Monday, April 13, 2009

Today on Kresta - April 13, 2009

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Easter Monday, Apr. 13
Best of “Kresta in the Afternoon”

3:00 – Al’s Analysis of the Christopher Hitchens Interview
Last Monday, Al sat down for an interview with famed atheist bomb-thrower Christopher Hitchens – author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. In typical Hitchens fashion, he made outrageous and odd claims. We aired the interview on Monday afternoon, and today we analyze certain elements of it to expand on Al’s responses to Hitchens and further expose this man as a fraud and outright liar.

4:00 – Enrique’s Journey
Award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario is here to recount the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States. When Enrique is five years old, his mother, Lourdes, too poor to feed her children, leaves Honduras to work in the United States. The move allows her to send money back home to Enrique so he can eat better and go to school past the third grade. Lourdes promises Enrique she will return quickly. But she struggles in America. Years pass. He begs for his mother to come back. Without her, he becomes lonely and troubled. With gritty determination and a deep longing to be by his mother’s side, Enrique travels through hostile, unknown worlds. It is the timeless story of families torn apart, the yearning to be together again, and a boy who will risk his life to find the mother he loves.

4:40 – Depression: Three Questions to Ask and Five Ways to Respond
The Church is God’s hospital. It has always been full of people on the mend. We should not be surprised then, that the depressed populate not only secular hospitals and clinics, but also our churches as well. Yet depression remains both familiar and mysterious to pastors and lay church leaders. Mark McMinn is here to look at depression. He has three questions to ask and five ways to respond.

5:00 – The Case for the Resurrection
Apologist Gary Habermas offers a comprehensive and far-reaching argument for the historical veracity of Christ's resurrection. We look at evidentiary claims, historical, theological, archaeological, biomedical and literary data that supports a historic belief in the resurrection.

5:20 – “The Christian Code: Ancient Christian Symbols Speak to the Here and Now”
Most Christian symbols recur throughout the Christian centuries, going back to the earliest churches and cemeteries and the most common items of everyday life. They are urgent messages sent from long ago, and we, the Christians of the future, are the intended recipients. We talk with Mike Aquilina about “The Christian Code: Ancient Christian Symbols Speak to the Here and Now.”

5:40 – My Most Enduring Spiritual Lesson - Resurrection

Two years ago, in preparation for publication of Al’s latest book “Moments of Grace,” we conducted interviews with well-known Catholic leaders entitled “My Most Enduring Spiritual Lesson.” The testimony of the Ave Maria Foundation Chaplain, Fr. Pat Egan, focused primarily on the Resurrection of Christ. We go back to the archives for this Resurrection testimony.

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