklin’s faith Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other eighteenth-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years Franklin had abandoned the exclusive Christian faith of his family and embraced deism. But Franklin, as a man of faith, was far more complex than the “thorough deist” who emerges in his autobiography. As Thomas Kidd reveals, deist writers influenced Franklin’s beliefs, to be sure, but devout Christians in his life—including George Whitefield, the era’s greatest evangelical preacher; his parents; and his beloved sister Jane—kept him tethered to the Calvinist creed of his Puritan upbringing. Based on rigorous research into Franklin’s voluminous correspondence, essays, and almanacs, this fresh assessment of a well-known figure unpacks the contradictions and conundrums faith presented in Franklin’s life. (learn more)

    • George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father

      An engaging, balanced, and penetrating narrative biography of the charismatic eighteenth-century American evangelist In the years prior to the American Revolution, George Whitefield was the most famous man in the colonies. Thomas Kidd’s fascinating new biography explores the extraordinary career of the most influential figure in the first generation of Anglo-American evangelical Christianity, examining his sometimes troubling stands on the pressing issues of the day, both secular and spiritual, and his relationships with such famous contemporaries as Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley. Based on the author’s comprehensive studies of Whitefield’s original sermons, journals, and letters, this excellent history chronicles the phenomenal rise of the trailblazer of the Great Awakening. Whitefield’s leadership role among the new evangelicals of the eighteenth century and his many religious disputes are meticulously covered, as are his major legacies and the permanent marks he left on evangelical Christian faith. It is arguably the most balanced biography to date of a controversial religious leader who, though relatively unknown three hundred years after his birth, was a true giant in his day and remains an important figure in America’s history. (learn more)

+  The Secrets to Holiness in Marriage

  • Description: Do you want to grow in your marriage and your relationship with both God and your spouse? Dan and Amber Dematte join us with secrets and tips for a thirty-three day at-home study for couples who want to improve their entire family's walk with Jesus and incorporate the virtues of poverty, chastity and obedience to become the spouse, parent and Catholic you've always wanted to be.
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    • Dan and Amber Dematte
      Dan and Amber Dematte are the authors of Three Secrets to a Holiness in Marriage. They met while they served as missionaries for NET Ministries in 2004. Dan appeared on the A&E reality show God or the Girl, which followed his discernment to the priesthood or married life. They married in 2007. Dan is a Catholic speaker and youth minister who founded and serves as executive director of missions and advancement for Damascus Catholic Mission Campus and is the host of EWTN's Encounter. Amber volunteers in youth ministry and speaks at parish missions. They have four children.
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    • Three Secrets to Holiness in Marriage: A 33-Day Self-Guided Retreat for Catholic Couples

      The ultimate goal for the Christian life is heaven, but what path should a couple take to get there? Dan and Amber DeMatte, who have worked together in youth and family ministry for more than fifteen years, believe it's holiness--living as Jesus did. Giving and receiving love and living for the sake of others--especially your spouse and children--will help you achieve holiness, the DeMattes say. You can even find holiness in the everyday tasks of marriage and family life such as doing the dishes, changing diapers, and cleaning up messes. In The Three Secrets to Holiness in Marriage, the DeMattes walk you through a thirty-three -day retreat that culminates in consecrating your marriage to Christ. They will help you achieve perfect love for each other, your family, and God by incorporating the virtues of poverty, chastity, and obedience into your life. This retreat will help you fall deeper in love with Christ, your spouse and children, and the world God calls you to serve. Each chapter includes discussion questions and a prayer for couples. (learn more)

+  An Inside Look at Catholic Blogging

  • Description: Tito Edwards is the creator of the wildly popular website Big Pulpit, which gathers top Catholic stories from all over the web. It’s an important resource for our work here at Ave Maria Radio. He joins us with an inside look at the world of Catholic Blogging.
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    • Tito Edwards
      Tito Edwards manages Catholic websites for the new evangelization that Pope John Paul II and then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, has asked for in the third millennium. After a lifetime of living a nominal Catholic life, he reverted completely to his childhood faith that began on the eve of the funeral of Pope John Paul II. He publishes Big Pulpit, Catholic Stand, Ignitum Today, and The American Catholic.

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