Friday, January 15, 2010

Today on Kresta - January 15, 2010

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Jan. 15

4:00 – Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's election as Pope Benedict XVI brought a world-class biblical theologian to the papacy. There is an intensely biblical quality to his pastoral teaching and he has demonstrated a keen concern for the authentic interpretation of sacred Scripture. Here a foremost interpreter of Catholic thought and life offers a probing look at Benedict's biblical theology and provides a clear and concise introduction to his life and work. Bestselling author and theologian Scott Hahn argues that the heart of Benedict's theology is salvation history and the Bible and shows how Benedict accepts historical criticism but recognizes its limits. Scott is here to explain how Benedict reads the overall narrative of Scripture and how he puts it to work in theology, liturgy, and Christian discipleship.

4:40 – Haiti: 72 Hours Later
Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, a massive 7.2 earthquake shook Haiti, demolishing a hospital, schools, and homes and leaving tens of thousands dead. Among those is Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot of Port-au-Prince The epicenter of the deadly earthquake was Port-au-Prince, the country’s densely-populated capital city and main seaport. Experts are calling it the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Haiti. Cross International Catholic Outreach has staff on the ground in Port-au-Prince surveying the damage and working with local ministries in the country to provide immediate relief. We talk to Jim Cavnar, President of Cross International.

5:00 – “The Book of Eli”
Film Director Allen Hughes was recently asked why he and his brother decided to make the Bible the centerpiece of their latest film and not just an amalgam of sacred texts, he said, “It had to be the Bible. It is the biggest selling book of all time. And possibly in the last 2,500 years the biggest influence on western literature and; it's the Bible, man!” We talk about The Book of Eli, which is released today and, from a Christian perspective, is a fascinating piece of filmmaking. Nick Thomm has the review, and interviews with Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and more.
5:20 – Come Meet Jesus: An Invitation from Pope Benedict XVI
The person of Jesus-and our need to encounter him personally-is the common thread through all that Pope Benedict XVI has written and taught. As he once urged young people, "Open, open wide the doors to Christ-and you will find true life." Amy Welborn is here to highlight the many ways in which the pope is inviting his listeners, both inside and outside the Church, to discover the saving, healing, life-giving love of Jesus. As we listen with open minds and hearts to Pope Benedict's persistent and heartfelt invitation, we will be inspired to put friendship with Jesus at the center of our lives. And as the pope shows us, we can encounter Jesus in ourselves, in Scripture, in the liturgy, in prayer, and in everyday life.

5:50 – Legatus Summit 2010
Legatus is an organization for Catholic businessmen who seek to study, live and spread the Faith in their business, professional and personal lives. Legatus currently provides service to over 1,800 businesses in 60 chapters (and growing) across the United States, and internationally on three continents. We talk with Executive Director John Hunt about Legatus, their Winter Summit, and it’s amazing line-up of speakers.


  1. Dear Al,

    I realize that you owe me no favors, but please consider discussing with Dr. Hahn his conception of biblical covenantal theology: specifically the idea of there being 7 covenants between God and man in the history of mankind, and the Church being the fulfillment of the seventh and final covenant. I have heard regarding his (Hahn's) talk "Our Father's Plan" and his book by a similar title, which ends with 6 covenants, that there ought to be one more covenant perhaps at the beginning of creation. To me this seems like an important point in apologetics work whereby we can discuss not only the structure of the Church, but also the nature of the Church herself.

    I could be missing something major, as Theology is one of my weaker subjects, but I'd like at least some clarification.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely in Christ,

    Matthew Wade

  2. Matthew,

    I just talked about this with Al and he wanted me to let you know that it is a good and worthwhile question to pursue. He has seen this multiple places. Al will try to bring it up with Dr. Hahn today if it fits into the discussion. It not, Al will pursue it himself and reply here soon.
    - Nick

  3. Nick,

    Thank you for the reply. Unfortunately work was quite inappropriately busy at the time of the interview. I hope that I'll be able to listen to the podcast sometime next week; I look forward to Al's comments on the topic as well.

    That was a very worthwhile preview of "The Book of Eli". I do not see many movies, but I may see this one and "The Blind Side" before the month is over.

    Keep up the good work Gentlemen (and Ladies).


    Matthew Wade