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Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show December 11, 2010

Special Guests

  • Glen Soderholm — Canadian Recording Artist
    Glen is a singer/songwriter/worship leader/pastor/teacher who directs Moveable Feast Resources, a ministry that exists to encourage the people of God to participate in vibrant worship. Glen’s artistry has been inspired by the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Paul Simon, Mark Heard, and Shawn Colvin. His music is distributed by Signpost Music out of Winnipeg, Manitoba - a unique Canadian distributor of quality independent music (including, amongst others, Carolyn Arends, Jacob Moon, and Fergus Marsh). Signpost was founded by two-time Juno award winning artist Steve Bell. Glen has just released his latest CD entitled, Do Not Be Afraid, just in time for Christmas. He joins us LIVE in studio to perform a couple of songs from that album!

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Bruxy Cavey — Author of The End Of Religion and Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House
    After seven seasons as host of Canada's most listened to spiritual talk show, Drew Marshall announced to his listeners that he is no longer convinced there's a God. As far as we know, this would be the first time a host on a Christian station has openly admitted to a crisis of faith - at least publicly - and kept their job! So we invite you to join Drew on his search for an encounter with God.

  • David Peck — Executive Director of SoChange
    David is a professional public speaker, university lecturer, and social entrepreneur. He began his professional life as an electrician more than 18 years ago, and has since developed a wide range of skills and interests, ranging from magic (he is a highly-acclaimed magician) to poetry. Since earning his Master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Guelph in 2006, David has developed a reputation as an innovative and engaging public speaker. He has been employed by various actors & international development organizations, to address topics ranging from personal motivation to social justice causes. In 2008, he founded SoChange, a groundbreaking organization which works alongside members of the non-governmental community in areas such as fundraising, advocacy, and capacity building.

  • Drew Marshall — Circumcision Re-Attachment Specialist
    We’ll try to reach Drew during his month away in Israel and find out how things are going. He was asked to be in the cast of a short reality show/documentary following the lives of people experiencing Christmas in The Holy Land!

    September 2010 - "Dear God, I'm not sure you exist. I'd like an encounter with you for Christmas."
    December 2010 - "Dear Drew, Man you're a pain. Get yer butt over to my hood - NOW!"

    Drew will be giving regular updates via Twitter & Facebook so make sure you join one of those cults to follow along this once in a lifetime experience!

    (Overheard at the TDMS Christmas Banquet: "You know what your encounter with God will be? You'll be praying at the Western 'Wailing' Wall and a loose brick will fall out and knock you out cold. There's yer encounter with God buddy!")

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel of Many: An unmarried teenage couple wants to know if they should tell their parents on Christmas Day that they’re expecting a child, or wait until the New Year.

    "Let me start off by saying, I KNOW that getting pregnant wasn’t the smartest thing to do at our age (18). So before everyone starts in with “Having sex before marriage is a sin and now look what happened” I just want to say that my boyfriend and I have been together for about two years, we love each other very much and are planning on doing the “responsible” thing and getting married in the spring. We are both from Christian homes, both attend church, and are both part of the youth group. We’ve been sexually active off and on for about a year now and obviously just got careless. We’ve tried to be celibate but just seem to keep falling back into it – obviously! Anyway, the point is that my boyfriend thinks we should tell our parents the big news, actually on Christmas Day. He thinks they might be less rattled by the news if we tell them on Christmas Day because of the great moods they’ll be in. It might help them to celebrate the news rather than freak out about it. I’m not sold on it. My parents, no matter what day it is, are going to totally freak. But if we tell his parents on Christmas and not mine, then somehow it gets out or if my parents find out later that we told his parents way before we told them… it’s just gonna get way totally complicated. So, I’m just not sure what to do. Maybe your listeners who are parents could call in and let us know what they would want if it was their kid that got pregnant. Would they want to be told on Christmas Day? Or would that freak them out too much and wreck their Christmas?"

  • Useless Christmas Trivia
    Our very own “Tim The Tool” will play a variety of useless Christmas audio clips – from Christmas movies or television specials or maybe just some bizarre version of a Christmas carol – and the first person to call in with the correct answer wins ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Consider it our Christmas bonus! (Hey, you probably get screwed at work every Christmas, we just thought we’d keep the tradition going!)

  • Tim & Melinda will share their God Encounters if you share yours?
    It seems as though many of you have wanted to share your own personal encounters with God ever since Drew announced his crisis of faith back in September. We’ve received hundreds of emails from people all over the world. So today we thought we’d open the phone lines ONE LAST TIME (during our last show of the year) and let everyone who hasn’t written to us, share their God encounters. Today’s guest host Melinda Estabrooks & “Tim The Tool” will share their stories as well.

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.

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Special Guests

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Peter Hitchens — Author of The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith and Brother of Atheist Christopher Hitchens
    After seven seasons as host of Canada's most listened to spiritual talk show, Drew Marshall announced to his listeners that he is no longer convinced there's a God. As far as we know, this would be the first time a host on a Christian station has openly admitted to a crisis of faith - at least publicly - and kept their job! So we invite you to join Drew on his search for an encounter with God.

  • Valeri Bure — Former NHL All Star, Champion of CBC's Battle of The Blades 2010
    CBC's hit television reality show Battle Of The Blades crowned their 2010 champions just a couple of weeks ago, Olympian Ekaterina Gordeeva & her partner Valeri Bure. They were almost eliminated numerous times despite scoring the highest with the judges week after week. However, Val and Katia came away with the trophy in the end and Val's charity - Compassion Canada - was the recipient of $50,000! During his extensive NHL career, Val played for the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames, and the Montreal Canadiens. Born in Moscow, he was a member of the Russian National Team which was the only country to medal in Olympic hockey at both Nagano in 1998 and in Salt Lake in 2002. Val retired from hockey in 2004 and dedicated his time to being with his family. He married television actress Candace Cameron in 1996 and they now share a "full house" in California with their three children Natasha, Lev, and Maksim. He and Candace own a boutique winery in Napa Valley called Bure Family Wines.
    www.burefamilywines.com

  • Anne Graham Lotz — Founder of AnGeL Ministries
    Anne Graham Lotz has passionately proclaimed God’s Word to people around the world for over thirty years. Her gripping narratives and heart-touching teaching have inspired listeners in arenas and prison cells, stadiums and Bible studies, sanctuaries and seminaries, the United Nations and Amsterdam 2000. The daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Billy Graham, Anne launched Just Give Me Jesus in the year 2000. Anne is an award-winning and best-selling author. Her eleven books include her signature book Just Give Me Jesus and her 2009 release The Magnificent Obsession.

  • Dr. Daniel Taylor — Author of The Myth Of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & the Risk of Commitment
    Do you resent the smugness of close-minded skepticism on the one hand but feel equally uncomfortable with the smugness of close-minded Christianity on the other? Dr. Daniel Taylor suggests a path to committed faith that is both consistent with the tradition of Christian orthodoxy and sensitive to the pluralism, complexity and relativism of our age. He affirms a call to throw off the paralysis of uncertainty and to risk commitment to God without forfeiting the God-given gift of an inquiring mind. Throughout he demonstrates clearly how much the world and the church need question askers. From the man who dared suggest that doubt is actually more compatible with faith then certainty, Dr. Taylor has also proposed in a new book that "everyone has (including Christians) an inner atheist because all human explanations of reality leak, because human reasoning leaks."

  • Dr. Peter Rollins — Philosopher, Author, Drinker (A.K.A. Irish)
    Peter Rollins is a widely sought after writer, lecturer, storyteller and public speaker. He is also the founder of ikon, a faith group that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theatre, ritual and reflection to create what they call 'transformance art'. Peter has earned degrees (with distinction) in Scholastic Philosophy, Political Theory and Post-Structural thought (PhD). He is currently a research associate with the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College, Dublin and is the author of the much talked about How (Not) to Speak of God. His most recent work is entitled The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales. He was born in Belfast but currently resides in Greenwich, CT and is employed by The Olson Foundation.

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks! It's time for our semi-regular visit with our favourite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent!

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel of Many: We'll review various stories from this past year with our in-studio therapist Dr. Merry Lin www.drlinandassociates.com

    "Over this past year we've had numerous people send in some incredibly difficult real life stories. While listening to various Counsel Of Many segments, we've all offered our advice, however it makes even more sense to consult a mental health professional - a therapist trained in the art of listening with the skill to be able to map back to you what you've actually been saying. Joining us today is a member of our TDMS Counselling Network. So if you wrote to us this past year or one of our Counsel Of Many segments resonated with what you've been going through, you'll want to tune in as we hear from someone with experience! ” Is the fact that the father is no longer a Christian enough of a reason to restrict his access to the children? What would you say to this “Christian” mother? Do you have any advice for Craig?

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show November 27, 2010

Special Guests

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Ray Comfort — Christian Apologetics Guru from Way of the Master
    After seven seasons as host of Canada's most listened to spiritual talk show, Drew Marshall announced to his listeners that he is no longer convinced there's a God. As far as we know, this would be the first time a host on a Christian station has openly admitted to a crisis of faith - at least publicly - and kept their job! So we invite you to join Drew on his search for an encounter with God.

    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God: From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.
    www.wayofthemaster.com

    *DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey, Tal Bachman, and Paul Young.

  • Jodi King — Canadian Recording Artist
    By high school, Jodi King was fully immersed in music. Along the way she has sung backup with Juno Award winner Steve Bell and performed background vocals on a Christmas album by the beloved children’s entertainer Fred Penner. She just recently released her first full length album, Little Smile, and the radio stations have been burning up the airways with two hit singles from that album, My Boyfriend’s Jeans and Breathing In / Breathing Out. Jodi’s performances have been described as combining the fresh-scrubbed, natural vocals of a young Sheryl Crow or Jewel with an incredibly intimate delivery - a much-needed antidote to the auto-tuned antagonism of female artists currently dominating FM pop radio.

  • Andrew Grenville — Chief Research Officer for Angus Reid, Public Opinion Pollsters
    Canada’s top research pollsters have gathered some rather interesting faith based statistics. For example; there are more atheists and agnostics in Canada than the US – Approximately 30% of Canadians just don’t think about God – 77% of Canadians feel that private beliefs about faith are more important than what is taught by any church - 69% of Canadians think that there is life after death. We’ll find out what Canadians really think about Faith / Religion / God / Afterlife and so much more!

  • Allison C. Restagno — Author of Modern Day Miracles: 50 True Stories of Divine Encounters, Supernatural Healings, Heaven & Hell Experiences & More
    The stories shared in Modern-Day Miracles are compelling, highly personal and dramatic first-hand accounts by a wide variety of persons. Story contributors come from many different countries and geographical regions, as well as from interesting and vastly diverse walks of life and backgrounds. The stories told come from a wide variety of people, including; a flight nurse, real-estate agent, member of the Presidential Task Force in Washington, counsellor, university founder, mechanic, homemaker raising six children, major ministry directors and founders, pastors and pastors' wives, an opera singer that has sung at Carnegie Hall, a Dove Music nominee, a Tyndale University Professor, a founder of a multi-media Christian Broadcasting company, an inventor, several Christian authors and speakers as well as Messianic Jewish authors, a medical doctor who witnessed a creative miracle in his O.R. after prayer with his medical team, several who have had either Heaven or hell near-death experiences, a former atheist police officer from the East Side of London, successful CEOs, and those who have experienced divine encounters with Jesus, angels, and/or share their personal experiences of supernatural healings.

Journey

  • Today we’ll talk to three everyday people – people who not only walked away from their Christian faith but are now Atheists: Brenda, who lives in Kansas; Tim who lives in Saskatchewan; and Jacqui who lives in South Africa. Three similar but very different spiritual journeys.

Talkback, etc.

  • *The Counsel Of Many! Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel of Many: a story that hit the news about a man who lost custody of his kids because he’s an agnostic. We’ll speak with the father then take your calls!

    Craig Scarberry lost joint custody of his three children because he changed his religion from Christian to agnostic. “It blew my mind away. I’m a good, loving father, and this ruling has taken my children away. I wasn’t interfering in their right to be brought up in a Christian environment,” he said. Apparently the children still attend a Christian school and church services, just like they have done in the four years of the joint custody. The judge actually said in his pronouncement of the new custody arrangement that Craig “did not participate in the same religious training that the mother exercised and that he was agnostic.” Craig has until Dec. 1 to appeal the ruling, which has reduced his custody to visitation with his children four hours per week and on alternating weekends. “I thought I had the right to practice what you want to practice without persecution,” he said. “I feel like I’ve suffered the highest persecution ... I had everything taken away from me.” Is the fact that the father is no longer a Christian enough of a reason to restrict his access to the children? What would you say to this “Christian” mother? Do you have any advice for Craig?

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show November 20, 2010

Special Guests

  • Mosab Hassan Yousef — Author of Son Of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices
    Mosab was born in Ramallah, in the West Bank in 1978. His father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is a founding leader of Hamas, internationally recognized as a terrorist organization and responsible for countless suicide bombings and other deadly attacks against Israel. Yousef was an integral part of the movement, for which he was imprisoned several times by the Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence service. He withstood torture in prison only to discover Hamas was torturing its own people in a relentless search for collaborators. He began to question who his enemies really were — Israel? Hamas? America? After a chance encounter with a British tourist, Yousef started a six-year quest that jeopardized Hamas, endangered his family and threatened his life. He has since embraced the Christian faith and sought political asylum in America.

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Delilah — Syndicated Radio Host
    After seven seasons as host of Canada's most listened to spiritual talk show, Drew Marshall announced to his listeners that he is no longer convinced there's a God. As far as we know, this would be the first time a host on a Christian station has openly admitted to a crisis of faith - at least publicly - and kept their job! So we invite you to join Drew on his search for an encounter with God.

    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God: From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle. www.delilah.com

    *DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.

  • Tarek Fatah — Author, Broadcaster, Founder of The Muslim Canadian Congress
    Tarek describes himself as “an Indian born in Pakistan; a Punjabi born in Islam; an immigrant in Canada with a Muslim consciousness, grounded in a Marxist youth." Author of Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State, and his latest, The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism, Tarek has been a political activist since his teens in Pakistan where he was twice jailed for organizing protest campaigns against successive military governments in 1968 and 1970. A journalist by profession, Tarek and his family moved to Canada in 1987 where he has been the public face of progressive, liberal and secular Muslims. In December 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, he founded the Muslim Canadian Congress to provide a voice for Muslims who wanted to stand up to the threat of Islamic extremism. For ten years Tarek hosted the Saturday night TV show The Muslim Chronicle on CTS-TV and currently he co-hosts Strong Opinions on CFRB 1010. Tarek Fatah is a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and The Toronto Star, and has written for TIME Magazine and can be seen and heard on CBC, CTV, TVO, and The Michael Coren Show on CTS-TV.

  • Dr. Terry Jones — The Pastor Behind "International Burn A Koran Day"
    Dr. Jones is the author of the book, Islam is of the Devil. He is the Senior Pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida which planned and then cancelled the International Burn a Koran Day for 9/11/10. Dr Jones now spearheads Stand Up America!, a nation wide campaign to challenge the people to stop hiding behind the church walls, to stop pointing the finger and complaining about the condition of America. "It’s time for America to remember its roots and its calling. It’s time to stand up!"

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel of Many: a young lady, seven months pregnant, has discovered that her fiancé is cheating on her and doesn’t want to get married anymore.
    "I am hurting pretty badly right now. Five days ago I found out that my fiancé of four years had joined a swinger website and was talking to women behind my back. He did this once before to me a few years ago and it caused us to break up for seven months. I don't know what to do because I am now pregnant (seven months) with our daughter. We have a home together now. We were supposed to get married next year but I don't know now. Plus, when I talked to him about why he did this to me all he could say is he never got hit on in high school and never received compliments from women about how he looks, and he still doesn't. I asked him if I was enough, and he said yes, but apparently I am the only girl who has ever found him attractive. Which I know isn't true. He is a very good-looking guy. He also said he doesn't know about marrying me anymore since his parents got divorced three years ago and now his older brother, whom he is very close with, is getting a divorce this month. He said divorce is so prevalent that he doesn't want to risk it. He has fallen away from the Lord and his view of marriage has been destroyed by the world. I don't know what to do. I know I rebelled against the Lord when I had premarital sex. I guess this is my punishment. I am thinking I should just leave him and go live with my mom for a little while until I find my own place. It is going to be so hard with a baby coming but I will live with God's help. Any advice for me?"

  • Do you agree with a Pastor who is forcing his church leaders to delete their Facebook accounts due to couples re-igniting old flames?
    A pastor plans to ask his congregation this Sunday to delete their Facebook accounts because a number of couples in his church have admitted to marital problems due to reconnecting with past lovers though the social networking site. As well, the pastor is forcing about 50 married church leaders to delete their Facebook accounts. Apparently, if they won't stop using Facebook, they'll have to resign.

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show November 13, 2010

Special Guests

  • Nick Vujicic — Author of Life Without Limits: Inspiration For a Ridiculously Good Life
    Nick Vujicic entered this world with what some people would call impossible circumstances, a rare condition termed phocomelia where babies are born with malformed or missing limbs. As a young child, Nick's frustrations with his disability left him questioning his reason for being alive even to the contemplation of suicide. Despite some of his darkest and loneliest moments, he put his faith in God and chose to be happy and grateful because of his situation. Nick says, "Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude." Despite Nick's physical disability, he's truly living as though he has no limits. In Life Without Limits he offers readers encouragement and guidance, helping them find their life's purpose so that they, too, can live a fulfilling and ridiculously good life. Nick Vujicic began motivational speaking, and evangelism at the age of 17, and was soon traveling around the world having currently visited more than 32 countries sharing his testimony with millions of people, young and old alike. After founding a motivational speaking company, Attitude is Altitude, Nick began the non-profit ministry Life Without Limbs.

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Kathie Lee Gifford — Co-Host of The Today Show
    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God: From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.
    www.kathieleegifford.com

    *DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.

  • Listen to our previous interviews with Kathie Lee Gifford:

  • Dr. Marv Penner — Canadian Director of Youth Specialties & YouthWorks!
    Marv is an internationally known author, professor, speaker, and youth ministry veteran having spent nearly 40 years working with students and families. His biggest buzz still comes from spending time with teenagers, their parents, and the people who work most closely with them. Marv serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Canadian Roundtable on Youth and Young Adult Ministry and oversees the Canadian Centre for Adolescent Research, a think-tank that conducts research on Canadian youth and youth culture. He recently co-directed a major national study, What's Happening: The State of Youth Ministry in Canada. He has taught at more than 20 colleges and seminaries around the globe. He is the author of a half a dozen books on youth ministry including, Help, My Kids Are Hurting, Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut, The Youth Workers Guide to Parent Ministry, and most recently, Building and Mobilizing Teams. In addition to his teaching, speaking, and writing, Marv works regularly with hurting kids and families, specializing in parent/adolescent conflict resolution, sexual abuse recovery, self-injury, eating disorders, and marriage and family issues.

Journey

  • Emma Chalmers
    In an effort to control life's many unstable elements, including her father's undependable work, moving countless times, and her sister's illness, Emma has found the one thing she can control – food. Struggling on and off with Anorexia for the past 10 years Emma's mother has tried everything to help her daughter, from counselling, to applying for aid to get her into treatment, yet she still hasn't been able to afford the institution's high costs. Then one day she watched an interview on 100 Huntley Street with Emily Wierenga. Carol emailed Emily to request a copy of her book, Chasing Silhouettes: How To Help a Loved one Who Refuses to Eat (currently in production). Since then, Emily has not only been able to offer insight into Emma's situation by talking about her own battle with anorexia, both as a child and an adult, but has become good friends with her. Today, a mother and a daughter join us to share their very personal and painful journey through the world of eating disorders.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel of Many: a father is hurt that his daughter has chosen to marry someone from another faith and isn't sure he wants to pay for the wedding let alone attend.

    "My daughter has fallen in love and is engaged to a boy who is not a Christian. He's not only not a Christian, he's a practicing believer in another religion. I don't want to mention which religion because I don't think it matters. What matters is that she has chosen to marry someone who is a devout follower of a religion which is NOT Christianity. She was raised in a Christian home and she has professed to be a Christian her entire life, so needless to say I am hurt and disappointed. I know I'm not supposed to be. I'm supposed to be happy for her no matter who she chooses to marry. I'm supposed to be accepting of all religions. Well the reality is that I'm not. I'm not happy that her future husband is of another faith, and I'm especially not happy with this particular faith. She is blinded by love and can't see that the road ahead for them is going to be very, very difficult if they think that both religions can be followed under the same roof, let alone when it comes to raising children. I've been told that I can't do anything about it, and I understand that, to a point. However, if she wants to flagrantly disregard her parents' feelings and marry someone she knows we don't approve of, then I'm not sure I want to pay for the wedding, let alone go to it. I know it sounds immature but this has hurt her mother and I beyond words. Without a doubt, there will most definitely be a rift in the family dynamics should this wedding happen. The question is, does anyone have advice for me as the father, especially as it pertains to coping with my hurt Of course, if anyone has any good ideas on how to break them up, I'm open for those suggestions as well. "

  • What are you so sensitive about?
    Which one of the following stories offends you the most:
    • A piggy bank being sold for $4000 made from a real, dead, piglet.
    • A Christian group "Bus Stop Bible Studies" has voluntarily removed one of their ads it is currently running on Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) buses and streetcars because the transit authority received some complaints about it. The ad in question asked "Does God care if I'm gay?" and directs the reader to the Bus Stop Bible Studies website to find the answer.
    • Lindsay Lohan posed as a crucified Christ on the cover of a French magazine.
    • A couple wanting to “promote health” handed out condoms to the older kids on Halloween. They also handed out toothbrushes and candy bars.
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of Britain's largest accountancy firms, has launched an investigation after male staff began circulating an email which ‘rated’ new female employees in a top ten list based on their looks.
    • An NPR commentator was fired for saying on The O’Reilly Factor: “When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
    • an NPR commentator wasn’t fired for referring to the evangelical belief of the Rapture, in which Christ's faithful would miraculously ascend from the earth before the Second Coming: "The evaporation of 4 million who believe this crap would leave the world an instantly better place."
    • Amazon defended an e-book they carried, then removed it, then reinstated it, and then removed it again. The book? The Pedophile’s Guide To Love & Pleasure – A Child-Lover’s Code Of Conduct. Basically, it's a “How To” book attempting to help make pedophilia situations “less dangerous” and ultimately paving the way for lighter sentences should they ever be caught.”
    “One of these things is not like the other things. Can you guess which one before the song is done?”

  • TDMS Banter
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Special Guests

  • Kelita — Juno Nominated Recording Artist
    Join Kelita in Oakville as she releases her new CD Heart Of A Women, featuring the award winning single Bella. (Proceeds will assist survivors of the child sex trade in Cambodia.) Friday November 19th, 2010, 8:00 p.m. at the Meeting House, Oakville, Ontario. Tickets are $25 in advance • $35 at the Door. For tickets visit www.yourticketzone.com.

    Five-time Juno nominee, Kelita, has shared stages with Jim Carrey, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis and Michelle Wright, and performed on numerous television programs including Nashville Now and The Tommy Hunter Show.

  • Jonathan Acuff — Author Of Stuff Christians Like
    Sometimes, we fall in love on mission trips even though we know we’ll break up when we get back. Sometimes, you have to shot block a friend’s prayer because she’s asking God to bless an obviously bad dating relationship. Sometimes, you think, “I wish I had a t-shirt that said ‘I direct deposit my tithe’ so people wouldn’t judge me." Sometimes, the stuff that comes with faith is funny. But does the stuff we like, ever get in the way of the God we love? This book is about that stuff. It’s also about booty, God, booty. And surviving church as a single adult. And knowing how metrosexual your worship leader is. And how serious a serious Wednesday can be. And how laughter is a gift from God and when we refuse to accept it, it makes Him want to take it back. Like the unicorns. Jonathan Acuff’s Stuff Christians Like is your field guide to all things Christian. Like a satirical grenade, Jonathan brings us the humour and honesty that inspired 1.9 million online readers from over 97% of countries in a new portable version of the blog. Welcome to the funny side of faith.

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Dr. James Beverley — Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, California and Author of Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions
    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God: From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.
    www.jimbeverley.com

    *DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.

  • Dawn Bennett — Divorce Lawyer
    Do you have questions about family law? Contested Court Proceedings - Separation Agreements - Strategic Negotiations - Settlement Agreements – Spousal Support - Family Property Division - Child Protection - Child Custody - Child Support - Child Access and Visitation - Paternity Disputes - Grandparents’ Rights? Divorce or separation can be one of life’s most difficult challenges. Competing personal and legal concerns which affect your children, your finances, and your future are inevitable. Dawn Bennett has continually worked with clients to resolve their family law disputes through the use of collaborative law, strategic negotiations, mediations, and contested court proceedings.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel of Many: a young lady has experienced a fair amount of rejection by her young adults group at church and has heard nothing from her pastor since leaving. She wants advice to figure out the best way forward.

    "I have been mistreated by the young adults group in the church I attended for a year or so. When I started attending, I met some of the girls from the group. They seemed nice at first, one of the girls even offered to give me a ride to and from church because I live 90-minutes away. Over time, they started to become very ignorant and rude towards me. The girl that let me carpool with her would always have some sort of reason to not give me a ride. She only drove me home twice and once drove me halfway to my house, leaving me to take the bus the rest of the way. There were times where I'd try to say hi to them in church and they'd sometimes ignore me altogether as if I wasn't actually talking to them. I've sat with the group a few times during the service. The people in the group that I don't know would just give me a strange look and would not bother to introduce themselves to me. The girls that I do know would not introduce me to the ones that I did not know. There was also one time where after service I was waiting for the girl that was driving me home because she was praying for people at the altar. As I waited for her, a bunch of girls were sitting in front of me who were carrying on a very loud conversation. They should have taken it outside in the foyer, and not one of them bothered to say hello or just introduce themselves to me or even include me in the conversation. Before I left the church in May 2010, I wrote the young adult’s pastor a long email telling him I was not happy with my experience at the church. He never emailed me back about it. I left and figured that no one would notice that I was gone. The other day one of the girls called asking why I hadn't been at church lately. That's when I told her everything and that the young adult’s pastor not emailing me back was the last straw. She started to feel bad and kept apologizing on behalf of the group and the pastor. She said it was complete negligence of them to do that but felt it happened because it's a large church and it's hard to keep in contact with everyone. She also said that from talking to me, it opened her eyes to keep in touch with people like me who can go absent for long periods of time with no explanation. She kept giving me the "God talk" as well by saying that it's important to have fellowship and congregate with other believers. I just kept telling her that if I come back, I'll come back. If I find another church, I find another church. It's not the first time I've been mistreated or misunderstood by "Jesus people." If I do go to another church, how can I prevent this from happening again? If I stay, what should I do? Should I only go for Christmas and Easter? Because I was bullied as a child, I'm very sensitive about certain things and it takes me time to forgive and forget. Should I try emailing the young adults pastor again? What is his role in this type of situation? What should I do if any of the others from the group try to call or send messages to me on Facebook about it and try inviting me to any upcoming events or get-togethers?"

  • TDMS Banter
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HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!

Special Guests

  • Dr. Jeffrey Burton Russell — World’s Leading Expert on The Devil
    Dr. Russell is currently the Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Besides UCSB, he has taught History and Religious Studies at Berkeley, Riverside, Harvard, New Mexico, and Notre Dame. He has published seventeen books and many articles, most of them in his special field, the history of theology. He is most noted for his five-volume history of the concept of the Devil: The Devil, Satan, Lucifer, Mephistopheles and The Prince of Darkness.

  • Dr. Sharon Baker — Author of Razing Hell: Rethinking Everything You’ve Been Taught About God’s Wrath and Judgment
    Dr. Baker returns to clear up a few things up about Hell! Razing Hell explores traditional views of hell and how they have damaged our understanding of a loving God. Using questions her students have raised about hell, Sharon considers the origins of the notion of sinners and non-believers cast into an eternity of unquenchable, punishing flames while undying worms eat their flesh—and candidly outlines the problems and inconsistencies these views present. Sharon is an associate professor of theology and religion and has published numerous articles and speaks frequently throughout the United States on non-violent atonement and Hell.

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Anne Rice-Author of The Vampire Chronicles
    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God: From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.
    www.annerice.com

    *DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.

Journey

  • Pam (French) Radunsky
    In 1992, Kristen French was abducted, tortured, and murdered by two of Canada’s most notorious serial killers - Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka. Her sister Pam joins us today to help us all understand “evil” a little better and to share her own journey through the hell she and her family had to endure.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel of Many: a lady wants to know if what she saw in her apartment was really her mother, who has been dead for a few years, or not.

    "My mother died of cancer a few years ago and I miss her a lot, but not enough to make me imagine things. Ever since I moved into my apartment weird things have been happening. Most stuff I can write off or rationalize (because I’m a fairly level headed and rational person) but there is one event which still has me baffled. A few months ago I had an incredibly vivid dream about my mother. I mean it was as if she was really alive. Then, a few weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and when I came back into my bedroom, there sitting on the edge of my bed was my mother. I sort of screamed out then froze and my mother just sat there, not looking at me once. I spoke out loud to her but she never reacted to me or talked back. So I decided to move slowly towards her. The closer I got the more faded she became. Then finally, as I was about 3 feet from her, she pretty much just wasn’t there any more. I don’t believe in ghosts. I tend to think that anything appearing as a ghost is simply an evil or demonic spirit pretending to be something familiar so as to deceive us. However, I really don’t see the point of this so called deceptive appearance of my mother. I had been praying to God that I could have just one more conversation with my mom, and now this happened. Was it just my mind tricking me? Was it Satan tricking me? Or was it God answering my prayer. Would He even allow such a thing to happen or would that go against the Bible? I’m so confused and would like to hear other people’s opinions on my experience.”

  • Drew Talks To His #droogle Tweeters! (And anyone else who wants to weigh in.)
    Since we’re talking about scary subjects today, we thought Drew should take calls from all those who have been wanting to confront him about his recent crisis of faith, especially those who have joined the Twitter #droogle dialogue. Finally, a chance for our listeners, Facebook group members, and Twitter followers to ask Drew about DROOGLE!
    • Is this just a publicity stunt or a creative way to get more listeners?
    • Are you now an atheist? Are you saying you don’t believe in God?
    • What brought all this on? Have you had a marital or financial or moral crisis?
    • How do you want God to show up? What if He doesn’t?
    • Why are you continuing to do a show on Christian radio?

  • Should former colonel Russell Williams be executed?
    Even those who typically oppose the death penalty have wavered on this one. Last week, one of Canada’s top military men was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, which in Canada means 25 years. This, after he subjected Jessica Lloyd (27) and Corporal Marie-France Comeau (37) to hours of beatings, bondage, and repeated sexual assaults, all of which was recorded on video and photographed. Both girls were then killed after pleading for their lives. The list of deviant crimes committed by Williams was so horrific and so long that it took a court clerk 34 minutes to read them into the record. So… can a case ever be made for capitol punishment, and is this it?

  • TDMS Banter
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Special Guests

  • Jennifer Knapp — Grammy Nominated Recording Artist
    Having just released her first album since 2001, called Letting Go, Jennifer simultaneously “Came Out”. After a seven year sabbatical from a Grammy-nominated career, Jennifer Knapp’s return to the music industry has thrilled some, angered others, and confused those trying to reconcile how one of Christian music’s biggest names could possibly be in a same gender relationship. “One of the biggest decisions I was wrestling with back then was, if I don't do Christian music, am I not a believer anymore?” Having said all that, let it be known that Jennifer Knapp is more than just this one issue.

  • Laila Biali — Pianist, Vocalist, Composer
    Poised to become the new face of contemporary jazz, Laila Biali's album Tracing Light is an inspired collection of songs written by Imogen Heap, K.D. Lang, Daniel Lanois, Billy Joel, standards popularized by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Doris Day, and several of her original compositions. The new recording first took seed in August 2009, just as Laila was leaving for Il Palagio - Sting's Italian estate in Tuscany. She was blessed to be singing back up for his DVD production and winter tour of If On a Winter's Night... Live from Durham. Fresh off of two years touring with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, and Suzanne Vega, the collaboration with Sting gave her new energy to begin forming a plan for her next recording project. That project, Tracing Light, is available October 26, 2010 in Canada.

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Tal Bachman — Juno Award Winning Recording Artist & Ex-Mormon
    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.
    www.tbachman.blogspot.com

    *DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.

  • Ken Whiteley — Canadian Roots Music Legend
    His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children's music. Among numerous accolades, Ken has won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime achievement awards from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals and Mariposa Folk Festival. Ken has been nominated for 7 Juno awards and thirteen Maple Blues Awards. Ken’s live performances showcase his outstanding musicianship on guitars and mandolin, award winning original songs and his powerful vocals. Whether leading his own group, solo or collaborating with peers at blues, folk, children’s festivals and concerts of all sizes, his “...deep knowledge and infectious passion” guarantee good times for all. As a producer of over 125 recording projects, Ken’s productions have garnered ten Canadian Gold and Platinum records, four American Gold records, twenty-two Juno and two Grammy nominations, and sold over eight million copies. AND… just a few weeks ago Ken released his latest album, Another Day’s Journey.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel of Many: a wife is bugged that her husband has started going to another church because he can’t stand the worship music at their old church and wants to know if she should insist that the family all go to the same church.
    "We have been going to the same church as a family for years. Our kids have pretty much grown up there. They were dedicated there. Last year my husband seemed to be acting out in a weird passive aggressive way by always making the family late to church. We got in a big fight about it one day and I found out that he was making us late because he hates the worship music at our church, so by the time we eventually got there, he’d only have to endure one song. My husband is very musically gifted and is very selective about what music he listens to. I told him I wanted him to just put up with it for the sake of the kids – in other words, I think that a family should attend the same church. He tried for a bit but eventually he just slipped back into making us late again. Eventually we agreed to take two cars to church and I just took the kids and left without him. This led to my husband sometimes not even showing up at all. Anyway, I just recently found out that he has been attending another church in the mornings, while his family attends the one we used to all go to – AS A FAMILY. I’m bugged that he didn’t tell me but I’m even more bugged that he’s just decided to go to a different church then his family! So I guess I’m asking if anyone else sees my point. Should I stand my ground on this one? Should I insist that he come with his family to church or should I just let it go? Is it weird for family members to go to different churches?"

  • Should Drew have been placed on leave as a volunteer hospital chaplain because of his crisis of faith or not?
    Last week, the chaplaincy department at Drew's local hospital notified him that: "The Pastoral Committee felt that during your public questioning of faith and of God it may prove challenging to provide faith and guidance to patients and families in times of crisis." While Drew has submitted to their request that he take a leave of absence while he sorts out his spiritual questions, and for the most part, understands their decision, he wonders if others feel this was the correct response. At what point does doubt negate the ability to minister? How much faith should one have to be able to pray for others? But then again, if someone doubts the existence of a God, then maybe being a hospital chaplain isn't the best ministry to be involved with?

  • TDMS Banter
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Special Guests

  • Bob Carlisle — International Recording Artist
    Bob was introduced to Christian music in the early 70s during the time of the "Jesus Movement" in southern California. He appeared with several early Jesus Music acts, including Allies, and sang backup vocals on sessions with Bryan Duncan, Vince Ebo, Sandi Patti and Petra before signing with Sparrow Records as a solo artist. Bob’s life changed forever with the chart topping success of "Butterfly Kisses." Some of those changes were good – some, not so much.

  • “Humble Howard” Glassman — Toronto Radio Personality, Reluctant Jew
    Funny man and legendary DJ, Humble Howard is one of Toronto's best-known radio personalities. Humble is also a stand up comedian, part-time pilot, columnist, video-director, golfer, and recently co-published a book entitled The Slime That Men Do. He’s also a man who finds himself wondering about the reality of this God his Jewish family introduced him to, back in the day. As a special favour, Howard returns to talk with Drew about his crisis of faith. We’ll see just who will influence who in what promises to be an even more disjointed discussion than the last time he was on our show!

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Karla Yaconelli — Widow of Author/Speaker Mike Yaconelli
    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.

    *DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.

  • John Martin — Author of Under Pressure, Permission Changes Everything
    Under Pressure begs the reader to ask some difficult questions about themselves, their lives and the world we live in. Why do we do the things we do? What influences and motivates us and do we have the ability to live our lives differently? The first half of the book examines “the Red letters”, the six ugliest, most dangerous, hurtful, harmful words in the English language. The second half looks at the power of permission. Educated in Philosophy and Theology at university, John was ordained a Protestant minister, serving in that capacity for ten years. During his time as a cleric, John became interested in specialized ministry. He worked on the streets of Toronto with the homeless, needy, disenfranchised and lost. From there, he spent the next several years as chaplain in the cancer ward of a large Canadian hospital.

Journey

  • Tania Fiolleau
    Tania was trapped in an abusive relationship with a man who tried to run her over with his car. In order to escape this hell with her children, she needed to win sole custody but Tania did not have the means to pay for the associated legal fees. Desperate for money, she answered a misleading add in the paper and ultimately accepted a job in the sex trade. Being a fast learner with a good sense for business, Tania ended up becoming a Madame and was responsible for turning around a brothel in financial trouble. She then purchased one of the leading brothels in Vancouver. Eventually, $350,000 and four years later, with the Supreme Court judge taking nine months to render a decision, the Supreme Court awarded her sole custody. Now Tania needed to decide whether she would follow through on her promise to God to get out of the business should her prayers be answered.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel of Many: a newlywed wife of a recently paralyzed husband isn’t sure she can handle a lifetime of shattered dreams and wants to know if divorce is an option.
    My husband and I are in our late 20s, have been married for 3 years but do not "yet" have children. We have both been raised in Christian homes, brought up to value marriage, and to expect and work towards a life in line with our marital vows. This means striving towards a lasting marriage ('Til death do us part), a faithful marriage (forsaking all others), and a selfless & committed marriage (in sickness and in health). However the last year has just thrown up in my face how those vows were probably just words to me and how my family heritage of a strong belief in the sanctity of marriage may not be my own, but me merely following my families status quo. Bottom line: I am far too weak to continue in this marriage. I know I should, but I am desperate. About a year ago my husband fell from a roof top at his construction job becoming a quadriplegic. This was absolutely devastating for both of us. My husband had his mobility taken away, we have lost our sole source of income, and the dreams we both shared about children and grandchildren completely destroyed. In all this, my selfishness is starting to act up. Do I want to continue in this marriage? Do I want to live in a sexless marriage, at least in the traditional sense of the word? Do I want to give up the dream of children? During our many discussions since the injury, my husband has almost begged me to leave him because he feels such shame and self hatred for "being a burden." (I assure him that I love him and that he is not a burden.) He has even suggested an open marriage with a "Don't ask, Don't Tell." policy for my benefit (That seems wrong to me.) I guess I am stuck right now between three impossible solutions. I do not feel that divorce is the right thing. I believe that an open marriage is still adultery. However, I am also emotionally drained, depressed and I am mourning the future my husband and I have lost. I love my husband, but I feel too weak to make this work, though I know I should. Is there grace from God for intentional/knowing sin (divorce/open marriage)? Any feed back would be appreciated.

  • Do you believe in a literal Hell?
    Is there a lake of fire which awaits all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour? Will everyone who hasn’t fully surrendered their lives to God, asked for forgiveness of their sins and chosen to follow Christ, be punished eternally in torment and darkness, with weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth? Or is there a different definition of Hell which could also be backed by Scripture?

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Special Guests

  • Dr. Tony Campolo — Professor, Author and Poverty Advocate
    Dr. Campolo is a media commentator on religious, social and political matters, having guested on television programs like The Colbert Report, Nightline, Crossfire, Politically Incorrect, The Charlie Rose Show, Larry King Live, CNN Dayside, CNN News, The Hour with George Strombolopolous, and MSNBC News. Dr. Campolo speaks about 350 different times each year around the world for a wide variety of groups including churches, colleges, youth groups and the business community. He is the author of 38 books and a favourite here on TDMS and was last week’s DROOGLE guest. During that conversation with Drew Tony suggested he was looking forward to discussing Drew’s recent crisis of faith, in studio this week, face to face!

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST William Lobdell — Author of Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America - and Found Unexpected Peace
    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.
    www.williamlobdell.com

    *DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.

  • Wendy Hagen — Child Star, Author, Passionate Mom!
    Wendy's Mom said she came out of the womb giving orders. This bossiness turned into assertiveness when Wendy picked up the yellow pages when she was nine years old and found a talent agent. She left a message, "Yeah. Hi. My name is Wendy. And I'm nine. And I would like to be on television so could you please call me back?" Wendy's unsuspecting mother was surprised when she received a return phone call from the agent who immediately wanted to meet the precocious nine year old. Thus began Wendy's acting career. After several national commercials and numerous print jobs, Wendy landed a starring role in the syndicated series, The New Lassie. From there she went on to guest star on "The Wonder Years" and Growing Pains and flipped around on Circus of the Stars.

  • Dr. Sharon Baker — Author of Razing Hell: Rethinking Everything You’ve Been Taught About God’s Wrath and Judgment
    The scorching fires of hell come under close scrutiny in this new book by Sharon Baker. Razing Hell explores traditional views of hell and how they have damaged our understanding of a loving God. Using questions her students have raised about hell, Baker considers the origins of the notion of sinners and non-believers cast into an eternity of unquenchable, punishing flames while undying worms eat their flesh—and candidly outlines the problems and inconsistencies these views present. Sharon is an associate professor of theology and religion and has published numerous articles and speaks frequently throughout the United States on non-violent atonement and Hell.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel of Many: a man wants to know if his pastor should resign or not because it’s just been discovered that he sexually molested his own child over 20 years ago.
    "I go to a pretty prominent church and recently we just found out that one of our pastors had molested his son. The details have been kept fairly confidential out of respect for the family but the pastor has assured everyone he has confessed this sin to God and his family and that they have forgiven him. While the church leaders deliberate on this situation and whether to keep him on staff or not, the congregation is left to consider their own feelings. Questions like; do we want this man to stay? Is he trustworthy? Does the fact that it happened so long ago have any impact? We know that no one is perfect but knowing what we know, does have an impact on trust, especially when it comes to a community of all ages. And I guess if we either find out that there have been other children abused or, God forbid, it should happen again in the future after we knew what we now know, are we then liable, both morally and legally? Bottom line, is it worth the risk? I guess forgiveness is one thing but allowing someone to continue in spiritual leadership is another. Isn’t it? Any opinions out there on this? We sure could use some objective feedback."

  • Child/Teen Evangelism: Do we need to rethink how it’s done?
    There’s no question that the younger one is the more susceptible we are to the power of suggestion. So with that in mind, maybe we should stop scaring the hell out of our kids? Do you think that some churches or ministries should rethink how they proselytize their youth? Have you ever witnessed someone manipulate young people “into the kingdom?” Whether asking sleep deprived teenagers to become Christians at the end of a weekend retreat or terrifying children with images of hell, how far is too far? Maybe we should reconsider even doing “child evangelism” altogether? “But Jesus said suffer the children…” “We’re all to have child like faith aren’t we?” Watch this clip and ask yourself; is it a genuine decision if the person has no choice. What choice do these kids really have?

  • TDMS Banter
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Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show October 2, 2010

Special Guests

  • Shane Claiborne — Author, Passive Activist, New Monastic
    With tears and laughter, Shane Claiborne unveils the tragic messes we’ve made of our world and the tangible hope that another world is possible. His ministry experience is varied, from a 10-week stint working alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta, to a year spent serving a wealthy mega-congregation at Willow Creek Community Church outside Chicago. During the recent war in Iraq, Shane spent three weeks in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team. Shane is also a founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped to birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. He is the author of several books including The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President, and Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers. Shane has given academic seminars at Vanderbilt, Duke, Pepperdine, Wheaton, Princeton, Goshen and Harvard University. Shane’s work has been featured in everything from Fox News and the Wall Street Journal to CNN and National Public Radio.

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Dr.Tony Campolo — Professor, Author & Poverty Advocate
    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.
    www.tonycampolo.com

    *DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.
    Click here to also listen to Tony's interview next week!


  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks! It's time for our semi-regular visit with our favourite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent!
    www.kerripom.com

  • Geri Scazzero — Author of I Quit! Stop Pretending Everything Is Fine and Change Your Life
    Do you ever think, “My soul can’t take this anymore?” Geri Scazzero knew there was something desperately wrong with how they were doing their life and ministry. She finally told her husband, “I quit,” and left the thriving church he pastored, beginning a journey that transformed her, her marriage, and her church. Geri quit being afraid of what others think. She quit lying. She quit denying her anger and sadness. She quit living someone else’s life. I Quit provides you a way out of an inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in Christ. I Quit is for every person who thinks, “I can’t keep pretending everything is fine!”

Journey

  • Dion Oxford — Founding Director of the Salvation Army Gateway
    Dion was diagnosed with MS thirteen years ago. Recently though he made a trip to Costa Rica to participate in a controversial new treatment for MS. In the meantime, Dion is committed to journeying alongside people in the margins of society. As the founding director of a shelter for men experiencing homelessness, he’s an advocate on behalf of people experiencing homelessness, and is an accomplished public speaker on the topic of housing and homelessness. Dion is currently the chairperson of Street Level, a national roundtable on poverty and homelessness. He has also just received his MTS from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
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    This week on the Counsel of Many: a newlywed wife is creeped out by her husband’s insistence that they pray both before and after sex and wants to know if there’s something wrong with her spiritually.
    "My husband and I have been married for about 4 months. It has been wonderful. We are both in our early 30s, have known one another since our early teens and have been best friends for all that time. To be married to the wonderful man that is my husband is great, but to know I will be sharing my life with someone who is also my best friend, and knows everything about me yet fell in love with me anyway is more than I could have hoped for. We started dating two years ago. Two months before our marriage my husband and I gave our hearts to Jesus and have been trying to follow him, which includes becoming born-again virgins. Since this time my husband has been very pro-active about not just being a Christian internally, but following him externally as well and being very intentional about this. This means praying before meals, church attendance, daily devotionals as a couple etc. All of which I enjoy, both for the spiritual benefit and for the way it brings us closer together as a couple. However one issue that does bother me is my husband’s insistence on praying before and after we have sex. He thinks we should pray for God to bind us together as husband and wife. He asks for the Holy spirit to free us from our insecurities, lusts and inhibitions so that sex will not just be selfish but will be other focused and hence love and marriage building. He also thinks we should offer prayers of gratitude for each other and for the privilege of being able to have sanctified Godly sex. I understand that sex was God’s idea, that he created us male and female, and that He created sex for pro-creation and for enjoyment within marriage. I understand that God sees all and knows all etc. etc. etc. However I must admit that incorporating prayer into my sex life seems creepy. It’s a massive mood killer. It feels as if my parents are in the room. It just feels creepy and very un-erotic. Is something wrong with me spiritually? Is this meshing of spirituality with sexuality healthy? Is my husband right? Is something wrong with my faith walk that sex and God seem to be at odds? Advice and insight would be appreciated.”

  • In the same way that a man was recently charged with fraud for practicing witchcraft and charging for promises of solving people's problems should prosperity doctrine preachers be charged with fraud as well? Is there a difference?
    A man is due in court next week on charges of fraud for claiming to have the ability to practice magic/witchcraft and offering promises of solving all your problems in return for money. On any given Sunday, preachers around the world are telling their congregation that they should make a “seed offering” and trust that God will come through for them. Promises are made claiming that the size of the financial “gift” is in direct per potion to the amount of faith one has, which in turn will dictate how much God will “bless you.” Do you see a similarity to the witchcraft and fraud case, or are they totally different situations?

  • TDMS Banter
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Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show September 25, 2010

Special Guests

  • Makoto Fujimura — Artist, Writer, Speaker
    Makoto Fujimura is recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts, Makoto has contributed internationally as an advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. His work is exhibited at galleries around the world, including the Dillon Gallery (New York), Sen Gallery (Tokyo), The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum and Oxford House, Taiku Place (Hong Kong). He has painted live on stage at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall as part of an ongoing collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra. A popular speaker, he has lectured at numerous conferences and universities, including the Aspen Institute, Yale, Princeton, the Q Conference, and IAM’s Encounter 10. Makoto's second book, Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture, is a collection of essays bringing people of all backgrounds together in conversation and meditation on culture, art, and humanity. Fujimura founded the International Arts Movement in 1992.

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Pat O'Brien — Board Member for The Centre for Inquiry & Former President Of Humanist Canada
    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.
    www.cficanada.ca

    *DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.

  • Rachel Held Evans — Author of Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions
    Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith. Growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, Evans asks questions she never thought she would ask. She learns that in order for her faith to survive in a post-modern context, it must adapt to change and evolve.

Journey

  • Patricia
    Patricia started following Christ around the age of 26. Twelve years later, desperate for love, she was pregnant and living with the emotional and verbally abusive father. As time went on, Patricia couldn’t take it anymore and moved out, spending weeks in women’s shelters with her six month old. Unfortunately, Patricia never felt that church was a safe place to look for support or acceptance because of numerous subtle acts of rejection. She certainly wasn’t embraced. Patricia eventually went back to school, is now a teacher and is raising her five year old son on her own. She really wants to encourage the church to change their attitudes to single mothers, especially those who follow Christ, yet still “sin.”

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel of Many: a lady is worried that her sister’s lifestyle is having a bad impact on her sister’s child and wants to know the best way to confront her.
    “I'm worried about my sister and her four year old daughter. My sister left her verbally abusive boyfriend in the spring (so far, so good) and moved in to the apartment building where my husband and I live. I thought this was going to be great. We could be supportive to her in this transitional time. Instead, she has gone from being in a highly repressive relationship to what, in my opinion, are too many freedoms. It seems like she is drinking almost every day and up late with loud music playing after her daughter is in bed. My niece's learning is a little behind other children her age. I guess that is to be expected with all the trauma that comes with a broken home, but I feel like my sister is just making it worse. I don't have any children, so no, I don't know what it's like to be a parent. But anyone can see that a four year shouldn't be around alcoholics and drug addicts on a regular basis, right? When I just barely hinted to my sister that maybe this wasn't the best atmosphere for a child, she first yelled at me, then closed right up. Since then she barely speaks to me. I don't know what to do! How can I help both my sister and my niece?”

  • Would you go to a church led by a really fat ugly pastor?
    Do you lose respect for a leader if they’re obese? Have you ever thought, “How can they lead others if their own weight is out of control?” Does a pastor’s looks have any impact on why you go to that church? If you were church shopping, how much would the pastor’s weight or attire or race play a role in your decision? And if you’re under 35, is there a “cool” factor involved? Or is it all purely based on what they preach and how they preach it?

  • Would you have a problem with your children visiting a mosque for a school trip?
    A group of schoolchildren who were visiting a Mosque as part of their Social Studies class, actually took part in prayers and as a result, a lawsuit is pending further investigation. According to reports, the parents were told their children would be learning about the architecture of a mosque and they would be allowed to observe a prayer service. But the students wound up being given a lecture on the Prophet Muhammad, and some boys participated in a midday prayer service. A video of the fieldtrip shows a spokeswoman for the mosque telling students, “You have to believe in Allah, and Allah is the one God, the only one worthy of worship, all forgiving, all merciful." Would this concern you as a parent, or not?

  • TDMS Banter
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Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show September 18, 2010

Special Guests

  • Preston Manning — Canadian Politician
    Preston Manning is one of Canada's great political visionaries who has tirelessly championed the cause of democratic and political reform. He founded two political parties - the Reform Party and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance - both of which became the official Opposition on the Canadian Parliament. Mr. Manning served as the Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000. Since retirement from Parliament in 2002, Mr. Manning has released a book entitled "Think Big," served as a Senior Fellow of the Canada West Foundation, and as a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Calgary and University of Toronto. Mr. Manning is currently a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute. As founder, President and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, Mr. Manning continues his lifelong commitment to improving Canada's democracy.

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Candace Cameron Bure — DJ from Full House and Summer in Make It Or Break It
    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.

  • Frank Pastore — Former Major League Pitcher, Talk Show Host
    Recently, Drew was a guest on the biggest Christian radio show in the Universe - The Frank Pastore Show on KKLA 99.5 in Los Angeles. The host and Drew kinda hit it off so Drew wanted to introduce his listeners to the American version of Drew Marshall!

  • Anne Jackson — Author of Permission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on Fear, Confession, and Grace
    In a string of public confessions, celebrities and politicians including David Letterman, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, and Tiger Woods have revealed their innermost secrets before the glare of TV cameras. Yet in an irony not lost on author Anne Jackson, the last place many people feel able to reveal their most painful secrets is the place they should feel safest—in church. “Why, of all places on earth, do we fear revealing our secret sin in the church?” she asks in her new book, Permission to Speak Freely. Anne reveals how she stopped hiding her own brokenness and calls others to join her in a movement to reclaim the church as the safest and most grace-giving sanctuary on earth—a place where everyone can speak freely.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
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    This week on the Counsel of Many: a lady wants to know if living together with a man after two divorces is a good idea, despite how her adult kids feel.
    “I’ve been a believer for the last 22 years. Married and divorced twice - cannot say I really loved any of the guys. Disappointed with the world, I was lead to accept that if I married a "nice" Christian man, things would work out. The first guy was completely irresponsible (left 19 years ago and does not want to be found) and the second guy - 12 years later - got aggressive and pushed me around one too many times. I have been seeing someone for the last 6 months and I want to stay with this man. We are both disappointed with marriage, do not intend to get married again, but are now moving in together. My two children (21 and 19 years old) and my parents, do not accept the idea. They say we are rushing into it and I am not taking their wishes or needs into consideration. They do not want him around. What do you think? Should we move in together despite how the 'kids' feel?”

  • Do you believe in eternal security? Can one lose their Faith? (Held over from a couple of weeks ago)
    Some believe that once you have surrendered your life to God, repented of your sins, asked for forgiveness and begun to follow Christ as your Lord that you are “saved” from God’s wrath and punishment for the rest of your life. Saved no matter what! Eternal Security! Actually, some believe that you actually had no say in the matter whatsoever – that your “choice” was pre-destined. Once saved - always saved! Others believe that you can loose your Salvation or walk away from your Faith. What do you believe?

  • TDMS Banter & DROOGLE
    Bits
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.
    DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show September 11, 2010

Special Guests

  • Paul Colman — Grammy Nominated Recording Artist
    Singer / Songwriter Paul Colman has performed all over the world, written hit singles, garnered numerous awards and has sold hundreds of thousands of records. Paul still travels the globe singing and speaking and sharing his songs, thoughts and faith. He has released fifteen recordings and was the guitarist for Aussie rockers, The Newsboys.

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Author Of The Shack, Paul Young
    From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, asking them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas.

  • Jacob Moon — Canadian Recording Artist
    Jacob has become a good friend of The Drew Marshall Show and is back to perform LIVE in-studio. Known as one of the hardest working musicians in Canada, Jacob’s life has taken a number of incredible turns as of late: He and his wife recently adopted a little boy & industry recognition of his talents have come flooding in from the likes of RUSH and QUEEN. A lot of this thanks to his uncanny YouTube cover of RUSH’s song “Subdivisions” which can be seen here.

  • Shae Invidiata — Human Rights Activist & Founder of “free-them”
    The (free-them) Foundation is an organization that is dedicating to raising awareness and funds to abolish global human trafficking – the modern slave trade.
    • Fact – There are 27 million people in slavery today.
    • Fact – 70% of people trafficked are for sex!
    • Fact – 80% of them are women & children!
    • Fact – Every minute, two children are trafficked for the purpose of sex!
    • Fact – Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime on our planet, a 32 Billion dollar industry annually, with profits greater than Nike, Starbucks & Google combined!

    Talkback, etc.

    • The Counsel Of Many!
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      This week on the Counsel of Many: a man is upset at previous guests who preached pacifism and wants to know if anyone else is upset when church leaders say that Christians shouldn’t fight back.
      Regarding the May 15th episode with Bruxy Cavey and Greg Boyd: It always astounds me that these people actually believe that they can go on a talk show and say whatever they like with absolutely no regard for the hurt they cause. They give no thought to the grief they cause to mothers who are left tearful for days or men whose guts they leave twisted and tormented over what spews from their mouths. Why? Because they are on a talk show or command an audience? These people, who “do lunch” and wear trendy clothes or “current” business attire and have the luxury of holding hundreds, maybe thousands of cult followers in their verbal grasp. They write and preach on the “wrongness” of the warrior, soldiers, police officers who run toward the sound of the guns and gunfire while they cower under or behind pulpits and run faster that everyone else in fear of losing their lives. They shriek from behind their pulpits, “Don’t kill them! Don’t kill them” yet offer no prayers or thanks to the warrior who is willing to give his life to save their miserable lives. Yet we know that we are the last line of defence of innocent people who can’t or won’t fight to protect themselves or their families or friends. We know that if these determined killers get by us, innocent people will suffer and die very brutally. These pacifists of the world are sheep at the mercy of wolves that are all too ready to prey on the flock. Except for the sheepdog, the warrior, the soldier, the police officer who stands watch over the sheep, who sometimes must become a predator to protect the sheep. But like the sheep, the pacifist hates the sheepdog that stands silently watching over them, listening to all the baaing and bleating about nothing. What a disgraceful legacy these so called pacifists leave. Pacifists live cowardly, lame lives because they know no God. However, what a legacy when men like Bruxy Cavey & Greg Boyd justify it and then preach it in the name of God. May God have mercy on them.”

    • A Florida pastor has agreed to cancel a planned Koran burning ceremony on Sept. 11th at his church. Is this a good move or should he stick to his guns?
      Some say Pastor Terry Jones has bowed to criticism, others are saying that it's part of an alleged agreement to move the Islamic centre planning to be built near ground zero. Originally he had planned a Koran burning ceremony this Saturday at his church, which set off international condemnation and threats of violence against Americans around the world. On a side note, do you have a problem with a Mosque being built close to Ground Zero?

    • Do you believe in a God? Why? Why not? Have you ever had an encounter with God?
      Ultimately, this is the question of the ages. It’s also the question Drew is asking himself – again. Last week we made some random phone calls into the community and asked people if they believed in God. Today we thought we’d open up the phone lines and ask our listeners to answer this question from their own perspective, with their own personal encounters.

    • TDMS Banter
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    Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show September 4, 2010

    Special Guests

    • Christinna Chauncey — Hollywood Actor, Casting Professional & Acting Coach
      As a highly trained actor who studied extensively under the guidance of acclaimed acting teacher Larry Moss (recognized for coaching Helen Hunt and Hilary Swank in their Academy Award-winning performances in "As Good As It Gets," "Boys Don't Cry," and "Million Dollar Baby,"), Christinna provides her actors with an essential edge in a highly competitive industry. Her guest star credits include "NCIS," "Shark," "Raines," "CSI," "Girlfriends," "Judging Amy," "Boston Public," and "Strong Medicine." Christinna recently appeared in the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment/Upper Room Multimedia movie, “I AM”. Synopsis – “Ten strangers entangle themselves in the spider web that is life in Los Angeles today. Unknowingly, they are living out the Ten Commandments one by one. As they struggle to solve their problems themselves, things only get worse -- their problems multiply, and spill over into the lives of so many others. Yet there is one presence that never leaves. One lone voice of love, reason, and compassion in the midst of lives on fire: the great I AM, God Himself. It's the ultimate love story that changes everything!”
      www.iamthemovie.com

    • Dawn Stefanowicz — Author of Out From Under: The Impact Of Homosexual Parenting
      A woman who grew up with a same-sex-attracted father shares her very personal story to benefit other children who have endured a similar household, and ensure policies protect the best interests of children. Out From Under is a gripping read about one child’s traumatic eyewitness accounts in the home and subcultures and her desperate emotions, nightmares, and sexual confusion as she struggles with the impact of homosexuality. Dawn shares how she confronts the forbidden darkness of sexual activities, gets out from under the foreboding weight of family secrets, and finds a future filled with surprising hope, happiness, and healing.

    • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
      That's right folks! It's time for our semi-regular visit with our favourite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent!

    Talkback, etc.

    • The Counsel Of Many!
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      This week on the Counsel of Many: Drew wants to know if he should keep doing the show considering his recent confession!

      “Sorry to take over the Counsel Of Many this week folks, but I thought this was important enough to hijack the segment for myself! As some of you might know, during the last show of Season 7, while interviewing apologist Dr. Ravi Zacharias, I let the cat out of the bag! I verbalized the fact that I’m not convinced there is a God and that I feel pretty close to walking away from my faith. In the next few minutes my mobile phone went crazy and when I got back home I’d received numerous emails from various people saying various things. My reasons for feeling like “jumping” are plenty. However, the summarizing point would be best explained by a simple illustration. Imagine a soldier at war, overseas for 30 years. Each week he would write at least one letter to his father back home. Each week he would expectantly wait for the one who supposedly loves him unconditionally, to write him back or possibly even come for a visit. Any kind of personal interaction would do. He’s heard through his friends and other soldiers just how much his father loves him, but those rumours of Glory aren’t enough to sustain his faith in his father anymore. Every once in a while a friend would tell the soldier stories of how the last time they were overseas, they ran into the soldier’s father. His friends would comment on how amazing his father was and just how loved they felt by the soldier’s father. But they were still just rumours… Anyway, I’ll explain more of my journey during the show, but the question is: considering my deep level of doubt in the existence of a God, should I step down as the host of The Drew Marshall Show or should JOY 1250 just refuse to carry my show?”

    • Drew Confesses His Spiritual Crisis of Faith to Some of His Key Influencers
      Drew will be calling some of his key spiritual influencers and confessing, for the first time, his doubt in the existence of a God. How will they respond? What will they say? How will they try to “talk him down” from jumping off the ledge of belief?

    • Do you believe in eternal security? Can one lose their Faith?
      We asked Bruxy Cavey, teaching Pastor at the Meeting House. Some believe that once you have surrendered your life to God, repented of your sins, asked for forgiveness and begun to follow Christ as your Lord that you are “saved” from God’s wrath and punishment for the rest of your life. Saved no matter what! Eternal Security! Actually, some believe that you had no say in the matter whatsoever – that your “choice” was pre-destined. Once saved - always saved! Others believe that you can loose your Salvation or walk away from your Faith. What do you believe?

    • Random Phone Calls
      Today we open the phone book and call random people and ask the question, “Do you believe there's a God? If so, why? If not, why not?”

    • TDMS Banter
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    Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show July 31, 2010

    Special Guests

    • Scott Stapp — Front-Man for CREED!
      Creed has sold close to 35 million albums and has performed live in front of millions since forming in 1995. Creed was the first act to have seven consecutive number one rock radio singles, four of which came off of their debut album, My Own Prison. That album has sold more than six million copies in the U.S., and the follow-up, Human Clay, was certified Diamond for sales in excess of 11 million copies. Weathered, their third album, tied The Beatles’ Anthology for the most consecutive weeks at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. After disbanding in 2003, Creed reunited for a three-month North American tour in the fall of 2009. Following the tour, the band released their fourth album, Full Circle, which debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart at number two, behind Michael Jackson’s This Is It. Creed has received numerous accolades, including several American Music and Billboard Awards, and the band won the GRAMMY for Best Rock Song for “With Arms Wide Open.” *CREED @ Casino Rama - Thursday August 5th - 8:00 PM - Tickets Start @ $45.00 www.casinorama.com The boys will be performing new songs such as “Rain,” “Overcome” and “A Thousand Faces” from Full Circle, their 2009 release and first new album in eight years, as well as hits such as “Higher,” “My Sacrifice,” “With Arms Wide Open,” “One” and “What’s This Life For.”
      www.creed.com

    • Jason Boyett — Author of O Me of Little Faith: Confessions Of A Spiritual Weakling
      In his brutally honest spiritual memoir, Jason Boyett looks at the struggles of a self-confessed spiritual weakling. O Me of Little Faith combines personal accounts of Boyett’s own religious doubt with his trademark self-deprecating humour in order to encourage other doubters. Along the way, he asks hard questions about his own faith. Written by a doubter for other doubters, Boyett wants readers of to know that spiritual weakness is not the end of faith—in fact, it might be where faith grows strongest. Most of all, he wants those who doubt to know they’re not alone. “I am a Christian, but I’m a big fat doubter. And I have to be honest: there are times – a growing number of times – when I’d rather be a doubter than have it all figured out. There. I said it.”

    • David Sawler — Author of The Disciple: God’s Blueprint
      No matter how long you have been a Christian, The Disciple will challenge you to reconsider what following Jesus looks like. It is a journey of realizing that Jesus did not just leave us with the Great Commission to complete. He, in fact, showed us what living it out looked like. This book will challenge every leader, parent, and person as to what the cost and joy of discipleship truly is. This book is not about a program or new ideas on discipleship. It is a discussion on the foundation each of us must grasp in order to truly live like Jesus, both in character and deed. Be prepared for change. (David is our seventh Canadian author we’ve highlighted during our Book Month! Go CanCon eh!)

    • Chantal Desloges — Immigration Lawyer
      Everyone’s favourite immigration lawyer is back! Chantal Desloges is a specialist in both immigration law and refugee law. Her successful practice encompasses every possible area of Canadian immigration. Do you know someone who has experienced immigration or residency problems, maybe through international marriages or ministry/missionary situations, etc?

    • Brian McConaghy — RCMP Forensic Scientist & Child Human Trafficking Expert
      Brian has played a key role in apprehending Canadian men who have traveled overseas for the purposes of raping child prostitutes. His heart has changed forever seeing what he sees, so Brian founded The Ratanak Foundation, bringing life to the killing fields of Cambodia. In 1994 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police recognized the work of the "Ratanak Project" and presented Brian McConaghy with the Commissioner's Commendation for outstanding service for his humanitarian efforts. In 1997, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, the Governor General of Canada honoured Brian with the Meritorious Service Medal. Five years later in December, 2002, Brian was again honoured and decorated with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

    • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
      That's right folks! It's time for our semi-regular visit with our favourite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent!

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      This week on the Counsel of Many: a man wants to know what should be done about a pastor going through his second divorce.

      “What does a congregant do in this situation? The senior pastor of a church was married, had an affair with someone in the church and had a child with that person. Shortly thereafter, divorced his wife but married another woman (not the one he had the affair/child with - she was already married) and recently disclosed to the church that he is in the process of divorcing his second wife? Does the church just keep forgiving and pretending NOT to see that there are some REAL serious and obvious issues that are NOT being addressed in this particular church? I'd really be interested in hearing what people have to say about this one.”

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    Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show July 24, 2010

    Special Guests

    • Dr. Ravi Zacharias — World Renowned Apologist & Theologian
      For 35 years Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world and in numerous universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president's cabinet and parliament in Peru, and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. At the invitation of the President of Nigeria, he addressed delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders held in Mozambique. He has twice spoken at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York, which marks the beginning of the UN General Assembly each year. As the 2008 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, he gave addresses at the White House, the Pentagon, and The Cannon House. Dr. Zacharias has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, where he studied moralist philosophers and literature of the Romantic era and is well-versed in the disciplines of comparative religions, cults, and philosophy. He is presently Visiting Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University in Oxford, England.

    • Jim Henderson — Author of The Outsider Interviews: A New Generation Speaks Out on Christianity
      You may remember Jim from his book Jim & Casper go to Church - which inspired Drew's own 'Five Churches Experiment' where he paid Sabrina the Pagan & Taylor the Agnostic to go to church and blog about it! Jim is back to chat with Drew about his new book Outsider Interviews - a 'street-level' look at what young people think about the Christian faith. Traveling through four cities: Seattle, Kansas City, Denver and Phoenix, young adults were asked what they thought about Christianity. The result is a DVD/Book combo with over two hours of interviews with 'Outsiders' of the Christian faith.

    • Dr. Susan Biali — Author of Live A Life You Love: 7 Steps To A Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You
      Formerly a depressed, frustrated Emergency physician, today Doctor Biali enjoys a busy and fulfilling life as a practicing medical doctor, media health and wellness expert, author, international speaker, personal coach and professional flamenco and salsa dancer. Though currently based in Vancouver, for the past four years she commuted between Canada and Los Cabos, Mexico, where she performed for and taught notable celebrities in some of the world's most prestigious hotels and private events. Doctor Biali has been featured on Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, CTV, Global, and The Good Life Network, and was the weekly health and wellness expert for the national television program The Daily. Recently, she has been invited to join the team of "Lifechangers" wellness experts for the Hollywood entertainment show, Extra. Doctor Biali blogs for PsychologyToday.com and her expert opinions have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Self, Fitness, The Chicago Tribune, Chatelaine, Reader's Digest Best Health, and The Medical Post.

    • Becky Garrison — Author of Jesus Died for This?: A Satirist's Search for the Risen Christ
      In her latest book, Becky invites you to laugh and ponder in her self-proclaimed "travelogue of a religious satirist's search for the risen Christ." In a series of provocatively titled essay-like chapters, she offers snapshots that take you from her evangelical press trip to the Promised Land in January 2007, to the Presidential Promised Land, a.k.a. the 2008 elections. You will be treated to thoughtful, well-placed jabs at the shallow, self-reflective, self-righteous finger-pointing of those modern Christians who bend Heaven and theology to make Jesus into someone just like them. Along the way, Garrison captures glimpses of God as she spots both ordinary radicals operating below the spiritual radar and those extraordinary individuals who actually walk the walk.

    • Darin Hufford — Author of Misunderstood God: The Lies Religion Tells About God
      Have you ever listened to a preacher talk about God and thought, "That doesn't sound right!" We have been bombarded with so many contradictory teachings and doctrines about God that our understanding can easily become a tangled mess. In his new book, Darrin talks about how "religion, in its effort to direct people's behaviour, has oftentimes given God the personality of the devil." The Misunderstood God breathes a bit of fresh air and simplicity into the discussion by examining what God says about Himself in his own definition of love from one of the most beloved passages of Scripture - I Cor.13.

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      This week on the Counsel of Many: a young lady wants advice on how to stop her boyfriend from killing himself.

      "I have a friend who is suicidal. He has absolutely no desire to live any more and plans on killing himself this summer before we have to go back to University. The only thing stopping him from actually ending his own life is the fear of ending up in Hell. I really want to help him but have absolutely no idea what to say or do. His father is a Pastor in a big church and his family is obviously pretty big into church, but my friend just feels suffocated and confused by all the religious stuff in his life. Other than praying for him, what can I do? He won't talk to anyone else but me. I guess we're sort of dating so that makes all of this even more confusing and unbearable. If he actually commits suicide and I was the only one who knew he was going to do it and I couldn't or didn't do anything to stop it."

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    Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show July 17, 2010

    Special Guests

    • Norm Grant — Author of You Want Me To...What? Risking Life Change to Answer God's Call
      Norm was once a Vice-President with one of the largest commercial real estate brokerage companies in the world, working with many Fortune 500 companies. Yet at the height of this success he left it all behind to pursue the dream of owning a golf course. Eventually, he purchased land to build his dream and then the unexpected happened…God called. Since then he has walked away from his dream, gone back to school to earn a Master of Divinity from Knox College, University of Toronto and now focuses his energies and passion on affecting life change through the spoken word of God.

    • Pete Wilson — Author of Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up The Way You Thought He Would?
      In Pete’s new book, he shows how God often does his best work in our most hopeless situations. "Many miss out on God’s designed life because of an unconscious vow to trust only themselves and the things they control". Plan B points them to the cross as the centerpiece of the relationship between crisis and true spiritual transformation. Pete Wilson is senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. The trusted voice for a new generation of believers, his blog withoutwax.tv was ranked the 27th most influential church blog by www.churchrelevance.com. Approaching 45,000 followers on Twitter and 16,000 unique visitors to his blog a month, Pete is using both Sunday worship and social media to help churches and followers become more devoted to Christ.

    • Tony Woodlief — Author of Somewhere More Holy: Stories from a Bewildered Father, Stumbling Husband, Reluctant Handyman & Prodigal Son
      Tony is a writer and management consultant whose writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, National Review, and WORLD Magazine. Somewhere More Holy is the memoir of a couple who looses their precious firstborn daughter to cancer, fights to save their marriage, and finally discovers "a home, where everything is covered in peanut butter and grace".

    • Dr. Alexander Shaia — Author of The Hidden Power of the Gospels: Four Questions, Four Paths, One Journey
      In The Hidden Power of the Gospels, Dr. Shaia offers the first significant paradigm shift on the Gospels in the last 500 years. He sees Gospels Mathew, Mark, John and Luke not as a biography of Jesus, but as one book with four chapters offering a practice to be used to face life's daily trials, guiding us through crisis and loss to serenity. Dr. Shaia reveals how this recurring four-fold cycle (change, suffering, joy, and service) is a core truth in every great faith and school of psychology as well as in nature and science, and provides the long searched for connection beneath diversity. He calls this journey of the four "Quadratos."

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      This week on the Counsel of Many: a husband is upset that his wife is fat and wants to know if that's really such a crime.

      “I need some advice on a no-win subject. My wife is fat and I don’t know what to do to help her. We’ve been married for over 20 years and have two kids almost out of the house. I don’t want people to think she’s just had kids, or that she’s lazy, or that she has an eating problem. She’s active, eats pretty well, and has just been putting on weight slowly over the years after having kids. I’ve tried subtle ways to bring up the subject only to get shot down. She is completely aware that she is fat and has become more and more sensitive to the subject of weight whenever anyone brings the topic up. The other night there was a Dateline story about a pastor who apparently killed his wife because she was fat. This sent her over the edge. She is not happy with her weight (otherwise she wouldn’t be so sensitive and she’d be more proactive about doing something about it) and I’m not happy with her weight. However it feels like society is telling me that I’m not allowed to feel this way and that I should lover her no matter what. Well, the cold, hard truth is that as she becomes fatter I find my attraction for her (inside and out) decreasing. I’ve never, in my life, wanted to be with a fat woman. They might be amazing women but I am just not attracted to them. And now I’m being made out to be the bad guy here. Is it so wrong to not want to be married to a fat woman? I don’t call her names or make fun of her weight but I’m sick of dancing around the issue. It’s not like she has been horribly disfigured by a fire or something. This is her doing - her choice. It’s not genetic in her case, it’s about letting herself go. I’m not saying I want a divorce. I’m just asking, am I really such a bad person for not wanting my wife to be fat? And what can I do? Nothing? Really?”

    • Over the last seven years, has Drew ever said or done something to offend you? Do you know of anyone who might need to call in and clear the air? Are Christians too sensitive or has Drew ever gone too far?
      This past week Drew dropped in to visit with Larry Willard, owner of Faith Family Books & Gifts. During the conversation, Larry told Drew he had received emails from people informing him that they would not be shopping at his store because they were advertising on The Drew Marshall Show. The reasons mentioned for boycotting the store were, Drew “is not a Christian,” Drew “is a heretic,” and Drew’s show “is dangerous.” Even though this didn't phase Larry and he has chosen to still support our show, we thought we’d give you an opportunity to call in and approach Drew, in love :), about anything he might have said which has caused you offence. Seriously! When should we "break fellowship" with each other?

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    Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show July 10, 2010

    Special Guests

    • Marlene O'Neill — Christian Recording Artist
      Marlene is one of Canadian Christian Music’s premier Southern/Inspirational vocalists. Among several other credits, she has been awarded ‘Favourite Female Artist’ of the Canadian Gospel Music Association-Covenant Awards (now GMA-Canada). Other accolades include ‘Favourite Southern Gospel Performer’ of the MAJA Awards Association as well as ‘Favourite Female Artist’. Her newest CD The Hymns Project, is reminiscent of the old hymns of the church but wrapped in several different music styles such as Southern Gospel, Blues, Swing and Jazz. Marlene will be performing LIVE in studio!

    • Dr. James Beverley — Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, California and Author of Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions
      Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about world religions but were afraid to ask! Dr. James Beverley takes your calls! Baha’I, Branch Davidians, Buddhism, Christian Science, Hinduism, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Judaism, Mormonism, The New Age, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Satanism, Scientology, Sikhism, Unification Church, Witchcraft… we’ll cover it all! Give us a call and ask Dr. Beverley about any one of these world religions. Jim is a contributing editor to Christianity Today magazine, and a frequent contributor to Faith Today and Charisma magazines.

    • Brett McCracken — Author of Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide
      In his new book Hipster Christianity, Brett asserts that Christians shouldn't be cool! “There are far more points at which cool and Christianity clash and in fact, there are very few attributes they share in common. No wonder ‘cool Christianity’ frequently becomes so awkward and ugly! It’s like mixing oil and water." Brett is the managing editor for Biola University's Biola magazine. He regularly writes movie reviews and features for Christianity Today, as well as contributing frequently to Relevant magazine. He comments on movies, media, and popular culture issues at his blog, The Search.

    • Jon Zens — Author of What's With Paul & Women: Unlocking the Cultural Background to 1 Timothy 2
      “It's long, long overdue for the record to be set straight once and for all! To use 1 Tim: 11-12 as ‘clear’ justification to silence all Christian women is utterly without biblical warrant. It is a mistranslation compounded by the ignorance of the historical-cultural setting, compounded by harmful traditions, and compounded by far too much authoritarianism coming from those whose job is supposed to be helping believers understand the Bible correctly.” Jon's new book What's With Paul & Women brings much needed light to a concern that has plagued the body of Christ since the dawn of the post-apostolic era when the early church fathers began to supplant the clear example of Jesus and the works of His apostles with pagan philosophical influences which destructively perverted the important role of women in the New Testament epoch.

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      This week on the Counsel of Many: a husband is upset that his wife is seeking alternative health treatments like Reiki, Iridology, Reflexology, Acupuncture, and wants to know if he’s out of line.

      " Over the last year my wife and her friends have really gotten into some stuff that I’m not too happy about at all, namely the New Age practices of Reiki, Iridology, Reflexology and Acupuncture. There’s a bunch of others as well, but these four are the main ones. I’ve told her to stop doing this stuff but she sees nothing wrong with it. I’ve bought her books and shown her websites which clearly explain that these practices are based in New Age/Occult traditions. In my opinion, Christians should have nothing to do with these things. Her friends have convinced her otherwise and I am furious with her. Not only has she totally ignored my warnings and advice, but she is opening herself up, and by default our family, to demonic influence. As the spiritual head of the house I feel it’s my responsibility to protect our family from evil. This has put a real strain on our marriage, to the point where I’m not sure I even want her in our house. Evil is evil – so what should I do? Am I out of line on this one? Men, if this was your wife, what would you do?”

    • What’s the one thing in the Bible you have the hardest time with?

      Women’s role in the family and church, circumcision, spanking, homosexuality, tattoos, literal six day creation, a literal place called “Hell,” the existence of demons and Satan, God’s wrath in the Old Testament, etc.? Have you ever questioned the reasons behind something that’s in the Bible? Is there something that you’ve just chosen to basically turn a blind eye to because it just doesn’t make any sense

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    Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show July 3, 2010

    Special Guests

    • Les Kotzer — Lawyer and Author of Where There's an Inheritance, The Family War - Winning The Inheritance Battle & The Family Fight - Planning To Avoid It
      Les has been a Wills and Estates lawyer since 1989 and focuses his practice on avoiding and resolving inheritance disputes. His books, provide insight and strategies to help you avoid disputes using plain language. Money and death can do strange things to families. Les has been a regular guest on TV and radio across North America including CNN, Fox & Friends and many others.

    • Carey Nieuwhof — Author of Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community
      Carey is the lead and founding pastor of Connexus Community Church with campuses in Barrie & Orillia, Ontario. The vision of Connexus is to create a church that unchurched people love to attend. Holding degrees in history, law & theology, Carey worked in law & broadcasting before moving into fulltime ministry. In addition to pastoring Connexus Church, blogging, and writing, Carey often speaks to church leaders across North America about families and leadership. “It is critical to guard our mindsets and stay focused on the primary role of the family. Your role is not to impress your children or anyone else with your ability to parent; your role is to impress your children with the love and character of God.”

    • Jerusha Clark — Author of 9 books including her latest, Living Beyond Postpartum Depression
      For all, it causes discomfort. For many, deep distress. For some, it robs them of life. P.P.D. is far more common and life-debilitating than people realize. In a time most women expect will be the happiest of their lives, a crushing weight of despair and anxiety can descend. Living Beyond Postpartum Depression offers hope for both the sufferer and those around her with scripturally based truths that will restore, heal, guide, and support anyone who is experiencing, has experienced, or knows someone experiencing postpartum depression.

    • Stephen Schettini — Author of The Novice: Why I Became a Buddhist Monk, Why I Quit and What I Learned
      As a young man in the 1970s, Stephen Schettini abandoned his home, education and career, traveled thousands of miles, across continents, countries, and cultures, and traded in his birth culture of English-Italian Catholicism for Tibetan Buddhism. He was on a soul-searching mission to find truth, to discover life’s purpose, to put meaning in his existence and find a foothold in life. His eight-year experiment ended in 1981 when he became disillusioned by the seclusion of monkhood and the institutions of an ancient tradition. He reveals life as a monk in his deeply personal and moving memoir.

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      This week on the Counsel of Many: a woman’s family has been torn apart by her daughter’s husband having an affair with his wife's sister and the mother doesn’t know what to do.

      "My husband and I are in our mid 60s and have been married for 40 years. We have 4 children (2 sons, 2 daughters) and 8 wonderful grandchildren. The last two years has seen our close knit family thrown into upheaval and conflict that threatens to destroy the peace, love, faith and affection my husband and I worked for 40 years to lay as the foundation of our family. Here’s the story: Two years ago, my oldest daughter’s husband was tragically killed in a head on collision with a drunk driver, instantly widowing our daughter and leaving their three children fatherless. For emotional and financial reasons my oldest daughter and her children moved in with our youngest daughter. What began as an act of Christ like love and selflessness ended up causing even more pain. Because my youngest daughter’s husband was laid off at the time, the role of emotional comforter and support to my oldest daughter and three kids fell to him. What began as emotional support turned into an emotional affair, as being needed and confided in awoke feelings of love in my son in-law for my oldest daughter. It eventually became physical. In late 2009 my oldest daughter and my son-in-law confessed what had happened and stated that they had plans to move out together. He intended to get a divorce and eventually marry my oldest daughter. Naturally, this absolutely wrecked my youngest daughter. Tears, rage, rejection, hurt, a suicidal crisis and depression has been her struggle since finding out. The fact that the transition out of the home has not been finalized has only rubbed salt into the wound of this massive betrayal. The other children, grandchildren and husband have diverse opinions. My Husband thinks we should have nothing to do with that "skank" (his words), meaning our oldest daughter. My oldest son agrees with my husband, that we should disown her until repentance and amends are made. I understand the anger they express (as I feel it too), but I can't turn my back on my own daughter! My youngest daughter has refused to attend several family functions while her sister and "husband" are in attendance. She has threatened to disown us, her parents, if we continue seeing her older sister. I don't want to lose my youngest daughter either. WWJD? Forgive and welcome our daughter back? Turn his back? Or is my Pastor right when he advised "It does not have to be an all or nothing approach to this. What your older daughter did was wrong, yes, and as followers of Christ we should work towards peace, reconciliation and restoration whenever and wherever possible. However, sometimes the road to restoration and redemption comes through giving evil a name, and challenging it so as to promote the truth and the realization that evil is not defeated by good, but evil is ultimately self defeating. If the principles of ‘dis-ownership’ of your daughter can aid in her realizing that, then maybe a time limited back-turning may be what is needed." I don't know what to think. Please help! What would Jesus do? What should we do? Offer her compassion and unconditional love? Disown her? Or give her an ultimatum of "repent, make amends, break off the relationship etc., or you are not welcome in our home anymore?”

    • Would you fight the opening of a strip club near your church?

      A church recently lost its battle with council over the approval of a strip club only 150 feet away. If this happened by your church, would you fight it? What if your church was located in an older, run down part of the city or an industrial section of town? Would it still bother you? Why? Didn’t Jesus hang out with people who did questionable things? Wouldn’t this be a perfect opportunity to minister to people who wouldn’t normally set foot inside a church? Or is it just a blatant act of disrespect by council to approve a strip club so close to a church? Would the ladies in your church be offended?

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    Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show June 26, 2010

    It's GAY DAY on TDMS

    Special Guests

    • Derek Webb — Christian Recording Artist
      Having just finished a tour with recently outed Jennifer Knapp, this controversial Christian recording artist known mostly for his time as a member of Caedmon's Call, released a solo project last year entitled "Stockholm Syndrome." This album contained yet another contentious tune called "What Matters More" in which he once again uses some course language while discussing his views on homosexuality and faith.

    • Justin Lee — Executive Director of The Gay Christian Network
      Justin founded The Gay Christian Network in 2001 as a place for Christ-centered support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and those who care about them.

    • Wendy Gritter — National Director of New Direction Ministries Of Canada
      New Direction exists to foster safe and hospitable space for those outside the heterosexual mainstream to experience relationship, explore and grow in faith in Jesus Christ. Bridging the Gap: Conversations on Befriending Our Gay Neighbours is an interactive DVD resource put out by New Direction. It’s purpose is to be a catalyst for courageous conversations and fearless, love-based relational engagement with gay neighbours, BTG seeks to address prevalent questions, attitudes, and hang-ups that keep Christ followers from hanging out and being 'Jesus with skin on' for the gay people in their circle of influence.

    • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
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    Journey

    • Joining us today are two gay Christian men – one has chosen to remain celibate due to his interpretation of scripture – the other is open to having a partner and possibly getting married. Both explain why they believe what they believe and share their spiritual journeys.

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      This week on the Counsel of Many: a man is angry that his church is “ministering” at the Gay Pride Parade because he feels that resources would be better spent on starving children.

      “I saw this coming and now that it’s here, I’m extremely upset. My church, which I have faithfully attended for years, has decided to go the Gay Pride Parade and hand out free water during the festivities and then hang around afterwards to help clean up the filth left by people celebrating homosexuality. I’ve spoken up about how I feel - like this is a waste of time and resources - but no one else in my church seems to feel the same way. Personally I feel quite strongly that there are far more worthy projects we could be involved with! Handing out water to people who can afford fancy lattes and then helping to pick up “gay agenda paraphernalia” trash and condoms, used and otherwise, seems like a complete waste of time when children are dying of starvation. Am I the only one who thinks like this? I wouldn’t call this “witnessing” and I certainly don’t think we should take any part in a day that celebrates sin. Next year our church is even talking about entering a float in the parade. I’m not sure I’ll be attending here that long anyway. Am I out of line here or does anyone else agree with me?”

    • Should a Christian recording artist stop being a “Christian” recording artist if they “come out” or just keep doing what they’ve been doing? And if they come out, should Christian radio stations still play their music?
      Ray Boltz and Jennifer Knapp have both recently outed themselves. Both have written songs which are still being played on Christian radio, including JOY 1250. If you were the Program Director at this station, would you continue to play all of their songs, just keep the theologically sound ones, or remove them all?

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    Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show June 19, 2010

    FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL

    Special Guests

    • Dan Hill — Grammy/Juno Award Winning Singer/Songwriter
      After more than 30 years in the music business, Dan has more often than not been behind the curtain, allowing other chart-topping artists to sing his stirring ballads and pop hits, such as Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, 98 Degrees, The Backstreet Boys, George Benson, Reba McEntire and Alan Jackson. Between Dan’s own hit singles, platinum albums, five Junos, a Grammy and countless ASCAP awards for most played songs over three decades, he has amassed over 100 million combined unit sales for his incredible collection of songs. Dan Hill is back with his first album featuring new material since 1996. He’s also penned the bestselling book I Am My Father’s Son: A Memoir of Love and Forgiveness which traces his difficult and poignant relationship with his father. The book came on the heels of a compelling cover story in Maclean’s magazine where Dan wrote about how his family was nearly destroyed by his son’s involvement in Toronto’s “thug culture.”

    • Nate Phelps — Atheist Son of Rev. Fred Phelps from www.godhatesfags.com
      The estranged son of "God Hates Fags" pastor Fred Phelps (former TDMS guest) has decided to speak out about his experiences growing up in the most controversial family in the US, and possibly the world. He has 'come out' as an atheist and denounces the violent and discriminatory rhetoric of his family and their Westboro Baptist Church. Nate's father has led his followers in thousands of picketing demonstrations across America including dancing on graves of gays and protesting and at the funerals of deceased homosexuals, soldiers killed in Iraq, and victims of school shootings. *Nate will be speaking Saturday, June 19th at 7:00 pm at the University of Western Ontario. For more information go to www.cfiontario.org for more details.

    • Randy Elrod — Author of Sex, Lies & Religion: Enjoying The Freedom of Unconditional Sexuality
      WHY HAS RELIGION MADE SEX A FOUR-LETTER WORD? Randy Elrod delves into religious lies about nudity in art, self-pleasure, sexual fantasy, sexual inequality and more. In religious circles, sex is what everybody thinks about, but nobody talks about. His hope is that this book will start conversations. “Sex is at the heart of almost everything we do as human beings, and if it truly is the essence of existence, then it bears thoughtful and loving consideration among those of us who call ourselves spiritual.” Candid conversations while mentoring young men, his own struggles, the shocking results of a recent online survey, and the inordinate amount of immorality in churches – all provided the incentive to write this book. Randy says he has seen wives leave their husbands because of pornography addictions and marriages fall apart due to misplaced affections. Throughout his life, he has seen religion provide judgment instead of grace in almost every situation.

    • Dawn Bennett — Family Lawyer
      Even fathers need advice once and a while, especially if they’re single fathers, divorced fathers, separated fathers, or “trying to keep the marriage together” fathers. Joining us with some practical advice for all of those fathers out there who are just trying to do the right thing by their kids is family lawyer Dawn Bennett.

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    • Austin Gutwein — Author of Take Your Best Shot: Do Something Bigger Than Yourself
      At the age of nine, Austin Gutwein was moved when he learned there were over 15 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS - 12 million living in sub-Saharan Africa. Thinking everyone was doing something to help these children, Austin decided he had to do his part, too. He decided to make a difference for just one orphan—one free throw at a time. That first year, Austin went to his school gymnasium and shot 2,057 free-throws representing the 2,057 children who would lose their parents during one school day. Now, in its sixth year, Austin’s basketball marathon – Hoops of Hope – has spread around the world. Austin’s passion has motivated tens of thousands of kids, teens, and adults to make a difference. Austin and Hoops of Hope have raised over $2,000,000 for orphaned children in Africa. Since 2004, Hoops of Hope has helped build 2 medical clinics and a high school serving 1,000 children in rural Zambia, 2 HopeCenters in Swaziland, and built a water project in Kenya. They have provided hundreds of bicycles and supplied medical clinics with more than 1,000 medical caregiver kits to assist HIV/AIDS infected parents with the basic supplies they need to live longer so they can provide for their children. The money Austin’s organization has raised has kept thousands of children in Africa from becoming orphans. Our hope today is that Austin and his father will inspire others to ask themselves the question: “What can I do?”

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      Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
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      This week on the Counsel Of Many: a man wants some advice about sharing his faith with his father before he dies.

      “My father is getting closer to the age where he very likely could pass away at any time or begin to loose his faculties. This causes me great concern as I don’t believe he has surrendered his life to God and asked for the forgiveness of his sins. I would like nothing more than for him to, even in his later years, begin to follow Jesus. We’ve had a somewhat strained relationship through the years, but we have had the odd talk about Jesus, faith, God, etc. However, he comes from a generation that just doesn’t feel comfortable talking about this subject. He says he believes there is a God and that Jesus is the son of God but he also says that he feels no inclination to take his faith to another level. In other words, he doesn’t think he needs to become “born again” like me. So I would like some advice from people in a similar situation. Why is it so hard to talk about God to our parents? Why does that generation struggle to comprehend the relational aspect of faith? Should I bring his personal faith up again and risk offending or upsetting him? What can I say to make him see the need for becoming “born again”? I just really love him and when I think about the possibility of my father dying and spending eternity separated from his Heavenly Father – let alone me and my family – well it’s just too much to bear. Please, if anyone has some advice for me, I’m willing to listen.”

    • Would you let your 16-year old sail around the world?
      Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old who tried to become the youngest sailor ever to circle the globe alone, was recently rescued after her boat became disabled during a storm in the Indian Ocean. Is 16 just too young to attempt to sail around the world alone? The family are Christians and say they were trusting God. Is that a good example of faith or ignorant parenting? Abigail’s father said, “We are born-again Christians, and we don't make any decision just based on feeling or even on sound knowledge. We also pray about it. The conviction of prayer and the answer to prayer has led to where we are with Abigail's campaign.” Abby’s 17-year-old brother Zac became the youngest person to complete a solo voyage around the world, so this isn’t the parent’s first experience “trusting God.” So does Abby’s father get a parenting thumbs up or thumbs down?

    • TDMS Banter
      Sometimes it's worth listening too....sometimes not so much!

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    Special Guests

    • Fred Penner — Juno Award Winning Family Entertainer, Singer/Songwriter
      Fred Penner is probably one of the most recognized names in the world of children's entertainment. However, he's so much more - composer, actor, writer, author, TV host and all round nice guy! A gentle giant with an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 25 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skilfully blends the many genres of performing and communication.
      Fred Penner Live in Concert
      Saturday, June 19 at 1 p.m.
      690 Riddell Road, Orangeville ON
      Community Carnival - Saturday, June 19th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Admission is free with registration at the gate. Come and experience Canada's premiere children's entertainer in a free outdoor concert, beginning at 1 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs! Carnival Activities: Inflatable Obstacle Course, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Carnival Games and Prizes, Concession Stand

    • Dr. James Beverley — Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, California
      Rev. Moon is finding it hard to be "the saviour of the world" and "the true father" and "the true parent" because there have been some problems with his "sinless children" and Rev. Moon has chosen one over the other. It also seems that more prominent Scientologists are leaving the organization and telling their stories. Dr. Beverley is back to fill us in on the crazy world of religion. Dr. Beverley's specialties include studies in World and New Religions, Charismatic Christianity, Roman Catholic Theology, and Christian Ethics. He's also a faculty member of Tyndale College in Toronto.

    • Amy Scobee — Author of Scientology: Abuse At The Top
      Amy Scobee was a staff member for the Church of Scientology for 27 years. She escalated up the ranks to the top of church management by the time she was twenty, where she remained for two decades. For much of that time, she served as a member of the Watchdog Committee, the highest management body in Scientology, which supervises every sector that makes up the church today. In this book, Amy relates her experiences from her discovery of Scientology as a 14-year-old to her episodes in building the Celebrity Center network for the likes of Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Amy's shares her chilling accounts of what she both experienced and witnessed first hand that lead to her departure in 2005 and subsequent decision to speak out against what she now classifies as a "dangerous cult."

    Journey

    • Cole & Nettie Brown
      A few years ago, Drew interviewed Pastor Peter Rigo from Dominion Christian Centre in Hamilton. Peter's ministry was featured on the investigative journalism show W-5 which claimed that he's a controlling and manipulative leader of a cult who has convinced many of his parishioners to abandon their families for the church. Since then, the church has had it's charitable tax status revoked. Cole and Nettie were volunteer leaders at this church, but have since moved on - with God and this thing we call "church."

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      Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
      Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

      This week on the Counsel Of Many: a listener wants to know if he should stay overnight with his sister and her common-law boyfriend because they're living "in sin."

      "I am an evangelical Christian who has family in Montreal. One of my sisters has been living common-law with her boyfriend for a number of years. On a few occasions she has asked me to stay with them when I visit Montreal. I've told her that I would consider it in the future, but I am not sure whether or not it would be prudent for me to agree to staying with them, since they are living in sin. If I agree to stay with them, I'm afraid that it may give our family the message that I condone their living arrangement. Should I continue avoiding staying with them unless they make marriage vows to God?"

    • Which religion scares you the most?
      Extremism, legalism, extortion, pedophilia, violence, abstinence, intolerance, brainwashing, hate, fear, guilt, sexism, racism, homophobia. and that's just Christianity. Is there another world religion or alternative religious movement or community of believers that actually sends shivers up your spine?

    • TDMS Banter
      Sometimes it's worth listening too....sometimes not so much!

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    Special Guests

    • Phil Ehart — Founding Member of KANSAS
      Since the 1970s Carry On Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind are only two from a library of classic rock songs, which came from a band out of Topeka, Kansas. While some of the original members have moved on, Phil is still touring and still drumming for one of the most famous bands in the history of Rock.
      www.kansasband.com

    • Brian McLaren — Author of A New Kind of Christianity: The Questions that Are Transforming the Faith
      Brian is the theologian/activist and best-selling author who helped start the emergent church movement. In his latest book he identifies ten key issues that will shape the next generation of Christianity and says that new approaches to issues such as sexuality, pluralism, biblical authority, questions about whether God is violent, why Jesus matters, and the future of the church, will reform the Christian faith. McLaren, whose groundbreaking bestseller A New Kind of Christian helped shape the emergent church movement’s exploration of new ways of being Christian in the post-modern era, has never shied away from hard questions. Nor has he been deterred by criticism. The former college English instructor, musician, and pastor says he never planned to become a “controversial religious leader.” Yet he has been called “heretic” and worse by fellow believers threatened by his willingness to challenge conventional religious thought. Brian has appeared on Larry King Live, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and Nightline. His work has also been covered in Time (where he was listed as one of American's 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, and The Washington Post.

    • Mark Schultz — Dove Award Winning Singer/Songwriter
      Mark has become one of Christian music’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters, as well as tasting success on the mainstream adult contemporary charts with such hits as He’s My Son, Letters from War and Walking Her Home. Back in His Arms Again was named BMI’s Christian Song of the Year in 2003, Letters from War was the centerpiece of the Army’s Be Safe-Make It Home campaign and Schultz has flooded radio with nine No. 1 songs, such as Remember Me and I Am the Way. He’s also earned the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and has been featured on the national TV program, 48 Hours, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and CNN. His 2005 release,Mark Schultz Live…A Night of Stories & Songs, sold RIAA certified Platinum and garnered Schultz his first GMA Dove Award.

    • Dr. John Stackhouse — Theologian & Author
      John is a scholar and public communicator who analyzes multiple intersections of contemporary religion and society. He also vividly presents the wisdom of ancient traditions from the perspective of contemporary scholarship to equip audiences to face today's challenges at work, in the public square, and in private life. Dr. Stackhouse is the Chair of Theology and Culture at RegentCollege and is the author of seven books; the editor of four volumes; and the author of more than 500 articles, book chapters, and reviews in leading academic journals, major newspapers, and magazines. His writings range over history, sociology, philosophy, theology, and comparative religion. John's commentary on religion and contemporary culture has been sought by ABC News, NBC News, and PBS in the United States and by CBC TV and Radio, CTV News, and Global TV News in Canada. He has been reviewed or quoted in The Times Literary Supplement, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Reader's Digest, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Maclean's.

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    • Rhonda Funk — Publicist, Singer/Songwriter, Author
      At age 26, Rhonda Funk was a single mother and pregnant with her second child. Learning that her boyfriend was engaged to another woman and that he may pose a danger to her and her children, she found herself faced with making an impossible decision. Could she provide for this new baby properly, or should she give the child up for adoption? Eight months into pregnancy, she took down the crib, returned the clothes she had purchased and signed papers that handed over her rights as a parent to someone else. Just 7 months after buckling her son into the car of his new family, this now professed Christian, found herself pregnant again. Not sure she could handle the pain, or the shame of admitting she was once again expecting, Rhonda made what many consider a woman's choice-abortion. Rhonda tells what the last 14 years has been like living with the after-effects of abortion, the impact on her family, and the knowledge that she has a teenage son out there somewhere who may or may not even know her name. Does he feel rejected, angry, and alone? Or does he pray for her and hope that someday she will find him?
      www.rhondafunk.com

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      Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
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      This week on the Counsel Of Many: a mother is worried about her adult son and the "insane" mother of his child who constantly stalks him.

      “Last year my adult son fell into a sexual relationship with a woman who has been stalking him for ten years. She moved to this community to be close to him after his last relationship broke up. When he tried to break off the relationship with her last December, she became pregnant with his child. I know, stupid move to have unprotected sex with a woman who is "insane" - and believe me she is - but that's what happened. Now she calls and shows up at his door five or six times a day demanding that he talk to her. She refuses to leave when he asks her to, which he does when he feels himself about to lose it. He has to physically remove himself from the premises to get away from her and if he walks away instead of taking his car, she follows him - even if he has his eight year old son with him. I was here once when she showed up on the doorstep for the third time on the same day, and when my son refused to talk to her - after giving in twice before and already spending six hours with her that day - she sat on the rocking chair on his porch and stared through the window at him for two hours - in a terrible storm! I am currently staying with my son for a few weeks and am seriously concerned for his safety - not to mention the stress of having to deal with her every day myself. (She was at the door looking for him an hour ago and asked me if he'd gone off "to spend the day with his girlfriend". She believes he's seeing someone else.) My son is really a decent guy who wants to do the right thing and be a father to this woman's baby but there's no way he wants to be in a relationship with her. She refuses to accept anything less. I pray for them every day - and for God's protection over us. My son is not a believer. I've already advised my son that it's time to involve the legal system in this situation, perhaps apply for a restraining order, but it's hard for him to talk about it to other people. He's afraid they won't believe him. We live in a small community and she has already spread lies about him making him out to be the bad guy: a cold-hearted irresponsible philanderer. My fear is that someone is going to get hurt before anything is done to stop this obsessive behaviour. Any godly advice for me?””

    • Should preaching in public that homosexuality is a sin be illegal? Would you do it?
      This past April, a hidden camera captured police arresting a street preacher in England, for saying homosexual conduct is a sin. He was defended by The Christian Institute and prosecutors have since dropped the criminal case stating that there was not enough evidence to secure a conviction. Do you think this could happen where you live? Should street preachers be saying that homosexuality is a sin? Should it be illegal? Should there even be street preachers? Would you do it? Watch Video Here

    • TDMS Banter
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    Special Guests

    • Brian “Head” Welch — Grammy Winning Recording Artist - Formerly of "Korn"
      “Head” picked up a guitar at the age of 11 and found his original calling. Barely out of high school, he helped found the controversial rock band Korn. The group became a Grammy award winning, multi-platinum selling band, and quickly soared to the top of the music world while selling some 30 million records internationally. They were credited with being the major influence in the rise of the Nu Metal Movement. In February 2005, as a single father, Head shocked the music world when he resigned from Korn to re-dedicate his life to Christ and focus on raising his daughter, Jennea. The event set off a media frenzy as observers around the world sought to understand what led this rock star out of the darkness and into the light. In his memoir, Save Me From Myself, Head talked for the first time about his shocking embrace of God, and the tumultuous decade of drug and alcohol addiction that led him to his faith, where he was completely and instantly healed of his addictions.

    • Monsignor Fred Dolan — Vicar of Opus Dei Canada
    • John Allen Jr. - Senior Correspondent with The National Catholic Reporter, CNN’s Vatican Analyst, Author of Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church
      Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code (and the movie’s self-flagellating, albino psychopath) did more to arouse suspicion and curiosity about this apparently secretive and sinister group. According to their website, “Opus Dei is a Catholic institution founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá. Its mission is to help people turn their work and daily activities into occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others, and for improving society.” Sounds harmless enough – doesn’t it? John’s book, although met with mixed reviews, has been called the definitive work on Opus Dei. His relentless pursuit for objectivity has earned him the respect of both liberal and conservative Catholics.
      www.opusdei.ca
      www.ncronline.org

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks! It's time for our semi-regular visit with our favourite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent!

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  • Glendene Grant — Mother of Jessie Foster, Victim of Human Trafficking (Part#2)
    “My Canadian daughter Jessie is an international endangered missing person and a human trafficking victim. Jessie has been missing from Las Vegas, NV for almost 4 years (since March 29, 2006) and is most likely a human trafficking victim. There have been many human trafficking task forces and experts who agree and have told me it looks like a classic trafficking case. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO CAN HELP ME FIND HER? CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME FIND HER? JESSIE COULD BE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THERE ARE MANY WAYS - PRAYERS; TELLING OTHERS; REPOSTING HER INFORMATION; PASS HER FLYERS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND HAVE THEM FORWARD THEM TO EVERYONE THEY KNOW.”

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    www.jessiefoster.ca

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    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
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    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a man who feels like he might have actually lost his faith wants to know what he needs to do in order to find out if he’s really a Christian anymore or not.

    "I’ll keep this short. I’m pretty sure I’m not a Christian anymore but I’m not actually sure when it happened. So I’d like to know if there’s a way of knowing whether or not I’m still a Christian. I grew up going to church then as a teenager I became “born again” and “accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour” and now here I am in my thirties wondering if it’s real. I haven’t been going to church much over the last number of years. I can’t remember the last time I picked up my Bible, and my prayer life – well to be honest it’s never really been existent. So basically I was just thinking about all this the other day and came to the conclusion that I’ve “lost my faith” – I think. But what I’m trying to figure out is how do I know? How do I know if I’m un-saved? I’ve had friends say to me that I’m just going through a “dry patch” – whatever that is – but this dry patch has been over a number of years and has consisted of virtually no spiritual disciplines, no communication with God, and no real conviction of sin in my life. Soooooo – I think I’m done. Right? But should I do something in order to seal the deal? I’m confused…”

  • Is there ever a reason to hate someone or should we always only love?
    A pastor used the Bible to justify why he hates President Barack Obama and that he's praying for his death. This hatred is due to the fact that President Obama has supported abortion rights. King David said to God in Psalms, “I hate those who hate you; I hate those who rise up against you. I feel only hate for them; they are my enemies." But Jesus said in Luke, “…love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.” Now think about those who have wronged you, raped you, murdered a loved one, abused you. Now what about those that have wronged God? Is there really such a thing as righteous anger? To hate or not to hate. That is the question.

  • Useless Television Trivia
    It’s a crowd favourite, people! We’ll play the soundtrack from an old television show and if you’re the first caller to guess which TV show it’s from - YOU WIN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

  • TDMS Banter
    Sometimes it's worth listening too....sometimes not so much!

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Special Guests

  • John Moore — Host of Moore in the Morning on NewsTalk 1010
    Born and raised in Montreal, John joined Canada’s #1 talk radio station back in 2003. John also writes for The National Post. His movie reviews and entertainment commentary were a staple for years on several Montreal stations, NewsTalk 1010, and Global Television. He worked as a director and reporter at the French language CBC for two years and was also one of the founders of the award winning On the Spot Improv and has spent years playing reporters and evil lawyers in film and television. And in Drew’s opinion, John is easily at the top of the talk radio class! John would probably describe himself as an agnostic, however over the years he has interviewed numerous prominent faith figures. Today we’ll get John’s take on faith and spirituality, especially as it pertains to his experience as one of Canada’s most prominent broadcasters.

  • Marci McDonald — Journalist and Author of The Armageddon Factor: The Rise Of Christian Nationalism In Canada
    In her new book, award-winning journalist Marci McDonald takes a look behind the world of right-wing Christian nationalism in Canada and its ties to the Conservative government of Stephen Harper. To most Canadians, the politics of the United States — where fundamentalist Christians wield tremendous power and culture wars split the country — seem too foreign to ever happen here. But The Armageddon Factor shows that the Canadian Christian right, infuriated by the legalization of same-sex marriage and the increasing secularization of society, has been steadily and stealthily building organizations, alliances and contacts that have put them close to the levers of power and put the government of Canada in their debt. Is there a web of evangelical far-right Christians building think-tanks and foundations that play a prominent role in determining policy for the Conservative government of Canada? The Armageddon Factor claims that the religious right in Canada has influenced the Harper government and has led to important but little-known changes in everything from foreign policy and the makeup of the courts to funding for scientific research and social welfare programs like daycare.

  • Dave Blundell — Author of Hungry For Life: A Vision of the Church that Would Transform the World
    Dean Blundell - Host of The Dean Blundell Show on 102.1 The Edge Two brothers - living very different lives… Dave is a pastor, a para-church ministry worker and the founder of a mission organization. Dean is a shock-jock and host of the most controversial radio show in Canada. One brother talks to a psychic, a sex therapist, and a lesbian each week. The ‘Reverend Brother’ talks to Jesus. But both feel that the Western church is just not doing its job! They just come at the problem from different world views.
    www.daveblundell.ca

  • Dr. Bradley R. E. Wright — Sociologist, Author of Christians Are Hate Filled Hypocrites… And Other Lies You’ve Been Told: A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media
    You've probably heard the many negative reports about the evangelical church in the media, such as:
    • Christian young people are leaving the Christian faith in record numbers
    • The divorce rate among Christians is as high as those of nonbelievers
    • Christians today are watered down in their beliefs and actions
    But are these truly accurate? In Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites...and Other Lies You've Been Told, Dr. Wright shatters these popular myths, along with many others. Using the best available data, he reveals to readers why and how many of the commonly shared statistics are incomplete and inaccurate. Wright discusses the different dynamics of how statistics are often misquoted as they get passed on and how even Christian leaders will pick statistics for their usefulness rather than for accuracy. As Wright examined the data, he found a richer, more nuanced story about what’s happening with religion in North America.

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  • Glendene Grant — Mother of Jessie Foster, Victim of Human Trafficking
    “My Canadian daughter Jessie is an international endangered missing person and a human trafficking victim. Jessie has been missing from Las Vegas, NV for almost 4 years (since March 29, 2006) and is most likely a human trafficking victim. There have been many human trafficking task forces and experts who agree and have told me it looks like a classic trafficking case. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO CAN HELP ME FIND HER? CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME FIND HER? JESSIE COULD BE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THERE ARE MANY WAYS - PRAYERS; TELLING OTHERS; REPOSTING HER INFORMATION; PASS HER FLYERS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND HAVE THEM FORWARD THEM TO EVERYONE THEY KNOW.”
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    www.jessiefoster.ca

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    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a woman wants to know if she should break up with her fiancé because he won’t commit to a wedding date after a five year engagement.

    “My fiancé and I have been engaged for almost five years now and recently, a few of my friends have been encouraging me to break up with him. They think he’s just playing me and stringing me along and that he doesn’t really want to get married. I’m not sure I can break up with him. I mean I know this is getting ridiculous and that five years is long enough to make a decision about an actual wedding date. Sure I’m frustrated with him, and this whole thing, but the bottom line is that I love him. He treats me good. He loves God. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons he thinks that it’s just not the right time to get married is because he really feels that God doesn’t want us to just yet. Sure he’s not perfect, but neither am I. We’ve both crossed physical boundaries we set early on in our relationship but we keep trying to get things back on track. Anyway, my friends think that I should just move on. So I thought I would ask your listeners what they think. How long is too long to be engaged? Should I break up with the man I love just because he won’t commit to a date for our wedding? Am I missing something?”

  • Are you proud of or embarrassed by the majority of prominent Christians who represent the faith in the media?
    Which ones make you cringe? Which ones make you proud? From Billy Graham to Benny Hinn - from Charles Price to Charles McVety – from Trinity Broadcasting Network to 100 Huntley Street – from Left Behind to The Shack. Who would you say more accurately represents the Christianity you believe? Would you say that the majority of Christian leaders in the spotlight are doing a good job representing, or not so much?

  • TDMS Banter
    Sometimes it's worth listening too....sometimes not so much!

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Special Guests

  • Martyn Joseph — Singer/Songwriter, Activist
    Stewart Henderson — BBC Broadcaster
    Welsh born, singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph kicks off his Because We Can tour with long time song-writing partner, poet and BBC Radio presenter, Stewart Henderson. Their first time touring together in Canada, the duo brings a poetry infused, acoustically driven social commentary to Ontarians, at the same time supporting the work of international development and advocacy organization, World Vision. “It’s the song that can soothe, explain or even in a small way save us” says Joseph. With this sentiment he has been instrumental in bringing the message of trade justice, third world debt cancellation, and human rights to an international audience. Expect an evening filled with genuine & raw emotion. Proceeds from tickets sales will also benefit local charities. The tour will hit 11 cities across Ontario, including: May 14 - Mississauga / May 15 - Kingston / May 18 -Orangeville / May 19 - Toronto / May 20 - Port Dover

  • Bruxy Cavey — Author of The End Of Religion, Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House
    Dr. Greg Boyd — Author, Theologian
    Should Christians be in the military, wage war, join the police force, carry a weapon, fight back or even defend their families? In the sixteenth century a renegade group of Christian leaders rebelled against their own religion. These dissenters called for the church to separate from the state and to reject all forms of violence. They waged their war with weapons of peace, and many died for their radical cause of calling Christians back to the way of Christ. Bruxy Cavey has been teaching a new series of messages at The Meeting House called Inglorious Pastors – Waging Peace In A World Of War. Dr Greg Boyd will be speaking this Sunday on JESUS VS JEHOVAH - War and Peace in The Old Testament. Both join us in-studio today to answer questions about “The God of Love VS The God of War.”
    www.themeetinghouse.ca

  • Dominick DiVito — Martial Arts Expert & Self Defense Guru To The Stars
    A 6th degree black belt in Chinese Kenpo, Dominick DiVito has been teaching self-defence for more than 27 years to celebrities, law enforcement officers, and average citizens. He has appeared as an expert on National Geographic’s Fight Science, 700 Club, and numerous other TV and radio shows. His self-defense video, Without Warning: Self-Defense for Today’s World, has helped thousands of women. Also an accomplished fitness trainer, Dominick has received wide recognition for his Total Wellness philosophy. He has made several appearances as a fitness expert on Oprah, and has been noted as one of the industry’s best fitness trainers. His students describe his F.I.G.H.T. FOR FITNESS program as unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. Now an author, teacher, speaker and highly sought after fitness and self-defense instructor, Dominick never tires of equipping others with this knowledge and ability.

  • Mary-Ann Kirkby — Author of I Am Hutterite
    Award-winning author and journalist, Mary-Ann Kirkby, shares her honest and compelling story about the difficulties of trying to fit in. At the age of 10 she was thrust into a foreign universe that she didn’t understand when her family left their secluded Hutterite colony and entered a startling, fast-paced Western civilization. Mary-Ann worked hard to adapt to a new way of life and a new identity by abandoning the culture that had defined her. She struggled to reinvent herself by denying her Hutterite heritage in an attempt to avoid the stigma and cruelty associated with being different. Finally embracing her role as a daughter of two cultures, Mary-Ann has used her talents to chronicle her own life story in I am Hutterite. The book not only portrays Mary-Ann’s compelling story but also an inside look into the Hutterite traditions – something very few have shared. (Hutterite culture and traditions, communal living, pacifism)

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  • The Counsel Of Many!
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    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
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    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a husband who is experiencing erectile dysfunction wants to know if taking pills to fix the problem is unnatural and possibly unChristian.

    “Probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever done – write into a radio show in order to ask for advice about my sexual problems. Anyway, here it goes. I was raised in a very strict religious home. I’ve continued to raise my family with similar values but without the same strict rules that I had. Over the years of raising a family, we’ve had many discussions about what is right and wrong as far as God is concerned. Various questions about vanity and pride have come up like: Should a Christian woman get breast implants? Should a man of God be so concerned about his looks that he decides to spend thousands on a hair transplant? Etc. We’ve also talked about whether or not Christian couples who are having a hard time conceiving should take fertility drugs or just allow God to decide whether or not a natural pregnancy is in the plan. Basically, throughout all of these conversations, the issue of letting go and letting God has been at the forefront of the discussion, and how impatient we are as humans. Well, now it’s my turn. And the issue isn’t hypothetical. Over the last year or so I have noticed that it’s becoming more and more difficult (I was going to say harder and harder but I knew Drew couldn’t handle that one) to maintain an erection during sex with my wife. I guess I’m at that age where this happens, naturally. Typically, I would default to the thinking that if this is a normal part of life, then maybe ask God what can be learned through this season (patience… lots and lots of patience) and wait for things to correct themselves, naturally. However, I’d like your listener’s opinion on whether or not they think that taking Viagra or Cialis or whatever, would be breaking my own rules? Am I just being a hypocrite because I just want to have a better sex life? Do you think that taking medication in order to maintain an erection is unnatural and possibly unchristian?”

  • Protesting — Are animals worth it? Sex-ed? Abortion?
    This week, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals made the decision not to euthanize a few hundred animals infected by an aggressive strain of ringworm. Mainly because of the public outcry and angry protests staged outside their Newmarket facility. Would you ever see yourself protesting animal euthanasia? A few weeks ago, the Provincial government changed its mind about implementing a controversial sex-ed curriculum, which bore the protests of the religious right. How about standing outside an abortion clinic or a same-sex wedding? Does protesting really work? More importantly, is this something Christians should engage in?

  • TDMS Banter
    Sometimes it's worth listening too....sometimes not so much!

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Special Guests

  • Melinda Doolittle — American Idol Finalist
    As a daughter of a single mom, Melinda Doolittle is quick to give credit to her mother for raising her to not be a quitter! Melinda was tone deaf as a child and her choir teacher would plead with her not to sing, but rather silently move her mouth. However, her love of singing drove her to enter a talent show in the 7th grade, and after much practice and prayer, she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot-on vocals and beautiful voice. She began to realize that success in life was something bigger than her - or, as she puts it, "It's beyond me!" All this led to performing at The White House - traveling with Laura Bush - singing back up for Michael MacDonald and CeCe Winans - and becoming the clear favorite of American Idol’s most difficult judge, Simon Cowell! Just a few highlights in her new book, Beyond Me.

  • Naomi Baker — Founder of Canada Fights Human Trafficking
    Human trafficking, the buying and selling of human beings, is the second largest organized crime world-wide. A $32 billion annual black market industry, which profits more than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined. Canada abolished slavery over 200 years ago in 1807 as a British colony. Today, there are approximately 27 million people world-wide presently enslaved - 80% are women & 50% are children. Maybe this Mother’s Day we could make a decision to fight for those mothers who have become slaves – and for the mother’s of the stolen ones!

  • Alison & Jacob Moon
    Our good friend, recording artist Jacob Moon and his wife Alison, have been trying for years to have a baby. The last time Jacob was on our show he revealed that he and his wife Alison had been pursuing the option of adoption but even that process has been a long and arduous one. Well guess what? A few days ago, they welcomed a new member into their home – GABRIEL MOON! Today, they’ll ALL join us in studio to share this unbelievable experience. And the pièce de résistance… Jacob will sing the song he wrote for his new son! also during this segment...Wanna say “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY” to your mom on the radio!? We’ll open the phone lines for all the kids to call in and wish their mommies a Happy Mother’s Day! So make sure mom is listening and watch your kid make mom smile from ear to ear!

  • Kristen Richburg — Author of Disrupting Grace: A story of relinquishment and healing
    Aren’t adoptions supposed to have happy endings? What about adoptions that don’t work out? What are families to do when despite all efforts, their child isn’t thriving, and the rest of the family is coming apart at the seams? Sadly, isolated families are running out of hope, battling pain, experiencing grief and the loss of a dream. Kristen Richburg sadly had to admit the inability to meet the needs of her adopted daughter and five years later she relinquished her parental rights of a child she had so hoped to love, nurture and cherish for life.

Journey

  • Karen & Rob Powell
    Just this past December 11th, Karen looked out her window and saw two police officers approaching her home. A mother knows… they soon informed her that her eldest boy David, a 22 year old civil engineering student at the University of Waterloo, had just been killed in a car accident. He had just finished writing an exam and was on his way home. What will this Mother’s Day be like for Karen, let alone the rest of the family?

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
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    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
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    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a mother is having a hard time “letting go and letting God” and disagrees with her husband about encouraging and financing their youngest son’s trip to a dangerous part of the world. “If anything happens to our son, I will divorce him.”

    “When my husband and I got married 30 years ago, we knew ‘the family life’ was for us. We envisioned having children, the white picket fence, with Fido the faithful family dog, and God in the middle of it. Happily, we achieved this and more. It’s been a dream. However there is one major disagreement my husband and I have been having over the last few months, and it has gotten to the point where I have even threatened divorce. My husband and I have always believed in initiation rituals and rites of passage for boys and girls into manhood and womanhood. From the beginning of our marriage we set up a fund and contributed to it annually as a way to fund our son’s and daughter’s initiation events when they reached 18. We ended up having three sons, no daughters. Our oldest son used his "Rite of Passage Fund" (ROPF) to fund a four month mission/humanitarian aid trip to Ethiopia. He is now a nurse working for doctors without borders. Our middle child road-tripped around North America with some buddies, camping and trekking in various national parks. He is now a first year seminary student. Our youngest child is the point of contention. Always the daredevil type, he wants to trek across the Darien Gap, a rainforest wilderness area on the borders of Panama and Columbia. What makes this so terrifying is that drug cartels and Columbian paramilitary groups such as the FARC and AUC, perform operations throughout the region. Murders and kidnappings are extremely common, so the Canadian government has issued warnings to avoid all travel in the region. This terrifies me! The risks seem too great; hence I don't want to contribute to my son’s tempting of fate. My husband thinks we should give our son the money and that all men need to risk life and limb, or at least build masculine character through challenge and hardship. Besides, he says "God is not afraid of the Darien, and Christ’s hedge of protection will be with our son even there!" I however, feel that tempting God with stupidity and daredevil stunts offers no promise of a safe return, and it terrifies me. I've told my husband that if we financially contribute, and anything happens to our son, I will divorce him. Of course, if our son goes anyway, on his own dime, the responsibility is all his. Is my husband right? Should I "let go and let God"? Should we finance this trip as we have for our other sons? I'm not sure, but I know how I feel and I am terrified and have nightmares of my son’s funeral and his dead body riddled with bullet holes... Any advice please?”

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show May 1, 2010

Special Guests

  • Michael Damian — Soap Opera Star, Screenwriter, Director, Recording Artist
    From 18 years on the hit television show Young & The Restless and a recurring role for two seasons on NBC's The Facts of Life to landing the starring role in the Broadway production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Michael's career never seems to slow down. He's also had a number of top 40 hits including his #1 single Rock On, which earned him his first gold record. More recently though, Michael and his wife Janeen, wrote and produced a movie inspired by events in Janeen's life called Moondance Alexander. Michael is coming to Toronto to promote his latest movie, Flicka 2, starring Tammin Sursok, Patrick Warburton & Clint Black.

  • Rick Elias — Singer/Songwriter/Producer
    Rick has worked with the likes of Amy Grant, Aaron Neville, Bob Carlisle (Butterfly Kisses), and his music has been used in Dawson’s Creek, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and the Tom Hanks film That Thing You Do. Rick is probably best known as a founding member of Rich Mullins’ A Ragamuffin Band. The Rags were invited to perform before the Pope and 2.4 million people in Rome, Italy for World Youth Day in August 2000.

  • The Warren Brothers — TV Stars, Songwriters, Recording Artists, Producers
    Brett and Brad Warren play arena tours with superstars, have their songs recorded by some of the biggest acts in the business and have made their impact as producers -- but most fans recognize these two brothers from their not-so-famous role in Barely Famous, a CMT reality show, which turned out to be a cult-classic among music and industry fans alike. They were judges on the TV series Nashville Star and have toured and worked with Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Lynyrd Skynrd and Martina McBride.

  • Marion Goretz — President of The Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
    People with faith sometimes feel apprehensive about seeking professional help when it comes to their emotional or mental health. And is it any wonder when we very rarely hear anything from the pulpits about these issues, other than… “Just have faith. Keep reading your Bible. Spend more time in prayer. Just rebuke Satan. Maybe you have sin in your life.” There are still many Christian organizations, churches and ministries which condemn the use of a mental health professional. Not us! Marion Goertz has a special interest in coaching individuals and families toward healthier relationships and her areas of treatment focus on pre-marital, marriage enrichment, conflict resolution, depression, divorce recovery, grieving, self awareness/self acceptance/self esteem strengthening, and ministry clarification.

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  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a lady confessed to her husband that she had an affair. He then committed suicide. She wants to know if she should tell her sons the reason their father killed himself and if she should commit to staying single to atone for her “sins.”

    “I was married to my late husband for about 23 years when he decided to end his life (suicide) three years ago. My husband and I met in a church, and within weeks were madly in love. Within months we were married. The whirlwind romance, which at the time seemed so wonderful and exciting, hid many secrets, mainly my husband's. The man I married had many struggles with mental illness, depression, borderline, bi-polar, schizophrenia. At one time or another he had been diagnosed with them all. Over the years we were married he was a loving and faithful husband and an amazing father. But he was always deeply troubled, and could barely handle the stresses of life. Years of having to carry the weight of two in a marriage that had the husband absent form the home emotionally or through many hospital admissions left me tired, drained, resentful and vulnerable to the affections of another man. As a Christian, I never considered divorce or adultery as a possible outcome. However, when I met another man at the church my husband and I attended, who seemed my husbands polar opposite; confident, healthy, stable, and showed me attention… I just fell for him and started a four year affair with the other man (OM) with all the justifying that typically goes with it. When my conscience finally got the better of me and I could no longer rationalize it, I saw a therapist at our church. In the first session she said that if I wanted to save my marriage and end the affair, I had to expose the affair to everybody I and the OM knew, and then had to cut off all contact with the OM. I immediately told the other man that I could no longer see him, he graciously understood. I then told my husband. I'm not sure how he felt, since he refused to talk to me after that. Several days later, he shot himself, leaving a note that essentially spelled out his reasons; the hurt, betrayal, a wounded self worth wounded even deeper, fears of abandonment, even a sense of rejection by God because of where I met the other man. I guess he felt my affair confirmed what his low self esteem, massive self hatred and his fears of abandonment had been telling him his whole life. That he is unloved, that no one would stay with him for long, and that he would always end up alone and get the short end of the stick when it came to getting the love he deserved. Three years later I have not exposed the affair to anyone else. What would they say about me? What would they think? I've not heard from the OM in three years, and refuse to think about him. I feel guilty, I feel shame, and I feel so alone with the thought that I may have caused my husbands death. My three boys miss their father terribly (they don't know the reason for their father’s death) and are already showing signs of their own struggles with mental illness and depression. Should I tell them? Should I commit to a redemptive singleness for the rest of my life? Can Jesus forgive me for what I have done to my husband and my three boys? I hate myself and wonder if I have any right to even expect relief from the consequences of my own actions? Help... Please.”

  • Should anyone listen to Drew’s advice? Ever?
    Since we have one of Canada’s leading therapists in the studio, we thought we would get her opinion on whether or not the advice Drew doles out during our weekly Counsel Of Many segment is actually helpful, or… not so much. While we’re at it, therapist Marion Goertz will give a few words of advice for our listeners who provided some of our more complex Counsel Of Many segments during season seven.

  • Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin is bankrupt and taking donations from Christians who want to reward him for being such a faithful Christian. Good move, or not so much?
    According to information on www.restorestephenbaldwin.org, Stephen Baldwin (Celebrity Apprentice, Celebrity Mole, Celebrity Big Brother) has gone bankrupt because he as turned down roles in movies with sex and gratuitous violence since becoming a Christian. The director of Stephen’s “ministry” has approved this site and their endeavours to restore Stephen’s financial burdens and wants Christians to “reward” Stephen for his moral convictions in the face of Hollywood persecution. According to the site’s founder, “If Stephen stepped down from the public eye; it would be a terrible loss for Christianity.” Will you be donating to this cause? As a former guest on our show, what advice would you give Stephen during these tough times?

  • Useless Television Trivia
    It’s a crowd favourite! We play the soundtrack from an old television show and if you’re the first caller to guess which TV show it’s from - YOU WIN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show April 24, 2010

Special Guests

  • Todd Hunter — Bishop of the Anglican Mission in the Americas, Author
    Todd used to be a big kahuna with the Vineyard Movement, and used to be a big kahuna with the Alpha Course, and now he’s a big kahuna with the Anglicans! Wow… that’s quite a resume. It’s kinda like he’s got a theological personality disorder! Todd is Bishop for The Anglican Mission in the Americas, and is the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, CA. Author of Christianity Beyond Belief, Giving Church A Second Chance and The Outsider Interviews, Todd is also the founding director of Churches for the Sake of Others, the West Coast church planting initiative for The Anglican Mission in the Americas. He is past President of Alpha USA, Church Planting coach for Allelon Ministries and the National Director for the Association of Vineyard Churches.

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks! It's time for our semi-regular visit with our favourite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent!

Journey

  • Tim Wolfe -Gay Christian Blogger
    Tim describes himself as “a gay Pentecostal preacher's kid who gratefully managed to survive coming out of the closet with my faith intact. Over the years, I've met dozens of other GLBT friends who were less fortunate. This blog is for them--and tens of thousands like them. I pray that something here will encourage all of us to renew or strengthen our commitment to Christ. This starts by looking to Him for acceptance, not those claiming to speak for Him. Instead of waiting for fellow Christians who reject us to become "gay-friendly," I hope and believe that we can overcome our issues by becoming "straight-friendly"--loving them as Jesus told us to do.”

  • "Rob"
    Rob listens to our show and recently sent this email to us:
    “I grew up believing and then was "saved" into agnosticism. I'm a better father, husband, employee because I gave up Christianity. About the only thing I'm certain of in faith is all the religions are wrong. It's not up to god to make this world better it's up to us. Religion gives up that authority to an imaginary friend. Worse yet the imaginary friend tells people to go to war because others see that friend differently. Time to give up religion to save the world.”

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  • The Counsel Of Many! Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a Baptist pastor wants to know if he should leave his church/denomination because he disagrees with them about whether gays can be followers of Christ!

    I am a Baptist Minister who happens to be affirming of homosexuality. I am convinced that most of my evangelical brothers and sisters just do not get the idea of relational justice when it comes to this issue and rather we continue to be oppressive and act unjustly towards gays and lesbians which is in my opinion completely unacceptable. My Faith Community is not affirming but here I am as a heterosexual Pastor trying to minister with integrity and yet having to hide my status as an affirming Pastor. Should I leave this Church and Baptist Denomination in order to practice ministry within an affirming faith community? When I mention my affirming stance with friends and colleagues the first question is always "Are You Gay?"...The answer is no, just ask my wife, but the question is experienced by me as more than a question and perhaps even a judgment?

  • Would you pull your kids out of class if they were taught in Grade 1 about sexual organs; in grade 3 about sexual identity and orientation; and in Grade 6 & 7 about oral and anal intercourse and vaginal lubrication?
    The sex education debate is raging again here in Ontario. The new curriculum, which was quietly posted on the Ministry of Education’s website in January, has outraged leaders from the Christian right who have called the curriculum "bordering on criminal" and called on parents to withdraw their children from school May 10 to protest the changes. "It is unconscionable to teach eight-year-old children same-sex marriage, sexual orientation and gender identity," says Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College. "It is even more absurd to subject sixth graders to ... the pleasures of masturbation, vaginal lubrication and 12-year-olds to lessons on oral intercourse and anal intercourse."

  • Death Lyric Challenge!
    On Valentine’s Day Drew read the lyrics of a love song then asked the listeners to call in and tell us if the lyrics were from a sappy love song or a sappy worship song. This week, Drew will play a “Christian Death Metal” song and then read two sets of lyrics. If you can guess which set of lyrics was actually from the song played – you win absolutely nothing!

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show April 17, 2010

Special Guests

  • David Wells — General Superintendent for The Pentecostal Assemblies Of Canada
    Being the boss of Canada’s “happy clappies” means he’s the perfect guy to ask about the pro's and con's of being a Pentecostal. We’ll ask David questions about the charismatic movement, prosperity doctrine, worship styles, and the ever so controversial subject of spiritual gifts. Dave has also served as a chaplain for Canada’s 2004, 2006, 2008 Olympic Games and the 1990,1994, 2002 Commonwealth Games. He was manager of the Multi-faith Centres at the Olympic Villages and the Coordinator of the Christian Chaplaincy Teams during Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics/Paralympics.

  • G. Jeffrey MacDonald — Author of Thieves In The Temple: The Christian church and the selling of the American soul
    What has become of the Christian Church? Once devoted to moulding better people, in recent years the Christian Church has gotten a corporate makeover. In a desperate attempt to bolster membership rolls, ministers have begun to treat their churches more like companies, and their congregations more like customers. In the headlong rush to operate more like businesses, churches are sacrificing their moral authority, perhaps permanently. Thieves in the Temple is an incisive critique of today's movement away from true religion, showing how desperately we need a new religious reformation. Jeffrey MacDonald is a journalist, ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and a graduate of Yale Divinity School. He is a correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor and the Religion News Service.

  • J. Lee Grady — Author of The Holy Spirit Is Not For Sale
    Longtime readers of Charisma magazine will recognize some of the past stories and material from J. Lee Grady's Fire in My Bones columns that appear in his latest book. Echoing calls already made in the magazine, Lee urges charismatics to develop discernment and turn away from heresies that have given the movement a bad name. Whether taking prosperity theology to extremes, engaging in adultery or demanding huge honorariums, many leaders have disgraced Christ's name. It isn't just these charlatans-some of whom he names-that Grady rebukes; it's those with "itching ears" who give them platforms.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
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    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a lady who doubts the existence of God & has more liberal views on same sex marriage & abortion than those in her Pentecostal church, wants to know if she’s the only one who feels like she’s half agnostic – half Christian!

    “I've been attending the church I go to now for almost a year, but I consider myself an agnostic-Christian. I still take my Bible to church, I still somewhat pray and I still take communion, all because it's how I was raised and I still fundamentally believe that Jesus did die on the cross, but I have so many questions about certain things in the Bible, which is why I see myself as partly an agnostic. I've also become more open-minded and have more liberal views about things like same-sex marriage and abortions and stuff. I've also started doing yoga every now and then, even though I know some Christians condemn it. Because of this, I find it hard to really get involved and meet people at my church. I know a few of the people from the young adults group, and they ask me sometimes why I don't come to the young adult services on Sunday nights. I always make something up like how I have to work after church or something. I disagree with some of the stuff my pastor preaches on, and I feel sometimes like I have to bite my tongue. I have never told anyone at church that I am half agnostic. I'm afraid of what they'll think of me and I'm hesitant about being involved because of this. I don't know of anyone else in the church that can relate to where I am on a spiritual level, and I'm scared to ask about it. I've considered leaving, but I like the church because it's probably one of the only Pentecostal churches that I know of where the people are just simply human and the services aren't boisterous like other Pentecostal churches. Sometimes I feel like I'm alone because of my agnosticism. I feel depressed every time I walk into that place on Sunday mornings. Should I gradually get it out into the open with the few people that I know?”

  • Do you think the media is being too hard to the Catholic Church and the Pope?
    Over the last few years, a record number of allegations against pedophile priests have come to light. It seems that lately, not a day goes by without the media reporting some new aspect of wrongdoing by either a Catholic leader, the Vatican, or the Pope himself. So do you think the media is blowing things out of proportion? Do you think that there’s a bull’s eye on the back of the Pope’s head? A recent Newsweek article reports that rates of pedophilia by Catholic priests are no different then the rest of the world. Broadcaster and Toronto Sun columnist Michael Coren feels that the world is just picking on his church and his Pope. However, when the Vatican comes out with statements claiming a link between homosexuality and pedophilia, or when the Pope’s personal preacher states that the persecution the Catholic church is going through is similar to the Holocaust… maybe the media has a point… or two… or three.

  • Which spiritual gift do you have the hardest time with?
    • Prophets - Do you believe God speaks words directly through certain people?
    • Healers - Do you believe that certain people are really healing others from their un-verifiable illnesses?
    • Tonguers - Do you believe that people speak in a supernatural, un-intelligible, unknown language?

  • Free For All
    Every once in a while we open up the phone lines and let our listeners dictate the topic. TODAY’S THE DAY! Whether it’s something we’ve talked about today, something we’ve talked about on another show, or just something that’s just been on your mind – give us a call and let ‘er rip!

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Special Guests

  • Hemant Mehta — The Friendly Atheist
    Hemant is the Chair of the Secular Student Alliance Board of Directors. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he graduated with honours in both Mathematics & Biology, he also helped establish their first secular student group, Students With Out Religious Dogma (SWORD). He has worked with the Center for Inquiry and is the SSA representative to the Secular Coalition for America. He is also on the board of Foundation Beyond Belief, a charity organization targeting non-theistic donors. Hemant was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal for his work as the “eBay Atheist” and his book about the experience, I Sold My Soul on eBay. Hemant has some incredible insight regarding his “conversion” to atheism, his recent experiences going to church, as well as what he believes Christians/atheists are doing right and wrong.

  • David Hayward — The Naked Pastor
    Here are some of the reasons David heard as to why he just stepped down as a pastor and left “professional ministry” completely after 25 years: “He’s gay. He’ll come out the closet soon. Satan caused his fall by finding the chink in his armour: intellectual curiosity. He had an affair. He was handsomely paid out. Burn-out. He lost his faith. He’s replacing the director of the Vineyard movement. He was spoiled by the rotten apples (atheists, agnostics, etc.). His denomination (the Vineyard) excommunicated him for heresy. He had sex with something other than his wife.” Man! No wonder he left!

  • Tim Challies — He doesn’t really have a cool blog name so we’ll just call him The "Refernment" Blogger
    Tim is a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere and has one of the most widely read and recognized Christian blogs. Many describe Tim’s theology as Conservative/Calvinist/Reformed. He’s the author of The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment and editor of Discerning Reader, a site dedicated to offering discerning reviews of books that are of interest to Christians. He’s not a big fan of The Shack, Purpose Driven Life, or anything Brian McLaren writes.
    www.challies.com
    Spencer Burke - The OOZE
    Spencer is the author of A Heretic's Guide To Eternity and Making Sense of Church. For the past 10+ years, he’s been at the forefront of the emerging Church movement, including creating and maintaining TheOOZE.com one of the earliest expressions of this transition in the Church. Many describe Spencer’s theology as Liberal/Emergent/Non-Orthodox. As a self proclaimed “heretic,” Spencer is a fan of Brian McLaren, The Shack, and Rick Warren.

  • Hayley & Michael DiMarco — Authors
    With books like Sexy Girls, Dateable, Almost Sex, Marriable, Technical Virgin, and Mean Girls, it’s no wonder Drew’s kids love these authors! So we thought it would be better to bring in the expert, so Drew’s Daughter, Jessie, will take over the mic for this interview! Get ready DiMarcos – you thought Drew was tough!

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a pastor who has been abused by his wife for years wants to know if he should step down as pastor, divorce his wife, or stay married and just continue to endure it!

    “In my 20 plus years as a Pastor of a small congregation in eastern Canada, I’ve had the blessing and privilege of helping many of my congregants walk through personal struggles and tragedies in their life, being an instrument of God’s grace, hope and love in heart breaking circumstances. Among the many situations I have dealt with have been women who have lived in fear of their abusive husbands. I have been married for 14 years, have 3 children, and a deep secret. Abuse happens in my home. From the first year of marriage, my wife has been emotionally and physically abusive towards me. When I met my wife, she had a host of very serious struggles with mental illness. Of course with me being a co-dependent caretaker, this counsellor/patient dynamic fuelled my feelings of love for her. I had no idea that being what I thought was a godly and compassionate man would back fire with 14 years of abuse - 14 years of serial infidelities, emotional and physical abuse. (This includes hitting, hair pulling, spitting, threats of murder and physical harm, wounding comments about my inadequacies as a man and threats to take the children and leave etc.) After years of this, my self image is destroyed and I am horribly depressed. I also feel as if I have no where to turn. I’ve shared this with a co-pastor friend of mine and his response was "It’s the job of the man to be the head of the home. This is a sign that you are not in control of your house, hence you should have no place in the ministry of this church." I've spoken to several men in my men’s bible study group. Their response is either to laugh it off or to tell me "be a man and take it." I am very lonely in this marriage and feel that if I share this with any other member of my church I could lose my job. What am I to do? Do I divorce my wife, who for some reason I love very much? Do I stay and work it out even though past counselling attempts have seen my wife hurl accusations of the most wild and extreme sorts at me? Our marriage counselling sessions have never really gotten anywhere in the past. I'm lost, confused, tired, bitter and hurting. Help!”

  • Prayer Requests
    Drew feels so bad he didn’t get to this last week, that he wants to open up the phone lines at the top of the show this week and give you the opportunity to call in and ask our listeners to pray for you or your loved ones. We all know that being vulnerable is tough, especially on radio, but with tens of thousands of listeners around the world, the TDMS listeners would consider it an honour to pray for you.

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show April 3, 2010

Special Guests

  • Jesus Christ — Host of The Jesus Christ Show
    2000 years ago He walked this earth; preaching, teaching and preparing to make the ultimate sacrifice. WHAT IF today you could talk with Him, laugh with Him, cry with Him, not only through prayer but through the radio? The Jesus Christ show is interactive radio theatre designed to teach people about themselves and the historical person of Jesus. Nationally syndicated, The Jesus Christ Show can be heard across the US. The producer of The Jesus Christ Show, Neil Saavedra, likens the show to a history teacher dressing up like Abraham Lincoln or Benjamin Franklin to help people put flesh on the bones of history.

  • Barry Slauenwhite — President & CEO, Compassion Canada

  • Dave Toycen -President & CEO, World Vision Canada
    “I was hungry and you gave me no meal, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was homeless and you gave me no bed, I was shivering and you gave me no clothes, Sick and in prison, and you never visited. I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.” Haiti, Indonesia, Chile, Africa… How soon we forget!

  • Austin Carty — Contestant on Survivor, Author, Speaker
    In 2006 Austin appeared on CBS’s Survivor, and his first work of non-fiction, High Points and Lows: Life, Faith, and Figuring It All Out, is now available from Oasis Audio Books. Figuring out who you want to be in life is never easy. In High Points and Lows, Austin Carty traces his own stumbling journey toward adulthood and true faith, drawing on lessons from pop culture and Christianity. In these funny and moving essays that address faith, goals, and vocation, Carty offers an uplifting message. Carty's essays explore everything from misguided evangelicals who treat salvation as a cottage industry to the real danger of cheating in school - everyone will think you're brilliant and then you've got a real problem. Whether he is failing miserably at his first real job as a nightclub gofer, explaining how Saved by the Bell has ruined our youth, or struggling to come to terms with the death of a beloved friend, Carty demonstrates how finding the courage to be ourselves is the best way to forge a genuine connection with friends, family, and God.

  • Chuck Black — Former F-16 Fighter Pilot, Author
    Chuck Black first wrote Kingdom's Edge, to inspire his children to read the Bible with renewed zeal. This captivating parable led him to write the Old Testament allegories, Kingdom's Dawn and Kingdom's Hope. Chuck added three more titles to the series, Kingdom's Call, Kingdom's Quest, and Kingdom's Reign. Chuck served eight years in the United States Air Force. His entire series of books are available through Oasis Audio Books – A perfect way to get your kids involved in an unbelievable story!

Journey

  • Kimberley Rost
    Sexually abused as a teenager, living with an alcoholic mother and a step father who was in and out of prison, then battling an eating disorder, Kim has had her fair share of “demons” in life. Then, at a time when the booze and drugs got the better of her, on her way to meet her dealer, she decided to stop in at the church she’d been driving by. Kim found a new family and a God who found her, in the middle of her mess.

Talkback, etc.

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    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
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    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a new listener wants to know if this “Jesus stuff” actually works!

    "I’ve been listening to your show for about a year now and I guess I just have one basic and simple question. DOES IT WORK? Everyone wants to know if a “product” works before they buy it, right? So I want to know, from all of your Christian listeners if this “Jesus stuff” has actually worked for them and changed them in real and tangible ways… or not so much. And if you think Christianity works, then please explain to me how. As you can tell, I’m a bit pessimistic, which is why I appreciate Drew’s approach to all of this God stuff.”

  • TDMS Banter
    Join us for what promises to be one of the most counterproductive, disadvantageous, dysfunctional, expendable, reckless, fruitless, futile, good-for-nothing, hopeless, idle, impracticable, incompetent, ineffective, ineffectual, inept, inoperative, inutile, meaningless, no good, non-functional, pointless, profitless, purposeless, stupid, unavailing, unproductive, unprofitable, un-purposed, un-usable, unworkable, vain, valueless, weak & worthless segments in the history of radio.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show March 27, 2010

Special Guests

  • Carlos Oscar — Comedian
    “Carlos Oscar is a comedy treasure, a treasure that’s finally been discovered! A smart and perceptive storyteller. The only four-letter words you’ll hear from Carlos are “Wife,” “Kids,” “Debt!” and “Help!” His observations about his Latino family are so universal that you’ll consider yourself one of them. I know I do.” - Bill Cosby

    Carlos Oscar has risen to be one of the most sought after comics today. It’s his brand of comedy that has paved the way to appearances on TV such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, HBO and his recent special for Comedy Central / Warner Bros. Home Video, CARLOS OSCAR: LIFE IS CRAZY GOOD. His comedy influences were started very early on as a child. “My big influences were Johnny Carson, whom I’d stay up on a school night to watch; Bill Cosby - simply the best; and, of course, someone with my similar background: New York born, Puerto Rican comic Freddie Prinze, Sr.”

  • Tim Hawkins — Comedian
    Tim Hawkins has been accused of being equally gifted and twisted. His arsenal is unique: high energy stand-up, physical comedy, slick guitar skills, a thousand faces and voices, improvisational chops. It all combines to create an insane comedy experience. And yes, the guy can really sing. “People think I live a rock-star life”, said Hawkins. “Believe me, Mick Jagger never gets lost in a Hertz parking lot looking for his Ford Focus.” Tim’s Full Range of Motion concert DVD won the 2007 Crown Award for Best Comedy and he recently visited the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Columbus, Ohio, to film his second TV special for the comedy series Bananas, winner of a Regional Emmy. With four kids of his own and a wife who is winning her battle with breast cancer, Hawkins gets new material daily from the perils of marriage and parenting. So does Tim think he’s funny? “I'm not bragging, but one time I told a joke in front of a dead bird, and it flew away. And you can Google that.”

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian (Sort of…)
    That's right folks! It's time for our semi-regular visit with our favourite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent! Kerri is also an accomplished actress, published author and veteran of television with credits that include 28 appearances on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, recurring roles on Port Charles and The Young and the Restless, and Lifetime Network. She's been a popular guest on many TV shows on Fox, TBN, CBN, The Total Living Network, ABC, ABC Family Network, The Joni Show, CNN Headline News Showbiz Tonight, Hallmark Channel, Pre Show Host GMA/Dove Awards and many others. Kerri and husband comedian Ron McGehee appeared on the Oxygen Network's hit reality show, Tori and Dean: Inn Love and starred and co-produced a pilot, produced by Eastgate Productions. The pilot, www.ilovekerri.tv, demonstrates both their comedic ability to interact as they take on the task of home improvement. As you will see, their complete lack of skills is downright comical. I Love Kerri premiered on Sky Angel. Kerri also writes her own advice column in national magazines, articles for the Teen magazine Brio, is a contributing writer for the new magazine "Hope For Women", and her book, If I Am Waiting On God, Then What Am I Doing In A Christian Chatroom?; Confessions Of A Do It Yourself Single" is in Christian bookstores nationally, and just re-released to reach a secular audience under Boys Like Girls Named Jennie.

  • Michael Jr. — Comedian
    Comedian George Wallace offered Michael his first break when he took him to the legendary Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, home of Jay Leno and “The Tonight Show” staff. The club’s owner slipped Michael onstage…and a week later Michael was performing at the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Montreal, where he became the first comedian to ever appear live via satellite on The Tonight Show. That performance catapulted Michael’s career and has resulted in additional appearances on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, The Late, Late Show, BET, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Byron Allen Show, and many more. You’ll also find him at the most prestigious comedy clubs across the nation, including The Improv, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Punchline, The Comic Strip, and Zany’s. If that weren’t enough, Michael’s versatility takes him from major universities such as Notre Dame, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Alabama, to church events ranging from the 60,000 member Willow Creek Church in Chicago to the 17,000 member West Angeles Church in L.A. And now you can see him in Thou Shalt Laugh a comedy DVD released by Warner Bros., or in his latest film www.comedytheroadlesstraveled.com.

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  • The Counsel Of Many!
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    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a lady wants advice on what kind of practical joke she can play on her husband who always plays jokes on her!

    “My husband is the KING of practical jokes. He plays them on everyone – his family, his coworkers, his team-mates! But this year I want to get him back! He would never in a million years imagine that I would pull any kind of practical joke on anyone, let alone him, which is why this is perfect! The problem is, I can’t come up with anything good! So I figured that even if nobody calls with some practical joke advice, at least Drew & Tim should be able to come up with something. But in case their ideas kinda suck, please, does anyone else have some practical joke ideas that have worked out really well? Even though I have the element of surprise, he’s still a pretty clever and suspicious guy. So it has to be a beauty!”

  • Crank Phone Calls!
    Just go to our contact page on our website and tell us the name of the person you want Drew to punk, and make sure you give us some personal details about the person to make it seem like a legit phone call. Don’t forget their phone number! Drew will call them and pretend to be a Police Officer who has some questions about their car being involved in a hit and run! So make sure you give us the colour and model of car they drive! (Or, if you have another suggestion as to how we should crank call your friend or family member or pastor… we’re open to suggestions.)

  • Useless Television Trivia
    It’s a crowd favourite, people! We’ll play the soundtrack from an old television show and if you’re the first caller to guess which TV show it’s from - YOU WIN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

  • TDMS Banter
    Join us for what promises to be one of the most counterproductive, disadvantageous, dysfunctional, expendable, reckless, fruitless, futile, good-for-nothing, hopeless, idle, impracticable, incompetent, ineffective, ineffectual, inept, inoperative, inutile, meaningless, no good, non-functional, pointless, profitless, purposeless, stupid, unavailing, unproductive, unprofitable, un-purposed, un-usable, unworkable, vain, valueless, weak & worthless segments in the history of radio.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show March 20, 2010

Special Guests

  • Larry King — Talk Show Host, Author & Television Icon
    Legendary radio personality and host of CNN’s Larry King Live, Larry King, takes the stage, with special guest Shawn King, live at Fallsview Casino & Resort on March 26 and 27 at 9:00 p.m. Over the years, Larry has interviewed many spiritual leaders, asking questions like, “If I don’t believe in Jesus will I go to Hell?” and “With what just happened in Haiti, doesn’t that shake your faith? I mean how could you believe in a God who allows such horrible natural disasters to happen?” Today, we’ll find out what Larry believes and who, of all his “God guests”, has had the most impact on him.
    www.cnn.com/larryking
    www.shawnking.com

  • Jesse "The Body" Ventura — Former Governor Of Minnesota, Pro Wrestler, Navy SEAL, Actor, Talk Show Host & Author
    In his latest book, American Conspiracies, Jesse Ventura tells it like it is, and this time he tackles the American government’s biggest secrets. In this explosive account of wrongful acts and on-going cover-ups, Jesse takes a systematic look at the wide gap between what the American government knows and what it reveals to the American people. And according to this former Navy SEAL, former pro wrestler, and former Minnesota governor, the media is complicit in these acts of deception. For too long, the mainstream press has refused to consider alternate possibilities and to ask the tough questions. InVentura’s eyes, the murder of Abraham Lincoln and the assassinations of the Kennedy’s and Martin Luther King, all need to be re-examined. Was Watergate presented honestly, or was the CIA involved? Did the Republican Party set out to purposefully steal two elections on behalf of George W. Bush? Has all the evidence been presented about the 9/11 attacks or is there another angle that the media is afraid to explore? And finally, is the collapse of today’s financial order and the bailout plan by the Federal Reserve the widest-reaching conspiracy ever perpetrated? According to Larry King, “If you’re talking outspoken, unconventional, and no-holds-barred, you’re talking Jesse Ventura.”

  • James Ingram — Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist
    Music icon, multi-Grammy award winner, and back to back Oscar nominee, James Ingram has inspired and touched the hearts of millions worldwide as a singer, performer, songwriter, composer, arranger, and producer. In 2009, James returned to his roots with the release of his first complete inspirational CD entitled, Stand – In The Light. Inspired by the plight of the Hurricane Katrina victims, Stand features new works as well as his legendary Grammy collaboration with Michael McDonald, Ya Mo Be There. Blessed by the influence and mentorship of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder; shaped and molded by Quincy Jones, James Ingram has indeed been a musical force to be reckoned with since the early 80s!

  • Tom Doyle — Expert on Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandals/Cover-up
    Twenty five years ago, the Rev. Thomas Doyle warned the Roman Catholic bishops about the church's looming sexual abuse nightmare. They didn’t listen and Father Doyle was quietly removed from his job. A Dominican priest with a doctorate in canon law and five separate master's degrees, Rev. Thomas Patrick Doyle, O.P. sacrificed a rising career at the Vatican Embassy to become an outspoken advocate for church abuse victims. Since 1984, when he became involved with the issue of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy while serving at the Embassy, he has become an expert in the canonical and pastoral dimensions of this problem—working directly with victims, their families, accused priests, bishops, and other high-ranking Church officials. Doyle has interviewed 2,000 victims of clerical sexual abuse in the U.S. alone, and has been the only priest to testify in court in over 200 cases as to the legal liability of the Church.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
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    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
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    This week on the Counsel Of Many: Sam from Europe took a lot of heat for defending the transgender pastor at his/her church. If your Pastor had a sex change, how would you react?

    “My pastor is transgender. The first thing that comes to peoples mind when they hear the situation is Exodus 22: "A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment." That's not the case here, however. Our highly liked pastor tells that he has born into the wrong body. Seriously. There are people who are born with both genitals and those that are born with the wrong genitals. My pastor has been that way since he was a little kid. He always wanted to dress up as a girl but his parents smothered his "silly" games. He needed to be a real man. When he went to bible college he really tried to be a man. Later in his fifties he realized that he cannot live a lie and basically became a she. She is the most loving, caring and devoted pastor that I've ever met and I've gone through hard times to understand that this is actually okay. In a fallen world everyone doesn't get a good start. I believe that my pastor can really be a light to those who are different and still sincerely want to follow Christ. When he announced his intentions and the fact that our senior pastor isn't going to fire him, 50 people left our church. Lately, I've been having a personal problem. No one outside our church really understands me supporting her. Last month I visibly stood up to defend her in an argument within my family and became judged as a liberal jerk and a big sinner. What should I do? Should I stand up to defend what I believe to be right? Does anyone agree with me or am I alone? (Sorry for my bad English. I'm not a native speaker.)”

  • Should the Pope step down because he's responsible for protecting pedophile priests?
    Calls for the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI have become louder as information is being uncovered that he simply transferred a pedophile priest out of his former diocese rather than having him arrested. Apparently, Cardinal Ratzinger was also responsible for policy and doctrine which warned that there would be serious consequences for those that reported claims of sexual abuse and that talking to the legal authorities was forbidden. Is this the Pope you worship?

  • Which conspiracy theory do you believe? Which one do you think is just plain ol’ silly?
    Was the US government involved in 911? Who killed JFK? Is there really such a thing as Global Warming? Was the Apollo moon landing a hoax? Who is part of this New World Order and just how much control do they really have? And what addictive substance do they put into Tim Horton’s coffee?

  • Free For All
    After such a huge show Drew and Tim need to let off a little steam! Sit back and enjoy some chuckles, emails and listen to what the listeners of TDMS really think of Drew!

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show March 13, 2010

Special Guests

  • Sara Evans — Country Recording Artist & Author
    Multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans has won ACM's Female Vocalist of the Year, CMA's Video of the Year, named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," and was the first country star to compete in ABC's Dancing with the Stars. And now she’s written her first book called The Sweet By & By, also available as an audio book with Oasis Audio. “All my songs tell a story,” says Sara. “But this one’s special. My first novel. A story about Jade. Her search for real love, her one-eyed mutt, hippie mother, and quirky vintage shop. It’s about looking backward while moving forward. About chasing dreams, endless country roads, and tender faith. A breath of fresh air that’ll take you away and leave your heart humming a song of joy.”
    www.saraevans.com

  • Terry Fator — Ventriloquist & Winner of America’s Got Talent
    One of our listeners, Chuck Stenberg from Oregon, emailed us and suggested we interview Terry Fator. So we did!

    Terry not only captured the hearts of Americans with his rousing victory on America’s Got Talent, but he also won the heart of the Godfather of Christian Rock, Larry Norman, and performed at Larry’s last birthday party. Now, Terry’s hilarious live show is playing at The Mirage in Las Vegas where he brings to life his puppet co-stars through comic banter and their hilarious takes on musical superstars such as Cher, Justin Timberlake, Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, The Pussycat Dolls and more. You’ve never seen Terry Fator until you’ve seen Terry Fator & His Cast of Thousands, only at The Mirage in Vegas.

  • Dr. Thomas Power — Professor at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
    With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching we thought it would be good to hear from a real Irishman! And one who can deliver the goods on St. Patrick and Celtic Christianity! Dr. Tom Power hails from Ireland where he was educated at Trinity College Dublin. He has taught history at the University of New Brunswick and the University of Toronto. As adjunct professor of church history his teaching interests focus on evangelical spirituality in the 18th century, Celtic Christianity, and Irish church history. He is currently working on a new book provisionally entitled Mines and Ministers: Religious Controversy in an Irish Mining Community which deals with the impact of evangelicals on a copper mining community in mid-19th century Ireland. Tom also organizes walking/study tours in Ireland and Britain.

Journey

  • Andy Walton
    Andy is Drew’s childhood friend. About 9 years ago Drew asked Andy if he might be interested in talking about Jesus stuff. Andy agreed and soon after made the decision to surrender his life to God and begin following Jesus. Since then, Andy hasn’t really ever gone to church, and yet he seems to still be following Jesus. Can this really be possible?? The fine print in the contract the Church gives you seems to indicate that one will “fall away” and quit the Faith if one doesn’t attend church regularly. One might begin to smoke or drink or swear or recycle!! At least that’s what the Church would have us believe. So with Andy not attending a church regularly, how does he survive spiritually? Have you ever heard of someone following Jesus who’s never attended a church?

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
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    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
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    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a man wants to know if he should ask his pastor to preach shorter sermons or just leave the church.

    “I’ve been attending our church for many years. We’ve had different pastors come and go. Some have preached 20-minutes, some 30-minutes, and some 40 to 50 minutes. The one we have now is in the last group – 40 to 50 minutes! Honestly I’ve have tried… really I have. But I just can NOT sit through 40-50 minutes of ANYONE talking. I don’t care how interesting they or the topic is. And there’s no way I’m bringing my neighbour out to church! Are you kidding me? Everyone I know has a pulse and a life on Sundays. And while they might politely sit through ONE of those services ONCE, there’s no way they’d darken the doors again. So I’d like to know a few things from your listeners. 1/ How long is too long for a sermon? Maybe the long teaching times should be on Wednesday nights when the keeners already go? 2/ Should I confront the pastor about this? He already knows that 40-50 minutes is way too long for a lot of people but I guess for others, it’s cool. So why should he change for me? 3/ Should I just leave, since it’s probably my issue anyway?”

  • Should Benny Hinn take a break from ministry now that he’s getting a divorce?
    Prosperity Evangelist Benny Hinn announced recently that he and his wife are getting divorced. However, in a statement sent to his followers Benny said, "I want you, as my partner in this ministry, to know that I am going to continue preaching the Gospel and praying for the sick as I have for 36 years. I will not allow anything to slow me down or stop me." Maybe that’s what got him into this mess in the first place. How many people do you know whose families or marriages have suffered at the cost of “ministry”? Wouldn’t it be a good idea for Benny to step down from spiritual leadership, at least for a while? Or should he just keep on keeping on?

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show March 6, 2010

TDMS LITE: The Estrogen Version In Drew's absence, today’s show is hosted by Melinda Estabrooks Williams, from television's Full Circle, and Canadian recording artist Kelita! Listen in as the girls catch up on current events and take every opportunity to pick on Drew while he’s away!

Special Guests

  • Kay Warren — Author, Speaker, and Executive Director of Saddleback Church's HIV/AIDS Initiative
    In 1980, Kay and her husband began Saddleback Church in the living room of their condominium. Now, one of the largest churches in America, Saddleback Church has given her an incredible platform for influencing others. Kay frequently travels around the globe to encourage HIV positive men, women, and vulnerable children. In 2004, she founded the HIV/AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church. As a two-time cancer survivor, Kay knows firsthand how a life-threatening diagnosis alters one’s daily life. Her own bouts with suffering have motivated her to serve others who are sick. In 2006, she was among eight women honored at the CNN Inspire Summit, and in 2008, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health. Kay has been a columnist for Christianity Today and has written for CNN.com and the Washington Post. She has been featured in POZ, Reader’s Digest, Guideposts and Today’s Christian Woman.

  • Stasi Eldredge — Author of Love & War: Finding the Marriage You Dreamed Of
    John Eldredge’s bestselling spirituality classic Wild at Heart changed the lives of millions of men; Captivating, written with his wife, Stasi, did the same for millions of women. The Eldredges now turn to what happens when those hearts are joined in marriage. Their new book, Love & War: Finding the Marriage You Dreamed Of, is a revealing and hope-filled exploration of a “fabulously hard” endeavor. The Eldredges, who have been married for more than twenty-six years, nearly gave up on their marriage a few times. They share the story of how they fought back from the brink of divorce to a deeper, richer relationship.

  • Chantal Desloges — Immigration Lawyer
    Everyone’s favourite immigration lawyer is back! Chantal Desloges is one of only thirteen lawyers in Canada certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in both Immigration law and Refugee law. Her successful practice encompasses every possible area of Canadian immigration. Do you know someone who has experienced immigration or residency problems, maybe through international marriages or ministry/missionary situations, etc?

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks! It's time for our semi-regular visit with our favourite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent!

Journey

  • Theresa L. Flores — Author of The Slave Across the Street: The True Story of How an American Teen Survived the World of Human Trafficking
    At fifteen years old Theresa L. Flores developed an innocent crush on an older school mate. When he reciprocated her interest, she was overjoyed and naively agreed to take a ride home from school. Instead he took her to his house and raped her. Unknown to Theresa, his cousins had hidden and taken pictures of the rape. She was threatened that the photos would be distributed to her family, church, and friends and she would only get the photos back if she complied with her abuser. Over the span of two years she was transported at late hours of the night from the comfort of her lavish upper middle class home and forced to sleep with thousands of men. Theresa joins us to talk about her journey, the world of human trafficking, and how she pulled her life together. Now a licensed social worker in Ohio, Theresa received a Bachelor of Social Work from Ball State University in Indiana and a Masters in Counseling Education from the University of Dayton as a Human Development Specialist. She's featured by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum in a traveling exhibit entitled Invisible Slavery. She lectures internationally on human trafficking and currently works for Gracehaven House, a therapeutic, long-term home being built for young girls under the age of eighteen who have been victimized by domestic sexual exploitation.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
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    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a woman wants to know what she should say to her friend who is a wife and mother of two and is falling in love with her best female friend.

    “I’ve found myself in the middle of a very complicated and confusing situation. Basically, I have a friend who has “unintentionally” fallen in love with her closest friend. My friend is a Christian, she's married and has two kids and the friend she's fallen in love with is a woman who is also married with a family. Suffice it to say that things are pretty messed up in this family right now. She is an incredible woman who really loves God and she’s never considered herself sexually or romantically attracted to women. So this situation she finds herself in has just blown the doors right off her conservative Christian views. I guess the background on this is that her husband hasn’t really been there for her over the years. He’s a workaholic and totally emotionally detached from her. They’ve just been cohabitating in the same house for quite some time. Over time, she developed a really strong and close friendship with this other woman and recently, well, they crossed the line from friendship into an affair – emotionally and physically. She says she's really confused but that her feelings are so strong that they are just overpowering her and she can't imagine her life without this woman. I’d really like some advice as to what I should say to my friend. I disagree with what she’s doing, but I want to help her. WHAT THE HECK DO I DO?”

  • Would you go to a church that allowed women to preach?
    “Women in spiritual leadership” is STILL something that many church folks are divided over. Churches like Harvest Bible Chapel state quite clearly that only “men are to serve in the office of Elder and that women are not to serve in church positions in which they exercise authority over men or in which they teach doctrine to men.” They do not see this as an issue of equality because they feel that “men and women do not have the same roles.” Is this a church you would feel comfortable going to, or not? Should women be allowed to teach men in the church?

  • All the single ladies… All the single ladies
    What are your pet peeves about men? We’d love to hear about those dates from Hades! This is the perfect show for you to call in and let all the men in the world know how to lift their game! Hairy backs? Messy eater? Bad breath? Facial hair? Too macho? Too feminine? Super-spiritual? Spiritually pathetic? C’mon ladies! This might be your only show to tell the world about the things you can’t stand in a man!

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show February 27, 2010

Drew is away this week so we thought we’d re-play some of our most intriguing journey segments from last year - messy lives with a real god in the middle of them!

Journey

  • Paul Henderson — NHL Alumni / Hall of Fame Inductee / Team Canada '72 Hero
    (Originally Aired December 19, 2009)
    Just a few weeks ago, Paul was given some pretty tough news. He has Cancer. With Christmas upon us, chances are that many of us have loved ones who also have that dark cloud of Cancer hanging over their heads. So we thought we'd check in with one of Canada's heroes to find out how he's coping and how this news has affected his faith. We hope that Paul's brutal honesty and spiritual transparency will be an encouragement to you and your loved ones. Since 1972, the man who scored the goal heard from coast to coast has become a Canadian legend. Paul is a member of several sports halls of fame and has had his image depicted on a Canadian Mint coin, the first time a living person other than a sovereign has been depicted on a coin!

  • "Eddie"
    (Originally Aired October 3, 2009)
    Numerous felonies including assault, weapon & drug charges, landed him 14 years in prison, including a stint at the infamous Folsom Prison. After being paroled eight times, “Eddie” showed up at church one day where the pastor recognized him as a childhood friend. He’s just recently finished his final parole. So what was it that finally turned his life around? God showing up in prison and messing with his heart? The unconditional love of his parents during incarceration? Or a church that loved on him despite his past? His story is just one of the chapters in Craig Gross & Jason Harper’s book, Jesus Loves You This I Know.

  • Lisa & David Elliot
    (Originally Aired September 12, 2009)
    Some of you may remember our interview with Lisa Elliot back in April. We talked about how she was coping with the news that her 19 year old son, Ben, had been diagnosed with Leukemia. Life for the Elliot family had changed forever. Well, just over three weeks ago, Ben lost his battle with Leukemia. Lisa and her husband David join us in–studio to talk about their very personal and very recent journey of grief.

  • Marina Nemat — Author of Prisoner Of Tehran: A Memoir
    (Originally Aired September 19, 2009)
    In 1982, 16-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges by Iranian Revolutionary Guards and tortured in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. At a time when most Western teenaged girls are choosing their prom dresses, Nemat was having her feet beaten by men with cables and listening to gunshots as her friends were being executed. She survived only because one of the guards fell in love with her and threatened to harm her family if she refused to marry him. Soon after her forced conversion to Islam and marriage, her husband was assassinated by rival factions. Nemat was returned to prison but, ironically, it was her captor's family who eventually secured her release. An extraordinary tale of faith and survival, Prisoner of Tehran is a testament to the power of love in the face of evil and injustice.

  • Jeff Lilley
    (Originally Aired October 10, 2009)
    Jeff was recently fired as the Executive Director from one of the largest camps in the world, a ministry he had been involved with for over 29 years. However, as the director, Jeff has also been on the other side of the coin, having to fire a variety of staff in his position as Director. So, did that aspect of his job description make getting fired any easier? Getting fired can be exceptionally hard on anyone, but especially when it’s with a ministry or charity you’ve poured so much of your life into. Add to that the fact that many ministries and churches also include as part of their compensation package, accommodation. Now when you get fired, you also have to move and possibly uproot your entire family. So should Christians go about firing people any differently than the rest of the world? Would Jesus “fire” anybody? What’s the best way to get someone to move on without crushing their spirit?

  • "Mr.X"
    (Originally Aired November 7, 2009)
    Today we’ll hear from a man who was once immersed in virtually every aspect of the Christian community but has since gone through two failed marriages, financial ruin, and even a short stint in prison. And now he feels that it’s pointless to keep calling himself a Christian since he’s obviously failed at that as well. When does one stop identifying themselves as “Christian”?

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Special Guests

  • Brandon Firla — Reverend Thorne from CBC’s Little Mosque On The Prairie
    Actor, Comedian, Writer, Producer & Agnostically Atheist… Drew first met Brandon on the set of CBC’s Test The Nation. Dragon’s Den star Brett Wilson (Captain of the Believer’s Team) introduced Brandon (Captain of The Atheist’s Team) to Drew who thought it might be fun to interview an agnostic/atheist who plays the role of a minister on the Canadian hit television series Little Mosque On The Prairie.

  • Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner — Professor at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
    We called Wycliffe College and asked for someone to help “believers” better understand the arguments both for and against the existence of God. Prior to his appointment as Professor of Historical Theology, Rev. Dr. Radner was rector of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Pueblo, Colorado. His range of ministerial experience includes Burundi, where he worked as a missionary, Haiti, inner-city Cleveland, and Connecticut. He has taught at seminaries in Connecticut and Colorado.

  • Bruce Sheiman — Author of An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity is Better off with Religion than Without It
    A traitor to atheism or just a sympathetic friend to believers? In An Atheist Defends Religion, Bruce Sheiman argues that the debate about the existence of God is irresolvable. And instead suggests discussing the less-explored issue of the value of religion to society – a debate he believes religion can win. Sheiman, a life-long atheist, says religion has endured through the ages for a simple reason: religion offers substantive benefits – psychological, communal, moral, emotional, existential, and even physical-health – that no other belief system offers. As a non-believer, he offers a unique perspective of the militant “New Atheism,” arguing that it negatively affects the atheist cause far more than it helps.

Journey

  • Jeff & Heather Smyth
    Heather was diagnosed with Leukemia 11 years ago. Not long ago she contracted pneumonia and was literally at death’s door. Just recently Heather underwent a bone marrow transplant. Raising a family is hard enough but add to that all the emotional and spiritual variables that come with fighting a debilitating illness like Leukemia. One moment one spouse is optimistic and hopeful and the other – not so much. The next moment they find their outlooks reversed. When do you stop praying for healing and just accept the cards that have been dealt? Or do you?

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
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    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a lady is worried she married the wrong guy because she still has feelings for an old flame.

    “I’ve been married for a few years now and I’m worried that I’ve made a huge mistake. My husband is an amazing man with an incredible heart. Any woman would be lucky to have him as a husband. The problem, I guess, is with me. I can’t stop thinking about my ex-boyfriend – the guy I was with before I ended up with my husband. I keep wondering what life would be like with him? No one has ever made me feel the way he did. I’ve never had that kind of chemistry with anyone. So now I’m wondering what I should do. Do I end my marriage now before anymore time passes and before we have children or do I stay married and settle for what I have knowing that I will never have what I could have had? I’m trying really hard to do “the right” thing here. I haven’t had any contact with my old boyfriend and don’t plan too. I’ve told a couple of close girlfriends how I feel but have told them to never bring up the topic or his name again. I’m just trying to be open and honest about my feelings. It’s been years now and my feelings for him haven’t gone away. What if I missed the chance to be married to the perfect guy for me? What do I do if I think I’ve married the wrong guy?”

  • Can you prove there is a God?
    Some will say without a doubt that God exists. Others will say they have no doubt that there is no doubt that there is no God. Some say you can prove God exists, while others say you can’t. Since many listeners to our show believe in God, we’d like to know if you think it’s possible to prove that God exists. What proof do you have that there’s a God? Do you think that what you have to say would convince an atheist?

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show February 13, 2010

VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL

Special Guests

  • Laila Biali — Toronto’s Jazz Sensation
    Laila’s life has been quite the whirlwind over the last few months. While touring with Sting, she found herself in love with two men! Okay… the real story is that she found out she was pregnant. (No Jerry Springer…Sting is not the father!) Joining us by phone from New York, Laila shares with us her very personal story of finding herself unexpectedly pregnant and having to decide whether or not to marry the father of the baby, who she had been dating for two and a half years. They hadn't married because of big spiritual questions surrounding their possible union. “Pre-marital sex” & “unequally yoked” were two terms that had come up frequently in ongoing conversations within her Christian community, and some relationships now seemed to potentially hang in the balance of the decisions Laila was facing. So where is God in the midst of all of this?

  • Dawn Bennett — Divorce Lawyer
    It can be overwhelming when your marriage breaks down, but the fact is that even Christians end up divorcing. And unfortunately many people feel a sense of rejection from their church rather than support and healing. When the painful decision to divorce has been made, it's important to have someone that really knows the law but also understands your personal & spiritual needs. Dawn Bennett is a Family Lawyer who appreciates that divorce is a reality, and there are many Christians in need of legal council. Family lawyer Dawn Bennett has built her practice on Trust, Respect and Integrity.
    www.bennettlaw.ca
    Marlene M. MacKenzie - Co-Founder of Plan & Prepare
    Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. Marlene MacKenzie began her ministry as Singles Director at Kennedy Road Tabernacle Church in 1997. Five years later, she began leading DivorceCare in Brampton, a recovery group and support system for people experiencing divorce. In 2005, Marlene became co-founder of Plan & Prepare, coordinating its unique seminars and events for Single Adults. Through her journey of over-coming broken relationships, she has shared hope with many who are suffering from the pain of a broken heart.

  • Dr. William M. Struthers — Author of Wired For Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain
    What makes pornography so powerful, especially for men? How are pornographic images processed differently than other images in the male brain? How is the male brain actually “rewired” by exposure to pornography? What are the side effects of regular pornography use? How do you define healthy male sexuality? What are some practical steps that a man struggling with pornography can take to break free? Dr. Struthers is associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College where he teaches courses on behavioural neuroscience, men and addictions, and the biological bases of behaviour. His theoretical research is in the area of neuroethics, the biological bases of spirituality and personhood, and the nature of integration in psychology.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a lady whose husband left her after a long marriage finds herself dating and wants to know what the rules are about sex now that she’s single again.

    “I’m pretty sure I know the answer to my own question but I also know that I’m one of many divorced/widowed Christians out here in the real world who are trying to adjust to the single life all over again. And the reality is that not having sex when you’re dating again, after you've been sexually active for any number of years, is a real problem. I’m trying to live my life in a way that's pleasing to God but find myself in a great relationship with a wonderful person and full of physical desire. I know the easy answer is to just not do it, we all know that. Don’t we? I feel like a teenager back in youth group asking the same question again – HOW FAR IS TOO FAR? Is there anyone out there in my position who can offer some straight up advice?”

  • Would you advise couples of different faiths to marry?
    Can love really conquer all? Did marrying someone of a different faith work out in your family or not so much? (We’ll also talk to a couple featured in an engaging new documentary series from VisionTV called Crazy for Love, which looks at what happens when two people from different cultural and religious backgrounds fall in love. The 13-part series airs on Tuesdays, starting Feb. 9, at 10:30 p.m. ET /7:30 p.m. PT.)

  • Who’s Lovin’ Who?
    Let’s have some fun - Drew will read the lyrics of a song - then you tell us if it’s from a sappy love song or a sappy worship song? Hard to tell the difference sometimes. Is it Celine Dion or is it Hillsong?

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show February 6, 2010

Special Guests

  • Jeremy Taggart — Drummer for Our Lady Peace
    When Drew was on CBC’s Test The Nation, he sat beside a pretty nice guy named Jeremy. He found out through the course of the show that Jeremy was in a band and that both he and Drew had gotten on TTN the same way – Strombo made it so! Jeremy said he’d love to come on our show someday. Well, today’s the day! We have no idea what Jeremy believes in, all we know is that Jeremy was on the Believers Team with Drew and that he believes in something! By the way, Sony artists “OLP” have sold over five million albums, won four Juno Awards, and ten MuchMusic Video Awards — the most MMVAs ever awarded to any artist or group! (Drew didn’t know that…)
    www.myspace.com/taggartstake

  • Gayle Haggard — Author of Why I Stayed
    Last week on Oprah, former evangelical superstar Ted Haggard and his wife Gayle, were talking about why Gayle decided to stay with her husband after it was exposed that he’d been taking drugs and hiring the services of a male prostitute. Oprah seemed to have a tough time buying into Gayle’s forgiveness and pretty much accused her of being naïve! Well this Saturday Gayle Haggard is on OUR show.

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks! It's time for our semi-regular visit with our favourite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent!

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a mother of two teenagers is really worried about her kid’s spiritual lives and wants advice on how to get them interested and engaged.

    “I am a mother of two teenagers. Both of them seem to be very disinterested in their spiritual lives. Neither of them read the Bible. They say it’s boring and hard to understand. Neither of them go to any youth events at our church let alone the youth group. They are past the age of us “taking them” to church, nor do we want to force it upon them. My husband and I have no idea how to help them grow spiritually and we feel so helpless watching them make poor choices. I know, I know… all we can do is pray for them. C’mon… there’s got to be something we can do other than pray. Are there any parents out there who can give us some practical tips & advice? What have you done to get your kids interested in their faith and growing spiritually?”

  • Do you think it was a wise move for Focus On The Family to spend millions on a 30-second anti abortion Super Bowl ad?
    Thirty-second commercials during the Super Bowl are selling for $2.5 million to $2.8 million. According to CBS news, Gary Schneeberger, a spokesman for Focus on the Family, said funds for the ad were donated by a few "very generous friends" and did not come from the ministry’s general fund. So knowing that general funds weren’t used for this bold ad campaign, do you think this was a good use of donations for a Christian ministry? Or should that money have been spent on better things – like Haiti?

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.

  • What’s the best “spiritual” book you’ve ever read… other than the Bible?
    Joining us today is Canada’s faith-based book guru – Ellen Graf-Martin, a leading provider of publicity, social media marketing, and strategic marketing services to inspirational and family-valued audiences in the Canadian market. She’s also the woman behind www.ellenspicks.com. Ellen has thousands of books at her fingertips and loves to read and make recommendations when she finds something great! So give us a call and brag about the book that has rocked your spiritual life!

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show January 30, 2010

Special Guests

  • Sass Jordan — Juno Award Winner
    Winner of Billboard's Best Female Rock Vocalist award, Sass has toured and/or worked with many music heavyweights, including Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Carlos Santana and Joe Cocker. In 1992, she performed a duet with Joe Cocker for the soundtrack of the motion picture The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Her songs have been featured on numerous television shows, including Melrose Place, Party Of Five, Baywatch and Knight Rider. Also an accomplished actress, she starred in the lead role of Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway hit Love Janis. In 2003, she took on judging duties on the blockbuster, Canadian Idol – the same year she shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and others as part of the history-making SARS relief concert in Toronto. Sass has just released another gem entitled From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, and will be performing LIVE at The Mississauga Performing Arts Centre on Friday, February 19 at 8:30 p.m. Today she joins us to share her views on spirituality and faith.

  • Tal Bachman — Ex-Mormon Turned Reluctant Agnostic
    After many years of diligent research into why he believed what he believed, Tal came to the conclusion that the faith of his family was false. He was featured in Bill Maher’s mocumentary, Religulous, as an ex-Mormon and now finds it hard to believe how anyone could go from “one set of lies to another.” As the son of legendary guitarist Randy Bachman from The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive ("Takin’ Care Of Business"), Tal’s self-titled debut scored a smash hit with "She's So High."
    www.myspace.com/talbachmanmusic

  • Shawn McCraney — Ex-Mormon Turned Born-Again Evangelical Christian
    Shawn is the host of Heart of the Matter, a television show that challenges the belief system of Mormons. He’s also the author of I Was A Born-Again Mormon. Growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), Shawn served a mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He married his wife, Mary, in the Los Angeles Temple. They are both graduates of Brigham Young University. While a member of the LDS Church, Shawn served as a home teacher, elder's quorum president, seminary teacher and a member of a Bishopric and Stake High Council. In 2001, he asked to be excommunicated from the LDS Church.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a diabetic woman who had a Tubal-Ligation in order to prevent any further dangerous and complicated pregnancies wants to know if she should sue her doctor because the procedure failed within the first year – and man, did she suffer!

    “Hi Drew. I do not know if this will fit your criteria for the Counsel of Many. If a Tubal Ligation fails within less than a year should there be some financial help to take care of this baby that was not planned for? I am a diabetic in my 40s that did this surgery for several reasons. I was satisfied with the number of children we already had - various medical reasons - and the very high cost and quality time required to raise children in Canada. I read that this method was 99% effective, and I believed that if it failed it would be at a time when I was no longer able to have children. To my total shock and disbelief, I was with child only 8-months after having this surgery. Unlike the other pregnancies, this time I really, really suffered. I don’t usually take insulin but during this pregnancy I took insulin 472 times (4 months @ 4 times daily). I was in so much pain that I had to stop working. Unlike my other pregnancies, the recovery after this C-Section was long and very painful. I even had to get a transfusion to survive. So, because of the pain and suffering and financial burden ahead of us for many, many years, there are times I really believe that there should be some financial help or compensation. What does the counsel think?”

  • If you stopped believing what you believe would you consider believing something else, or just stop believing?
    On our show today are two former Mormons – one who became an evangelical Christian and the other stopped believing in anything. Which way would you go if you stopped believing in what you believe now? Would you change faiths or drop faith entirely?

  • If you found out your husband was doing drugs and having sex with other men, would you take him back?
    Former evangelical superstar, Ted Haggard, and his wife were on Oprah again this week promoting Gayle’s new book, Why I Stayed. Not surprising why she gets asked this question everyday and decided to write a book about it. Do you think she’s naïve, or is it just good old fashioned stand-by-your-man-forgiveness? Do you know any women who decided to stay with their husbands despite the fact that they’ve had a track record of unfaithfulness? Do you think they should have left? What’s the difference between being naive and forgiveness? Would it make a difference if your husband was having an affair with a man versus a woman?

  • TDMS Banter
    "The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much."

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show January 23, 2010

Special Guests

  • Pat Boone — The Original Crooner With The White Buck Shoes
    Pat joins us again to chat about his upcoming celebrity cruise called “Cruising With The Crooner”. Joining Pat and his daughter Debby Boone (“You Light Up My Life”) will be former TDMS guests SQuire Rushnell and his wife, celebrity impressionist, Louise DuArt. As a former ABC executive, SQuire is the man behind School House Rock and the best selling God Winks books. Louise performs aroundNorth America with comedy legend, Tim Conway from the Carol Burnett Show. Also cruising will be Christian leaders Gary Smalley and Jack Hayford.

  • Miranda Stone — Canadian Recording Artist
    Coy phrases such as "gentle-folk-punk" have been used to describe the dynamic of Miranda's music. However, they often neglect to convey the accessible pop sensibilities that come along for the ride. With an intelligent mix of poetry and a little tactful frankness, it's easy to understand why her Grassroots Army has been so loyal and enthusiastic.

  • Brock Hall — Vice President of Shepherd Village Retirement Community
    Brock has been the Administrator of a number of accredited long term care and retirement homes for over twenty five years. He’ll guide us through a conversation around the ins and outs of helping loved ones transition from independent living to long term care or retirement living. If a parent is no longer safe and independent at home what do you say? What should be done or NOT done? How do we broach this difficult discussion with our parents? Peoples’ normal response to aging can include a range of emotions: Denial – Anger – Frustration – Fear. So how do we help them face their fears, as well as the reality that independent living might no longer an option?

Journey

  • Amy Pritzker
    Here’s a woman in her thirties who is still single, still a virgin, and still wrestling with whether or not years of doing things the “right way” has panned out. In possibly one of the most honest blogs you’ll ever read, Amy has written about her 40-day ‘spiritual exercise” involving prayer. She continued to bring other’s needs before God but when it came to herself and her life situation – her prayer was simply, “Surprise me, God.” In her blog she writes, “I’m not expecting fireworks and major miracles; but for 40 days I will be chronicling the way that God answers this prayer – if He answers this prayer.” “I’m asking God to show Himself in my life – because I’m willing to serve as the experiment. I’m willing to ask the questions, to go to the wall with God, because, in some twisted way, I think that he DOES care about us… But let’s be honest, for a moment, shall we? If, in any other relationship, the other party was making promises and I didn’t see any “follow through” with them…wouldn’t I value the relationship enough to at least have a discussion about it with them? Or would I just let the disappointment fester to the point where I was completely bitter and resentful towards them?”

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
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    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a husband feels stuck in his marriage as well as his job and wants some advice.

    “I've been married for 17 years to a woman whom I have zero in common with. Actually, we’ve never had anything in common. I married her for one reason… okay two or three reasons. When we met I was a fairly new Christian and she had been “born again” since the age of five. I was a 28 year old stereotypical long-distance trucker and she was 26. Neither of us had been married, but I had been shacked up many times. She was a virgin and I wanted a woman I could trust while I was on the road for days and weeks at a time. She has been that and more. I wanted a woman I thought would be great with children when we had some. She has been that and more, even though we’ve had a few issues here here. Okay, so here’s my situation: Because of the way things are going with my 10-year old son (youngest), I feel it's time for me to be the man (father) of the house and not him. I want to get off the highway but trucking is all I know and local trucking jobs are very long hours so I don't see the benefit for me being home in that career. Worse then that is the fact that if I come off the highway, I really don't think our marriage will survive. We only have the kids in common and nothing else. We don’t fight because she has no idea how to defend her views. Her views therefore become my views even though I know they’re really not. Counselling will not help. Here's where I gain a lot of hatred from your listeners but I need to be transparent if I hope to get some constructive feedback. Counselling will not help because my wife does not have an original thought in her head. When dating, I often wondered why she was so quiet. It only took a year to understand why. I could go on and on. I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. When I said “Til death do us part,” I meant it. I grew up not knowing my father at all, and I do not want to destroy my children. I cried out to God seeking only his will and He replied, "You picked her." I need to step up and be the man/father I never knew. Please Help.”

  • Should Candace Cameron Bure kiss someone other than her husband?
    Drew had a conversation this week with Candace about her, as an actor, possibly having to kiss someone other than her husband, NHL sensation Valeri Bure. She gave us permission to talk about it on the show, so what do you think? Should she do this? Obviously nudity and sex scenes are out but what about kissing? However, if she has a “no kissing” clause in her contracts then she won’t be getting much work, if any. So maybe she should re-consider acting as a career? But then again, maybe it has more to do with what kind of kiss – closed or open mouth? Tongue or "Cat's Bum" kiss? Bottom line - are there certain jobs Christians just shouldn’t do, and is acting one of them? Previous TDMS guest, Soap Opera Actress & Author of Breaking The Perfect 10, Tracy Melchior weighs in on the discussion and we'll also hear from Candace herself, as she calls in to comment...on your comments!
    www.candacecameronbure.net

  • TDMS Banter
    Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much...

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show January 16, 2010

Special Guests

  • Dr. Tony Campolo — Professor, Author & Poverty Advocate
    Tony is heartbroken at the decimation in Port-au-Prince. Haiti has been under the loving care of Dr. Campolo's ministry since the 70s.

    Tony Campolo Quotes:
    • "I have three things I'd like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don't give a shit. Third, what's worse is that you're more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night."
    • "Jesus transcends partisan politics. That's what's wrong with the religious right... they have made Jesus into a Republican, and he's not!" "There are 2,000 verses of Scripture that tell us we must be committed to protecting the poor and the oppressed... There is no concern of Scripture that is addressed so often and so powerfully as reaching out to the poor."
    • "I've always been skeptical of those television healers who are bald. I mean, if I had that gift, that would be the first thing I'd fix."

    We'll also speak to a world Vision representative in Haiti and hear, firsthand, about the devastation and recovery efforts underway.
    www.tonycampolo.com
    www.worldvision.ca

  • Brett Wilson — Entrepreneur, Star of CBC's The Dragon's Den
    Brett (nicknamed “Puff”) is known by many to be the nice dragon on CBC’s hit television show, Dragon’s Den. Raised a Catholic, Brett started questioning his beliefs at the early age of 10. However, a recent diagnosis of Prostate Cancer launched him into the search for healing, which ultimately opened his eyes up to the reality of a variety of spiritual modalities. Now this analytical, rational, engineer finds himself redefining his spiritual beliefs and considers himself a “reluctant agnostic.”

  • Sarah Walker — Christian Recording Artist
    Intuitive worship leader. Sensitive songwriter. Committed Christ-follower. Gifted artist. Everyday girl. Sarah Walker has been called all these things and more. Sarah’s debut release “Overflow” takes the listener on a journey with eleven songs that build momentum within the heart. With songs filled with faith and a challenge to see God’s Kingdom come, Sarah’s desire is that this album will inspire the Church to respond to God’s heart and take action, especially on issues of poverty and justice. As a reflection of her belief that acts of justice are one of our most profound acts of worship, Sarah is donating 50% of all of the proceeds from her debut CD to support education for orphans and vulnerable children in southern Africa through MCC’s Global Family Program.

Journey

  • Val Thomson
    Yvonne Martin was married with three grown boys, 10 grand children, and had battled cancer twice. She was the first Canadian to have been reported killed by the earthquake in Haiti. Val had the honour and privilege to work alongside of Yvonne in the same doctor’s office for the last 29-years. Val has been kind enough to join us this week to give us an update on how Yvonne’s family is doing and to give us a glimpse into the life of this incredibly unselfish woman – a woman who kept going back to Haiti because she was compelled by love.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a man thinks his worship pastor is gay and wants to know how to confront him about it? Or should he just keep quiet and let someone else deal with it?

    “What do I do when, love for the Lord, love for congregation, and love for the Pastor and/or perhaps fear of being scolded after making an observation, keeps me from drawing attention to the fact that the "Minister of Music/Worship Leader" is obviously gay? Even newcomers to the church notice and make comments. It's so obvious in his speech and walk (like a woman-swings his hips side to side) and obsessive attention to eyebrow grooming and tanning, that it makes me wonder how the Pastors and other staff members are oblivious to it.”

  • Do you believe that Haiti’s apparent “deal with the devil” played any role in this week’s tragedy?
    American televangelist, Pat Robertson, is at it again folks. This time he suggested on his syndicated program, "The 700 Club," that the poverty-stricken country's long history of natural disasters and political turmoil stemmed from a deal with the devil made by the leaders of its 1791 revolution against French rule. "They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.' True story. And so the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal,' but ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other," said the 79-year-old Christian Coalition founder and onetime Republican presidential candidate.

  • TDMS Banter
    Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much...

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Special Guests

  • Wink Martindale — Iconic Game Show Host
    Wink has hosted an impressive array of shows, including: Tic-Tac-Dough, Trivial Pursuit, Can You Top This, Gambit, High Rollers, and Debt. He also produced the syndicated Headline Chasers, in association with Merv Griffin and KingWorld. He and his late partner, Bill Hillier, were the first to produce real-time interactive game shows for The Family Channel (Boggle, Jumble and others). In June of 2006, Wink was honoured with his star on the Hollywood walk of Fame. It can be found between those of Suzanne Sommers and Tom Hanks on Hollywood Boulevard.

Journey

  • Joan Ball — Atheist, Turned Agnostic, Turned Believer, Turned Beliefnet Blogger!
    A few years ago, Joan had an unsolicited, unexpected and unbelievable encounter with God. Without asking, praying or seeking, she woke up one morning as a churchgoing agnostic and put her head to the pillow that night a highly unlikely Christian. A lifelong skeptic who was militantly anti-Christian, Joan suddenly believed that the Christian story was true. She didn’t even “need” a spiritual experience. Life was perfect. She was a successful PR executive making a healthy six-figure salary, married to her best friend who also made a six-figure salary. They had three healthy, happy kids and lived in their dream home about an hour northwest of New York City. She was seven years sober and had already faced down most of her major issues & resentments. Yet, there she was – sick, crying and convinced that something beyond her comprehension had just happened to her. No one was more surprised than her husband Martin, who was there with her when it happened. “I had fought vigorously over coffee and cigarettes to convince him that religion had been created by leaders to control the masses or by weak individuals to soften the blow of their incapacity to deal with their day to day lives. He never did come around to my way of thinking, but I figured if he could overlook the fact that I was an alcoholic single mother with two kids and marry me, I could overlook the fact that he was a Christian and marry him.”

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on the Counsel Of Many: a lady wants to know if she should divorce her terminally ill husband and move on, but still take care of him.

    “I can’t tell you much because I’m afraid that someone will figure out who I am but I'd really like to hear what your listeners think about my situation. I’ve been married for about 25 years and my husband and I have three grown kids. For the last two years my husband has been incapacitated and bedridden and basically waiting to die. Again, I don’t want to tell you too much about his condition for privacy reasons, but the bottom line is that about six months ago I began to wonder about the possibility of “moving on” romantically and what that might look like. The alternative is that I remain married to him until he eventually dies, which could take years. I know this sounds cold and heartless, but the reality is that I have been, for all intents and purposes, single and alone for pretty much two years already. So here’s the question. Would it be “acceptable” to divorce him in order to at least consider the possibility of remarrying, BUT still carry on taking care of him the way I’ve been? My kids are totally fine with this and tell me they understand. Most of my family, as well as his, have given me the green light as well. However, I just keep wondering what God thinks of this? Would he rather I sacrifice my life – romance, love, affection, intimacy – in order to simply visit the shell of a man that used to be my husband? Or is there any chance He would allow me to love again... now?”

  • Spiritual Highlights From Last Decade — Which one of the following had the most impact on you?
    • September 11 Attacks & Global Jihad
    • The Death of Pope John Paul II
    • Clergy Sexual Abuse
    • Homosexuality Dividing The Faithful
    • The Fall Of Ted Haggard
    • The Rise & Fall Of The Religious Right & The Changing Of The American Evangelical Guard (i.e. The deaths of Oral Roberts, Jerry Falwell & Bush’s Republicans)
    • The Rise of The New Atheists
    • The Evolution VS Creationism & Intelligent Design Debate
    • President Obama & His Angry Pastor
    • The Senate Investigation Into Money Ministries like Joyce Meyer & Creflo Dollar

  • Should a church hire a sex offender who says he’s been “healed?”
    Over 10 years ago, Mark Hourigan was convicted of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy. Now, he’s been hired by a small church as their worship pastor. He served a five-year sentence in prison and the 41-year-old was placed on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life. Would you want your church to hire him?

  • Drew Gets Interviewed By A Listener!
    Here’s something a little different. One of our listeners asked if she could interview Drew. And since we all know how much he loves talking about himself, he agreed. Join us as Maxine Gooden from the Toronto Mass Choir puts Drew in the hot seat for a change.

  • TDMS Banter
    Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much...

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Special Guests

  • Amy Savin — Winner of So You Think God Wants You To Sing
    She’s Baaack! We’re kinda getting the feeling that she’ll be a bit of a TDMS regular – that is until she makes it BIG, anyway!

  • Jacob Moon — Canadian Recording Artist
    An amazing singer who writes killer songs, has a black belt in live guitar looping, and is a consummate entertainer with a rabid cult following. Jacob joins us again because… well… basically he’s one of Drew’s favourites!

Talkback, etc.

  • New Year’s Banter with Drew & his son Josh, The Winner of SYTGWYTS — Amy Savin, and YOU!
    Thought we’d start off the New Year by letting Drew do whatever he wants to do. (Like any other show is any different…) So, he wanted his son and Amy to co-host. Should be interesting. Maybe we’ll send Josh and Amy out to do some random street interviews via cell phone. Or maybe we’ll get them to play a duet. "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Oh, and feel free to call in and tell us about your personal highlights of 2009 and what you’re looking forward to in ’10. We’ll also play our 2009 TDMS highlight reel. If you called in last year, there’s a good chance you might be on it!

  • Name That Preacher!
    Can you tell the difference between Benny Hinn’s voice and Kenneth Copeland? How about between John Hagee and Joyce Meyer – now that’s a hard one! We’ll play an audio clip of a famous preacher and the first one to call in and correctly identify who it is - YOU WIN!

  • Who Said It?
    We’ll play a line from a famous movie and if you tell us the person who said it - YOU WIN!

  • Drew’s Ditties
    Ever since Drew was a kid he used to invite friends over to listen to his record collection. Today he invites his friends (Jacob Moon, Amy Savin & Josh Marshall) to listen to a few of his favourite songs and get them to share a few of their own.