Are You in Michigan? Are You Interested in Evangelization and Ecumenism?

If you’re in southeastern Michigan, and if you’re interested in the New Evangelization or in better understanding the challenges and opportunities in Ecumenism, I’ve got news for you!

First, a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the New Evangelization:

Al Kresta

My friend and former boss, Al Kresta, will speak on Thursday, March 6 on the topic of The New Evangelization:  Build the Church and Bless the Nation.  Al has taught that only by building the Church will we effect real change in the culture.  This is a call to become the disciples Christ has called and gifted us to be, by sharing our Catholic faith in today’s culture.

Kresta is a best-selling author of several books including his most recent, Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st Century Opponents.  Perhaps you’ve heard Al’s nationally syndicated show, Kresta in the Afternoon, on Ave Maria Radio or on your local Catholic station.  If not, tune in weekdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on-line at

Al’s presentation will be at 7:00 p.m. March 6, at St. Linus Church, 6466 Evangeline in Dearborn Heights.  Parking is free, and refreshments will be served.  There is no charge for this important lecture; free will donations will be accepted, but are not necessary.  For more information, call 313.274.4500.


And now, An Adventure in Ecumenicity.

That’s the topic of a Symposium which brings together nationally-known theologians to discuss the thought of Dutch Reformed ecumenist Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer.  Symposium presenters will include three well-known teachers:

  • Dr. Eduardo Echeverria, professor of philosophy and theology at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and author of Berkouwer and Catholicism: Disputed Questions (Studies in Reformed Theology);
  • Dr. Francis Beckwith, professor of philosophy and Church/state studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas; and
  • Dr. John Bolt, professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Who was Berkouwer?  The Dutch theologian was delegated by the Council of the GKN (the Reformed Church of the Netherlands) to attend the 1957 assemblies of the International Council of Christian Churches, a world fundamentalist body that met in Amsterdam, and the World Council of Churches, the ecumenical body that met that same year in New Delhi, India.  Berkouwer recommended that the GKN join the World Council of Churches, which they did–making them the first Evangelical community to join.  Berkouwer authored an 18-volume Studies in Dogmatics, and served as an Observer at the Second Vatican Council.

The symposium will be held at Sacred Heart Major Seminary on Saturday, March 1 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  There is no charge, and a free continental breakfast and lunch will be included.  The flyer is below; for more information, contact the seminary at 313.883.8793.

I plan to attend both events.  I hope to see you there!


Al Kresta’s Analysis of This Whole “Al Smith Dinner” Thing

I invited Al Kresta, CEO of Ave Maria Radio and host of the nationally-syndicated “Kresta In The Afternoon,” to comment regarding the controversy that’s been swirling around Cardinal Dolan’s invitation to President Obama to participate in the Al Smith Dinner.

I knew I could count on Al to deliver a poignant response, well considered and well expressed.  What follows is a first for me:  A guest post by Al Kresta!

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Nailing Jello to a Tree: The Wit and Wisdom of Al Kresta

It was the fall of 1987.  I was heading southward on I-75, driving home from my job in downtown Detroit and listening to “Talk From the Heart” on evangelical radio station WMUZ-FM.  The show was hosted by Al Kresta, then pastor of a small non-denominational church, Shalom Ministries.

As I crossed the Rouge River Bridge, I heard Al say, “You know, we’d like to find a producer for the show—someone who can answer the phones, screen callers, line up some interview guests….”

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