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Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show December 17, 2011

Special Guests

  • Tom Shadyac — Director of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams and Recent Minimalist?
    A onetime actor/comedian and the youngest writer to work for comedy legend Bob Hope, Tom Shadyac's writing/directing career was launched in 1994 with the Jim Carrey smash hit Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. In the years that followed, Tom would establish himself as one of the most prolific comedy directors in Hollywood while working with some of the biggest names in the business. Huge hits such as Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams, Accepted, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, have helped establish him as one of Hollywood's most successful writer/director/producers. A Virginia native, Tom has received four people's choice awards, including three for best comedy (Liar, Liar, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty) and one for best new Television Comedy, with 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. With Patch Adams, he earned his first Golden Globe nomination, also for best comedy. In his latest project, a documentary entitled I AM, Tom asks some of today's most profound thinkers, two questions - What's wrong with our world, and what can we do about it? This moving, inspiring film won the Audience Choice Award and the Student Choice Award at the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride Colorado, where it premiered in May.

  • Jean Vanier — Philosopher, Writer, Founder of L'Arche
    The 135 L'Arche communities in 33 countries and 1,600 Faith & Light communities in 80 countries are living laboratories of human transformation. In and outside of these organizations, Jean Vanier has spent more than four decades as a deeply radical advocate for the poor and the weak in our society. While the progressive disability movement speaks mainly about tolerance, rights and normalization, Jean Vanier has shaped a distinct way of thinking that builds on those minimum standards of a civil society while inspiring us to transcend them. He invites us to recognize the profound gifts and lessons that people who have been rejected by society can offer when they are properly supported and included. Jean Vanier's leadership, writing and practical works cross religious and cultural boundaries. He is a theologian and philosopher who is fully engaged with the ordinariness of everyday life and from whom people from all cultures sense a deep and honest empathy for how hard it is to be, and to do, good in a complicated world. As a practitioner he is a witness to the transforming qualities of love, vulnerability, forgiveness and simplicity: spiritual qualities that are seldom heralded today. Where modernity calls us to privileged personal mastery, progress and doing big things, Vanier's experience of living with people with profound impairment and his spiritual reflection on this experience, lead him to focus on being with and for others, especially disadvantaged others: to cultivating sincere presence to others' desires, being attentive to the beauty in all of our ordinariness, and being of meaningful service to others. This is Jean Vanier...

  • Paul Henderson — Canadian Icon, Co-Author of How Hockey Explains Canada: The sport that defines a country
    The role of hockey in Canadian culture is closer to a religion than simply a sporting pastime. It's a national identity, a unifying force in a country of 33 million people. So crazed are Canadians for their national sport that they ranked outrageous hockey commentator and high school drop-out Don Cherry ahead of Sir John A. Macdonald and Alexander Graham Bell on a list of the greatest Canadians in history. Penned by hockey star Paul Henderson - famed scorer of Canada's "Greatest Goal" in the 1972 Summit Series - and featuring a foreword by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, How Hockey Explains Canada explores just how deeply engrained this national pastime is in the Canadian psyche. Featuring interviews with more than 35 current and former NHL players, coaches, executives and commentators, this expansive biography of the sport explores hockey's inextricable connection to everything from Confederation, Femininism, Canadian culture, and the Cold War, to international perception of Canada and the country's own cultural divide. Which city in Canada is the birthplace of hockey, despite claims from several cities around the country that claim the honour? What are the many sides of Canada's favorite outlandish, straight-talking, politically incorrect sports broadcaster Don Cherry? What was Rocket Richard's key role in kick-starting Quebec's Quiet Revolution? How did the Toronto Maple Leafs actually save their rivals, the Montreal Canadiens', franchise from bankruptcy during the Great Depression? How Hockey Explains Canada explains it all!

Talkback, etc.

  • Prayer Requests!
    Drew takes your prayer requests.

  • God & Stuff
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my! (Feel free to call in and join the discussion.)
    Today's God & Stuff guest: Paul Brandeis Raushenbush - Senior Religion Editor of The Huffington Post.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show December 10, 2011

Special Guests

  • Humble Howard and Fred — Hosts of The Humble & Fred Show (sort of)
    According to Wikipedia, “The Humble & Fred Show was a Toronto-based radio morning drive time show featuring co-hosts "Humble" Howard Glassman and Fred Patterson. It began in 1989 on CFNY-FM (later renamed Edge 102) before moving to Mojo 640 in April 2001, and finally to Mix 99.9 in August 2003. Glassman had previously left CFNY for CKFM in May 1991 (which became Mix 99.9 later that year), only to return 19 months later at the end 1992. As of 2003, the show had been named Best Morning Show in Canada four times by the Canadian radio industry. But we all know how trustworthy Wikipedia is! Anyway, Humble has been a previous guest on TDMS but never with Fred. So since Humble & Fred invited Drew on their show (CAUTION: May contain swearing, unbelievable inappropriate humour, and traces of nuts! (Internet Radio = NO RULES!) DO NOT LISTEN IF SENSITIVE, HOME-SCHOOLED OR BAPTIST!) Drew thought it was only appropriate to return the favour. So, for the first time on radio, two of Toronto's biggest broadcasting names, together again, talking about GOD!

  • Dr. Brian Walsh — Theology Professor, Author of Kicking At The Darkness: Bruce Cockburn & The Christian Imagination
    Dr. Brian Walsh For forty years, singer and songwriter Bruce Cockburn has been writing beautifully evocative music. Bestselling author and respected theologian Brian Walsh has followed Cockburn’s work for years and has written and spoken often on his art. In this creative theological and cultural engagement, Walsh reveals the imaginative depth and uncompromising honesty of Bruce's Christian spirituality. Cockburn offers hope in the midst of doubt, struggle, failure, and anger; indeed, the sentiment of “kicking at the darkness” is at the heart of his spirituality. This book engages the rich imagery of Cockburn’s lyrics as a catalyst for shaping and igniting a renewed Christian imagination. Brian J. Walsh is the bestselling author or coauthor of several books, including The Transforming Vision, Truth Is Stranger Than It Used to Be, and Colossians Remixed. He is a chaplain at the University of Toronto and an adjunct professor of theology of culture at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Ontario.

  • Graham Watt — National Creative Communication Director of Power to Change - Students (formerly known as Campus for Christ)
    What are students really learning about nowadays? They're learning to be selfish, materialistic, and how to be active, but about the wrong things. Sound like anyone you know? In a world where media is "king" and everyone is looking out for "number one" there is a ministry out there helping them find a better way to live life. Power to Change Students, formally known as Campus for Christ, is helping students discover not only themselves, but Christ too. They're focused on changing the hearts of Canada's future generation to care for others more than themselves. Graham Watt, National Creative Communications Director of Power to Change “ Students, is leading the charge by creating ways that will engage students across the nation. Whether it is through social media, survey contests, or by simply being a friend to someone, Power to Change-Students is there."

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 who is known as "the Christian guy" at work, let loose a little too much at the office Christmas party is embarrassed about his behaviour and is too ashamed to go back to work. He's thinking about resigning.


    "Everyone at my office knows that I'm a Christian and over the years I've shared my faith with most of my co-workers. Some of them think I'm a bit of a goody goody. Some of them avoid me and talk about me behind my back. Some of them come to me with their problems. Anyway, last week we had our work Christmas party and I guess because of a few struggles in my personal life, which they know nothing about, I decided to join in with everyone else and ... well I got pretty hammered. And I can't really go into detail about the stupid, stupid things I did but trust me when I tell you that my co-workers were completely surprised. The next morning I was completely broken and ashamed. I'm not sure I can ever face them again. I mean there's no way that a "Christian" should ever behave the way I did. What an absolute joke they must think I am. Especially those who I've been witnessing to. And ESPECIALLY the others at work who are Christians. (Most of them closeted.) At this point I'm considering resigning and finding a job at another organization in January. I just can't live with the fact that I've totally ruined the reputation of Christ, let alone blown any testimony I had. I told a friend of mine about my decision and she thinks I'm crazy to resign, but my Pastor thinks it might be the best thing to do. I'd like to know what your listeners think. Should I resign? What would you do if that was you?"

  • God Stuff
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my! (Feel free to call in and join the discussion.)
    Today's God & Stuff guest: Sarah Pulliam Bailey - Editor for ChristianityToday.com & Contributor for www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show December 3, 2011

Special Guests

  • Candace Cameron Bure — Actress, Author, Friend!
    She's back - Like a bad rash! Our good friend, DJ from Full House, is back in yet another fantastic family movie - Sunday, December 4, The Heart of Christmas, a new GMC World Premiere Movie! Starring Candace Cameron Bure (Make It or Break It, Full House), Jeanne Neilson (Faith Like Potatoes), Eric Beck, Anita Renfroe, Grammy nominated artist Matthew West, Burgess Jenkins (Remember the Titans, The Reaping), Kelsey Marie Kingsbury, Karl T. Wright, Sophia Sinise, Erin Bethea (Fireproof), with Dendrie Taylor (The Fighter, Sons of Anarchy, True Blood) and George Newbern (Father of the Bride, Justice League). The Heart of Christmas is based on a true story that made national headlines when a community in Washington, Illinois decorated their houses for Christmas several weeks early in honour of a little boy battling a rare form of leukemia. The movie unfolds as the Locke family’s grief is eased by the love and support of their community and the life-changing legacy their son Dax Locke left behind, which reminds us all to cherish every moment.
    www.theheartofchristmasmovie.com

  • Journey To Christmas — Drew's First Reality/Documentary (Begins Saturday December 3rd!)
    Last December, Drew was asked to join a reality/documentary filmed in Israel. Journey to Christmas is a fascinating new television special which explores Jesus’ birth through five modern-day explorers. Filmed on ultra-high-definition film, this unique series chronicles the experiences of five very different people—an Eritrean artist, a First Nations woman, a poet, an agnostic, and Drew —as they journey through the Holy Land. Guided by a local historian, with on-camera commentary from a team of Bible experts, Journey to Christmas includes stunning photography, a reality show format, and exotic locations.

    Joining us today: Dr Paul L. Maier – Prof. Ancient History, Western Michigan University Dr. Maier is the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and a much-published author of both scholarly and popular works. His non-fiction works include In the Fullness of Time, which correlates sacred with secular evidence from the ancient world impinging on Jesus and early Christianity; Josephus: The Essential Works, a new translation / commentary on writings of the first-century Jewish historian; and Eusebius: The Church History, a similar book on the first Christian historian. More than five million of Maier's books are now in print in twenty languages, as well as over 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals.

    *Journey To Christmas premieres on CTS on Saturday December 3rd from 7-9 PM EST then Part 2 on Sunday December 4th from 6-8 PM EST. (Watch for other listings throughout December!)

  • Gina Spehn — Author of The Color Of Rain: How Two Families Found Faith, Hope & Love In The Midst Of Tragedy
    This real-life Brady Bunch story is about what it means to endure the unthinkable—and still open one’s heart to what’s next. When two childhood friends die of cancer six weeks apart, the shared experience of loss brings their grieving spouses together. After months of late-night phone calls, family dinners, and countless dreams and tears, this unlikely pair builds a trust, a love, and a shared life. Told from alternating points of view, The Color of Rain illuminates the stepping-stones of healing that lead to a joyful new beginning for Michael and Gina Spehn and their five children. Like many who grieve, Michael and Gina had to choose to hope again. Along the way, they discovered that God can restore the darkest circumstances—and even from death, He can bring new life. Michael and Gina’s gripping story of “growing new hearts” will inspire readers not only to survive loss but also to receive the new courage, faith, and identity that God gives in the midst of tragedy.

  • Greg Paul — Author Of Close Enough to Hear God Breathe: The Great Story of Divine Intimacy
    What is the heart of God’s story? Sin and punishment? Victory over God’s enemies? Or could it be something much more relational? Pastor and author Greg Paul suggests that the heart of scripture is relationship—specifically the relationship between Father and child. In his latest book, Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, Greg Paul invites readers to consider the narrative of scripture from a personal perspective and to find their individual stories inside God’s great love story. Greg paints a compelling portrait of the Father’s heart for his children via stories from scripture and modern life. Greg Paul is a pastor and member of Sanctuary (Toronto), a ministry where the wealthy and poor share their experiences and resources daily and care for the most excluded people in the city, including addicts, prostitutes, homeless, gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. In addition to Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, he is the author of two previous critically-acclaimed titles, The Twenty-Piece Shuffle and God in the Alley.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 couple isn't sure if they should un-invite their transgendered relative to this year's family Christmas dinner. Last year she was a he and not many relatives know about the recent change!

    "My husband's family is a little.... unorthodox & very liberal. My family is a little... conservative & Christian. Suffice it to say that Christmas at our house is a little... insane! This year though, one of my husband's cousins has gone through a sex change and will be showing up as a woman. We have talked this over and over and over and he thinks it will be fine if he/she comes. He thinks that my family, being the Christians, should accept his cousin as a transgendered member of the family. While that might be true in a perfect world, I'm pretty certain this is going to absolutely shock most of my side of the family, to the point where some may turn right around and pack up and leave. Part of me agrees with my husband that as “Christians” they should embrace his cousin no matter what. But part of me feels that it's incredibly unfair for my family, especially the older generation, to have to “embrace” this. The shock of having to try and wrap their heads around this cousin being a male last year and being a female this year is hard for most people to “embrace” never mind being conservative Christian farmers! Yet I also feel horrible having to “un-invite” my husband's cousin! Please give us some advice."

  • God Stuff
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my! (Feel free to call in and join the discussion.)
    Today's God & Stuff guest: Elizabeth Tenety – Editor for the Washington Post's On Faith Section

  • How to cope with the Christmas Crazies!
    Does Christmas stress you out? Does your family drive you nuts even at the best of times, let alone over Christmas? Join the club! There are thousands of people just like you who find Christmas to be the most stressful time of the year. Joining us in-studio is the Executive Director of SHALEM Mental Health Network, Mark Vander Vennen. Mark holds Master's degrees in philosophy and psychology and has written extensively on themes of peace building!

  • 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!

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show November 26, 2011

Special Guests

  • Burgess Jenkins — Starred in Remember The Titans
    In the summer of 2000 Burgess Jenkins’ career exploded after he landed the coveted role of Ray Budds in the smash Blockbuster Remember The Titans opposite two time academy award winner Denzel Washington. With the success of “Titans” Burgess realized he needed to learn more about the craft and hone his skill, so he enrolled in the famed Playhouse West in Los Angeles. There he would study for the next four years under Robert Carnegie and Academy award nominee Jeff Goldblum. Armed with a love for Method acting Burgess has worked tirelessly since in both film and television. He has starred as academy award winner Hilary Swank’s husband, David Winter in The Reaping; played Bobby Irons throughout season six on the hit WB series One Tree Hill and recurred on LIFETIME'S smash hits Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva. In Addition, Burgess has portrayed the historical figure John Wesley in the self titled, award winning Wesley with Golden Globe winner Kevin McCarthy; starred in the true story Unshackled with Stacy Keach; portrayed the racing legend Bill Blair in Red Dirt Rising and depicted the embattled Harry O'Ryan in The Trial opposite Matthew Modine and Academy Award nominee Robert Forster. Burgess can be seen as the male Lead in ABC Family's Christmas Cupid opposite Christina Milian, Chad Michael Murray and Ashley Benson as well as starring in the comedic Mini Series Marry Me with Lucy Liu and Annie Potts. Burgess headlined the baseball themed movie HERO with Justin Miles (NBC's The Gates) and Greg Allan Williams (HBO's The Sopranos) and Stars opposite Danielle Panabaker and Sherry Stringfield in The Shunning.

  • Journey To Christmas — Drew's First Reality/Documentary (Begins Saturday December 3rd!)
    Last December, Drew was asked to join a reality/documentary filmed in Israel. Journey to Christmas is a fascinating new television special which explores Jesus’ birth through five modern-day explorers. Filmed on ultra-high-definition film, this unique series chronicles the experiences of five very different people—an Eritrean artist, a First Nations woman, a poet, an agnostic, and Drew —as they journey through the Holy Land. Guided by a local historian, with on-camera commentary from a team of Bible experts, Journey to Christmas includes stunning photography, a reality show format, and exotic locations.

    Joining us today:Dr. Craig Evans, Prof. New Testament, Acadia University. New Testament scholar, Craig Evans, is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University. Author and editor of more than sixty books and hundreds of articles and reviews, Professor Evans has given lectures at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Yale and countless others. Along with interviews on radio networks across Canada and the US, Evans has been seen on Dateline NBC, CBC, CTV, Day of Discovery, and many documentaries aired on BBC, The Discovery Channel, and the History Channel. He also has served as a consultant for the National Geographic Society.

    *Journey To Christmas premieres on CTS on Saturday December 3rd from 7-9 PM EST then Part 2 on Sunday December 4th from 6-8 PM EST. (Watch for other listings throughout December!)

  • Tevya Heller — Comedian, Actor, Producer, Writer, Atheist
    Comedian Tevya Heller is an atheist searching for the Almighty in the new iCHANNEL documentary series Oh My God! “It kind of sucks being an atheist.” That’s the conclusion young Montreal-born actor, comedian and producer Tevya Heller has reached. Raised in a devout Jewish household, he lost his religious faith as a teenager, Now, for all his material success, it feels like there’s a gaping, God-sized hole in his life. And in the new docu-series Oh My God!, he’s out to do something about that. Oh My God! follows Heller on a quest to reconnect with his own vanished faith by learning to see the world through the eyes of believers. How? By embedding himself in the lives of young people from different Canadian faith communities – from Hindus to Muslims, Christians to Wiccans – and discovering firsthand how they experience God. Oh My God! is an atheist’s eye-view of faith – but Heller takes pains to distance himself from the militant, religion-bashing school of atheism championed by the likes of Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. “I’m an atheist who wants God to exist,” says Heller, whose formative experiences include seven years of intensive Hebrew schooling. “I think belief is a gift, and that people of faith are lucky. There’s such a loneliness in being an atheist, because you’re not part of a community. So this show is really about an atheist’s search for a God he can believe in.”
    iCHANNEL, Canada’s political and social issues network, presents the world premiere of Oh My God! on Mondays, starting Dec. 5 at 8:30 pm ET/PT.

  • Reza Kahlili — Former CIA Agent and Author of A Time To Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran
    One of the world’s utmost authorities on the radical clerics who run Iran, Reza Kahlili knows the inner-workings of the continued unrest in the Middle East. After witnessing some of the most horrific crimes against humanity taking place under the banner of Islam, Reza became a double-agent working in Iran for the U.S. The issues in the Middle East are as complex as they are ancient. Reza makes it understandable. He has appeared on FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and Nightline. His writing has been published in Forbes, Washington Post, Washington Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. In his book, A Time To Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran, Reza Kahlili (a pseudonym) tells the truth about Iran’s radical leaders and the ideology that makes them so dangerous.
    www.atimetobetray.com

  • David Kinnaman — President of Barna Group & Co-Author of You Lost Me
    Almost 60 percent of young people ages 15-29 that grow up Christian stop attending church. They are disconnecting from a church they perceive to be overprotective, shallow, repressive, exclusive, and anti-science, according to new findings from the Barna Group research firm. David Kinnaman, co-author of unChristian and president of the Barna Group, explores the dropout phenomenon in his new book, You Lost Me. Armed with new research and the poignant personal stories of young Protestant and Catholic Christians, David reveals why they are leaving in droves—and what their defection means for the church. You Lost Me draws from eight new scientific national studies, including 5,000 interviews with young adults, youth workers, pastors, and parents. The young people interviewed told irreverent, blunt, and often painful stories of why they left the church. “The book’s title reflects their disdain for one-sided communication and a formulaic faith disconnected from the real world,” Kinnaman says.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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: Every once in a while we are privileged to have one of our TDMS Counselling Partners join us in studio to chat about some of our Counsel Of Many segments we've discussed over the year. Today we’ll recap the following COMs:

    A young seminary student wants to know if he should still go into ministry considering he is a celibate pedophile / A woman wants to know if she should give her ex-first husband a shot at re-marriage before she marries another man / A young man caught his father looking at porn and wants advice on how or if he should confront his dad / A Christian mother wants parenting advice regarding what boundaries, if any, to put around her child spending time with a friend who has lesbian mothers as parents / A husband wants advice on how to help his wife who claims to have seen Jesus and angels. He wants to believe her but is having a tough time / A dad and mom disagree on whether or not to teach their 10 year old son how to defend himself against the school bully / A mother of six heard about the woman convicted of child abuse after she gave her son hot-sauce as a punishment and wants to know if she's a bad mother herself because she washes her children's mouth out with soap and occasionally spanks them.

    Joining us in Studio - Ken Van Wyk, Executive Director of Christian Counselling Services.

  • God Stuff
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my! (Feel free to call in and join the discussion.)
    Today's God Stuff Guest: Krista Tippett - Producer and Host of Syndicated Radio Program On Being

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show November 19, 2011

Special Guests

  • Paul Brandt — Country Recording Artist
    Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history. Although his roots started far from stardom, today his fan base, music and philanthropic efforts reach small towns, across big cities and beyond international borders. 2011 has been a big year for this Juno Award winner. Paul had the distinct honour of being asked by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Calgary Stampede to represent the Country Music industry and perform for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (AKA Will & Kate) during their tour of Canada. He launched his tenth album, entitled “Give It Away”, and a box set collection of his music, called “NOW”, and launched Paul Brandt’s BUILD IT FORWARD, a television documentary series that follows seven families as they create a new home for themselves while building it forward for others. The series is the largest television initiative to date for CMT (Canada). And NOW, he's about to head out on the road again so check out his website for all the NOW Tour dates!

  • Journey To Christmas — Drew's First Reality/Documentary (Begins Saturday December 3rd!)
    Last December, Drew was asked to join a reality/documentary filmed in Israel. Journey to Christmas is a fascinating new television special which explores Jesus’ birth through five modern-day explorers. Filmed on ultra-high-definition film, this unique series chronicles the experiences of five very different people—an Eritrean artist, a First Nations woman, a poet, an agnostic, and Drew —as they journey through the Holy Land. Guided by a local historian, with on-camera commentary from a team of Bible experts, Journey to Christmas includes stunning photography, a reality show format, and exotic locations.

    Joining us today: Dr. Stephen Pfann, President of the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, has significantly contributed to the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls as a member of the International Team of Editors. As a Dead Sea Scroll editor, Dr. Pfann has published one of the manuscripts of the Book of Daniel from Qumran cave 4 and is responsible for the decipherment of more than fifty manuscripts written in the "cryptic" scripts found exclusively in the caves of Qumran. As an archaeologist, Dr. Pfann was a member of the staff of the excavations of Beth Shean and the City of David. Also joining us is Dr. Pfann's wife, Professor Claire Pfann, academic dean and instructor in New Testament at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem and an expert in first century Jewish life.
    www.uhl.ac

    *Journey To Christmas premieres on CTS on Saturday December 3rd from 7-9 PM EST then Part 2 on Sunday December 4th from 6-8 PM EST. (Watch for other listings throughout December!)

  • Chris Juen — Co-producer of Sony Pictures' ARTHUR CHRISTMAS
    One of this holiday seasons’ most highly-anticipated films, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS releases in theatres on Friday, November 23. (Starring James McAvoy – X-Men: First Class / Hugh Laurie, House/ Jim Broadbent – Harry Potter / Joan Cusack - Runaway Bride) Arthur Christmas is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Arthur Christmas is a fun-for-the-whole-family film that explores the fun and joy of Christmas like you’ve never seen before while uncovering some key lessons, including: standing up for what you believe in, everyone is important, accepting your family for who they are and loving them despite your differences and putting others first, among others. Chris Juen has worked on Stuart Little 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Polar Express, Imageworks’ first Oscar winning animated short The Chubbchubbs!, Academy Award nominated films Hollow Man and Spider-Man, as well as The Astronaut’s Wife, Godzilla, Contact, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers!

  • Karen Schenk — Director of TruthMedia
    Online Mentoring! Ever heard of it? With today’s technology and fragmented society, even the most isolated or shy individual can connect with someone older and wiser to help walk them through life! The conversation is free, confidential and non-judgemental. TruthMedia, a ministry of Power to Change, uses technology to build communities of evangelism and discipleship in three main avenues - websites, chat rooms and online mentoring. TruthMedia’s network of sites has been consolidated into one super-site, making their content available to more audiences than ever before. Karen Schenk also oversees The Mentor Center which allows hundreds of volunteer mentors to speak into the lives of thousands of people who write in each month.
    www.powertochange.com/truthmedia

  • 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!
    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 wife should be keeping pictures of old boyfriends in her purse? Is that normal?

    "My wife and I have been married 7 years now and I just found out that she's been keeping pictures of her old boyfriends in her purse! I was totally shocked and feel kind of betrayed a little. When we got married she wanted a couple of her old boyfriends to come to the wedding but when I found out I decided to put my foot down. We fought about that issue for a while but in the end she agreed to NOT invite them. In my way of thinking, once you marry someone, the old flames need to completely die out. End of discussion. Marriages have a hard enough time surviving these days what with Facebook hook-ups and secret texting. I don't consider myself to be overly jealous when it comes to strangers noticing or interacting with my wife, but when it comes to old boyfriends – it's hands off! So needless to say, with my wife knowing how I feel about this issue, I felt completely betrayed by her when I found these pictures in her purse. Some of my friends totally agree with me and some of her friends totally agree with her. I'd like to know whose right? Could you and your listeners please settle this argument for us? I really think that if she knows I don't want her to have ANYTHING to do with her old boyfriends that she should not be carrying around old pictures of them. I mean, if she's doing that knowing I wouldn't be cool with it, then what else has she been keeping from me?"

  • TDMS Realtor Network
    We'll talk “real estate” with our three TDMS Realtors – George Kloet, covering Oakville, Mississauga & Burlington / LynneMarie Snarr covering Toronto, Pickering & Oshawa / Paula Mitchell covering Brampton, Caledon & Georgetown. According to Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2012, a survey of 950 real estate executives by the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute, Canadian real estate remains the most stable in North America. So with that in mind, what moves should and shouldn't people be making during these uncertain economic times?

  • God Stuff
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my! (Feel free to call in and join the discussion.)

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Special Guests

  • Zara Durrani — TV Host, Model, Muslim
    Born and raised in Pakistan, Zara's family lived throughout southeast Asia before settling down in Vancouver. As a prominent figure in the Vancouver fashion industry, Zara has organized fashion shows for great causes like the Earth Summit 2012 and Pakistan Flood Relief Fundraiser. Zara is also an activist who has incorporated her passions into her TV show (Life & Style with Zara). Feeling a need to acquire greater inner peace and share its benefits with others, she went to Bali to study with Shakti Mhi at Prana Yoga College. Zara's beliefs and yoga training have allowed her to connect with her inner voice and to connect with God in the process. This has helped her realize her potential and the understanding that she wants to spend her life in service to others. "Perhaps my struggles and story will help others overcome theirs."

  • Journey To Christmas — Drew's First Reality/Documentary (Begins Saturday December 3rd!)
    Last December, Drew was asked to join a reality/documentary filmed in Israel. Journey to Christmas is a fascinating new television special which explores Jesus’ birth through five modern-day explorers. Filmed on ultra-high-definition film, this unique series chronicles the experiences of five very different people—an Eritrean artist, a First Nations woman, a poet, an agnostic, and Drew —as they journey through the Holy Land. Guided by a local historian, with on-camera commentary from a team of Bible experts, Journey to Christmas includes stunning photography, a reality show format, and exotic locations. Joining us today: Dr Hugh Ross is the President & Founder of www.reasons.org – Integrating Science & Faith..

    *Journey To Christmas premieres on CTS on Saturday December 3rd from 7-9 PM EST then Part 2 on Sunday December 4th from 6-8 PM EST. (Watch for other listings throughout December!)

  • Lori Hodgson — Ex Scientologist International
    Lori is a former Scientologist. However, her son, daughter, and ex-husband are still active members and have made the decision to follow Scientology policy by "disconnecting" from her. Lori joined Scientology in 1976 at the age of 13. Having virtually grown up in one of the world's most secretive organizations, she eventually left her staff position and continued as a parishioner, known as a "public." However, recently Lori made the decision to leave Scientology and has gone public with her frustrations. Since then, her family has been torn apart and just being allowed to see her own children has been a complete nightmare.

  • Greg Epstein — Humanist (Atheist) Chaplain at Harvard
    Greg Epstein serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, and is author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe. He sits on the executive committee of the 36-member corps Harvard Chaplains. In 2005 he received ordination as a Humanist Rabbi from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, where he studied in Jerusalem and Michigan for five years. He holds a BA (Religion and Chinese) and an MA (Judaic Studies) from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School.

  • Poverty Roundtable — Occupy Wall/Bay Street? Why?
    A timely discussion with three of Toronto's most recognized social justice advocates.

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  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 is just sick and tired of the male species and wants to know if she's the only one?

    "Kind of a strange question, but I'd like to know if any other women are just completely exasperated with MEN! First of all, let me say that I absolutely love males - but I am finding out more and more that most of them share very similar qualities... or should I say deficiencies. There are a few exceptions to the rule - but they are FEW! I'm sure men think the same sorts of things about us. Well here's what I think... Men are selfish, spoiled, immature, and gross. For example... Most men take forever to do handyman chores around the house – let alone taking out the garbage. I can't tell you how many of my married friends complain that their husbands take forever to accomplish household tasks. One friend waited a few years for her cathedral ceilings to be painted and eventually had to climb a 12 ft ladder and do it herself. Another waited over a year for her husband to redo the kitchen he had promised to do. NEXT... most men's eyes glaze over when we try to tell them stories with detail! I have learned that they just don't care about the subject matter the same way that my girlfriends care. NEXT... Most men don't really get romance. They might try but they just don't get it! One valentine's day my husband got me an archaeology study bible! I did say that I wanted a new study Bible, but an archaeology study Bible... FOR VALENTINE'S DAY? Who does that? NEXT... why do men think that gas is something to be shared? It's not funny, it's gross! I honestly could go on and on about this but I wanted to know if the ladies out there understand what I'm saying. Is anyone else fed up with maleness? The other side to this is that I just think it's sad that many women are throwing away their marriages because they feel that their husbands don't listen to them or are taking them for granted, etc etc. Because how sad is it to ditch a marriage only to end up in another marriage with the same problems because you've married another MAN! And men... is there a chance you could shed some light on this for us women? Why are you like this? So can't we all just say it like it is? Male = selfish, spoiled, immature, and gross."

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    Today's Guest: Manya Brachear – Religion Reporter for The Chicago Tribune

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Special Guests

  • Janine Turner — Actress, Radio Host, Author
    Janine is best known for her role as Maggie O'Connell' in the Emmy Award-winning CBS series, Northern Exposure, for which she earned three Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy nomination. Janine has also starred in the top rated, hit Lifetime series, Strong Medicine and NBC’s critically acclaimed, Friday Night Lights. She has starred in numerous films including Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone, Robert Altman’s Dr. T And The Women, and Steel Magnolias. Janine has been awarded People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful and Best Dressed, Us Magazine’s 10 Sexiest and Esquire Magazine’s Women We Love. She is the recipient of the Women at Work Award from the National Commission on Working Women.
    www.janineturner.com

  • Journey To Christmas — Drew's First Reality/Documentary (Begins Saturday December 3rd!)
    Last December, Drew was asked to join a reality/documentary filmed in Israel. Journey to Christmas is a fascinating new television special which explores Jesus’ birth through five modern-day explorers. Filmed on ultra-high-definition film, this unique series chronicles the experiences of five very different people—an Eritean artist, a First Nations woman, a poet, an agnostic, and Drew —as they journey through the Holy Land. Guided by a local historian, with on-camera commentary from a team of Bible experts, Journey to Christmas includes stunning photography, a reality show format, and exotic locations. Joining us in studio today: Karen Pascal - Producer / Mike Wright - Director Writer / Kim Kakakaway – Journey Member.

    *Journey To Christmas premieres on CTS on Saturday December 3rd from 7-9 PM EST then Part 2 on Sunday December 4th from 6-8 PM EST. (Watch for other listings throughout December!)

  • Dr. John Tweedie — Chairman of Christians for Israel International
    Dr. Tweedie is a respected pro-Israel Christian pastor and the Chairman of Christians for Israel International. He's the host of two popular documentary series: ISRAEL: A Journey Through Time and ISRAEL: A Journey of Light, both filmed entirely in HD on location in Israel and now available in a 6-disc DVD box set.

  • River Jordan — Author of Praying For Strangers: An adventure of the human spirit
    In her latest book, Praying For Strangers, River shares her amazing personal journey as, every day, she reached out with love and concern for people she’d never met. Along the way, River discovered that her prayers not only touched the lives of others (in often amazing ways), but also created a profound experience that would change her own life forever. She found everyone she talked to was thirsty for connection, for human interaction, and the warmth of knowing they were being thought of—even by a stranger. River Jordan is the critically acclaimed author of four novels. A Southerner with a global perspective, she began her writing career as a playwright and spent over ten years with the Loblolly Theatre group. She produces and hosts Clearstory Radio on WRFN-FM in Nashville, where she lives. She is still praying for strangers.
    www.prayingforstrangers.com

  • Carolyn S. Briggs — Author, Screenwriter, Former “Certain Christian”
    Carolyn Briggs wrote the screenplay for the movie Higher Ground (Sundance Film Festival), which starred Oscar nominated Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air with George Clooney). The movie was based on Carolyn's memoir, originally titled This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost, which tells the story of her immersion into fundamentalist faith, and her decision, twenty years later, to leave it all behind. Carolyn is an Associate Professor of English and teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Marshalltown Community College. As a graduate student, she studied Irish literature and creative writing at Galway University in Ireland.
    www.carolynsbriggs.com

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  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 who has been fighting Cancer for a couple of years just wants to stop fighting and let the Cancer run it's course. However, someone from his church told him recently about a vision they had that he would be healed. Now he doesn't know if he should keep fighting or just sit back and see if God will heal him.

    "I'm exhausted. I've tried everything. I'm ready to die. I've been fighting Cancer for just over two years and I am at the point of quitting. The doctors have pretty much killed me a number of times with Chemotherapy, radiation and everything in-between. I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm going to die within the next six months. My family is supportive of my decision. However, one of the elders from our church pulled me aside a couple of weeks ago and told me he had that God was going to heal me completely. I won't go into too much detail, but now I'm wondering how to respond to this information. Part of me wonders if I should keep up with all the treatments my doctors want me to continue with and part of me wonders if I should just stay resigned to the fact that I'm going to die soon and see if God actually does heal me. I'm not normally this double minded about things. I'm interested to hear what your listeners have to say."

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HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!

Special Guests

  • Sylvia Browne — Psychic, Author, Lecturer and Parapsychology Researcher
    Sylvia's philosophy of life is based upon research into past lives, via hypnosis, and through the information obtained via Sylvia's deep trance channelling ability. From thousands of hypnotic regressions, and hundreds of trance sessions, reincarnation was established as the key to understanding life. Sylvia accepts reincarnation as a central theme in her philosophy, yet this belief is never forced upon anyone who does not want to hear it. Sylvia always says, "Take with you what you want and leave the rest behind." She is also strongly pro-God, but again does not force the issue. Sylvia likes to tell people, "It does not matter if you believe in God, because God believes in you." Sylvia Browne's media appearances have included Unsolved Mysteries, In Search Of ..., That's Incredible, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, Loveline with Dr. Drew, Larry King Live, and of course a weekly spot on the Montel Williams Show for over 17 years.

  • April Lee Hernandez — Actress, Domestic Abuse Survivor
    One of the most respected Latino actors in Hollywood, April Lee Hernandez-Castillo's personal life-story is one of victory. You might know her as Eva Benitez in the 2007 Image Award nominated MTV film, Freedom Writers, alongside Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank. OR you might have seen her on NBC's Emmy-award winning series ER, Law & Order and 30 Rock. OR you might remember her co-hosting The View. OR you might know her from the FOX pilot Blue Blood and Showtime's Nurse Jackie and/or as Officer Cira Manson in Showtime's award winning drama Dexter. What you may not know is that when April was younger she had been in an abusive relationship that took her years to leave. Until recently, April had not spoken publicly about this, hiding the worst of her situation from even those closest to her. She overcame the violence and emerged with a renewed self worth and respect enabling her to find a loving and respectful relationship with her husband Jose Castillo.

  • Dr. Shelley Rabinovitch — Pagan Witch
    Dr. Rabinovitch holds a PhD from the University of Ottawa in Religious Studies, and is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on ritual studies, the role of women in religion, and alternative spiritualities. Her MA at Carleton University was Canada's first ethnographic study of Canadian witches, Wiccans, and Pagans from coast to coast to coast. Dr. Rabinovitch teaches (among other courses) a class on "Magic, Witchcraft, and Occult Phenomenon" at the University of Ottawa. She has been a past guest of honour at Gaia Gathering, Canada's National Pagan Conference and has written two books on Neo-Paganism and Wicca: The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism and An Ye Harm None: Magical Ethics and Modern Morality. She first joined a coven in the early 1970s.

  • Michael Leehan — Author of Ascent From Darkness: How Satan's soldier became God's warrior
    A life of difficulty and disappointment set 33-year old Michael Leehan up for the worst decision of his life—to make a deal with the Devil to follow and serve him. Practising the dark arts that include ritualistic cuttings and blood sacrifices, while fine tuning his manipulation and control skills, Michael launched into a twenty year downward spiral that included job loss and detachment from loved ones, and even jail time. There was no end to what Michael would do to serve his master, Satan, and it eventually led to his ultimate assignment for the father of lies. The assignment: to kill Craig Groeschel, the senior pastor of Lifechurch.tv. Then one day while alone on a hill at a men’s retreat, he made plans to sacrifice himself the next day. But as he wrote goodbye letters to his family, he unknowingly began to write one to God. “If You are real help me now. I’ve lied and I have killed. I have lied and I have cheated. I have hurt everyone in my life, including You, if You are there. Hey You, Satan took me in, why didn’t You? This is it and You know it, God. Where are you? I need you and not tomorrow.”
    www.soluschristusministries.com

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  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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's employer wants her to spread the word about the ghosts people have apparently seen at the bar she works at, in order to help market an upcoming séance/dinner the owner is hosting, and if she doesn't sell enough tickets to his Halloween event, her job is in jeopardy.

    "I work at an historic old pub, one of the oldest buildings in my town. There have always been rumours about ghosts or spirits being seen in this building. My boss, the owner of the pub, says she's even seen these spirits herself. Every Halloween she brings in a clairvoyant to facilitate a sort of séance. This year though, she has turned it into a full on event, with dinner and the works. The staff have been asked to spread the word, sort of talk up the whole “ghosts and spirits” thing, as well as sell tickets to this event. I guess I have a problem doing what my boss wants. I really don't believe in taking that stuff lightly let alone making a dinner and event out of it. My Christian friends I've talked to have told me to quit working there, but the reality is that the money and schedule works perfectly for my life. And to be honest, this is the first time I've kinda been put in any awkward position working here. So I guess I'm looking for advice. Should I quit? Should I just tell them I'm not okay with promoting this event because of my beliefs and risk being fired for not doing my job? Losing this job really scares me – a lot. We are barely making ends meet as it is. I know I'm just supposed to do what's right and “trust God” but do you think God is unhappy with me working here? Do you think God would really be upset with me if I “promoted” this event? I'm not sure what I should do!"

  • God Stuff
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my! (Feel free to call in and join the discussion.)

    Today's Guest: Dr. James Beverley - Author of Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions, Columnist for Faith Today & Christianity Today

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Special Guests

  • Jason Castro — American Idol Finalist, Season 7
    Jason Castro (ya, the guy with the dreadlocks) won over millions of viewers as a contestant on the seventh season of American Idol, parlaying his substantial singer-songwriter appeal into a third-place runner-up finish. He may not have won the competition, but the 22-year-old Texan earned himself a devoted fan base eager to hear what he would do once freed to perform his own songs.
    www.jasoncastromusic.com

  • Stephen Mansfield — Author of Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: The Religious Influence of the World's Most Famous Woman
    Oprah Winfrey is more than a billionaire media mogul. Over the course of 25 years, this newscaster hailing from small-town Mississippi became one of the most spiritually influential people in contemporary culture. In his newest title, Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: The Religious Influence of the World’s Most Famous Woman, “Faith in Culture” expert Stephen Mansfield guides readers on an evocative exploration of Winfrey’s religious beliefs. “Arguably one of the wealthiest, powerful, and most popular woman of our time, Oprah Winfrey grew up in a Bible believing Baptist church, and touted the value of a relationship with Christ. But throughout her life Oprah slowly started slipping down a slope that rejected orthodox Christianity, and began taking pieces from various forms of religion from around the world. As her television success skyrocketed, she transformed herself from a tabloid-trash talk-show host, to a champion for a form of 'New Age Christianity,' inspired by books like The Secret and A Course in Miracles, and popular spiritualists like Eckhart Tolle and Iyanla Vanzant. She is, as Christianity Today has proclaimed, 'a postmodern priestess—an icon of church-free spirituality.'

  • Sultans Of String — International Recording Artists - PERFORMING LIFE IN STUDIO!
    Since their formation only four years ago, Sultans of String have been riding a wave of success! From their debut CD, "Luna", and 2nd offering, "Yalla Yalla", both hitting #1 on world/international music charts in Canada, to their triple 2009 CFMA nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year, "Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity”, in the last year alone, have acquired a JUNO nomination, U.S. representation from acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Jesse Cook), and booking representation in Australia and the UK. They also garnered a 2010 CMW Indies nomination, took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries) and have been nominated for two 2011 International Independent Music Awards! *Sultans of String are releasing their new CD, MOVE, at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto on October 29th.

  • Neil & Sharol Josephson — Directors of FamilyLife Canada
    Neil and Sharol Josephson have come back home to Canada after serving several years as Marriage and Family Pastors at Bayside Church in California. Before that, Neil was president of a Bible College while Sharol worked in T.V. news with CTV, CBC, and CKVU in Vancouver. Neil and Sharol have been married for 32 years and are frequent speakers at marriage and family conferences where their sense of humour, love for God, and passion for families endear them to people of all ages. At a Family Life Weekend to Remember, you'll hear real stories, from real couples, doing real life… together. Build a healthier marriage by going to www.familylifecanada.com and sign up for a weekend to remember near you.
    The next one is in Blue Mountain, Ontario November 18-20th.

  • Daniel Walker — Author of God In A Brothel: An Undercover Journey Into Sex Trafficking and Rescue
    Daniel Walker is an undercover investigator who has worked for both law enforcement and nonprofit organizations. In God in a Brothel, he tells the story of how he infiltrated the multi-billion dollar global sex industry in order to liberate women and children from slavery. Walker provides vivid firsthand accounts of rescue as he traces his steps through a diffuse criminal underground stretching from South east Asia to Las Vegas, Nevada. But you can’t descend into hell with out facing some degree of agony, and Walker is candid about the great personal cost of his work. He hopes, in fact, that tomorrow’s workers will draw important lessons from his experience: “Had I glimpsed just a little of the suffering I would witness and the heartbreak I would endure, I would have fled in the other direction. . . . But I could not foresee any of these things. . . . And many years later, with tears in my eyes, I remembered my decision to follow this God no matter what the cost.”

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  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 have three scenarios which require your counsel this week!
    1. A mother of a seemingly out of control teenager diagnosed with ADD is at her wits end and wants advice on how to cope.

      "I have a 14 year old son who was diagnosed with ADD and LD since the age of 8. I have tried, with the help of his teachers, a variety of things for him to improve his speech and language skills. He improved a lot until he got to Grade 9. At this point he has refused my help and is not interested in school. He doesn't talk to me. He's always mad. I am trying to help him and he refuses it. I'm afraid he'll fail school. He's a good kid but he can burst out in anger. He doesn’t listen to me. It seems that he doesn't want to see me at all. The only thing that makes him happy is when he's with his friend, and THEN he's in good mood. He's been part of the youth group since Grade 6. Can someone please give me some advice on how to cope with my situation?"

    2. A woman with a mother in a nursing home wants to know if her mother should be on drugs that totally change & numb her personality, but help to regulate her verbal & emotional abuse, or should she confront her mother about her behaviour and keep her accountable and off the drugs.

      "My mother, who is oriented and competent, is in a nursing home and angry about it. She has always been difficult, manipulative, holds grudges, and people can never do enough to satisfy her - she has been this way for decades. Now, no matter how many times people go visit her - even 3x/week - it's not enough. Of course it was this way when she was living in her apartment as well - and has been this way for years. The nursing home and doctor had her on anti-psychotics and an anti-depressant (which are black box labelled for the elderly and cause brain damage) this last February when my sister, nephew and I went to see her and were viciously verbally and emotionally attacked. Since then I have managed to get her off the drugs (they weren't helping and they were also playing havoc with her diabetes and causing tremors). Now the nursing home wants to put her back on something because it's not good for her to be in these moods ("She's teary and wants family to visit more often" and "would rather be dead than be there.”) Since my mother knows right from wrong, and is aware of what she is saying and doing (albeit she refuses to take responsibility for her behaviour) I don't feel this is a psychiatric issue; it's a moral and spiritual one. Please keep in mind that this has gone on for years - the only thing new is that she'd rather be dead than be out there - something I'm sure is a nearly universal feeling for people forced into a nursing home setting. I just don't feel pills are the answer here. I have done a lot of research into these drugs and they work by damaging the brain (check out Robert Whitaker's astonishing research, Peter Breggin's works, Dr. Grace Jackson, Dr. Timothy Scott and many many others) When my mother was on the anti-psychotics she was scoring 5 on a competence test. She now scores 12-13 - and some of the questions I know I could miss on any given day. She was also incontinent and couldn't feed herself. Keeping all of the above in mind, what would your listeners do? Are we ever too old (as long as we know right from wrong and are oriented) to be held responsible for our behaviour? Is it okay to drug the elderly who simply are demanding, selfish and abusive? Do we call sin what it is, or give in to the world system which calls it "mental illness" and thinks a pill will "fix" it? How are we to deal with Mom?"

    3. A woman in her 30s wants advice on how to deal with a recent arthritis diagnosis. She feels like a bad mother and a frustrating wife.

      "One morning a year ago I woke up with an ache in my legs and wrists which was mildly annoying. I responded by promptly trying to ignore the inconvenience of it, pushing through my day. Little did I know that it was the beginning of a new journey in my life. I thought it was just my body giving me a hard time and that it would go away, but it hasn’t. I did finally take a few days off and slowed down albeit, but it still got worse. In the past year my social calendar became filled with doctor appointments. Finally, a few months ago, after a lot of poking and prodding and tests, I was told that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. How can that be I asked – I’m only in my mid 30’s – isn’t Arthritis something that only old people have? I feel old. I hurt everyday and walk more slowly. It takes me forever to get dressed in the morning. I used to pride myself in being able to get dressed and eat and get the kids in the car within a half hour. Well, that’s hardly my reality now. Just getting out of bed and taking a shower takes me 30 minutes. My kids say I’m no fun anymore and that I don’t want to do anything with them. I feel like a bad mom. Our family always goes skiing every year but this year I’m thinking that I should just let them go without me. I hate the idea and it only makes me feel like a worse parent, but I just can’t see how I can get my skies on, let alone skiing. I don’t blame my kids for not understanding, but I feel really frustrated when other people, like my husband and friends, don’t get it. I’m tired of hearing “you look ok – maybe you just need to push yourself a little more and not let a bit of pain get you down” I think my husband maybe does get it, but I haven’t been able to work as much, which means our income has gone down. I know that stresses him and I’ve been needing him to do more housework too . So, okay... I’ll add him to the list. I feel bad for what I’ve put on him as well. I feel like a bad housekeeper with dust piling up…. I could go on, but I think you get the picture. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. Am I alone in this?! If anyone has some suggestions for me – I’m all ears (I think that’s only part that doesn’t hurt)!"

  • Drew'snooze
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my! (Feel free to call in and join the discussion.)

    Drew'snooze Guest: Kevin Eckstrom, Editor-in-Chief of Religion News Service

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Special Guests

  • Michelle Aguilar — The Biggest Loser Season Six
    Michelle's story on The Biggest Loser inspired so many people to start their own personal weight loss journeys. She fought hard to win the struggle against weight and her emotional attachment to food. Michelle ultimately became the season six Winner of The Biggest Loser and proved that she is more than a number on a scale. She is now sharing how you can use these same principles to conquer other struggles in your life. It was Michelle's smile that made life seem alright. However behind that smile were tears; tears of confusion and pain, born from a broken family. Her comfort was in food. Eating became more than a necessity, driven by her pain. Sometimes it takes the discomfort of facing your past or even staring the problem in its face to find resolve. A chance to appear on The Biggest Loser was the start.
    www.michelleaguilar.me

  • Michael Jr. — Comedian
    Imagine a line from Bill Cosby to Jerry Seinfeld and you’ll have an idea of Michael’s influences. Hailed as one of today’s most gifted comedians, 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, Jimmy Kimmel Live, CNN, and ComedyTV. 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, and The Comic Strip. *Michael Jr. Will be performing at the Laugh for Life Gala, Saturday November 5, at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
    www.MichaelJr.com

  • Hannah Chapplain — Canadian Recording Artist
    Every once in a while we give the kids a shot! Hannah Chapplain is an up and coming singer songwriter from a small town in Ontario who, this very week, has been asked to open for Juno Award winners, Blue Rodeo! Keep an eye on this one.

  • Peter Rollins — Author, Philosopher, Theologian, Storyteller
    In his new book Insurrection Peter Rollins, a sought after international speaker and the author of How (Not) to Speak of God, provides insight on living a transformed life rather than a religious one. With each chapter, Rollins delves into breaking free of the limiting, human confines mankind has placed on God. Through many parables and challenging questions, his new book encourages readers to think deeper about their belief than what is just on the surface. Peter has written other well-known books including The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales and The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief. Peter encourages audiences to explore the Christian faith as they would explore a piece of art, open to interpretation.
    www.peterrollins.net

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  • The Counsel Of Many!
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    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel Of Many: A wife's husband keeps telling her that the average couple has sex everyday and she wants to know if it's true. Or is her husband exaggerating in order to get what he wants?

    "My husband and I have been married for just over a year and we've been getting along pretty well. There's only one real big issue which has really made us fight. The issue is how many times a week is NORMAL to have sex. My mom told me to write into you because she thinks you've talked about this before on your show. I'm just happy this is anonymous, because this is such an embarrassing thing to ask. My husband is convinced that couples in a healthy marriage have sex every day. When I challenged him on where he gets this information he says it's “common knowledge” and that most of his buddies are having daily sex with their wives. He also says that this is what God wants for a good marriage. As a matter of fact he says that having sex everyday is a key factor in having a good marriage. He says that there's even a church who did a “have sex every day for a month” campaign in order to strengthen marriages. He feels that because I don't want sex everyday that there's something wrong with our marriage or that there's something wrong with me. Honestly, without getting too personal, even if sex with my husband was AMAZING, I really can't even imagine having sex EVERYDAY! He says that our sex drives will eventually slow down in the future when we're older so we should take advantage of our healthy sex drives now, while we're young. So I have no idea if anyone would be willing to call in and give me advice on this since most people in the church seem to be so shy about talking about this (like my parents) but I'd like to know if my husband is correct. Do most couples have sex every day? And if not, do you think that having sex everyday will help a marriage?"

  • Are Mormons Christians?
    Over the last couple of weeks during the GOP race to lead the Republicans, the old discussion about whether or not Mormons are really Christians has been brought off the shelf again. Rick Perry said out loud what most Evangelical Christians think – that Mormonism is a cult. However, Pat Robertson has called Mormon Mitt Romney an “outstanding Christian.” Now the rest of the world is now trying to figure out: A/ Are Mormons Christians or are they a cult whose practices should scare people into NOT voting for them? B/ Is Rick Perry playing dirty pool and just trying to scare people away from voting for Mormon Mitt? C/ Who should we be more scared of: Mormons, Christians, or Pat Robertson? Joining us to help answer these questions is Ross Anderson, former Mormon and author of Understanding The Book Of Mormon & Understanding Your Mormon Neighbour. www.utahadvance.org

  • Will you be joining the JesusWeen campaign this Halloween? (JesusWeen = A Canadian pastor's alternative to Halloween)
    According to an article at www.time.com... Halloween has a new nemesis: JesusWeen! What is JesusWeen? It's an unfortunately-named Christian organization that opposes "ungodly" Halloween and its “evil characters.” This October 31st, instead of Mars bars, group members plan to hand trick-or-treaters mini Bibles. JesusWeen founder Pastor Paul Ade began replacing sugar with scripture in 2002. “All it took was putting a bible into every bag as they opened each bag with a smile,” declares the JesusWeen website, adding that it was “much easier than expected” to trick kids into thinking the Bible was a treat. The group now has over 2,000 followers on Facebook and says on Twitter it expects JesusWeen followers to hand out hundreds of Bibles and become “the most effective Christian outreach day ever.” But what is it about All Hallows' Eve that Pastor Paul finds so scary? “I think it's an activity that doesn't have anything to do with Christians,” the Canadian pastor told Gawker. He's right: it has to do with candy! (And capitalism.) According to Jimmey Kimmel... www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2ril9vUlzM

    We'll talk to the JesusWeen Pastor and get his reaction to the reaction!

Special Guests

  • Drew'snooze
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my! (Feel free to call in and join the discussion.)

    Drew'snooze Guest: Kate Shellnutt, Religion Reporter for The Houston Chronicle & Producer of www.HoustonBelief.com

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Special Guests

  • Senator Brian Birdwell — United States Senator, 9/11 Pentagon Attack Survivor
    Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell is a survivor of the terrorists' attacks on September 11, 2001. After hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 collided into the Pentagon, Birdwell was thrown to the ground and engulfed in flames. Of the burns that consumed 60 percent of his body, nearly half were third degree, resulting in the need for 30+ operations. Brian's recovery has been truly remarkable and spiritually he is stronger than ever before.

  • Eric Angus Whyte — Canadian Recording Artist
    In 2003, Eric abandoned a short-lived dream of moving to Israel to work on a kibbutz. Instead, he recorded a collection of original folk songs called 'Always Home'. The musical road has taken him across Canada and the States, overseas, into prisons and resorts, churches and pubs, hockey rinks and Walt Disney movie sets. Eric Angus Whyte was nominated for the 2005 Folk Album of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards. Eric has performed at the Stan Rogers' Folk Festival, Celtic Colours International Festival, North by Northeast Toronto and the Franklin Graham Festival. He has recorded/toured/worked with: Randy Stonehill, Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor, Joel Plaskett, Gordie Sampson, The Barra MacNeils, JP Cormier and Mitch McVicker.

  • Sarah Churman — YouTube Sensation, Guest on Ellen
    If you subscribe to our weekly update email list you would have seen our Video Of The Week which shows the absolutely priceless reaction of Sarah who was born deaf, but 8 weeks ago received a hearing implant. This is the video of it being turned on and hearing herself for the first time. Beautiful! The $30,000.00 fee for the implant in one ear was covered by her mother-in-law, who used her retirement savings to pay for it. Then this week, Sarah was a guest on Ellen, who surprised them by arranging for Sarah's mother-in-law to be paid back the entire amount AND for an implant to be placed in her other ear at no charge!

  • Marc Martel — Member of Downhere, Keith Green & Freddie Mercury Imitator, Opera Junkie
    Marc has been making headlines all over the place because of his YouTube video showcasing his brilliant rendition of Freddie Mercury's “Somebody To Love.” Well the video has gone viral and even won him a guest spot on Ellen this week. So we thought we'd catch up with the boy Canada is slowly becoming proud of :)
    Marc's “Queen Extravaganza” Audition
    www.downhere.com

Special Guests, Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 of a teenage boy actually fears his “evil” son and is looking for advice on how to deal with this boy's violent and bizarre reactions to the rules of the house.

    "My 15 year old son has become evil and I'm actually scared of him. The problem has now become more than just his attitude. He sleep when he wants. He goes to school when he wants. He's constantly watching TV or playing his X-Box. Anytime I try to exert my authority over him as his father he absolutely explodes. He actually becomes enraged when I bring up God or try to encourage him in reading Scripture. Suffice it to say that he absolutely refuses to go to church at all. The weird thing about all this is that I've had demonic dreams about him over the last few years. In the dreams he is belligerent and defiant and dangerous to the point where I begin to beat him in hopes of stopping it, but he just ends up laughing at me. His mom doesn't really want much to do with him anymore and has poured herself into work. Trying to talk with him is futile at this point. The last time I tried to exert an consequences for his actions he slashed the tires on my car. (Well I'm pretty sure it was him.) I have prayed for him continuously, so I need more advice than that. I'm actually scared that I've lost my son to the dark side."

Talkback, etc.

  • 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.

    Guest Banterer: Paul Brandeis Raushenbush - Senior Religion Editor for the Huffington Post

  • 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!

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Special Guests

  • Sherri Shepherd — Actress, Comedian, Author, Co-Host of The View
    In August 2009, Daytime Emmy award history was made when The View hosts were named Outstanding Talk Show Host. In May 2009, The View co-hosts were chosen as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time. In July, 2009 Forbes ranked The View #11 among “30 of the Most Influential Women in Media.” Sherri was also featured in the award-winning film Precious and her television credits include: Less than Perfect, Everybody Loves Raymond, Joan of Arcadia, Suddenly Susan, The Jamie Foxx Show, and Hot In Cleveland. She’s also appeared on Wheel of Fortune and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and a groundbreaking performance on the hit series Friends. Sherri is a frequent guest star as Tracy Morgan’s wife, Angie Jordan, on the Emmy award-winning series 30 Rock. Sherri teamed with Jess Cagle and Kathy Ireland as hosts for the 82nd Academy Awards® pre-show, Oscars Red Carpet 2010 telecast. In 2008, she co-hosted the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on ABC. And let’s not forget that Sherri was Executive Producer and star of her own sitcom SHERRI on Lifetime Television and is the author of a humorous autobiography, Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Yourself a Break. Oh and one more thing… being a newlywed herself, Sherri hosts The Newlywed Game. WHEW!

  • Judith Hill — International Recording Artist, Formerly on Michael Jackson's This Is It Tour
    Judith Hill has been immersed in music since the time she could stand in her crib and see Sly Stone, Billy Preston and other funk/soul icons hanging out with her musical parents. Born and raised in Los Angeles to a musical family, Judith began singing and playing piano at the age of four and has excelled ever since. Forging a new trail previously laid down by Billy Holiday, Curtis Mayfield, Chaca Khan, and Lauren Hill, Judith oozes originality with her smokey vocals and exceptional piano playing. Electro, soul, pop, ambient funk, big beats, bass, synthesizers, world instruments and a range of emotions – this is Judith Hill! In early 2009, Judith shared the stage with Michael Jackson, the only female lead vocalist for his This Is It tour before he tragically passed away during rehearsals. Judith has recorded and performed with legendary superstars Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Babyface, Rod Stewart, and Josh Groban. Her singing has also been heard in several high profile movies including Sex In The City 2, Dream Girls, and Happy Feet 2.

  • Bailee Madison — Film & Television Actress
    At only 11 years old, (okay, almost 12 - October 15th) Bailee Madison is already an award winning actress who’s been in over ten films and guest-starred on over 11 hit TV shows. People know her! She’s kind of a big deal! On the big screen you might have seen her in Lonely Hearts with John Travolta and Salma Hayek OR in Brothers with Tobey Maguire & Natalie Portman OR in Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark with Katie Holmes & Guy Pearce OR An Invisible Sign with Jessica Alba OR Conviction with Hilary Swank OR Just Go With It with Adam Sandler & Jennifer Aniston & Nicole Kidman. On television you might have seen her on Wizards Of Waverly Place OR Bridge To Terabithia OR Law & Order: Special Victims Unit OR Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles OR CSI: NY OR House M.D. OR… maybe you remember her from that Office Depot commercial when she was two weeks old! Look, even if you missed everyone of her performances, Bailee will be joining Bette Midler & Billy Crystal in the family comedy Us & Them, a co-production between 20th Century Fox and Walden Media.
    www.bailee-madison.com

  • Randy Stonehill — Christian Rock Pioneer
    Forty years after the release of his first album (Born Twice 1971) Randy Stonehill has created an album of new songs that is both fresh and some are saying his best yet An astounding 23 albums later, which include hits like “King of Hearts”, “Shut De Do”, and “American Fast Food,” this pioneer of the Christian Rock Movement shows no signs of slowing down! Spirit Walk strings together songs that only a veteran like Randy could sing with such conviction, wit and playfulness. The story of Randy Stonehill coming to Los Angeles in 1970 to apply for the job of “rock star” but finding Jesus instead has been told and retold innumerable times. His friendship in the 70s with the Godfather of Christian Rock - Larry Norman, has been celebrated in tunes and liner notes and more recently examined in the documentary film Fallen Angel. Randy was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1985 for his duet with Amy Grant and in 1988 CCM Magazine acclaimed his 1976 album Welcome to Paradise as among the top three most influential albums in the contemporary Christian genre. Randy Stonehill has embarked on an acoustic World Tour with the release of Spirit Walk on September 20, 2011. He will be joined along the way with like-minded artists sharing the stage including Jodi King (7 cities in Ontario, Canada), Ralph Van Maren & Sharon Kips (6 cities in The Netherlands), and Casting Crowns (4 cities in Australia & New Zealand).

  • Tripp York — Author of The Devil Wears Nada
    In this devilishly entertaining book, Tripp York takes it upon himself to find the Prince of Darkness. Provoked by a wager made in one of his religion classes, York explores whether in proving the existence of Satan, we might in turn prove the existence of God. Admitting the idea is not half-bad (and thus, conversely, only half-good), York enlists the aid of numerous ministers, theologians, spiritual warriors, pagans, shamanists, fortune tellers, and Satanists in his fiendish quest to determine the whereabouts of God's first fallen creature. Part memoir and part theological treatise, The Devil Wears Nada is a compelling and humorous account of the strange, bizarre, and (oftentimes) offensive things we think about God, the Devil, and everything in between.

  • 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!
    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 single woman in her 30s is frustrated because she can’t find any “normal men” to date and is considering using the internet to find a husband but wants to know other people’s experience with online dating first.

    "I KNOW I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE! I sooo never thought that I’d be an internet dater. And I’m not – YET. But that’s how desperate I am! Yes, I’m admitting it. I’M DESPERATE! I want to be in a relationship with a guy. I want to love someone and be loved by someone. And to be honest, admitting that in the Christian scene is taboo! People feel that I’m giving up on God, or that I’m not patient, and that all I need to do is trust God to drop Mr. Right in my lap! And I guess part of that is true, but WTF… I’m in my 30’s people!! And this is a HUGE desire of my heart. (Wait, where have I seen that before? Oh ya – THE BIBLE!) I have “delighted myself in the Lord” and I have prayed constantly for the right man to come along and he hasn’t… for over 15 years! But you know who HAS come along? You guessed it… SATAN! Or Tim or Andrew or Ryan or Brad or Stefan or whatever the heck is name is! Every single one of them I’ve met through the church(es) and every single one of them turned out to be a complete freakin nutcase! So I’m about ready to jump into a side of dating I never thought I’d have to resort to. Look out Lavalife – here I come! I think? I’m just not quite sure I really want to do this. So before I dive into what could potentially be the worst nightmare of my life, does anyone have any advice for me as to whether I should do the internet dating thing or not? Any success stories out there? Any nightmares? Anyone think that finding a man online is like an ungodly way to find love? At this point, I’m open to any advice. Any advice EXCEPT – “Oh my dear, just pray more and just wait more. God hears your prayers and he is faithful.” I get that God is faithful. My question is, how good is His hearing? (KIDDING!)"

  • 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

  • Joseph Marcell — Actor, “Geoffrey” from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
    Joseph Marcell was born on the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia, and was trained in London at Sheffield University, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Best known to North American audiences for his roles as Geoffrey on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and currently Hudson on The Bold & The Beautiful, Joseph has graced the stage, film and television worldwide as an actor and director. He has appeared in over 50 plays in theatres such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, U.S. Shakespeare and Company, The Young Vic, The Royal Court Theatre, The Haymarket Theatre and has appeared in such films as Richard Attenborough’s Cry Freedom, and Lou Diamond Phillips directed him in Sioux City. Mr. Marcell resides primarily in London and most recently Mr. Marcell performed in repertory at The Old Globe Shakespeare season under the direction of Adrian Noble. Early in 2011 he starred in the Broadway premiere of John Guare’s controversial A Free Man Of Color at the Lincoln Center directed by George C. Wolfe, starring alongside Jeffrey Wright. He’s currently starring with Eve Best in a critically acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Jeremy Herrin at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

  • Hazel McCallion — Mayor of Mississauga, Ontario (One of the few DEBT FREE cities in Canada!)
    $ IN DEBT:
    • USA - over 14 TRILLION… at least!
    • Canada - over 568 Billion
    • Ontario - over 14 Billion
    • Toronto - over 4.4 Billion
    • Mississauga - 0.00
    The Global Pandemic is called “greed” and the cornerstone of greed is called “selfishness.” We need to hear from someone who has the right to speak into our lives about NOT living in debt, NOT living above our means, both individually and corporately.

  • Bill Blaney — CEO of Global Aid Network
    Africa is currently experiencing the worst drought in 60 years. This devastation WILL affect an estimated 12 million people. We haven't seen this level of humanitarian crisis in a long time! Global Aid Network is there - NOW - already providing food and water to millions of refugees that are trying to keep their families alive. But they need your help to do more. We know that some of you are no longer moved by hearing a plea for help on the radio. We understand that it's hard to know which organization to donate to - Which one you can trust and who will make the best use of your money. Having just returned from Africa, Bill Blaney will provide a first hand account of the tragedy and suffering, happening . . . under our watch.
    www.globalaid.net

  • Marya Hornbacher — Author of Waiting: A Non-Believer’s Higher Power
    According to Marya: “Many of us have been trained to think of spirituality as the sole provenance of religion; and if we have come to feel that the religious are not the only ones with access to a spiritual life, we may still be casting about for what, precisely, a spiritual life would be, without a God, a religion, or a solid set of spiritual beliefs.” For those who don’t believe in God, feel disconnected from the ideas of God presented in organized religion, or are simply struggling to determine their own spiritual path, Marya Hornbacher, author of the New York Times best sellers Madness and Wasted, offers a down-to-earth exploration of the concept of faith. In Waiting, Hornbacher uses the story of her own journey beginning with her recovery from alcoholism to offer a different approach to cultivating a spiritual life.

  • Stephen Kendrick — Producer of The Kendrick Brothers' Film COURAGEOUS
    Four cops are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children? Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the gang behind FIREPROOF. *21 Christian organizations worked together to get this film out there. Now THAT’S a miracle. So take your family and friends and go see it in theatres across Canada on the weekend of September 30th!

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 is worried about his wife’s friendship with the “swinging” neighbours and wants to know if he should forbid her to “witness” to them anymore.

    "My wife and I have a disagreement and we are both very committed to our positions. We are both in our late 30’s; we have 3 kids aged 6 – 12; a goldfish, a cat named Dizzy and a German Shepherd named Dave; we have a wonderful and supportive extended family on both sides, friends who love us and are always there for us; a Lord who died for us and a wonderful church that accepts us. It almost seems like the perfect scenario. However, the point of contention is the "couple" that lives next door. They are very open and honest about being in an open marriage, which they refer to as Polyamoury - meaning they allow each other to have other dating/romantic/love relationships, which may be sexual or not. These people almost border on being evangelistic about their lifestyle. My wife has had the wife of the POLY couple over for coffee and lunch on several occasions while I was at work, and this person has given my wife books and information about the POLY lifestyle. My wife admits to reading it but she rationalizes it by saying that in order to "witness" to someone about Christ, you have to understand them and somewhat relate to them. My concern is that my wife at times has admitted that some of the poly literature makes sense to her, that sexual and romantic exclusivity is not the same as fidelity in a marriage. This terrifies me because the last few years our marriage has been a struggle. Sex is starting to feel routine, boring and monthly. We have been in marriage counselling and admitted to each other that we no longer feel like we are in love. That the continuation of our marriage is due to gritted teeth, determination, concern for the children, and moral conviction without any emotional connectivity. I would hate my wife to become taken in by this lifestyle that seems to allow and justify extra-marital relationships, when ours is so weak. Will she think the grass is greener on the POLY side? Am I right in asking my wife (respectfully) to avoid this couple, especially until our marriage is at better place? Or is my wife right when she suggests that it is important to understand people that we seek to witness to? Should certain people be off limits for married couples? Am I being unreasonable in my concerns?"

Special Guests

  • TDMS Banter
    Banter Guests: From Internet, Radio & Newspaper . . . American Edition!

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show September 17, 2011

Special Guests

  • William P. Young — Author of The Shack
    After millions of copies of the runaway phenomenon The Shack were sold, millions of dollars were then made and contracts were signed. As some of you may know, Paul, his publisher, and his partners were all involved in various lawsuits. The news of this saddened many and angered some. After all, a book that had such a warm and positive impact on so many around the world… for it’s author to be embroiled in a lawsuit seemed so “non-Shackish.” Today, Paul Young will clear up exactly what happened and how the lawsuit was finally settled out of court.

  • Sheila Walsh — Christian Recording Artist, Best Selling Author
    Sheila Walsh is a powerful teacher and best-selling author from Scotland with over 4 million books sold. A featured speaker with Women of Faith conferences, she has reached more than 3.5 million women by combining honesty, vulnerability, and humour with God's Word. Sweet Sanctuary, a follow-up to her last bestselling novel, is no different. A novel unravelling the mystery of unconditional love…what does it look like when the people we love the most hurt us? Shelia is very open about her personal struggles and can offer advice on overcoming depression, recovering from and mending broken family relationships, and battling clinical depression.

  • Zenon Andrusyshyn — Former NFL, CFL & USFL Kicker
    An all round athlete, Zenon represented Canada in the British Empire Games and set a Canadian record in javelin. He received a full Track & Field scholarship to UCLA but as a sophomore, Zenon injured his arm and turned his attention to football, making the team as a walk- on after kicking a 62 yard field goal. He was an All-American punter twice, set over 15 records for the school and was chosen to the All Century team at UCLA. In 1970, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Zenon, but he was released due to injury. He decided to return to Canada, playing in the CFL for 16 seasons as a kicker and punter with the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes, scoring 1,080 points in his CFL career. Zenon also played one season in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1978 and 3 seasons in the USFL with the Tampa Bay Bandits. THE BIG Z still holds the record for the longest punt in pro football history with a kick that went 108 yards.

  • Rachael Lampa — Dove Award Winning Recording Artist
    Rachael is currently in Los Angeles taping Season 3 of the hit NBC series The Sing-Off, while simultaneously promoting her highly anticipated album All We Need. (Releasing September 27th, 2011) The first single, “Remedy,” is available at iTunes, and Lampa will hit the road this fall with Group 1 Crew, Shonlock and Rapture Ruckus for the Outta Space Love Tour. In 2000, at just 15 years old, Rachael skyrocketed onto the pop scene amassing an unprecedented nine Top 10 singles (four at #1) while touring heavily (with Destiny’s Child, Boyz II Men, Nickel Creek, Stacie Orrico, Amy Grant and Vince Gill) and making high profile appearances on The Tonight Show, The View, Entertainment Tonight, E! News and Extra, as well as gracing the pages of Teen People, and CCM Magazine. She explored acting with a supporting role in the 2006 film Hidden Secrets, opposite John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville) and joined American Idol winner Jordin Sparks on tour in 2010 as a background vocalist on her tours with the Jonas Brothers and Britney Spears.

  • Ali Matthews -Canadian Singer/Songwriter
    Gospel Music Awards Canada has just announced the nominees for the 2011 GMA Covenant Awards. Ali has received 10 nominations supporting her latest album, Carry Me Home. The awards show will take place on October 28th in Calgary as part of GMA week. Ali has now been nominated for a total of 34 Covenant Awards - winning 10 in the last 7 years. No wonder we keep having her back on our show!

  • Todd Burpo — Author of Heaven Is For Real
    A #1 New York Times Bestseller - Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us. Told by his father Todd, but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 who has a problem with the way Muslims have “taken over” his own neighbourhood is now worried because his 14 year old daughter is dating a Muslim boy and wants to know how to break them up – or if that’s out of line?

    "Let me start off by saying that I know I’m not going to be the most favourite person on your show, when and if you read this on air. I have a problem with Muslims – I think. Basically, with all the stuff on television recently about the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 it’s really got me thinking about how my life has changed as a result of Muslims. Every time I travel I’m the one who feels like a criminal. The neighbourhood where I’ve lived for over 40 years is now pretty much ALL Muslims. I’m the one who has become a minority in the country I grew up in! And all I hear about in the news is how the basic civic laws now have to be changed for them, because of the religious rules they brought over from their land into my land. And now, as if God is playing some sort of cruel joke on me, my 14 year old daughter is dating a Muslim boy. Sure he’s a nice enough guy but seriously? Of all the guys in the world to date?? So… am I just being racist for feeling angry about how much my life, my neighbourhood and my country has changed because of the mass immigration of Muslims? Does anyone else feel this way? Does anyone else have the guts to say so? And am I out of line for not wanting my daughter dating a Muslim? If not, then what do you recommend I do to help break them up?"

  • 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 September 10, 2011

SEASON #9 - PREMIERE SHOW!

Special Guests

  • Anne Graham Lotz — Author of Expecting to See Jesus: A Wake-Up Call for God's People (An Expanded Edition of I Saw the Lord)
    9/11 was a wake-up call, but did we sleep through the alarm? Anne Graham Lotz believes the attack on September 11th was America’s wake-up call & ten years later Anne still calls for God’s people to WAKE-UP. Anne, daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham, fervently believes the signs of Jesus’ return are being fulfilled, and He will return during this generation. In her book Expecting to See Jesus: A Wake-Up Call for God’s People, Anne details the signs of the return of Jesus Christ and the implications of his returning at any moment. In conjuncture with the book’s release, Anne is hosting a national webcast on September 11th with Joel Rosenberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Twelfth Imam. Meant to act as a wake-up call to the nation, Lotz remembers the victims of 9/11 and calls for spiritual revival ten years after the terrorist attack.

  • Catherine Hicks — Actress, Annie Camden from 7th Heaven
    Debuting in 1996, 7th Heaven received the cold shoulder from some critics, but audiences loved the wholesome program about a minister named Eric Camden (played by Stephen Collins) and his family. Catherine starred as his wife who was a stay-at-home wife and mother who tries to handle the problems and challenges her family faces. Beyond domestic crises, the hit television show addressed many larger issues during its eleven seasons on the air, including homelessness, drunk driving, hate crimes, and drug use. Catherine earned an Emmy nomination and impressed audiences as well as the critics with her performance as Marilyn Monroe in the 1980 telefilm Marilyn: The Untold Story. Her big screen roles included appearing in The Razor’s Edge opposite Bill Murray and in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home opposite William Shatner. She also played best friend to Kathleen Turner in Peggy Sue Got Married. Before finding success as an actor, she grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, and went on to study theology and English literature at Notre Dame University.

  • Blind Boys of Alabama — Grammy Winning Soul-Gospel Recording Artists
    The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The Grammys and The National Endowment For The Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, sung for two presidents in the White House and winners of five Grammy Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Their performances have been experienced by millions on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, the Grammy Awards telecast, 60 Minutes, and on their own holiday PBS Special. *The Blind Boys Of Alabama will be performing at the Southside Shuffle in Port Credit Ontario, Friday September 9th at 10:00 P.M.
    www.blindboys.com

  • Eric Metaxas — Author of BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich
    As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and author known as much for such spiritual classics as The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together as for his 1945 execution in a concentration camp for his part in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. In BONHOEFFER, the first major biography of Bonhoeffer in forty years, New York Times best- selling author Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life, the theologian and the spy, and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer’s life and theology never before seen.

  • Dinesh D'Souza — New York Times Bestselling Author, Christian Apologist
    Dinesh is President of The King’s College, (a Christian college located in the Empire State Building, New York City) and former policy analyst to the Reagan Administration. Mr. D’Souza is also an ac­complished author on the topics of politics and Christianity including New York Times Best Seller, What’s So Great about Christianity? His most recent book The Roots of Obama’s Rage has been described as the most influential political book of the year and has proven to be yet another best seller. Dinesh has participated in highly-publicized debates about Christianity with some of the most famous atheists and skeptics of our time. (Christopher Hitchens, Peter Singer, Daniel Dennett, and Michael Shermer) He will be debating David Silverman, president of American Atheists, in Philadelphia on October 12th. American Atheists is currently suing to have the cross at the World Trade Center site taken down. Dinesh has been named one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers by the New York Times Magazine. The World Affairs Council lists him as one of the nation’s 500 leading authorities on international issues, and Newsweek cited him as one of the country’s most prominent Asian Americans. His articles have appeared in virtually every major magazine and newspaper, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, New Republic, and National Review and he’s appeared on numerous television programs, including the Today Show, Nightline, The News Hour, O’Reilly Factor, Moneyline, and Hannity.

  • Jason Berry — Author of Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church
    Render Unto Rome, a landmark book examining the Catholic church’s financial underpinnings and practices, uncovers an astonishing lack of accountability for the billions of dollars that run through the Catholic Church each year. One example: Safeguards on Sunday collections are so haphazard, that approximately $2 billion have been lost since 1965 to embezzlements from priests and lay workers. One example of many! Jason Berry, a Catholic, praises the church as one of the great engines of charity in American history, yet insists that it must bear scrutiny. With $2 billion in the U.S. having been paid to clergy abuse victims, and for treatment of priests in mental hospitals, bishops are selling off whole pieces of the infrastructure churches, schools, and commercial properties. How are these decisions made? Seldom is anyone beyond the circle of a bishop and his close advisors aware of how assets are liquidated, and the Vatican’s role in such decisions.

  • 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!
    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 six heard about the woman convicted of child abuse after she gave her son hot-sauce as a punishment and wants to know if she's a bad mother herself because she washes her children's mouth out with soap and occasionally spanks them.

    "I'm a mother of six, all under the age of 12. I recently heard about the mother who was charged and convicted of child abuse after giving one of her children hot sauce and cold showers as a punishment. While I'm sure we don't know all the details, I have to admit that I'm almost terrified at the prospect of being labelled a "bad mother" let alone going to prison for some of my discipline techniques. Seriously, am I that out of touch with reality? Am I the only parent that spanks or washes their kid's mouths out with soap if they insist on talking back or using foul language? And since this Counsel Of Many thing is totally anonymous, I actually have to admit that the hot sauce was a rather creative option. I mean as long as it's not the crazy hot stuff. No lasting harm was done, right? I know there will be those that disagree with me and feel that the child will be traumatized for life because of these things, but in my experience, when done in love and with an enormous amount of time spent on communication, explaining the reality of consequences for our actions it just seems to me that a quick whack or an extended "time-out" are both inadequate parenting techniques. Trust me, it takes a lot of time out of the day when you spend as much time "disciplining" each child with love and communication as we do. But after hearing how this mother was actually convicted of child abuse, I'm honestly beginning to wonder if I've somehow been blinded and I'm actually a criminal. Am I?"

  • TDMS Banter
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Special Guests

  • Tara Teng — Miss Canada 2011, Miss British Columbia 2010, Abolitionist
    Ignite the Road to Justice Mission Tour 2011 – This August a team of Canadians led by Tara Teng, Miss Canada 2011, will be on mission igniting the road to justice. Their purpose is to educate and to stir up participation to end human trafficking. Tara will be joined by fellow abolitionist and former Madam, Tania Fiolleau, a worship band led by recording artist Kevin Boese, and other support human trafficking informants. The team will partner with key organizations in each community holding events that provide opportunities to educate and be a catalyst to stimulate participation to fight human trafficking. Their goal is to ignite a powerful, unified, grassroots movement that speaks up for the oppressed. Come partner with them and let your voice shout for justice all across our great nation of Canada!
    www.ignitetheroadtojustice.com

  • The Oslo Commentaries: Dr. James Beverley & Frank Schaeffer
    On July 22, 2011 Police seized a gunman who killed at least 68 people at a youth summer camp of Norway's ruling political party, on the small, holiday island of Utoeya. Anders Behring Breivik was later charged with the killings, as well as with an earlier bombing in the center of Oslo which killed at least eight people. Breivik told a Norwegian judge his bombing and shooting rampage that killed scores aimed to save “Christianized” Europe from a Muslim takeover. There has been much discussion about motive and the killer’s 1500 page manifesto, written over many years. Joining us to continue this discussion will be Dr. James Beverley - Author of Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions, Columnist for Faith Today & Christianity Today AND Frank Schaeffer - Author, Blogger, and son of the late theologian, Dr. Francis Schaeffer.
    www.jimbeverley.com

  • Tom Harpur — Author of Born Again: My Journey from Fundamentalism to Freedom
    In his latest book, Born Again, Tom tells us the story of his own search and the result is a compelling spiritual odyssey, the story of one man's escape from the narrow grip of religious fundamentalism. Born into an Irish immigrant family in Toronto, Tom was groomed for the ministry by his father from an early age. He won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, then returned toCanada and enrolled in Wycliffe College, the bastion of Anglican evangelicalism. Ordained to the ministry, Tom served for a number of years in his own parish before seeking a wider ministry in the world of mass media. In 1971, Tom joined the Toronto Star as the religion editor and over a number of years reported on and met many important figures from Pope John Paul and Mother Teresa to the Dali Lama, Jean Vanier, and Billy Graham. His fascinating anecdotes about these influential people and compelling accounts of his travels around the globe will keep you turning the pages. Perhaps Tom Harpur's most intimate book, Born Again is an important work of spiritual insight, revelation and renewal.

  • Sultans Of String — Canadian Recording Artists
    Since their formation only four years ago, Sultans of String have been riding a wave of success! From their debut CD, "Luna", and 2nd offering, "Yalla Yalla", both hitting #1 on world/international music charts in Canada, to their triple 2009 CFMA nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year, "Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity”, in the last year alone, have acquired a JUNO nomination, U.S. representation from acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Jesse Cook), and booking representation in Australia and the UK. They also garnered a 2010 CMW Indies nomination, took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries) and just got nominated for two 2011 International Independent Music Awards... exciting times for the band!
    *Genre bending, world-jazz super-group and 2010 JUNO Nominees, Sultans of String, will be performing at the esteemed Oakville Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 6th.

  • Les Kotzer — Wills & Estate Lawyer, Author
    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.

  • 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!
    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 is afraid that her son is going to make the same mistake she did and marry someone whose faith isn't all that important to them.

    "I’ve been married for many years to my first and hopefully last husband LOL! Our marriage has been up and down, but overall pretty good. The downs usually come as a result of our spiritual differences. I was a Christian when we got married and still am. My husband on the other hand, has never really been interested in anything to do with God or the church. So over the years we’ve had some pretty tough times, especially when I wanted to raise the kids with a Christian faith. It’s also been pretty lonely having a husband who doesn’t share one of the most important things in my life with me. Anyway, I’m not writing to talk about all that. I have a son in his mid-twenties who has been dating a girl for almost a year now and to be honest I don’t think she’s as interested in spiritual matters as much as my son is. The relationship is getting pretty serious and I’m worried that he’ll end up proposing to this girl. Please don’t get me wrong, she has a number of fantastic qualities, but really shows no “spiritual initiative.” Obviously my biggest fear is that my son would make the same mistake I did and marry someone who doesn’t share one of the most important things in his life. I’ve raised the issue with him and his response was basically “Well it seemed to work out fine with you and Dad.” He’s got a good point, sort of. I’m confused now and don’t know what to say to him anymore. I was hoping that you and your listeners could have a discussion about this and then maybe I’d point my son to your website later? It did sort of work out for my husband and I so how do I explain to my son that it wouldn’t be a wise move to marry someone who he would inevitably be 'unequally yoked' to?"

  • TDMS Banter
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Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show July 23, 2011

Special Guests

  • Candace Cameron Bure — Star of Full House - Make It Or Break It - The Drew Marshall Show!
    After being crowned last season's champions of CBC's hit television show Battle Of The Blades, Candace's husband - NHL great Valeri Bure - won $50,000 for his favourite charity. Last week, Candace, Val and the kids took a trip to the Dominican Republic with Compassion to see how that money was to be used. This week, we get to hear all about that "family changing" trip!

  • Victoria Jackson — Actress, Comedian, Musician
    Appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson over 20 times was just the beginning. Victoria eventually joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live and worked with the likes of Dennis Miller, Steve Martin, Demi Moore, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman & Joe Piscopo. This comedienne, actress and musician also has a spiritual side to her that is genuine and sincere and lately, causing a few eyebrows to rise in Hollywood. Specifically by speaking out against two guys making out of the hit TV show GLEE!
    *Victoria will be performing along side of former Saturday Night Live cast member - Joe Piscopo, and special guest Father Guido Sarducci at Fallsview Casino Resort July 22 & 23.
    www.victoriajackson.com

  • Dr. Chap Clark — Author of HURT 2.0: Inside The World Of Today’s Teenagers
    Hurt provided a vivid and insightful view into the world of today's teenagers. Now leading youth ministry expert Chap Clark substantially updates and revises his groundbreaking bestseller (over 55,000 copies sold). Hurt 2.0 features a new chapter on youth at society's margins and new material on social networking and gaming. Each chapter has been thoroughly revised with new research, statistics, quotations, and documentation. Chap has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (cum laude) from the University of California, San Diego, and a M. A. Theology and Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver in Human Communications Studies, specializing in relationships, teamwork and leadership, and organizational and family systems.
    www.parenteen.com

  • Jon Tyson — Author of Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You´ve Only Heard About
    In his classic work, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis likens an encounter with God to coming to life: “This world is a great sculptor’s shop and we are the statues. But there is a rumor going round the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life.” However, today many Christians live with tension. What the Scriptures promise seems like a far cry from what we experience in our lives. As a result, God seems distant, and the life described in the Scriptures seems more like a series of rumors than reality. Does God still do great things today? Is it possible to really experience Him? Can we close the gap between what we hear and what we see?

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 is confused about what drugs Christians are allowed to use.

    "Okay, I’m kinda new to all this Jesus stuff and I’m also a new listener to your show. But it seems like a pretty cool place to be able to ask this question. I’m confused about which drugs I’m allowed to take if I want to be a Christian. For example, some Christians I know drink alcohol, some don’t. Is it bad? Some Christians I know smoke, some don’t. Is it bad? Some use caffeine to get up and wine to mellow out. Are they bad? Some use herbal tea to sleep and some use marijuana. Some use Viagra to get an erection and some use Ritalin to “raise” their kids. I’m not trying to sound like a jerk but I’m confused. Can someone please tell me the drugs I can use, which won’t piss off Jesus?"

  • Do you believe that dreams are important or just fictional movies for the mind?
    Have you ever had a dream that came true? Have you ever dreamed something and wondered if God was speaking to you through that dream? Some people are convinced that God speaks to them in dreams while others feel that the mind is an unknown bundle of electronic connections, simply influenced by reams of external stimuli. Do you think God still uses dreams to communicate to us? Can we trust dreams as a communication device of the Almighty?

  • Bosses! Give us a call and tell us all about the best boss and the worst boss you’ve ever had!
    We’ve all had them. Some of us have been them. Some of us love them. Some of us hate them. Some of us aspire to be one of them. BOSSES. They can make or break you! So give us a call and tell us all about the bestest boss in the world and the worstest boss you’ve ever had! (No names please – lest we be accused of gossiping about that #@%!)

  • 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 July 16, 2011

Special Guests

  • Victoria Jackson — Actress, Comedian, Musician
    Appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson over 20 times was just the beginning. Victoria eventually joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live and worked with the likes of Dennis Miller, Steve Martin, Demi Moore, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman & Joe Piscopo. This comedienne, actress and musician also has a spiritual side to her that is genuine and sincere and lately, causing a few eyebrows to rise in Hollywood.
    *Victoria will be performing along side of former Saturday Night Live cast member - Joe Piscopo, and special guest Father Guido Sarducci at Fallsview Casino Resort next weekend July 22 & 23. So we thought we’d replay this spontaneously hilarious interview originally aired back in March 2008! Actually, the real reason we’re re- playing an old interview is because Drew has to leave the show early today! He’s off to the Taylor Swift concert and meeting up with her opening act, former TDMS guest - American Idol Finalist, Danny Gokey. (He didn’t want us to mention that because Paul McCartney told him not to name drop!)
    www.victoriajackson.com

  • Nina Cavey — Psychiatric Nurse
    Nina has spent years as a case manager for schizophrenic patients. She is currently working on curriculum development for the nursing program at McMaster University. Her Master’s Thesis is on the meaning and value of spirituality as a fundamental agent of healing for people with mental illness. Is religion good for someone suffering with schizophrenia, or does it cause further delusions and harm? Some studies suggest that spirituality might actually be the best antidote for mental illness. There have been documented cases of people experiencing delusions, and one voice comes through louder than the rest of the voices, as though the “messengers” (possibly God) meets them in the midst of their delusion and helps them to get back on track. We’re going to start out our discussion with Nina this week by ask our listeners this question...Do you think that mental illness is caused by demonic activity, which requires prayers of “deliverance” or do you think that the vast majority of psychiatric problems are as a result of physiological/bio-chemical imbalances?

  • Dr. Tanya Lurhmann — Psychological Anthropologist
    Dr. Lurhmann is best known for her studies of modern-day witches, charismatic Christians, and psychiatrists. She received her AB summa cum laude in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard-Radcliff, then studied Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. In 1986 she received her PhD for work on modern-day witches in England, later published in her book, Persuasions of the Witch's Craft. Her second research project looked at the situation of contemporary Parsis, a Zoroastrian community in India. Her third book, Of Two Minds, explored the contradictions and tensions between two models of psychiatry, the psychodynamic (psychoanalytic) and the biomedical. Dr. Lurhmann has also performed a study of how life on the streets (chronically or periodically homeless) contributes to the experience and morbidity of schizophrenia, and written a book called When God Talks Back – a study examining the growing movement of evangelical and charismatic Christianity, and specifically how practitioners come to experience God as someone with whom they can communicate on a daily basis through prayer and visualization. She is currently on staff in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 is having a tough time quitting his favourite sin and wants to know what he should do.

    "This is a question to put out to the listeners for the counsel of many segment. I wish to remain anonymous! It's a struggle that I've had for the last year or so. I am a middle aged man who last year was in a job that was tremendously stressful, to the point where the stress developed into anxiety attacks. I had been hospitalized a couple of times for it. I had moved on to a new job, and have been better on the stress front. However, since then I have been losing interest in church, my friends and have been greatly lethargic. I have been falling into old habitual sins and new ones such as gambling. The gambling has gotten out of control to the point where I started compromising my rent agreement if you know what I mean. I have tried and tried again to stop, with help from good friends at my church - including the church counsellor, but I haven't been able to beat it. I believe that God has given us the free will to choose right and wrong, but this seems to be a little bit too strong for me to choose the right way in all sins currently in my life. I feel that my prayers are falling to the wayside and I'm getting to the point that i don't want to pray anymore about it, let alone pick up God's Word because I feel like a hypocrite! I really need help here! Please ask your listeners if they can (1) Pray for me please (2) Provide any tips or directions they have and (3) If they know any stories of over-comers they can share. Thanks!"

  • Bruxy interviews Drew!
    It’s been a while since Drew has been on the hot seat! Between September and December of 2010, Drew was publicly processing of his crisis of faith. He interviewed a variety of celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. The teaching pastor at the Meeting House and the author of The End Of Religion, Bruxy Cavey, was on that list. However, Drew was in Israel during that interview and missed the chance to speak with him. So today, we thought we’d allow Bruxy to grill/interview him. Tune in to get all the dirt on where Drew is at spiritually these days!

  • Should Muslims be allowed to attend organized prayer services in school during class time?
    A GTA school has been front and centre at the renewed debate about the place of religion in public schools. On Fridays, between November and March, orthodox Muslims pray three times a day. About 80 to 90 per cent of the students at Valley Park Middle School are Muslim and the majority of them were leaving the school to go to the mosque to pray. The problem was that many of the kids were using this as an excuse to leave classes. The school worked out a deal with the parents, allowing the cafeteria to be used for a 30 to 40 minute prayer service for 300-400 kids led by an Imam. Does this bother you? Should secular schools accommodate religious beliefs of students? Would you feel better about this if they let “The Lord’s Prayer” back into our public schools?

  • 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

  • Melinda Estabrooks — Co-Host of Full Circle
    It’s tough being one of the girls on the hit CTS television show Full Circle, especially when the viewers feel free to write in and comment about pretty much EVERYTHING - your hair, your clothing, your nails, or what you said or didn’t say. But try telling the world of Christian television that you and your husband have divorced! That sort of information, unfortunately, needs to be handled quite carefully. Decisions have to be made as to what should and shouldn’t be said. Well today, Melinda will join us and share publicly for the first time, the details behind her divorce and how divorce recovery has been for her spiritually.

  • Janet Reitman — Contributing Editor of Rolling Stone, Author of Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion
    For more than half a century, the Church of Scientology has been America’s most controversial religious movement; known for its appeal to celebrities like Tom Cruise, its requirement that believers pay as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation, and its storied history of harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of the government to further its goals. It has been called a “cult” and even a “mafia” by its critics. Inside Scientology is the unprecedented journalistic history of the Church of Scientology; one of the world’s most mysterious and least understood new religions, claiming millions of followers globally. Taking readers deep inside Scientology’s world, Janet explores Scientology’s appeal across numerous generations, as it attached itself to pop psychology, New Age spiritualism, the recovery movement, and even modern business consulting. At the same time, Inside Scientology examines the climate of intense, crippling, and largely uncensored control at the heart of the organization, costing members their families, their life savings, their freedom, and in one unforgettable account, their lives. Based on five years of research, access to confidential documents and hundreds of interviews with current and former Church members and executives, Inside Scientology is a gripping account of how a fringe movement of self-help enthusiasts became a commercially-driven spiritual enterprise.

  • Dr. James Beverley — Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, CA & Author of Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions
    In preparation for a Christianity Today article, Jim has just returned from Taiwan & South Korea where he researched the current schism in the Unification Church. While there, he also discovered that Christian pastors are kidnapping followers of Sun Myung Moon and holding them against their will in hopes of freeing them from the grasp of the Unification Church. Jim is a contributing editor to Christianity Today magazine, and a frequent contributor to Faith Today and Charisma magazines.

  • Barbara Kay
    A couple of weeks ago Drew attended media mogul Moses Znaimer’s www.ideacityonline.com conference in Toronto. During Barbara Kay’s presentation, a lady seated behind him got up and left in disgust as Barbara spoke in a very non politically correct way about feminism. At that point, Drew knew he needed to have Barbara as a guest. As a conservative columnist with The National Post, Barbara brings a bold and clear perspective to issues close to her heart: honour killings, gendercide, feminism, “tolerance”, Israel.

  • Dr. Bradley Wright — Author of UPSIDE: Surprising Good News About The State Of Our World
    What If the doomsayers have it all wrong? It's easy to get discouraged or feel paralyzed by what you hear about the terrible state of the world. But what if the media and other prophets of doom have misled us? Could the world actually be getting better? The answers... and the facts behind them... may surprise you:
    -Extreme poverty has been cut in half since the 1980s, in developing countries
    -Life expectancy has doubled around the world over the last 100 years
    -Literacy rates have soared from 25% to over 80% over the same period
    Sociologist Brad Wright uses the best available data to uncover the truth about the world's most important issues, including poverty, sickness, education, morality, and the environment. While admitting there is still work to be done, he shines a light on why so many things are improving and why no one is talking about it.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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’s husband left her two years ago and she wants to know if she should stop waiting for him to return?

    "About seven years ago I married the man of my dreams. Well that’s what I thought at the time. However, after we had celebrated our fifth anniversary, he sat me down and told me that he no longer wanted to be married to me. He didn’t want to go to counseling. His mind was made up. Four days later he moved out. It’s been almost two years now and I still hold hope that we’ll get back together. Pretty much all of my friends and family have told me to stop waiting for him to return and just move on. I have a few problems with just moving on. 1/ I honestly believe that we were meant to be together and that we are soul mates. 2/ I know that God hates divorce. 3/ I had a dream that God told me we were going to get back together again and to “wait upon the Lord.” 4/ If I give up on God, and give up on our marriage, then I won’t be able to remarry again according to the Bible and I don’t want to be alone for the rest of my life. So even though everyone seems to be telling me the same thing (except an aunt who waited for her husband to come back for six years and he did!) I really feel strongly about waiting. Having said that I know that it’s wise to seek counsel and thought that your “counsel of many” segment might be another good place to get advice. Do you think I should stop waiting for my husband to return? How long is too long to wait?”

  • YOU GO GIRL! — Melinda Estabrooks, Justine Stewart, Kate Mukasa
    What do you get when you combine a recently divorced Christian television host - a woman who moved across the country in order to be with a guy who wasn’t supportive of her singing career, only to break up - and a woman who has walked along side of women who have been victimized, mutilated, and raped? YOU GO GIRL – a round table discussion with women who have been hurt by men. Women who have risen up and become over-comers!

  • TDMS Banter
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Special Guests

  • Jacob Moon — Canadian Recording Artist
    Hard work and tenacity combined with incredible vocal, guitar and songwriting skills has earned Jacob Moon a solid reputation as an independent Canadian artist. His popular music videos on YouTube recently gained attention on a national level when rock legends Rush asked Moon to perform at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. Geddy, Neil and Alex insisted that Jacob be there to play 'Subdivisions', which he performed on a Hamilton rooftop in his 2008 video (now at 200,000 hits). His performance was immediately followed by the biggest response of the evening (a standing ovation), and has led to some exciting new opportunities. Stylistically, Jacob Moon fits into the roots category, with some eclectic twists. His strong rhythmic sense is complemented by a keen ear for catchy melody and lyrical depth. He has an incredible command of the guitar (often sounding like an entire orchestra), and his renowned skill as a 'live looper' is in a league of his own. Seven CDs later, the opportunity to hear and experience a Jacob Moon show is not to be missed.

  • Watoto Children’s Choir — PERFORMING LIVE IN STUDIO!
    Watoto means “The Children” in Swahili and these children are on a mission that will take them on a journey from the West to the East Coast of Canada in 2011. Through inspirational songs and compelling stories, the Watoto Children’s Choir is spreading a message of hope for Africa’s children. Concerts of Hope are free, family-friendly events featuring African rhythms and harmonies, which are accented by brilliant costumes and inspirational stories from the children of Watoto Children’s Villages in Uganda. Today, Watoto is impacting the lives of more than 2,000 children who have been orphaned and abandoned as a result of the AIDS epidemic, civil strife, extreme poverty, or other catastrophic events. Watoto's purpose is to RESCUE A CHILD • RAISE A LEADER • REBUILD A NATION.

  • Ron Nikkel — President & CEO of Prison Fellowship International
    Nearly 900 representatives from more than 130 countries are gathering this week here in Toronto during Prison Fellowship International’s quadrennial convocation. Speakers like Philip Yancey, John Rucyahana (Former Anglican Bishop of Rwanda) and PFI’s founder Chuck Colson, are discussing some of the most pressing issues facing those who work with the more than 9.8 million individuals incarcerated around the world today. The principle of “restorative justice” is one of the key concepts behind PFI’s ministry to prisoners, their families, victims and communities. PFI is the world’s largest prison ministry with 124 member countries, working to improve the moral, social, physical and spiritual well-being of prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families and victims of crime. The most extensive international criminal justice ministry with more than 50,000 volunteers, Prison Fellowship International is active in every region of the world.

  • Dale Recinella — Author of Now I Walk On Death Row
    As a high-powered finance lawyer, Dale Recinella was living the American dream. With prestige, power, and unthinkable paychecks at his fingertips, his life was perfect... at least on paper. But on the heels of closing a huge deal for the Miami Dolphins, Dale's life took an unfathomable turn. He heard, and heeded, Jesus' call to sell everything he owned and follow him. Thus began a radical quest to live out the words of Jesus, no matter what the cost. In this quick-paced, well-written story, Dale shares his amazing journey from growing up in an ethnic neighbourhood in Detroit, to racing through "the good life" on Wall Street, to finally walking God's path for him - ministering on death row. Dale Recinella has served for twenty years a volunteer chaplain and for thirteen years as a lay chaplain for Florida’s death row and solitary confinement.

  • Paul Chamberlain — Author of Why People Don't Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith
    Religious faith is increasingly seen as dangerous and violent. The litany of allegations being brought against religion include that it is the cause of intolerance, imperialism, irrationality, bigotry, and war… just to name a few. In Why People Don't Believe, Paul Chamberlain honestly represents the challenges raised against religious faith and Christianity in particular. He deftly responds to these criticisms, evaluating whether they have merit, and outlines the many positive contributions Christianity has made to the world over the past two thousand years. Dr. Paul Chamberlain is director of the Institute of Christian Apologetics and professor of apologetics, ethics, and philosophy of religion at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He has also served on the staff of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He is the author of Can We Be Good without God? and Final Wishes.

  • 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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Special Guests

  • Chely Wright — Award Winning Country Recording Artist
    Chely’s book, Like Me and CD Lifted Off the Ground came out in 2010. And so did Chely. With a #1 country song under her belt ("Single White Female") and having been named Academy of Country Music new artist of the year, Chely also became the first major country artist ever to go public about her same gender attraction. She discussed it all on Oprah, but today we’ll ask her about her journey navigating some of the toughest waters in her life – Christianity and homosexuality.

  • Richard Kaczynski — Author, World’s Leading Expert on Aleister Crowley
    Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., has been a student of the western mystery tradition — and of the works of Aleister Crowley in particular — since 1977. Crowley was an influential English occultist, astrologer, mystic and ceremonial magician and has influenced the likes of Ozzy Osborne, Jimmy Page, and Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard. Richard is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley, as well as The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley, Perdurabo Outtakes and Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City. He is also co-editor of The Revival of Magick and Other Essays. He has also appeared in the television documentaries Secrets of the Occult and Aleister Crowley: The Beast 666. As a social psychologist and research scientist, he has studied metaphysical beliefs in traditional faiths and New Religious Movements. His current projects include a book on the life of Victorian composer Henry Klein and the founding of Ordo Templi Orientis; an anthology of early writings by military thinker J. F. C. Fuller and poet Victor Neuburg; and a history of esoteric societies in the 19th and early 20th centuries and the people, ideas and social networks that shaped both them and subsequent groups. By day, he is a research scientist affiliated with Yale University, the Veterans Health Administration and the University of Detroit.

  • Jeff Allen — Comedian
    Jeff has performed in Las Vegas and on every US cable comedy show you can think of. He’s worked with Jerry Seinfeld, The Smothers Brothers, Barbara Mandrell and James Brown. He’s been on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Showtime, and VH1's Standup Spotlight. Jeff regularly performs at the Grand Ole Opry and has performed at Montreal's Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival. (Rescheduled from last week)


Talkback, etc.

  • Wendy Gritter — Executive Director of New Direction Ministries
    It’s Pride week here in Toronto, and every year we try to work through the topic of homosexuality and Christianity. And every year Drew gets a headache! This year, Wendy will be joined by a gay evangelical man who’s been in a committed same sex union for years. It’s time to hear from real people from within the Christian gay community as opposed to theorizing and speculating on behalf of them.


  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 seminary student wants to know if he should still go into ministry considering he is a celibate pedophile.

    "I am a 23 year old guy and a seminary student. For as long as I can remember I have felt called by God to enter the ministry. Growing up in a home where my father was an abusive alcoholic who verbally and emotionally abused my mother and his 3 children has given me a deep empathy for those families who struggle with painful secrets like mine has. Having been an overweight kid who was picked on at school and who was abused emotionally, physically and sexually in the home, it has given me a deep sense of compassion for those with pain that run deep. Because of my past, the ministry that I have chosen to focus on is pastoral counselling. After earning my honors BSW (bachelor of social work) I selected an MDIV program that offered a counseling focus. Over the summer I am required (as a part of the program) to work at a child/youth camp, working with young people between the ages of 6 and 16. The thing that gives me pause, is that I am a pedophile. I am a celibate pedophile. For as long as I can remember, I have been attracted to young children. I have thought about asking for another work assignment this summer, working with adults for example. However this would only delay the problem, since one of the requirements of graduation from the MDIV is that one of the placements be with children and youth. While my therapist and I are confident in my commitment to celibacy in regards to my pedophilia, I find that I struggle with increased lust and temptation when I am around children. Given that pedophilia is such a hated and maligned condition, which I am thoroughly disgusted with as well, when I am feeling lust and temptation I go on extreme guilt/shame cycles.. I hate myself for struggling with these urges, and often drown this out with either food or booze... I guess my question is, what should I do? Can I be an effective minister with these urges? Can I be a celibate pedophile? I feel so alone and isolated with this. I would love to have friends that I can share this secret shame with, but I am wondering if I have been cursed with the one sin/condition that cannot be shared. Should I live in the light, or lie my way into ministry? I am confused and doubting the path I have felt called to. Help!"

  • Can you name a living person you would describe as EVIL? How about an established group? What is EVIL? Who is Evil? Specifically!
    Drew posted this question to our TDMS Facebook group and received one of the quickest and largest responses we’ve seen in a while. So we thought we’d ask our listeners to call in with their EVIL opinions.

  • Tim's Segment
    Since this was “Tim the Tool’s” last show of the season, Drew asked him to take a segment to discuss issues he’d like to talk about. Unfortunately Tim didn’t read the email...the result is a discussion as disjointed as most of Tim’s comments over the past year. And for that Tim fan out there who's gonna miss him, he’ll be back in the fall, like a bad rash...like a re-occurring nightmare... like a pimple on picture day...

  • 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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Happy Father's Day

Special Guests

  • Larry King — Broadcasting Legend, Author of TRUTH BE TOLD: Off the Record about Favorite Guests, Memorable Moments, Funniest Jokes, and a Half Century of Asking Questions
    Growing up on the streets of Depression-era Brooklyn, the son of Russian immigrants, Larry Zeiger became known to millions as Emmy-award winner Larry King, host of CNN’s Larry King Live, the first worldwide phone-in television talk show and the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot on the same network in the history of television. Beamed live to 200 countries and territories around the world, King was a broadcaster for more than 50 years and interviewed the most compelling and influential people in the world—major political leaders and cultural luminaries, alike. Now, in his book TRUTH BE TOLD Larry reflects on how much the world has changed around him over the course of his fifty-year career, and shares inside stories on some of the most fascinating figures of our time. Larry is one of Drew’s most memorable guests over the years, primarily for answering the question: “Larry, are you afraid of dying?” with “You bet your ass I am!”

  • Colin Mochrie — Comedy Writer, Improv Artist, TV Personality
    Star of Whose Line Is It Anyway, host of Canada’s Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader, Second City Alumni… blah blah blah. Google him! He’s kind of a big deal.

  • Jay Bakker — Son of Televangelists Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker
    Jay Bakker is a 35 year old pastor who grew up witnessing both the good and bad of the church. His parents are Jim and Tammy Faye, ministers-turned-TV-hosts who helped start both the Trinity Broadcasting Network and the 700 Club in the 1970s, and later founded the PTL (Praise The Lord) Club. At the height of their popularity, they pastored the largest church in the country – until their lives were changed by one of the biggest scandals in American history. For the first time, Jay was exposed to the dark underbelly of religion; an experience that would stay with him to this day. He has appeared on Larry King Live and been featured in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Time, The Economist, FHM and New York Magazine. With his father now out of prison and his mother having passed away of Cancer a few years ago, Jay joins us today to talk about his journey through one of the messiest lives any kid could go through and the restoration process with his father and mother.

Journey

  • Stafford Edwards
    Stafford and his wife Michelle had four children – Rebekah, Naomi, Ethan, and Isaac. One day he got a call at work from a friend who told him that his youngest, Isaac, who was almost two at the time, was just taken to the hospital. Isaac had crawled into the reclining chair, somehow became trapped and suffocated. When Stafford arrived at the hospital he was told that his young boy had already passed away. Father’s Day isn’t easy for everyone. Today, Stafford and his wife will share their journey through grief and how they were able to cope with every parent’s nightmare.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 dad and mom disagree on whether or not to teach their 10 year old son how to defend himself against the school bully.

    "I’m sure many families go through this but we’re right in the middle of it! Our 10 year old son has been picked on by a bully in his school for a couple of years now. At first, the bully just used to tease him verbally. Obviously this really bothered our son but my wife and I decided that we would teach him to just ignore it. Over the past few months things have escalated and we’ve since found out that this bully has been pushing our son around physically. I want this to be resolved before the end of the school year, primarily because this bully lives in our neighbourhood and I don’t want my son to have to be afraid of running into him during the summer break. I’d also like him to be able to go back to school in September with a renewed confidence. My wife just thinks we should tell the school and let them deal with the bully. I strongly disagree and think that will only exacerbate the issue and possibly get our son into further trouble with this kid. I told her that I want to teach our son how to defend himself and maybe even sign him up for some Karate or Judo classes. My wife actually got angry about that and said that she doesn’t want to have a son who fights back physically. She wants a “peacemaker” and wants to instead train him to diffuse confrontations with words not fists. My suggestion is to do BOTH, but she’s not having any of it! She also thinks that our pastor has taught that Karate and martial arts in general has Eastern evil influences in it. You know what I think? I think my kid is gonna get his butt kicked around the block until he learns to stand up for himself – PHYSICALLY! Am I wrong? Advice? I’d like to hear from other fathers as well as other mothers."

  • TDMS Realtor Network
    This is the hottest time of the year in Real Estate. Many of you are about to buy or sell a home. Our Father’s Day gift to all the father’s out there (okay moms, you can listen too) is to interview three of the GTA’s most trusted realtors:

  • Should circumcision be illegal?
    The good folks in San Francisco will have the chance in November to vote on whether or not to outlaw circumcision of male children. There would be no religious exemption and a violation of the law would be punishable with fines up to $1,000 or one year in jail. The story gained momentum when actor Russell Crowe Tweeted: "Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect.” Do you agree with Crowe or Religion?

  • 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

  • Kathie Lee Gifford — Co Host of NBC’s Today Show, Author, Drew’s Longsuffering Friend
    She’s BAAAAACK! Drew’s most favourite guest in the whole wide world is back to tell us about her brand new children’s book, Messy M'Cheany! When it comes to a mess, this kid is the best! However, as soon as Messy meets his new baby sister, Missy, he realizes that she does not share the same fondness for messes, but instead loves to be clean! How will he learn to get along with a sister who is so different? Kathie Lee's new rhyming picture book teaches children that though being messy is fun, changing bad habits for baby sisters and brothers is the best thing any sibling can do!

  • Tarek Fatah — Author, Broadcaster, Founder of The Muslim Canadian Congress
    Tarek Fatah is the author of The Jew is Not My Enemy, a widely acclaimed book that investigates the roots of Muslim anti-Semitism. His earlier book Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State, in which he argues that the Prophet never meant for an Islamic State but rather a spiritual state of Islam, was short-listed for the prestigious Donner Prize. He is a frequent contributor to the National Post. Born in Pakistan where he was a leftwing student leader and was imprisoned twice for his part in opposing successive military dictatorships, he lived for a decade in the Middle East before moving to Canada in 1987 where he has been involved as a political activist and writer on the liberal-left spectrum of Canadian public life. Tarek is one of this year’s presenters at the prestigious ideacity11 conference here in Toronto, which begins Wednesday June 15th.
    www.ideacityonline.com

  • Samantha Martin — Canadian Recording Artist
    When Drew sat in on one of Ken Whiteley's “Gospel Brunch” performances at Hugh's Room in Toronto, he was blown away by one of Ken’s guest performers. A cheeky young girl whose whisky soaked voice almost stole the show! Samantha Martin’s heroines — Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Ruth Brown, Etta James and Mavis Staples — have helped shape her unique tough and tender sound.

  • Chantal Desloges — Immigration Lawyer
    Everyone’s favourite immigration lawyer is back! Chantal Desloges is a specialist in both immigration 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!

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 wants advice on how to help his wife who claims to have seen Jesus and angels. He wants to believe her but is having a tough time.

    "My wife and I are both saved and we believe in God. Now in the past my wife has claimed to have gone to Heaven. This was a few years back. Her accounts line up very closely to the book "Heaven Is For Real" as to what she saw. Fast forward until now...the last few days she’s been sick and in bed with a bad cold and/or flu. She has been having a rough week and missed her appointment today with her Christian therapist whom she has been seeing for a few years now. My wife has said to me several times this week that she has seen Jesus again and He told her that everything will be alright and to hold on. She is also claiming to see guardian angels, four of them. Three are on watch or guard and one, whom she described as a female, is present with her. I do not doubt her, so that is not my issue. However I do not see the angels nor hear them, so I must take her word for it. My question is this. What do I do as her husband to support her and care for her? She has been sad and crying plus feeling very sick. We have an appointment with the family doctor to get her cold looked at. What do I do about her seeing Jesus and guardian angels? How do I support her or maybe even talk with them?"

  • If you knew that the condition of your body or mind would soon become unbearable, would you consider taking your own life, possibly through doctor assisted suicide?
    Dr. Death – Jack Kevorkian, died last week at the age of 83. He became a notorious physician assisted suicide advocate and was responsible for helping more than 100 people end their lives. According to a recent poll, 48% believe it to be immoral, while 45% consider it to be moral. WWYD?

  • 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

  • Stevie Ray Fromstein — The Holy Atheist: God’s Gift To Atheism
    TV Writer (Roseanne, Grace Under Fire) Comedian (Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, Just For Laughs Festival) & Atheist Podcaster, Stevie Ray has appeared on Late Night With David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and has been a regular opener for comedian, Norm Macdonald. Maybe the best way to explain The Holy Atheist is by simply sharing some of his most recent tweets:
    • Man is fallible, except when it comes to claims about an infallible being.
    • It’s a shame God didn’t follow the teachings of Jesus.
    • God looked upon the people of Sodom & Gomorrah & said, “I’m going to turn the other check.”
    • If Hell is just “separation from God,” then no problem, we’re used to it.
    • God loves you...though His followers often don't.
    • Unlike religion, if a lottery had no winners, but said they were selling hope…they'd go to jail.
    • God made man in His image, and then was disappointed. Too bad God didn't work things out in therapy first.
    • The worst atheists say about God is He doesn’t exist. It's believers who depict God as a vindictive, homicidal homophobe.
    • Channelling Jeff Foxworthy: "You know you're a Christian when...the world doesn't end, and you're disappointed."
    • The symbol of Christianity shouldn't be the dove, it should be the ostrich.

  • Jon Bryant — Canadian Recording Artist
    Since releasing his debut album and receiving nation-wide exposure through iTunes, Jon Bryant has been touring relentlessly throughout North America. After a successful first year, (ECMA, Music Nova Scotia and Covenant award nominations and two cross Canada tours) 2010 proved to be the first step towards a very bright future. A singer/songwriter at heart, Jon's music is beautiful in its melancholy, strength and character conveyed through creatively contrasting styles. His live set is sure to hit spiritual highs and sweet, sombre lows. Jon is actively touring throughout Canada and recording a new album. His full length follow-up album is expected to launch at the end of 2011.

  • Lee Strobel — New York Times Best Selling Author
    Lee Strobel is an award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and a New York Times bestselling author. (Case For Faith, Case For Christ, Case For… etc.) After years of nonfiction bestsellers, he is publishing his debut fiction novel, a legal thriller called The Ambition. Lee is a Yale Law School graduate, accomplished journalist and world-renowned speaker.
    www.leestrobel.com

  • Brian Houston — International Recording Artist
    For the first time in the history of the show, Drew booked a guest while driving down to the studio! Brian was scheduled to perform at the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival but got rained out. THANK GOD FOR RAIN! This unique singer/songwriter from Belfast can only be described as... well... umm like, .... okay, try this. If Ron Sexsmith and Elvis had a baby, then gave it to Bob Dylan to raise but then hired Van Morrison as a nanny, they'd name him Brian Houston! (Sort of...)

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 he should become Catholic in order to make his fiancé and her family happy.

    "My fiancé and I are getting married soon and we've run into a bit of a problem. She's from a Catholic family and her parents want her to be married in the Catholic Church. I am not a Catholic. As a matter of fact, I have a pretty hard time with a number of things the Catholic Church teaches, never mind the amount of respect I've lost for the way that church has handled the sex abuse scandals. I have no problem with her family, and my wife doesn't want to make this a big deal for fear of hurting her parent's feelings. So we've decided to just go along with what they want in order to keep the peace, which means that I have to become Catholic. So I'm taking the courses with the family priest. However, the further into this course I go, the more uncomfortable I am with basically "faking" becoming a Catholic. I've talked to my fiancé about my apprehension and she keeps telling me it's no big deal and just to stick with it. She knows how much it would really mess up things with her family, let alone the wedding plans. I feel unbelievably trapped. I'm basically pretending to believe something I don't just to make my wife happy and it's really messing with my head. Am making too big a deal out of this? I mean it's not as though I'm changing religions, right? But knowing what I know about the Catholic Church, it sure feels like it! Oh and here's the other thing - even though my parents haven't really said anything, I know they aren't too impressed with me becoming Catholic either. My father is an elder in a Baptist church and this is putting him in a tough spot with his church. Any advice?"

  • Do you think God helps people win the lottery?
    An atheist sarcastically said to his Catholic mother that he'd believe in God if God answered his tongue in cheek prayer for his mother to win the lottery. His mother didn't feel right praying to win the lottery so her son threw up a prayer saying, "God, I don't know if you're real or not, but if you are there, please let my mother win a million dollars." The atheist son felt that if Jesus wanted him to believe in him, that's what he'd have to do.
    *We'll talk to the mother whose been praying for the restoration of her son's relationship with God for years! Oh and BTW... The mother won 1 Million dollars!

  • 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

  • Laura Osburn — Canadian Recording Artist
    Laura is new. Her voice is refreshing and clean, and her sound actually manages to do what many others only claim – it transports you. She has a bright future ahead of her and today she performs her acoustic folk/rock live in studio.

  • Dan Brennan — Author of Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship Between Men and Women
    Can men and women be close friends without the sex part getting in the way?
    - Can men and women who are married enjoy opposite-sex friendships?
    - What would our marriages, our friendships, our churches, and our communities look like if men and women were not afraid of connecting with each other in deep ways?
    - What would male-female relationships look like in marriages and friendship if every man and woman could know the spiritual richness and beauty of oneness between genders?

  • TDMS Roundtable
    Three of Ontario’s most respected Christian counselling clinics are represented today in our first ever TDMS Mental Health Roundtable. Join us as Drew speaks with three therapists about a variety of topics. Basically, any mental health issue that doesn’t usually get discussed in the church – we’ll talk about it!
    Mark Vander Vennen - www.shalemnetwork.org
    Kenneth Van Wyk - www.christiancounsellingservices.com
    Dr. Merry Lin - www.drlinandassociates.com

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 a reason to keep praying.

    "I’m a fairly new Christian – a few years now. Throughout these last few years I have prayed for many things which have not been answered. Some things I can look back on and realize that God would not have wanted them to have happen. Maybe you could even say that they were selfish prayers. But for the most part I’ve prayed for others. Prayed for their health or their brutally unfair circumstances, and once in a while I would pray for my own health issues. Looking back over my new Christian life and my time spent praying I’ve realized that my life isn’t all that different from when I wasn’t a Christian. I guess I’ve come to the conclusion that prayer isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Don’t get me wrong, I still pray once in a while, but my prayers are simply words of thankfulness. I stopped asking for things a long time ago. Well, actually, that’s not true. I still pray for the odd healing or desperate circumstance. When life gets so bad for either myself or someone I care about, then I pray. The problem though is that because of years of seeing no real direct response to my prayers, I’m now wondering why I should keep praying. I understand that it’s more for me than it is for God and that we’re not supposed to treat God like Santa Claus and just ask him for stuff, I get all that. But seriously, that’s just not enough to keep talking to thin air. I’m starting to feel a bit goofy, kinda like I’m talking to my invisible “special friend” and since I haven’t experienced a DIRECT answer to prayer, I’d like to know why I should keep praying."

  • What would you say to those who believed that the Christian Rapture was actually going to happen on May 21st?
    If you’re reading this – you missed it. However, so did those who were spreading the word that Rapture for Christians was going to be on May 21st. As one of our TDMS Facebook group members said, “People are making rapture jokes like there is no tomorrow,” so let’s put the jokes aside for a bit and realize that there are thousands whose lives have been deeply and horrifically impacted by the lies originating from Harold Camping and his multi-million dollar empire, . A few weeks ago we interviewed Allison Warden from . Drew has left her a few messages hoping to connect just to see how she’s doing. She may or may not call back but in the meantime, we wondered what you might say to Allison, now that May 21st has come and gone.

  • NOW what do you think about Oprah’s spirituality?
    After 25 years, The Oprah Winfrey Show wrapped this past week. During her final few shows she spoke quite freely about her spiritual beliefs. Did you watch? Over the years, Oprah has taken a beating from Evangelical Christians for either not being clear about her spiritual beliefs or for being too closely aligned with New Age teachings. What do you think of Oprah’s spiritual beliefs? Do you admire or admonish?

  • 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

  • Max Lucado — Award Winning Author
    We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones. In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In his latest book Max On Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions, Max offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter. Max writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions—parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships—as well as to the profound: Is God really listening? Max on Life includes topical and scriptural indexes and filled with classic Lucado encouragement and insight.

  • Jamie Wright — The Very Worst Missionary
    Jamie’s “refreshing” blog has been catching the attention of those of us who aren’t ultra-sensitive-conservative-fundamentalists. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read… “Inappropriate remarks, embarrassing antics, and generally lame observations about living life as a Christian missionary in Costa Rica” from a mother of three and wife of one?

  • Ian Morgan Cron — Author of Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A memoir of sorts
    At the age of sixteen, Ian Morgan Cron (Author of Chasing Francis) was told by his mother that his father, a motion picture executive, also worked for the CIA in Europe. This astonishing revelation, coupled with his father's dark struggles with alcoholism, upended the world of a boy struggling to become a man. Decades later, as he faces his own personal demons, Ian realizes the only way to find peace is to voyage back through a childhood marked by extremes--privilege and hardship, violence and tenderness, truth and deceit--that he's spent years trying to forget. In this surprisingly funny and forgiving memoir, Ian reminds us that no matter how different the pieces may be, in the end we are all cut from the same cloth, stitched by faith into an exquisite quilt of grace.

  • TDMS Roundtable
    Joining us to talk about Rob Bell, Charlie Sheen, bin Laden, and other such “heretics”…
    Jared Wilson - www.gospeldrivenchurch.blogspot.com
    Bill Kinnon - www.kinnon.tv
    David Fitch - www.reclaimingthemission.com

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 man wants to know why staying a virgin until marriage is such an important thing.

    "I’m in my 20’s and I’ve been saving myself for marriage because that’s how I was raised. I guess I’m still “technically’ a virgin although my girlfriend and I have gone further than either of us have ever gone with anyone else we’ve dated. I’m not sure how blunt I can be on this and I have no clue if you will be able to read this or not but – we’ve pretty much done everything EXCEPT intercourse. Oral sex, manual stimulation, etc. And every time I talk with my friends they all say the same thing; That there’s no real reason these days to stay a virgin, as long as you don’t just screw around all the time or as soon as you start dating someone. Anyways, what I really want to know is just how important is staying a virgin until you get married? I understand that according to the Bible that sex before marriage is sin, but why? And I keep hearing from my church that ALL SIN IS EQUAL. So if this is just another sin that I will probably do, and God has already forgiven me, then honestly, how big of a deal is it if I have sex before I’m married? I know most people will automatically start telling me that I might get her pregnant or I might catch a disease or that we will want to do it all the time or that my virginity is the best gift I can give my future wife on our wedding night… but are those really the main reasons? WHY is it so important to stay a virgin until I get married? Straight up! I just don’t see it anymore but I’m open to hearing something solid."

  • TDMS Banter
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Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show May 14, 2011

Special Guests

  • A. Larry Ross — Spokesperson for Dr. Billy Graham
    Dr. Billy Graham has been hospitalized with pneumonia this week and although he is “clinically stable,” at 92 years old, his failing health has many concerned. Joining us to clarify the situation is Dr. Graham’s publicist for the last 30+ years, Larry Ross.

  • Phyllis Tickle — Award Winning Author
    Phyllis is founding editor of the Religion Department of Publisher’s Weekly, the international journal of the book industry, is frequently quoted in print sources like USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, NY Times as well as in electronic media like PBS, NPR, The Hallmark Channel, and innumerable blogs and web sites. She’s an authority on religion in America and a much sought after lecturer on the subject. In addition to lectures and numerous essays, articles, and interviews, Tickle is the author of over two dozen books on religion and spirituality, most recently The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord. She is also the author of the notable and popular The Divine Hours series of manuals for observing fixed-hour prayer.

    *Phyllis will be speaking at www.presentensions.com an event designed to cultivate helpful dialogue and ideas that contribute to the betterment of the present and future situation that the church in Canada finds itself in. Each instalment of Presentensions will focus on a particular issue and provide those in attendance with the opportunity to listen and dialogue about the tensions as it relates to their own context. This one day event will take place on May 20, 2011 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

  • Terence Young — Conservative MP, Author of Death By Prescription: A Father Takes On His Daughter’s Killer – The Multi-Billion Dollar Pharmaceutical Industry
    Terence Young is the founder and Chair of Drug Safety Canada, a research and public advocacy organization based in Oakville. He has been active in issues related to prescription drug safety since 2000, after losing his fifteen year old daughter Vanessa to the Johnson & Johnson prescription drug Prepulsid. Terence’s presentations make an impact wherever he appears, including University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, The Rotman School of Business and various community groups. He has been quoted in media interviews and has appeared on TVO, CBC and CBC radio. Today, Terence will share this heart wrenching story and share what role his faith has played in processing his grief.

  • Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch — Author of Doing Virtuous Business: The Remarkable Success of Spiritual Enterprise
    Can the concept of “spiritual capital” actually ensure a company’s success? Critics of capitalism view big businesses as insatiable masters of the universe with little regard for the public. They label those who create wealth as greedy, malicious, and unscrupulous. Doing Virtuous Business answers these charges head-on. In this insightful and original book, author, CEO & Yale professor, Ted Malloch, presents the bold idea that the creation of wealth by virtuous means is the most important thing that can be done for society. Malloch reveals that a company’s soul determines its “spiritual capital,” an equally imperative foundation to success. From Wal-Mart to IBM, Malloch demonstrates how companies that operate on ethical models informed by spiritual traditions have outperformed their competitors. This book is a welcome moral defense of free enterprise and a sensible guide for achieving the ideal of virtuous business. He presents case studies of virtuous business in the Judeo-Christian tradition as well as statistical analysis demonstrating how companies that operate on ethical models have outperformed their competitors over the long run.

    * Theodore Roosevelt Malloch is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Roosevelt Group, a strategy and thought leadership company. He Co-Founded and directs the CEO Learning Partnership for PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has been a Senior Fellow of The Aspen Institute & President of the CNN World Economic Development Congress. Dr. Malloch has served on the executive board of the World Economic Forum. He held an ambassadorial level position in the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland; has worked in international capital markets at the investment bank, Salomon Brothers, Inc.; and has served in senior policy positions at the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and in the U.S. State Department. He is a Research Professor at Yale University.

  • Phil Cooke — Media Guru & Author of JOLT!: Get The Jump On A World That’s Constantly Changing
    An internationally known writer and speaker, Phil Cooke has actually produced media programming in more than 40 countries around the world. In the process, has been shot at, survived two military coups, fallen out of a helicopter, and in Africa, been threatened with prison. And during that time – through his company Cooke Pictures in Burbank, California – he’s helped some of the largest non-profit organizations in the world navigate periods of dramatic disruption and change. He’s also a founding partner in the commercial production company TWC Films, which produces national advertising for some of the largest companies in the country. TWC Films produced two TV commercials for Super Bowl 2008 and was selected to unveil the revolutionary new electric Chevrolet Volt. According to former CNN journalist Paula Zahn, Phil is rare – a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. He’s appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and his work has been profiled in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. His book: Branding Faith: Why Some Churches and Non-Profits Impact the Culture and Others Don’t is changing the way non-profit and religious organizations use the media to tell their story. And his new book Jolt!: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing. shares his secrets of making today’s culture of disruption and change work for you. He’s lectured at Yale, University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, and is an adjunct professor at the King’s College & Seminary, and Biola University in Los Angeles.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 woman is wondering if she should have driven her friend to get an abortion.

    "I have a friend who I guess I’ve been sorta watching out for over the last few years. She’s had a pretty tough life and has made some pretty bad choices. Like for example, she lives with a guy who pretty much treats her like crap and every once in a while he basically goes too far and hits her. That’s when she calls me and asks if she can stay with me for a while until things cool down. I’ve tried to get her to leave this guy but she just keeps making excuses for his behaviour and keeps going back to him. I’m not sure what else I can do to get her to see what everyone else sees. (If anyone has some advice for me about that, I’m all ears.) A little while ago I agreed to drive her (because she has no car) to get an abortion. Even though I made it perfectly clear that I thought abortion was wrong, I still made the decision to drive her there. I didn’t think that was like a bad thing to do until I was talking to a few friends who couldn’t believe I would do that. I guess they felt that by driving my friend to get an abortion that I was an accomplice in the killing of that baby. I never really thought of it that way. I just thought I was helping and supporting a friend. Yes, even a friend that was doing something that I totally disagreed with. I know… weird. But the way I see it, if all her “Christian” friends totally abandon her because of her “choices” then she wouldn’t have any “Christian” friends. So did I do the wrong thing? Are my friends right? Did I help to kill that baby? And what if she gets pregnant again and wants to have another abortion? Should I refuse to take her if there’s a next time? I’m really confused.”

  • WWJK - Who Would Jesus Kill?
    Now that we’ve all had some time to process the killing of Osama bin Laden, how are we feeling about his death? Should he have been killed? Did he deserve justice or mercy? Is there room in Christian theology for the execution of someone responsible for terror or genocide? Do you think God would approve of the assassination of one of the most evil men in the world? Is your God the God of “an eye for an eye” or the God of “turn the other cheek”?

  • TDMS Banter
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Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show May 7, 2011

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

Special Guests

  • Nicole C. Mullen — Grammy Nominated Recording Artist
    Seven-time Dove award winner and two-time Grammy nominated vocalist Nicole C. Mullen has just released her new worship album Captivated through Maranatha Music. Her first studio album in three years, Captivated delivers a personal and profound message that is not only a watermark album for Nicole; but one for our entire generation. Featuring unforgettable songs, crafted with rare insight and sensitivity into the journey of faith, Nicole’s artistry is inspiring. From her early days as a background vocalist/dancer/choreographer to writing and recording such classic hits as “Redeemer” to mentoring young women through her Baby Girls Club, Nicole’s creativity and compassion have fuelled a life of ministry that has had global impact. On November 5, 2011, she will be inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame alongside six other Christian music artists. Throughout her career, Nicole has traveled with the Billy Graham Crusades, Franklin Graham, Will Graham, Luis Palau, and Women of Faith and has sung around the world on prestigious stages including the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall.

  • Chonda Pierce — Stand-Up Comic
    Armed with an abundance of unpretentious Southern charm and laser sharp wit, Chonda Pierce has been entertaining audiences from coast to coast for more than a decade. An in-demand stand up comic, television hostess and author, Pierce has parlayed her gift for storytelling into a multi-faceted career. Pierce got her first break working at a theme park in Nashville where she performed as Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl. “I think I slipped in the back door,” she says of her entrance in comedy. “I was a college student when I auditioned at Opryland USA and was cast in a music and dance show called Country Music USA. Trouble is, I was a terrible dancer! Southern preacher’s kids can’t dance. They tried to teach me but I had two left feet.” Bottom line... if anyone can help us see the funny side of Mother’s Day, it’s this Southern Belle.

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

  • Ann Voskamp — Blogger, New York Times Best Selling Author
    Ann Voskamp is a bit of a mess. She had a full-tuition scholarship to university and never finished, but instead married a farmer and came home to corn fields and had six kids. She's a writer for DaySpring, a division of Hallmark, a contributing editor for The High Calling, and a global advocate traveling and writing for Compassion International. Her first book, published by Zondervan, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, has been eight weeks on the New York Times Bestseller's list. Her blog is read by thousands daily on six continents. Today, Ann will read her own very powerful Mother’s Day blog. A story about her mother’s great sadness; reflections on life after the day she and her mother watched as one of Ann’s siblings was accidentally driven over right in front of their eyes.

Journey

  • Karl & Lenore Wirtz
    Nothing would have ever prepared Lenore for the worst half-hour of her life. She’d only been working at a local clothing shop in Orangeville a couple of weeks and this was her first shift by herself. Then, on July 11th, 2009, with only five minutes left in her shift, a man entered the store and proceeded to strangle her, kick her, and stab her 31 times. Somehow, Lenore had the presence of mind to fake her own death just so the assailant would stop. The man eventually did stop, shut off the lights, lock the front door of the store and left out the back of the building. Laying there hearing the sound of blood leaving her body, Lenore knew that if she didn’t at least try to go for help that she would bleed to death. She would never see her three girls or husband again. So with everything she had, Lenore began to get up. However, the man who had so savagely and randomly attempted to murder her hadn’t actually left. He’d only gone into the washroom to clean the blood from his hands. When he saw that Lenore was still alive, he came back to finish the job. Somehow – someway – eventually, Lenore found her way to the front door and collapsed on the sidewalk in front of the shop, where she was able to get the attention of a man who called 911. She had only one unit of blood left in her and to this day is called “a walking miracle” by the local police. Today, Lenore and her husband talk about “life after” and how this traumatic event has impacted even their spiritual lives.

  • Anne Mulderry
    Earlier this week, on May 2nd 2011, the man responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks was killed by the United States government. On September 11, 2001 Anne’s son Stephen and those with him in the upper conference room on the 87th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, passed a cell phone among themselves, so that each might briefly speak to or leave messages for their loved ones. “There were eight messages on my telephone answering machine. The first was from my son Stephen, the sixth of the eight children, the fourth of the five sons, saying good-bye, his voice telling me that whatever was to happen, he would be all right, and so would I; his voice, saying “I love you” -- a plural ‘you’ if ever there was one, because not for a moment did I not know this was a message for all he was leaving behind. I put myself in the hands of God; I put us all in hands of God, and prayed for strength to face whatever was ahead.”

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 say something to her sister about how she’s raising her "home-schooled and starved-tofu eating" children.

    "I have no idea how to say this without sounding like a typical older sister sitting in judgment of her sibling. I’ve been watching my sister raise her kids for years now, in a way I certainly question, and haven’t said a thing. But now I think it’s time. She and her husband decided to have many children (seven at this point) and home school them. Too many kids for my liking, but if you think you have enough time to provide the love and attention that each child needs, knock yourself up. And if you think home schooling will adequately prepare them for the real world they will eventually enter, go for it. Again, not really my thing. BUT – I do have a problem with the way she feeds her kids, or should I say STARVES her kids. Actually, the real issue is that she feels this is how God wants her kids to eat! This whole home schooled/vegan/ large family thing is, in my opinion, a little extreme. Okay, who am I kidding – it’s just plain old goofy! But then to say that this is how God wants them to live? Her kids are seriously anaemic. Good thing they’re home schooled because if they were at real schools the teachers would honestly call Children’s Aid and report my sister. Her kids, each of them, are unbelievable skinny, underdeveloped and weak. I guess being breastfed till they’re like two and then eating tofu and rice cakes will do that to a kid. Anyway, obviously this has bothered me for a while now and I’ve bit my tongue. But I really feel like I have to say something. If I don’t then who will? My sister and I have always been close, at least until she got married. Since then she’s not really close with anyone, except for the other ladies in her country town who all have the same child rearing philosophy. So should I say something or not? What should I say? Am I out to lunch on this or does anyone else think this lifestyle is a little nutty? And does ANYONE really think that God is impressed with home schooling and starving your kids?"

  • 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 30, 2011

Special Guests

  • Sarah Hiltz — Canadian Recording Artist
    Sarah is emerging as a singularly talented songwriter with a unique modern blend of two classic and very different genres, Jazz & Folk. Echoes of Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell and Feist ring out faintly through the structure of Sarah’s artistry. Sarah has been praised for her ability to tell a story through song. It is with this ability that she bridges the gap between folk and jazz, telling stories not just with her lyrics but also through wordless sound. This fusion of contrasting qualities is what sets her apart and it is well demonstrated on her album, How Many Fires. Sarah’s first full-length release showcases her wide range of talents: she writes, plays, sings and produces. In 2010, her efforts on the album were recognized when she was nominated for Best Folk Artist at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Sarah performs LIVE in studio today!

  • Deena Guzder — Author of Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Change
    Divine Rebels chronicles the extraordinary efforts of our nation’s radical souls, renegade angels, and divine rebels who agitate for a world free of racism, patriarchy, bigotry, retribution, ecocide, torture, poverty, and militarism. These social justice activists view their faith as a personal commitment with public implications; they straddle the seemingly insurmountable divide between religious zealots striving for a Christian state and secular humanists prematurely bidding good riddance to God. Their “third-way” is a religiously pluralistic modern world in which people of faith play a unique role in protecting the weak and safeguarding the sacred. While pundits speak of the “Religious Right,” this is the underreported story of American Christians who are progressive because they are religious. They don’t see themselves simply performing good work, but Godly work. These rabble-rousers are small in number and their efficacy is best measured on the margins, but they are part and parcel of an underreported American tradition that began with the nation’s earliest Quaker abolitionists. The activists profiled in this book believe in a community based on ethics, a world with infinite potential for improvement, and an inclusive God of love. They do not pursue political power or public approval, but the integrity of their own souls. Fearing moral suicide over physical death, these activists regard moral autonomy as more liberating than physical freedom. They sacrifice not only their own safety, but also their religious organizations’ approval. By profiling social justice activists on the frontlines of the “Christian Left” since the 1950s, Divine Rebels articulates a forward-thinking alternative to both the Tea Party drone warping Christianity as well as the political left’s alienating cynicism towards all religion.

Journey

  • Becky
    Escaping a broken home, and through a series of rebellious choices, Becky found herself a single mother and in love with a criminal. Anger and depression led her to believe she wasn’t worth it. So Becky began living that way – substance abuse, sexual promiscuity, and choosing to stay with a man who abused her. All the while something was happening spiritually with her.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 he’s really supposed to be out there telling everyone about Jesus, like his wife and church want him to do – or can he just live his Christian life without Bible thumping his buddies at the pub?

    "I’m kinda new to this. I didn’t grow up in a Christian family. We only went to church for funerals, weddings and the odd AA meeting. My wife grew up the same way. We actually met at AA at the local church. Now she’s really gotten into the Christian stuff, which is fine because I guess I now believe it all as well. The problem is that I think she’s going a bit far with the whole thing. I mean its one thing to go to church and read your Bible and pray (which we now do) but my wife has taken it to another level. It seems like every chance she gets she’s telling someone about Jesus. She uses any opportunity to “spread the word.” It doesn’t matter where or with whom. It seems like she brings up Jesus in absolutely every conversation - at work, when we have company over, with relatives, with our kids' friends, and even with the parents of our kids' friends. She’s not too pushy, I’ll give her that, but it never stops. The other night we got into a bit of a fight about this, and she’s bugged at me because I’m not telling people about Jesus. She wants me to “witness” to my buddies at the bar, to my family (because I told her not to do it), and to my coworkers downtown. I told her to back off basically. The other Sunday at church, the pastor gave a message challenging everyone to take a chance and share Jesus with everybody – and he meant EVERYBODY! (I’m pretty sure my wife put him up to it!) Anyway, apparently it says in the Bible that we are supposed to do it, but I’m still having a tough time with being all “Evangelical.” It’s just really not me! I’m not saying that I won’t ever talk to someone about Jesus, but when the situation calls for it naturally. So I want to know if my wife is out of line and just gone too far? Or do I need to “witness” 24/7 in order to be a Christian?"

  • Tal Bachman – Bruxy Cavey – Drew Marshall – OMG!
    A hippy pastor, an ex-Mormon and reluctant agnostic, and a radio guy in the midst of a crisis of faith, walk into a bar! Never before have we assembled such a bizarre gathering of minds. Listen in as Bruxy, Tal and Drew sit around and shoot the fecal matter.
    www.talbachman.blogspot.com

  • Do you think the end of the world is coming sooner rather than later?
    Have you read the headlines lately? Natural disasters, rising crime rates, war after war, the Middle East becoming more and more unstable, worldwide economic crisis, Charlie Sheen! There are even Christian groups out there who are predicting specific dates when the world will end. So with all that’s going on around the world, do you think we are close to the end of the world? Allison Warden joined us from to help us understand their prediction for the Second Coming of Jesus on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

  • Should Christians vote?
    Pretty simple question, but there are proponents on both sides of the argument. Some Christians feel that it’s their God given duty to vote for who God would more likely want to lead their country, while others believe God would rather they abstain and that Jesus would never involve himself with politics of any kind. Canada’s federal election is only days away. WWJD? Vote or don’t? Also joining us for this topic will be Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham, Associate Professor at Trinity Western University & Director of The Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa.

  • 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 23, 2011

Special Guests

  • Danny Gokey — Country Recording Artist, American Idol Finalist
    His wife encouraged Danny to give American Idol a shot, but just a month before the audition, Sophia died unexpectedly after what should have been a routine heart surgery. The couple had been high school sweethearts, and Danny was devastated. Danny has soaked up more life experience than most people twice his age. From the joyful to the heartbreaking, those experiences infuse his debut album My Best Days, a collection of songs that resonate with honest emotion and tap into the collective hopes and dreams that define life. During his time on American Idol, Danny impressed the judges with his versatility as he performed hits by The Temptations, Carrie Underwood, Michael Jackson and Rascal Flatts. As he continued to rise through the ranks of Idol hopefuls, it became increasingly clear that he was blessed with a voice that could sing any style of music and turn any song into a compelling moment. So why did he choose a career as a country artist? “I felt like I could be myself,” and admits he got some career advice from someone he respected. “Randy Travis was a mentor for American Idol, and he asked me, ‘Have you thought about country? You really need to, because people would love you and the amount of soul that you could bring to country. You bring a uniqueness to it.’”
    *Danny will be coming to Toronto July 15th joining Taylor Swift’s Speak Now World Tour 2011.

  • Abby Sunderland — Author of Unsinkable: A Young Woman’s Courageous Battle On The High Seas
    Almost a year after a rogue wave nearly took her life at sea, teen sailor Abby Sunderland tells the story of how, at 16, she set out to become the youngest person in history to circumnavigate the globe alone. It was June 10, 2010 when, already over four months into the voyage, 60-knot winds and 50-foot waves capsized Abby’s boat Wild Eyes nearly 2,000 miles east of Madagascar. Her parents lost contact with her and for a time, she was feared lost. However, her story was broadcast worldwide. Then rescuers – the nearest of whom were 400 miles away – found her afloat and alive after having spent two days in the perilous waters of a remote region of the Indian Ocean. Within the pages of Unsinkable, readers discover what it means to boldly face any challenge, to strive after something great, and to plumb the depths of faith, fear, and desperation only to emerge changed, renewed, and emboldened. In this day and age, when the most productive thing a teenager may do is play video games, Abby’s ambition and tenacity is a real-life parable of what can happen when we choose to exceed our own limits, embrace faith, and strive after what all the naysayers say is impossible.

Journey

  • Marcella Cross
    We originally spoke with Marcella back in April 2006. She had been dealing with Multiple Sclerosis as it slowly began to steal away her mobility. Now five years later, with Marcella’s physical condition much worse, we’ll find out how she’s been getting along with God – or not.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 Christian mother wants parenting advice regarding what boundaries, if any, to put around her child spending time with a friend who has lesbian mothers as parents.

    "My daughter asked to go to the movies with a friend from school last week. I have been around this girl several times as she has been involved in activities with us - choir, dance, volleyball, and I like her a lot. As a matter of fact, one of her moms was my daughter's volleyball coach. Ouch-I hate to admit it, but my daughter's coach being a lesbian really threw me for a loop. Now, her daughter is asking my daughter to hang out. When my little girl tried to explain how one of the moms was going to pick them up she paused -a little confused herself -and I said, "she has two moms doesn't she?" We haven't really discussed this as a family because honestly I didn't want to draw attention to it. As a Christian parent, what is my responsibility here? Do I allow my daughter to build a friendship outside of school with this classmate with the hope that God will use my daughter to draw her to Christianity? OR Do I forbid my daughter from having any relationship with her to shield her from exposure to this behaviour? Do I keep my daughter from building a relationship with this classmate because of the choices her moms have made? If so, does this cause me to be a finger pointing Christian? (I mean let's get real here-I've had an abortion, so what would make me think that my sin is pardonable and not theirs?) The Bible says to hate the sin, love the sinner, but am I throwing my 10 year old to the wolves if I allow her to view a lesbian home from the inside out? And-we're not just talking going to the movies here. What do I do if this little girl asks my daughter to stay the night?"

  • Should movie theatres have the right to choose which pre-movie advertisements to play and which ones not to play?
    Is this an “appropriate” setting for religious advertisements?
    A church paid $5,000 for a 30-second commercial to air on 45 movie screens for three weeks, just prior to the feature presentation. The advertisement was to promote the church’s upcoming Easter service. However, the ad was pulled and the money was refunded. "They told us the ad was great, it looked nice. It's just that we couldn't put the name of Jesus in the ad," said Dr. Mike Fabarez, senior pastor at Compass Bible Church. The pastor was provided a list of restricted items which could not be advertised, such as mention of nudity, alcohol or drugs. However, apparently nothing was said about using words like “Jesus” or “Christianity.”

  • Prayer Requests
    Every once in a while we open the phone lines to anyone who would like our listeners to pray for them or their 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 this Easter weekend.

  • 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

  • Candace Cameron Bure — Star of Full House, Make It Or Break It, and The Drew Marshall Show!
    Truth Be Told, a new made-for-TV family movie, starring Candace Cameron Bure, David James Elliott and Ronny Cox will premiere on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 8/7c on FOX. Truth Be Told plays upon the old adage, that “honesty is the best policy,” and according to Colorado’s leading marriage counsellor, Annie Morgan (Candace Cameron Bure, Full House and Make It Or Break It), honesty is the key to successful long-term relationships. Ironically, Annie has never been married and doesn’t always follow her own advice. Through a misunderstanding, Annie receives an invitation for her and her spouse to join media mogul Terrance Bishop (Ronny Cox, Stargate SG-1 and Beverly Hills Cop), at his New Mexico ranch to discuss her dream job: hosting a radio advice program. Fearful that being single will ruin her chance of a lifetime, Annie conspires with Mark Crane (David James Elliott, JAG and Scoundrels), an old college friend, recent widower, and father of two teenagers, to pose as a married couple for the weekend. A series of comical misunderstandings color the trip, leaving Annie emotionally involved with Mark's family and battling with her own conscience. As the entertaining and touching story unfolds, Annie begins to realize that the truth may have its consequences, but ultimately it’s what opens our hearts and brings out the best in each other.

  • Chris Jericho — WWE Professional Wrestler, Dancing With The Stars Contestant
    A six-time WWE world champion, two- time New York Times best-selling author, lead singer of the rock band Fozzy and host of the game show Downfall, Chris Jericho began wrestling at age 19 and is one of the most popular performers in wrestling history. In 2001 Chris was the first ever Undisputed Champion of the WWE, and he is the only performer to have held six different titles in the 44-year history of World Wrestling Entertainment. Actor, television personality, radio host, author, and rock star, Chris Jericho has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Howard Stern Show, The Late, Late Show, Larry King Live, and just a few days ago, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Chris teamed up with Cheryl Burke on this year’s Dancing with the Stars and as Randy Jackson says incessantly, “He’s in it to win it!”

  • Tenley Molzahn — Former Contestant on The Bachelor
    TV Personality, Correspondent, Host, Spokesperson, Actress, Model, Dancer, Tenley is probably best known to television audiences as America’s Sweetheart from ABC’s The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad. Friends and family begged her to audition, and when Tenley hedged, they literally pulled her out of bed and drove her to the studio. She thought it was a big joke. Turned out the joke really was on her. Not only was she cast among thousands of hopefuls in line for the heart of Jake Pavelka, the bachelor, when the show aired in January 2010, Tenley’s authenticity and kindness won favour with fans all over the country. She was the frontrunner all season long, up until the finale when Tenley became the runner up. She was content with the result. “Ultimately, ’The Bachelor’ was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” she says in retrospect. “I knew my heart could be broken again, going into it, but I knew that if this man was supposed to be in my life, he would be, and that if I wasn’t going to be his choice in the end, it was meant to be that way. So I was at peace, either way.”

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    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 is scared because she’s seeing “dark shadowy figures” in her room at night and wants to know what it is and what to do about it.

    "The other night it happened again. I woke up in the middle of the night with the feeling that someone or something was in my room. When I opened my eyes I saw dark shadowy figures near my bed. Obviously I was terrified and just laid there with my eyes open trying to figure out what to do. The figures moved to within inches of me. They didn’t touch me but they were closer than they’ve ever been before. I’m 21 and live in an apartment by myself and although this is the first time this has happened in this apartment, it’s not the first time it’s happened. The first time was when I was writing exams in my final year of high school. I was pretty stressed so I just thought it happened then because of the stress. I thought it might have happened because of the place I lived in but it’s happened a few other times since then and at various places where I’ve lived. I told my dad about it when they first started appearing and he said that eh has had the same thing happen to him. He said that he would talk to them and ask them to leave me alone. Anyways, I’m not really into the whole Church and God stuff too much, nor is my family. But I do believe there is a God and of course now I believe there is evil. I’m thinking of seeing a psychic or something just to see if they can give me some advice. I’m just really scared when it happens and don’t want these things to bother me anymore. Any idea what I should do? And what are they??"

  • Who will you be voting for during Canada’s federal election and why?
    Have you decided? Does it matter? Did you watch the televised leader’s debates this week? Who do you think came off looking the best? Would you prefer a Conservative minority, majority, or the Liberals to come back into power? Has Prime Minister Harper done a good job so far? Should Jack Layton shave off his moustache?

    * John Tory, Canadian lawyer, business leader, community activist, broadcaster and former Leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, joined us with his opinions regarding the current state of the federal election campaign.

  • 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

  • Dr. Dallas Willard — Award Winning Author, Professor of Philosophy
    Dallas Willard is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has taught at USC since 1965, where he was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin and has held visiting appointments at UCLA and the University of Colorado. His philosophical publications are mainly in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of logic, and on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, including extensive translations of Husserl's early writings from German into English. He also lectures and publishes in religion. Dr. Willard’s books include the award-winning Renovation of the Heart, The Divine Conspiracy, The Spirit of the Disciplines, and Hearing God. He has served on the boards of both the C.S. Lewis Foundation and Biola University.

  • Michael Coren — Author of Why Catholics Are Right
    Columnist, television host, author, and practicing Catholic, Michael Coren examines four main aspects of Catholicism. For some, Catholicism is the only permanent, absolute body of truth, while for others it is the last permanent, absolute body that has to be opposed and stopped. Why Catholics Are Right opens with a discussion of the abuse scandal and the reality of what happened. Michael then traces Catholic history, with a discussion of the Crusades, Inquisition, Holocaust, and Galileo. He looks at Catholics and theology, explaining what and why Catholics believe what they do — Papal infallibility, Immaculate Conception, the Church rather than Bible alone. Finally, he outlines the pro-life position and why it is so important to Catholicism. In this challenging, provocative, and personal book, Michael Coren draws on history, politics, and theology to present the arguments for the truth of Roman Catholicism. Michael Coren is the bestselling author of twelve books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkein, and C.S. Lewis. He is the host of The Michael Coren Show, a nightly television talk show with an audience of 250,000 viewers. He also hosts a daily radio show and writes a syndicated column for ten daily newspapers.

  • Micheal Flaherty — Co-founder and President of Walden Media
    Journey once again into the inspirational World of NARNIA as it sets sail on Blu-ray and DVD April 8, 2011! Return to the wonder of C.S. Lewis’ epic world in this third instalment of the beloved The Chronicles of Narnia series when THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER sails into Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment & Walden Media on April 8th. Walden Media specializes in entertainment for the whole family. Their award-winning films include: The Chronicles of Narnia series, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Nim’s Island, Charlotte’s Web and the Sundance Audience Prize Winning documentary Waiting for ‘Superman’.

  • Dr. Jenell Williams Paris — Author of The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are
    Sexual identity has become an idol in both the culture at large and in the Christian subculture. And yet concepts like “gay” or “straight” are relatively recent developments in human history. We let ourselves be defined by socially constructed notions of sexual identity and sexual orientation, even though these may not be the only or best ways to think about sexuality. Anthropologist Jenell Williams Paris offers a Christian framework for sexual holiness that accounts for complex post-modern realities. She assesses problems with popular cultural and Christian understandings of heterosexuality and homosexuality alike. The End of Sexual Identity moves beyond culture-war impasses to open up new space for conversations in diverse communities both inside and outside the church. Jenell is professor of anthropology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. She has written Christianity Today, Books & Culture and Christian Scholar's Review. Her books include Birth Control for Christians, Urban Disciples and Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective.

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 man caught his father looking at porn and wants advice on how or if he should confront his dad.

    "So here’s the thing. A couple of weeks ago I was home just chillin in my room and I was thirsty, so I went downstairs to get a drink and when I walked past my dad’s office I caught him looking at porn. (and doin' the deed!!) Needless to say this was the most awkward event in my entire life! I kept walking sorta real quiet into the kitchen and when I was getting a drink I made a ton of noise so my dad would know I was downstairs. The way our house is set up he would have known I walked sorta by his office but as far as he is concerned I think he thinks that I couldn’t have seen anything. When I walked back he was doing “work”. So like should I say something to him? I told my young adult’s pastor about what happened and he said that I should confront my dad about this because it might help him beat (LOL) the habit if he knew that his son knew. Obviously this is the LAST conversation I want to have with my dad. But maybe I’m just being selfish? Maybe he’s really struggling with porn and I could be the one to help him? BUT maybe it’s no big deal and guys do that kind of thing, even when they’re old and dads. I don’t want to talk to him about this AT ALL but just thought I’d ask you guys what you thought."

  • Are Catholics right?
    Some Christians still feel that Catholics are NOT right about so many things, while others are beginning to find their way back to Catholic creeds and ancient Catholic resources. After hearing what Michael Coren has to say, give us a shout and let us know if you think Catholics are right, or not.

  • Should we blame Florida pastor Terry Jones for the deaths in Afghanistan?
    According to Fox News report: “On March 20, in a six-hour ceremony called “International Judge the Koran Day,” Jones convened a mock-judicial process in Florida that deemed the book “guilty of crimes against humanity,” then set a copy on fire. The event was intentionally ignored in the United States, in the hopes of limiting its impact, but little stays secret in the Internet age. Within two days, news of the conflagration had reached Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the country’s presidents roundly denounced Jones, bringing his action to wide notice. On April 1, infuriated Afghans lashed out, killing twelve in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif; the next day, suicide bombers dressed in women’s clothing attacked a coalition base in Kabul and street mobs in Kandahar again killed twelve. (This, it bears observing, was just five more dead than in September 2010, when nineteen were killed as Jones only threatened to burn the Koran.) Who is morally to blame for these deaths, Jones or the Islamists who seek to apply the laws of Islam in their entirety and as severely as possible?" To read entire article click here .

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Special Guests

  • Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams — The Man Behind The Movie!
    Patch is both a medical doctor and a clown, but he is also a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America's healthcare system, a system that he describes as expensive and elitist. He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and therefore, true health care must incorporate those aspects of life. Doctors and patients in his model relate to each other on the basis of mutual trust and patients receive plenty of time from their doctors. Patch has devoted his life to the study of what makes people happy. Patch Adams, M.D., is a nationally known speaker on wellness, laughter, and humour as well as on health care and health care systems. He approaches the issues of personal, community, and global health with “zestful exuberance,” according to Time Magazine. Dr. Adams believes that “the most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy.” Medical doctor; Clown; Performer; Social Activist; Founder and Director of the Gesundheit Institute, a holistic medical community has provided free medical care to thousands of patients since it began in 1971; Author of Gesundheit & Housecalls; Moving Speaker.
    www.PatchAdams.org

  • Martyn Joseph — Celtic/Folk Singer Songwriter
    Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer and Dave Matthews, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. One of acoustic music's most arresting artists, this Welsh singer songwriter has been in demand on both sides of the Atlantic for over two decades. Martyn`s 30 year career has embraced some notable achievements including 5 Top 50 UK chart positions, and appearances and tours with, amongst others, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Chris de Burgh, Art Garfunkel, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. He has won fans everywhere with his uncanny fusion of material – feisty, pull no punches big issue numbers alongside stripped bare love songs. Martyn`s particular strength is in the lyrical narrative of his songs, be they contemporary protests against injustice and inhumanity, a musical psalm to the fulfillment and fragilities of love, or a piercing summary of social history. In this manner he carries on in the tradition of the six string balladeer as both catalyst and interpreter of our raddled and rewarding times, our personal and communal stories sung out loud in the spirit of Woody Guthrie, Ewan MacColl, Hank Williams and Bruce Springsteen. 2011 is Martyn’s 31st year in the business, and he has sold over a quarter of a million albums during his career, with his latest being “Under Lemonade Skies.”

  • Leland Klassen — Comedian
    Raised on a farm in the heart of Canada, Leland quickly learned that shovelling manure and weeding potatoes, although lucrative, wasn’t his passion in life. So with absolutely no clear direction or vision for his future he did what everyone does when they find themselves in that position - he went to University. He wisely chose his classes based on whichever cute girl happened to catch his attention and after several short years of last minute cramming and late assignments Leland graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Anthropology. As you might have guessed, Leland’s university education opened many doors for him in the years to come, but for some reason he was dissatisfied working for a courier as a night shift stock boy. By this time, married and with his first child soon on the way, the most responsible and obvious choice was, of course, to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Using his farm boy charm and handsome (although somewhat inbred) Mennonite good looks, Leland’s clever observations and rich life experiences are brought to life in a one of a kind show.

  • Thor Ramsey — Comedian
    Thor Ramsey is a stand-up comedian and author (Comedian’s Guide to Theology and Thor Ramsey's Total Money Meltdown), which he is hoping to parley into a career of walking from the bed to his laptop. He is best known for the best-selling Thou Shalt Laugh DVDs and the Sony-owned comedy series Bananas, which he hosts.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Real Or Fake
    We’ll tell you a bizarre news story and if you correctly identify if it’s REAL or FAKE – you win absolutely nothing!

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show March 26, 2011

Special Guests

  • Kevin Sorbo — Actor, Played Lead In Hit TV Show Hercules
    Kevin Sorbo has enjoyed success on television for over 20 consecutive years, a feat rarely accomplished by an actor. He quickly rose to stardom in the title role of the hit series Hercules, the Legendary Journeys. The series passed Baywatch as the most watched TV show in the world. The innovative action hour revitalized the entire action/adventure genre on television and fostered two spin-off series Xena, Warrior Princess and Young Hercules. Following the success of Hercules, Kevin went on to star in the lead role of “Captain Dylan Hunt” in Gene Roddenberry’s, Andromeda. Kevin has guest starred in Just Shoot Me, According to Jim, Hope and Faith, Two and a Half Men, The Middleman, Psych, and had recurring appearances on Dharma and Greg, and on Fox’s The OC. He also appeared in the season one finale of the hit comedy series Gary, Unmarried. He’s also appeared in countless film productions, including Soul Surfer starring Helen Hunt, Denis Quaid and Carrie Underwood. Based on a true life story: On Oct. 31, 2003, teen surfer Bethany Hamilton lay on her board in placid waters just off a Kauai beach. From out of nowhere, a 14-foot tiger shark attacked, taking off Bethany’s arm at the shoulder and setting in motion events that would test the strong Christian faith of Bethany and her family and, ultimately, reveal God’s purpose for her life.
    www.kevinsorbo.net

  • Jason McCoy — Juno Nominated Country Recording Artist
    It seems as though hit-maker Jason McCoy is back in the spotlight, but actually, he never left. With the success of The Road Hammers, McCoy hit the highway winning a Juno Award for Country Recording of the Year and countless awards from the Canadian Country Music Association. "I devoted all my efforts to The Road Hammers and put my solo career on hold," says McCoy. "It’s time to bring it back around now." and for the follow up album to his Greatest Hits release, McCoy is putting in all the ingredients. “Life’s lessons give hope and humility and it’s not hard to find inspiration for me”. Between touring, songwriting, television shows, family, recording, and the overall business of music McCoy seems to have it all. The first single She's Good for Me from his new CD titled 'Everything', has shot up the charts, proving that fans and industry alike have been eager to hear some new music from a true Canadian Country Icon. Jason's current tour, Real Life, Real Laughs, Real McCoy (almost all the dates have been sold out!) which launched on March 4th on the West coast, is a technological one of a kind, with an interactive video show that allows fans to walk through Jason's musical history, while surprise guests join Jason on the screen along the way. Entering his third decade in the music business, this veteran of stage, radio, TV and film is proving once again that he's the real thing, always innovative, and always hitting all the right notes!

  • X-Sinner & The Daniel Band — Christian Rock Recording Artists
    X-SINNER is taking a break from tracking their next album "Goin Out With A Bang" and heading North to Canada to tour with their good friends, veteran rockers, The Daniel Band, March 31st through Apr 3rd! If you’re in the Toronto area on March 31st then head downtown to the historic El Mocambo Club, 464 Spadina Ave. Doors open at 8:00.

  • Luis Palau — Evangelist
    Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 25 million people in 72 countries. He has authored close to 50 books and countless articles on issues of faith, and has counselled with business and political leaders and heads of state around the world. His radio program broadcasts, in both English and Spanish, are heard by millions on 3,000 radio outlets in 48 countries. Luis will be one of the guest speakers at this year’s Missionfest on April 1st & 2nd at Global Kingdom Ministries, 1250 Markham Rd., Toronto.
    www.palau.org

Journey

  • Damon Ealey
    Damon is a teacher currently living and working in Japan. He’s also a family friend of Drew’s as his father, CFL All Star Chuck Ealey, had a huge impact on Drew’s spiritual beginnings. We’ll phone Damon and get his inside perspective on the continuing crisis in Japan.

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 32 year old man is falling in love with a 17 year old and wants to know what the Bible says about age difference and if anyone feels this would be permissible.

    "I am 32 and I am falling for a girl who is 15 years younger than me. I am wondering if the Bible has anything to say regarding the issue of love, and specifically that between two people of a ten-year age gap. After much thought and discussion with a few people, I seem to get the general idea that there are many people who would frown upon a relationship with such an age gap, because of the general distrust and suspicions that one would have of the older person and his intentions in such a relationship. Are there things that I should be concerned with regards to considering the possibility of such a relationship? One question I've been asked frequently is what do I see in her. I've often find it hard to describe the things about a girl that makes me love her. But I think partially it helps that we share similar outlooks in life, and opinions on core issues, such as religion. Also, she's incredibly bright and witty, and we understand each other's nuances. And she has that desire and interest to know a little bit about everything, much like myself. If anything, I am more knowledgeable on how I feel about her. And that is, I would want to get to know her as much as I can even more, wanting to take care of her and be there for her when she is down and out. Be there to guide her if I feel she might be going down the wrong road. Revel in that emotional closeness, where we can share our ups and downs with each other. To give in to her if she should have flaws and try and compensate for those flaws by being more understanding. Some people have said that the difference in maturity would be an obstacle and I understand how that's true with regards to coping with say, relationship arguments. Apart from that, it is hard for me to see how someone from a similar maturity level, having experienced similar things would attract me more. I do not feel more attracted to a person more just because they have gone to college, or because they went thru similar harrowing experiences as I did. Firstly because I personally feel that similarity in experiences do not necessarily result in the same mature, wise choices, or in other words do not bring about wisdom in everybody. I've known older people who are rather foolish and younger people who continually surprise me with their pearls of wisdom that we've been blinded to. Secondly I think for me and for others, it might be a misguided notion to say that maturity is an attractive factor. For me, it's the personality and belief systems that attracts me. I may be wrong but I believe where maturity fails, it is our belief systems that comes to our rescue. In that sense, I feel that maturity is merely a reaffirmation of our beliefs that is shaped from our parents as well as from the Bible. Lastly, I feel that perhaps sometimes the issue of maturity may be brought up as a result of the sense of uneasiness and perplexity that arises from not being able to understand how an older person can fall for a much younger person. Having said that, I wonder if we can ever truly understand in other cases, why those couples fell for each other, what is it that they see in each other. I am only your average guy on the block so I may have missed out on some pearls of wisdom that the Bible may has with regards to relationships and wide age gaps specifically. As far as I know, I don't know of any but would be grateful to hear if there is, and well even if it is not from the Bible, it would still be good to hear your thoughts on this."

  • 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.

  • Should Charles McVety have been taken off the air or was he wrongfully persecuted?
    January 31st 2011 -- CTS (Crossroads Television System) regrets that Word TV will no longer be broadcast due to its lack of compliance with the CTS Code of Ethics to which Word TV agreed under contract. Last week, its producer and host, Dr. Charles McVety erroneously communicated that CTS was being pressured to censor Word TV; these comments are inaccurate and misleading. The fact is that Word TV failed to keep its agreement to comply with the CTS Code of Ethics and indicated a refusal to comply in the future. Unfortunately, numerous attempts by CTS to work with Dr. McVety were unsuccessful.

    At the beginning of the year, Crossroads Television System (CTS) cancelled Charles McVety's Word TV program. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council found the station had violated its broadcast codes after McVety, president of Canada Christian College, made comments about Toronto's gay pride parade and the proposed sex education curriculum for Ontario. Apparently though, it was less about what he said and more about “how” he said it. It was his “tone”, especially with regards to an apparent gay-conspiracy agenda, as well as a few factual inaccuracies. Are you happy to see Charles off the air or do you feel the Liberal broadcasting hall monitors were out to get him?

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show March 19, 2011

Special Guests

  • Charlene Oliver — International Recording Artist
    Charlene’s life has been an extraordinary one. From being the first white female singer ever to be signed to Berry Gordy’s Motown label to landing a hit song in 26 countries around the world in 1982 with the song, I’ve Never Been To Me! (Featured on VH1's 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders show, hosted by William Shatner in 2002) Her life story is both harrowing and uplifting. Blessed with a simply beautiful voice, she was determined from an early age to make it as a singer. Her early success with Motown came after very hard personal times: an early-unexpected pregnancy, abused by her husband, forced to give away her child. With incredible strength of character she overcame her demons, found success all over the world, only to have it snatched away from her once more after a notorious duet with Stevie Wonder failed to achieve chart success. Charlene continued to tour and perform, and began to establish a loyal following amongst the gay community which was hugely reinforced by the revival of her song in the film, and then stage musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

  • Rev. Yvette Shank — President of Canada’s Church Of Scientology
    As a previous guest on our show, Yvette and Drew have kept in touch over the last few years. Today, Yvette will share about their plans to locate the Canadian national office of Scientology into a state of the art retreat centre, located near Drew’s home.

  • Kim Gatlin — Author of Good Christian Bitches
    You may not like the term, but it’s real. If you’re offended—good. It means you’ve never experienced a GCB—you’ve never experienced the malicious backbiting, the idle gossip or the cold-hearted betrayal of a friend. How could you possibly know anyone that wretched? But if you have experienced a GCB, especially in your church…Heaven help you. From first-time author Kim Gatlin, comes the devilishly fun, yet painfully honest Good Christian Bitches, a story of newly divorced Amanda Vaughn who moves back home to Dallas to rebuild her life. What she encounters is a cast of old friends, neighbours and fellow church members who are as high and mighty as they come. “The good news is - it’s a relatable topic,” says Kim. “The bad news is - it’s a relatable topic.” Join Amanda in Hillside Park where gossip is the local pastime, you can get the latest scoop at Bible study and loyalties can shift in an instant. The ladies here love a good secret…as long as it’s not their own. In an Alfred Hitchcock Presents-Desperate Housewives on steroids style, her old friends are already out to destroy her reputation. In the whirling midst of salacious rumours, Botox, and fraud, Amanda turns to those who love her and the faith she’s always known. Will the Good Christian Bitches get the best of her, or will everyone see that these GCBs are as counterfeit as their travel jewellery? (Former TDMS guest, Kristen Chenoweth, has just joined the cast of the ABC drama pilot Good Christian Bitches! The show, still in development, has already drawn some pretty harsh criticisms from Conservative and Christian alliances.)

  • Tony Jones — Author, Theologian, Post-modern / Emergent Guru
    A couple of weeks ago, Tony publicly asked our guest from last week, Peter Rollins, to give up atheism for Lent! According to Tony, “Peter Rollins is the most famous Christian Atheist that I know. Actually, Pete isn’t technically an “atheist.” He’s an (a)theist. Or an a(theist). Or an a/theist, a|theist, or atheist. He explained this a bit when I called in live to the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast and challenged Pete to do the only natural thing for someone who de-evangelizes people and runs the Omega Course: I challenge Peter Rollins to give up atheism for Lent. That means I’d like to see video of Pete singing praise and worship songs, preferably while swaying with his hands in the air. If he can conjure up a few tears, that would be even better. I’d like Pete to post some beautiful, flowery prayers on his blog. I’d like Pete to make some conclusive claims about the characteristics of God. I’d like Pete to answer some questions. I mean actually answer them, without telling a parable.” Today, we’ll get to the bottom of this (Un) Holy Dual!
    www.blog.tonyj.net

Journey

  • Alanna Jacobs
    In the summer of 2007, Alanna had just finished her third year of University studying International Development. She was hoping to go oversees and work for an NGO after completing her degree. However, life took a drastic detour. Alanna’s mother, who had been sick with breast cancer for nine years, was now dying. Within months of the family realizing just how bad the Cancer had really gotten, she was gone. Then, within months of her mother’s death, her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away. Unexpectedly, in a six month period, seven children had become orphaned. Suddenly, Alanna was left with many questions and concerns: "How are they going to live? Will they be able to stay together? Who will come along side them and make sure they get through this? Where was God in this?" But Alanna’s main question, as the eldest of the seven and the one now responsible for her family became… "why should I trust you and love you now God?"

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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 woman wants to know if she should give her ex-first husband a shot at re-marriage before she marries another man.

    "I married my first husband, my high school sweetheart, when I was 22. We had been dating for six years at the time and had just got out of college/university when we decided to get married. Within a few months we both started our careers which we were excited about. Within a year we had our first child. After two years we had our second child. Our marriage suffered due to our parental focus and working on our careers so we disconnected emotionally. We were too young, too immature, too selfish and career-centric to make our marriage a priority. I ended up having an affair with a co-worker who I eventually left my husband for. My husband and I were divorced a year after the affair became known He was obviously very upset, and has begged me on many occasions to return and give the marriage another chance. In my romantic love fog, I refused to stay with my husband and pursued the other man instead. FAST FORWARD 3 YEARS: Me and my, now fiancé, are engaged to be married. The summer of 2010 saw my fiancé and I come to the lord during an evangelistic crusade at a church in my town. Since then we have both become passionate followers of Christ, even to the point of moving into separate apartments and becoming born again virgins. We have been attending marriage preparation courses and I am starting to have my doubts about whether I should go through with this marriage. I love my fiancé and he is a wonderful man. However, considering the way my first marriage ended (divorce due to adultery and my husband still wanting me back) I've been wondering: If I get married to my fiancé, can God ever be pleased with our marriage? Am I obligated, now that I am following Jesus, to go back to my first husband, who is now following Christ as well, has not re-married and still hopes for us to remarry? My fiancé says that he would be sad if I did this, but that he would understand if that is where God and my conscience is leading me. My pastor has suggested that I am obligated to (at the very least) to give a relationship with my first husband another chance. I feel torn between doing what I think & feel is the right thing to do (go back to my first husband) and marrying the man I now love. Sure our relationship started in very bad circumstances that were wrong at the time, but are they wrong now? Any advice, insight or wisdom would be appreciated and badly needed."

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  • Would it bother you if the Scientology Headquarters landed in your neighbourhood?
    A Toronto Star article this week revealed that the new national head office of The Church of Scientology will be located just north of Toronto, virtually in Drew’s backyard. The article also mentioned how, “the faith, which boasts celebrity followers like Tom Cruise and John Travolta, is often accused of exploiting its followers for financial gain and is criticized for its controversial beliefs, including its public rejection of psychiatry.” Oscar-winning screenwriter and fellow Canadian, Paul Haggis, was also interviewed recently by The New Yorker about his high-profile split from Scientology, and his many and long standing concerns about the organization. So, if you found out that the Scientology headquarters was being built in your neighbourhood, would that bother you enough to complain or protest? Or would you feel similar to a local Councillor who said, that as long as they obey the law and pay their taxes, there shouldn’t be a problem?

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Special Guests

  • George Millar — Founding Member of The Irish Rovers
    Remember The Irish Rovers television show? What ever happened to the band many of us grew up with? Well they're still going - and stronger than ever. And according to the band's founder, George Millar, "You don't have to look like Mick Jagger and weigh 90 pounds when you're in a Celtic Band. The receding hairline and the gut growing over your belt buckle is just fine!" Former Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau once personally asked the lads to "Please become Canadian" so they could represent Canada throughout the world. Today, Canada's Irish Rovers have reached a landmark 45 years as recording artists, and to celebrate this landmark, the lads are returning to where they began, Ontario, as a take off point for their 2011 "Home in Ireland" Tour.

  • Dr. Peter Rollins — Philosopher, Author, Belfast Boy!
    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.

  • Rev. Ray Simpson — Leading Expert on Celtic Spirituality
    Ray Simpson is the founding guardian of the international Community of Aidan and Hilda and the principal tutor of its Celtic Christian Studies program. He lives on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, UK, where many pilgrims find rich resources at the Community's Open Gate Retreat House and library. He is a guest university lecturer and has pioneered workshops on Celtic models for emerging churches. Ray is also an Anglican priest and a prolific author. His books have sold over 100,000 since his Exploring Celtic Spirituality was first published in 1995.

  • Dr. Jesse Bering — Author of The Belief Instinct: The Psychology Of Souls, Destiny, And The Meaning Of Life Opinions
    Why is belief so hard to shake? Despite our best attempts to embrace rational thought and reject superstition, we often find ourselves appealing to unseen forces that guide our destiny, wondering who might be watching us as we go about our lives, and imagining what might come after death. In this lively and masterfully argued new book, Jesse Bering unveils the psychological underpinnings of why we believe. Combining lucid accounts of surprising new studies with insights into literature, philosophy, and even pop culture, Jesse sheds light on such topics as our search for a predestined life purpose, our desire to read divine messages into natural disasters and other random occurrences, our visions of the afterlife, and our curiosity about how moral and immoral behaviour are rewarded or punished in this life. A psychologist, social commentator, and scientist provocateur, Dr. Jesse Bering is an award-winning columnist for Scientific American and Slate Magazine as well as the Director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen's University, Belfast in Northern Ireland. His incisive thoughts on everything from the design of the human penis to psychopaths to the meaning of life have been captivating (and startling) readers since 2009.

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    This week on the Counsel of Many: A man wants advice on how to witness to his in-laws even though they think they’re already Christians.

    "My wife’s parents are Catholic – they think they’re Christians but they drink like fish and just don’t act like Christ-followers. I tell my wife that she needs to confront them about their drinking and witness to them, tell them that they need to change their lifestyle and become Born Again. I told my wife that this is a matter of life and death, just because they grew up Catholic and they go to confession they think that they’ll go to heaven when they die but as a Christian I know that’s not true!!! Deep down inside, I know my wife feels the same way I do but refuses to confront them because they’re her parents and she was brought up not question them. She doesn’t want to offend them or cause a family fight so I have decided to talk to them myself. This is too important to just let slide!!! There’s only one way to God and being Catholic and going to confession isn’t it! They have to understand that they need to be Born Again and change their lifestyle! I could really use some advice on how to approach them. Has anyone ever had to deal with this sort of situation? As you’ve probably noticed I’m very passionate about this issue but it’s because I love my in-laws and want the best for them. How do I approach them in love so that they listen?"

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  • Irish Stew
    Give us a call and answer correctly any of our Useless Irish Trivia questions and you’ll win absolutely nothing!

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Special Guests

  • Lee Stanley — Award Winning Filmmaker & Author of Faith in the Land of Make-Believe: What God Can Do… Even in Hollywood
    Award-winning filmmaker, Lee Stanley presents his new memoir, featuring a foreword by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, star of Stanley’s No.1 box office hit, Gridiron Gang. More than a narrative about a young man destined to accomplish the impossible, more than a chronicle of a successful Hollywood writer, producer and director, Faith in the Land of Make-Believe is the brutally honest memoir of someone who was never taught how to be a man, a husband, or a father and was “scared to death somebody would find out.” After learning not to depend on what he could become in Hollywood and learning to become totally dependent on God, not only did Stanley change his life, but also the lives of millions of others. In the book’s foreword, Dwayne Johnson writes, “When we shook hands for the first time, he looked me straight in the eye and thanked me wholeheartedly for doing the movie. It was then that I could see Lee was comprised of pure truth, compassion and conviction. Those are indicative adjectives when I describe Lee Stanley and certainly truthful words to describe this book, Faith in the Land of Make-Believe.”

  • Dani Miser — Author of Single Woman Seeks Perfect Man: Facing the Consequences of Unhealthy Relationships
    We so easily grow impatient while waiting for our perfect match, the person of our dreams, the one we were meant to marry. We refuse to trust God for His timing in our relationships. As time goes by, anxiety and doubt begin to creep into our hearts. And far too often, we chase after our own ideas of happiness, seeking to grasp a lifelong relationship on our own terms. The consequences are painful, sometimes leading to sexual immorality, broken marriages, insecurity and self-doubt, or a lifetime of regret. Written to single Christians who are struggling with frustration, discouragement, and sorrow over the lack of a mate Dani shares, “I deeply regret chasing my own desires rather than waiting for the man God prepared for me. I chose to live in a sinful relationship for more than eight years, but God brought me out of the slimy pit of promiscuity. I probably missed out on many blessings as a result of my waywardness. Nevertheless, God chose to work in my life in a very extraordinary way after I fully surrendered to Him.”

  • Jerry Jenkins — Author of The Brotherhood: A Precinct 11 Novel
    Jerry B. Jenkins is one of the most prolific and highest-selling evangelical novelist of our time. He is the author of more than 175 books, including the 63,000,000-selling Left Behind series. Asked how he is able to write so much, Jerry says, “I don’t sing or dance or preach. This is all I do.” His latest project, The Brotherhood: A Precinct 11 Novel, is the first in a police trilogy. A native of Michigan, Jenkins moved to the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village as a teen where his father served as police chief from 1963 to 1979. In addition, Jenkins has two brothers who were career law enforcement officers. His knowledge of a cop’s life and his familiarity with Chicago has enabled Jenkins to write his first police thriller with a voice of authenticity. He himself actually worked briefly as an undercover narc in the early 1970s.

  • Dr. Randal Rouser — Author of You’re Not As Crazy As I Think: Dialogue In a World of Loud Voices and Hardened Opinions
    If evangelicals are known for anything, they are known for their opinions. Opinions they are not afraid to express, and with much gusto and volume. But what if passion for truth is found not in the loudest voice and most unshakeable convictions, but rather in the resolve to listen to and learn from others? What if passion is found in willingness to rethink our most cherished beliefs? What if it is found in a refusal to embrace simple black and white categories when the world offers a bewildering array of gray? What if it is found when we refuse to dismiss those who disagree with us as simply stupid or wicked? In You’re Not As Crazy As I Think, Randal Rauser presents a very different picture of the passionate pursuit of truth. He says, “Christians like to say that 'all truth is God's truth.' But then why are we so resistant to finding truth in others? The first step toward truth is to say 'If I'm completely wrong, I want to know about it.’" Randal is associate professor of historical theology at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Canada, where he teaches in the areas of theology, apologetics, worldview, and church history.

  • Don Jacobson — Author, Publisher, Lemonade Collector
    Don Jacobson knows from his publishing days that a good story has the power to encourage and inspire readers. The former owner of Multnomah Publishers is on a mission to collect “lemonade” stories, a play on the old saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade” - or, as Don puts it, “Lemonade happens!” By his definition, lemonade stories are real-life stories about when life takes a sour twist but is followed with a sweet surprise. To borrow the words of Paul Harvey, a lemonade story tells the rest of the story. Through personal experience, Don knows a little something about lemonade himself; The Gunshot Wound That Saved My Life is Don’s true lemonade story. In November 1980, after suffering a near-fatal gunshot wound in his side, he lay in the bitter cold for eleven hours before anyone found him. Miracle upon miracle saved Don’s life that day—from the friends who were led to search for him, to the fog that lifted at just the right time for a helicopter transport, to an on-call doctor who specialized in treating his type of injury. After spending nine days in critical condition and nearly a month in rehab, Don left the hospital a discouraged man, no longer able to physically provide for his family. But his story wasn’t over. God used the accident to get Don’s attention in a big way, and it would change the course of his life.

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

  • Mark Vander Vennen — Executive Director Shalem Mental Health Network
    Shalem Mental Health Network offers counselling services to clients of all ages for a wide range of issues from depression and anxiety, to abuse and divorce recovery. Their therapists focus on supporting and equipping clients to address life’s challenges, generating hope, reconnection and change. Aside from general counselling, their specialties include Art Therapy, for people of all ages to express thought and feelings creatively, and Attachment Therapy, for broken bonds between children and their caregivers. Other programs offered: Wrap Around, Restorative Justice and the Congregational Assistance plan – an EAP program for churches and their members. Today's discussion will hopefully touch on an issue close to you or a loved one.

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    This week on the Counsel of Many: A woman wants advice on how to approach her soon to be ex-husband about trying to balance their parenting styles now that they are separated – AND still keep the peace!

    "My husband and I separated about 6 months ago and are in the process of getting a divorce. We are both at fault for the dissolve of our marriage but even though that part of our lives is over we still have our kids to consider. It has not been an peaceful process so far, there was a lot of fighting towards the end of the marriage and it got kind of nasty right after we separated but we have joint custody of our boys (ages 7 & 10) right now and have been able to keep things civil for the last 6 weeks. The peace between us is starting to reflect positively in our kids behaviour and I want to keep it that way! BUT this is where my problem lies. My husband and I have two very different parenting styles and the polarization has grown since the split. When he has the kids it’s all fun and games and junk food (pizza etc), he buys them things and they have a great time. It’s like a party the whole time they are gone – or at least that’s the way the kids make it sound. I am more structured, I think it’s important for the kids to have a routine, eat good healthy food and do their homework. That’s my job as a mom! I tell them that “I love them and that it’s my job as a good mommy to take care of them the best way I can and help teach them to take care of themselves and be responsible”. You can probably see where I’m going with this...I hate always being the bad cop but I feel my (soon-to-be-ex) is forcing that position on me by not imposing any structure on the kids while he has them. After late nights, bad food and no school work being done I have to crack down and get the kids rested, well fed and in a routine again - just to have it happen all over again the following week. How do I approach my husband, who is very defensive about everything I have to say, and still keep the peace? I want to have fun and ‘treat’ the kids too but he leaves no room for me to do it! We need a balance between my structure and his fun but he won’t see that, and as long as he’s all ‘fun’ I kinda have to be all structure. I hate the kids being played like yo-yos! Any advice? Any other parents had the same problems?"

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It's Hurtin' Day on TDMS The last Saturday in February brings to a close one of the coldest, darkest, bleakest months of the year. So let’s not pretend that life is simply “PEACHY” – let’s own our February Funk. Today we’ll chat with people who have been thrown curveballs in life. And to finish it off right, we’ll catch up with one of Country music’s most prolific singer-songwriters. After all, nothing says “hurtin’” like Country Music! And then - we’ll all take a deep exhale and welcome a new month! Then a new season! Then maybe, just maybe – we’ll look back at our February Funk in the rear view mirror and begin to breathe again! (Of course, maybe this is just the way we feel around here working for Drew!)

Special Guests

  • Marty Raybon — Grammy Award Winning Singer-Songwriter
    Marty Raybon has been blessed with a voice that taps deeply into the emotions that define us all. Whether celebrating the peaceful simplicity of a "Sunday in the South" as he did when leading Shenandoah's successful chart run or tenderly exploring the powerful bond between parent and child as he does on his most recent solo effort "Daddy Phone," Raybon has always had a gift for touching audiences with music that matters. This Grammy award-winning artist hits the mark again on his latest album, "At His Best," a collection of songs that cover a wide range of emotional territory from the "Big Pain" of lost love to the longing of "I Just Want to Touch You" to the fatherly pride of "Still My Little Man (Matty's Song)." Throughout his epic journey, spanning nearly three decades, Marty has produced a remarkable list of career accomplishments including; multiple number one singles, top selling albums, CMA, ACM, IBMA, and Grammy Awards! Collectively, his contributions to the recording industry have sold well into the millions and he has performed literally thousands of live concerts throughout the four corners of the earth. Among his contemporaries, he is considered to possess one of the purest natural country voices in the business. Gary LeVox, Lead vocalist of Rascal Flatts, refers to Marty Raybon as “The greatest singer on the planet to this day!”

Journey

  • Dwayne Quinn
    Dwayne lost his wife Kathy to cancer a few years ago and was left to face an uncertain future raising four young girls. Kathy struggled to really feel God’s love for most of her life and was pretty much resigned to the fact that He would never reach out to her in a personal way. That is until a few days before her death when God reached out and told Kathy He loved her… in beautiful and personal way.

  • Rebecka Havlik
    Rebecka is a wife and mother whose faith journey has been confronted with the difficult mystery of suffering. In a period of eight years, Rebecka faced the cancer of her first born child, the death of her fifth baby, as well as the tragic and untimely death’s of a brother-in-law, a niece, and a nephew.

  • Sheila Muirhead
    Sheila’s husband Michael has been working in Libya and since the chaos and civil unrest has recently erupted. He is stuck in a compound in Banghazi with 15 other Canadians. Desperate to be rescued by the Canadian government, Michael reported recently that there was “…constant gunfire, grenades, either grenades or other bombs going off. The city was burning, lots of people were killed. The situation changes here all the time and we are concerned that this is literally a powder keg and this country could literally go up in flames." Michael has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and took a job in Libya after he was unable to find work in Alberta. Sheila is scared and waiting patiently for her husband to be rescued.

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    This week on the Counsel of Many: A woman has been saving for plastic surgery but now wonders if she should spend the money on missions instead of her face.

    "This may seem like a trivial matter to some but it has been really bugging me and I was hoping to get some advice from your listeners. I’m a woman in my fifties and, as I’m sure we’ve all experienced, I’ve noticed how much older I’m starting to look. I’ve always been considered a nice looking woman but I’m admittedly having a harder time accepting the “aging process”. I don’t have a huge income (I get by) but I’ve been saving up over the last two years for a face lift and tummy tuck. I know it seems really vain and many of your listeners might think I’m being ridiculous but I am recently divorced (2 years) and find myself, reluctantly back in the dating game again. It is very hard to start all over again! I have only ever been with one man and the thought of another man seeing me naked is very stressful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not just out to sleep with the first man I meet. I’m hoping to find someone to spend the rest of my life with and marry. Here’s my problem. I’ve saved the money I need for the procedures but I’ve started to feel like spending this money on myself is selfish. A missionary couple, which our church supports, recently has asked for extra funds to help with a community they’re working with in Nigeria. Well now I feel like a jerk. I really think these procedures would help my self confidence and make me feel better about myself with a potential new partner but there is this nagging voice in my head that says I’m being selfish and I should donate the money to the missionaries. Is it God in my head, nagging at me? Am I being too vain or do I deserve to treat myself after saving for so long? And where are we supposed to draw the line? For example, should I not go on a week’s holiday this winter as well? I’d love to hear what your listeners think."

  • Update from New Zealand!
    We’ll chat with someone on the ground in Christchurch, New Zealand and get a live update on the aftermath of this week’s devastating earthquake. With 300 still missing and over 100 reported dead, stories of survival and heartbreak are wreaking havoc on the emotions of all Kiwis.

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Special Guests

  • The Imperials — Grammy Award Winning Recording Artists, Backup Singers for Elvis
    The Imperials have stayed in the forefront of Christian music for the last five decades! They’ve won four Grammy Awards, seventeen Dove Awards including the inaugural “Male Group of the Year” in 1969 and the first ever “Artist of the Year” in 1981. They backed Elvis Presley on stage, in the studio and in the 1970 feature film Elvis: That’s The Way It Is. They were the first Christian group to ever perform on a Grammy telecast, scored chart topping singles in four consecutive decades and landed a number one single on all three charts (Contemporary, Inspirational and Southern) at the same time for a dozen straight weeks. Out of retirement, Armond Morales, Paul Smith, and Dave Will reunite as “The Classic Imperials”. Together with Rick Evans they will once again step back into the national spotlight with their trademark sound that led the Christian music industry for decades! Armond, who has been an Imperial since the very beginning, across 42 albums and concerts in 21 countries, joins us to talk about their latest release Still Standing.
    www.theimperials.com

  • Father Gary Thomas — Roman Catholic Exorcist Portrayed In Anthony Hopkins’ Movie The Rite
    Father Thomas was working as a parish priest in California when he was asked by his bishop to travel to Rome for training in the rite of exorcism. Though initially surprised, and slightly reluctant, he accepted this call, and enrolled in a new exorcism course at a Vatican-affiliated university, which taught him, among other things, how to distinguish between a genuine possession and mental illness. Eventually he would go on to participate in more than eighty exorcisms as an apprentice to a veteran Italian exorcist. His experiences profoundly changed the way he viewed the spiritual world, and as he moved from rational skeptic to practicing exorcist he came to understand the battle between good and evil in a whole new light. Journalist Matt Baglio had full access to Father Gary over the course of his training, and much of what he learned defies explanation. The book, The Rite>, provides fascinating vignettes from the lives of exorcists and people possessed by demons, including firsthand accounts of exorcists at work casting out demons, culminating in Father Gary's own confrontations with the Devil. Baglio also traces the history of exorcism, revealing its rites and rituals, explaining what the Catholic Church really teaches about demonic possession, and delving into such related topics as the hierarchy of angels and demons, satanic cults, black masses, curses, and the various theories used by modern scientists and anthropologists who seek to quantify such phenomena. Written with an investigative eye that will captivate both skeptics and believers alike, The Rite shows that the truth about demonic possession is not only stranger than fiction, but also far more chilling. The movie - The Rite - starring Anthony Hopkins, might just scare the Hell out of you as well.

  • Dr. Tomáš Halik — Philosopher, Author of Patience With God: The Story of Zacchaeus Continuing In Us
    For all the debate about belief and non-belief in today’s world—and how everyone becomes pigeonholed by one or the other — Tomáš Halík teaches that God requires us to persevere with our doubts, carry them in our hearts, and allow them to lead us to maturity. For Halík, patience is the main difference between faith and atheism. Faith, hope, and love are three aspects of patience in the face of God’s silence, which is interpreted as “the death of God” by atheists and is not taken seriously enough by fundamentalists. Using the gospel story of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus, Dr. Halík issues an invitation to all people who stand (like Zacchaeus did) on the sideline—curious but noncommittal. The fact that Jesus gravitated to the poor and the marginalized means that he also has a special place in his heart for diligent seekers on the margins of the community of believers. TOMÁŠ HALÍK worked as a psychotherapist during the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia and at the same time was secretly ordained as a Catholic priest and active in the underground church. Since the fall of the regime, he has served as General Secretary to the Czech Conference of Bishops and was an adviser to Václav Havel. He has lectured at many universities throughout the world and is currently a professor of philosophy and sociology at Charles University. His books, which are bestsellers in his own country, have been translated into many languages and have received several literary prizes.

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  • Chad & Sarah Markley
    They grew up in the church, got married, fought everyday, then began to get wasted and party on the weekends just to escape and cope, even while Chad was leading worship in their church. Eventually porn crept into the marriage. Eventually Chad became a workaholic. Eventually Sarah had an affair with Chad’s friend. Eventually one of Sarah’s friends told their pastors. Eventually…

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    This week on the Counsel of Many: A young lady wants advice on how to cope with her depression as a result of her parents’ dysfunctional relationship.

    "I feel as if there's a lot of tension in my house and the cause of it has been my parents. I believe that it's been taking a toll on me financially, emotionally and spiritually. They always use my hard earned money to pay specifically for the Internet and cable. There have been times where I've had to give them over half of my pay cheques and babysitting money for it, which leaves me with very little or no money to pay for my own expenses like my cell phone and credit card and stuff. I went through a lot of issues in elementary school and middle school both academically and socially. I was always being bullied at school and I could never get decent grades. The school and school board discovered that I had a hard time in school in these two areas because my parents failed to step in because of their own marital issues, which has led me into a long road of suffering. I've just about lost my faith in God and have stopped going to church. And also it's because my dad was thought to have been having an affair with another woman in the last church we attended as a family. This resulted in a lot of arguing and yelling at home. My dad had also tried to hit her and assault her and was successful on one occasion. I regret not calling the police when I should have. Every time they'd aggressively fight, I'd cry. I almost committed suicide on my mom's 50th birthday but I'm still here. They tried seeking counselling from the church several times but all they were told is to let God handle it. I have tried getting professional counselling with my family and individually, but it never seems to work out for very long. When we were counselled as a family, my parents would actually start arguing in front of me, my siblings and the therapist. They have now separated and I'm not sure what to do, say or feel about it. I'm not even sure if I'm processing it. As a result of my parent’s problems spilling on to me, I am starting to feel alone and hurt by them and the church. My employer has said that it's unlikely to get more hours so I now have to look for a second job. Aside from my family doctor, I don't feel as if I have a strong support network, nor do I feel as if anyone even cares about me. My academics are the only thing I have left to hold on to now. The longer I’m living at home, the more I’ll only continue to break down. Should I move out and live with one of the other girls that's in the same program of study with me? Do I dare get help from the church for now, at least until my family doctor comes back from his vacation and/or until I can get to see a professional counsellor? The only thing that I don't want is for the church to be held responsible if anything happens to me. I don't attend anymore. What do I do? "

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Special Guests

  • Jane Seymour — Award Winning Hollywood Actress
    A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner, recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the year 2000, which was bestowed upon her by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. From “Bond Girl” to Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman to Dancing With The Stars, Hollywood actress Jane Seymour is indeed a woman of many talents. Also known for her talents as an artist, author, poet, dancer, and jewellery designer, this romantic seemed to be the perfect choice for our Valentine’s Day Special.

  • Randy Stonehill — Icon of The Christian Rock Movement
    Imagine the onstage magnetism of Mick Jagger, the lyrical brilliance of Bob Dylan and the personal fragility of Brian Wilson… that was Larry Norman – The Godfather Of Christian Rock. His good friend, Randy Stonehill stars in a new expose about Larry’s complicated life called FALLEN ANGEL: THE OUTLAW LARRY NORMAN. This new documentary by Emmy nominated Canadian filmmaker David Di Sabatino, recounts the rise of the rock 'n' roll 'Billy Graham' of the 1970s through to the height of success as the visionary behind Solid Rock Records before a personal meltdown and subsequent fall from grace exiled him to the margins of the Christian subculture he helped create. Too religious for the rock 'n' rollers but too rock 'n' roll for the religious crowd, Larry Norman was the perpetual outsider who ultimately imploded under the weight of trying to fuse his position as the musical voice of the Jesus movement with his desire for '70s rock superstar status. Is he the misunderstood musical prophet of the Christian world? Is he an outlaw conning the faithful? Larry Norman is a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction. Fallen Angel is a rock 'n' roll epic of biblical proportions. (Toronto screening featuring LIVE music with Randy Stonehill - Q&A with the director, David DiSabatino, Wednesday, February 23rd from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM at The Revue Cinema.)
    www.revuecinema.ca
    www.fallenangeldoc.com

  • Doral Chenoweth — The man who's video of a homeless man with the golden radio voice, went viral!
    A few weeks ago, a YouTube video of a homeless man with a golden radio voice went viral. Ted Williams was panhandling on the streets of Ohio, but he became an overnight celebrity after Columbus Dispatch reporter, Doral Chenoweth, posted a video of him online. Doral joins us today to bring us up to speed on how instant fame and money has impacted Ted Williams, on how faith plays a role in his own life, and what it’s really like loving those the rest of us ignore.

  • Dawn Bennett — Divorce Lawyer
    Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like a 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.

  • John Franklin — Executive Director of Imago
    Imago was founded by Wilber Sutherland in 1972 and since that time has engaged in advocacy for the arts, addressed social issues, promoted science/religion dialogue, and called for reflection and practical action on a wide range of topics that bear on Canadian cultural life. Since the fall of 1997 Imago has turned its attention particularly to the arts and today it continues to carry the vision of promoting and advocating for the arts in Canada. Their mandate is to affirm the artistic gift and to encourage and facilitate creative initiatives in the arts that will make a positive contribution to the Canadian cultural landscape. They promote high calibre artistic work across the spectrum of visual, written and performing arts. In addition to the projects they oversee, Imago is committed to promote unique artistic events, partner with others to sponsor lectures by outstanding artists and scholars and bring together artists and audiences, highlighting the work of emerging and established Canadian artists. Before taking up his position with Imago, John spent 25 years as a professor of philosophy at Tyndale University College.

  • Love Songs — With Jacob & Jodi
    Our Valentine’s Day Special wouldn’t be complete without two of Canada’s sweetest recording artists joining forces and melting the ice around our cynical and love-starved hearts. (Quick! Somebody call Hallmark!) Our good friend Jacob Moon continues the tradition of performing a few of his favourite love songs on this special edition of TDMS. However, just to set the right mood, he’ll be joined by another previous guest, the sacchariferous, Jodi King!
    www.jacobmoon.com

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    This week on The Counsel of Many: A guy has just found out that his girlfriend, who he was about to propose to, gave her virginity away to another guy while they were broken up and wants to know if he still should marry her or not.

    "My girlfriend and I broke up about a year ago after dating for a couple of years. We just got back together again, which I really consider to be an answer to prayer. We’ve been talking seriously about getting married next year and both of us really feel like this is God’s will. That is until I found out that while we were broken up, she had sex with the guy she was dating for a few months. This new bit of information has totally wrecked me! I am a virgin and very proud of it. I’ve always wanted to marry a virgin. My girlfriend USED to be a virgin. As far as I knew, she still was a virgin. Then out of nowhere she lays this on me. I kinda freaked out a bit, and haven’t talked to her since. She knew how important this was to me. Anyway, now I’m confused and not sure if I want to be married to this girl who gave it away to someone else. I have friends who have told me to just let it go, forgive her and proceed with the original plan of marrying who I felt was the girl of my dreams. But I just can’t get past the fact that she has slept with someone else. I just can’t get past the fact that I was saving myself for another – someone who was also saving themselves for me. God told me years ago that I would marry a virgin. Now what? "

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Special Guests

  • Cheri Keaggy — Christian Recording Artist
    Beginning as a worship leader at a small church in Southern California, Cheri has ministered through music and testimony for twenty years. Her debut album, Child of the Father, was released to rave reviews in 1994 earning her a Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year. Six albums, nine Number One songs, three Dove Award nominations and a Dove Award win later, Cheri Keaggy is recognized as a mainstay in the adult contemporary and inspirational genres, and her songs are sung in churches worldwide. Most recently though, the end of her twenty-two year marriage to her high school sweetheart has stretched her in ways she never could have imagined.

  • Lu Sipos — Mother of Gabe Sipos, Co-Starring in Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow & Tim McGraw
    Nine year old actor and childhood cancer survivor Gabe Sipos celebrated his acting debut by walking the red carpet at the Beverly Hills premiere of his recently released feature film Country Strong. Now cancer free, Gabe is enjoying his newfound celebrity status, thanks to his breakout role opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, in which he plays the role of Travis, a Make-A-Wish child who Gwyneth’s character visits during a concert tour. Gabe joined co-stars (Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester) for the premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and mingled with producer Tobey Maguire and VIP guests Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Minka Kelly, Kristin Cavallari & Trevor Donovan. “It was so much fun. Being interviewed on the red carpet gave me butterflies in my stomach but everyone was so nice and they all made me feel like a real star. I am glad I finally got to see the whole movie and the music is awesome. The very best part of the night was seeing my friend Gwyneth again. She gives great hugs.” Gabe hopes that his acting debut will bring awareness to his non-profit organization, Gabe's My Heart - an organization based in Spring Hill, Tennessee, that provides therapeutic play tools to children living with cancer through Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program. Chemo Duck, which was created by Gabe's mother when Gabe was going through his cancer treatment, is a cuddly pal who exposes children with cancer to their new life and encourages healing through the power of play therapy.

  • Rev. Majed El Shafie — President and Founder of One Free World International
    Born in Cairo, Egypt into a prominent Muslim family of lawyers, Majed came to know Christ through the witness of his best friend. He began a ministry that, in just two years, grew to 24,000 Christians, built two churches, a bible school, a medical clinic, and established a newspaper to request equal rights from the Egyptian Government for the Christian community. His actions were not tolerated by the Egyptian government and landed Majed in the Abu Zaabel Prison in Cairo where he was severely tortured for seven days. He escaped and fled to Israel where he was imprisoned once again for a year until Amnesty International and the United Nations intervened and had him released as a free man in Jerusalem. Majed, now a Canadian citizen and living in Toronto, is the President and founder of One Free World International. He also hosts a Christian Arabic radio program called River of Love, which broadcasts to the Middle East and North Africa, as well as second Arabic radio program called Encourage Iraq. Majed joins us today to share his journey and to brief us on the current crisis in Egypt.

  • Norman Geisler — Christian Apologist, Philosopher & Author of If God, Why Evil?: A New Way to Think about the Question
    Where Did Evil Come From? And Why Doesn't God Do Something About It? The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult question the Christian must face. If God is good and all-powerful, why is there suffering in the world? Can't God put an end to murder, rape, and starvation? What about earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis? Why couldn't a perfect God have made a perfect world? In this concise but thorough book, Dr. Norman Geisler carefully answers these tough questions, using step-by-step explanations and compelling examples. He walks the reader through time-tested answers but also provides a new approach revolving around whether or not this world is the "best of all possible worlds."

  • 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 mother of a defiant teenage boy wants advice on whether to kick her son out or not.

    "I have a 17 year old son who is constantly testing me and arguing with me! He's always been really strong-willed but now he gets so angry and in my face that it's to the point where I'm actually afraid he's going to hurt me. He's like a totally different kid now, I don't even know him anymore. Frankly, I'm so tired of all his shenanigans that I'm about ready to kick him out!! I'm sick of his attitude and I don't even want to see his face around the house anymore. I've tried reasoning with him, pleading with him, punishing him -- nothing works! He won't listen to me or respect my authority, no matter how firm or strict I get. Now the last straw: I've just discovered that he's been smoking drugs!!! I've heard that there's a good drug treatment program for wayward teens and so I'm thinking I should send him there. I'm exhausted and I don't know what to do anymore. Am I a bad mom for wanting to send my son away??"

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Special Guests

  • Michael Sweet — Stryper Frontman
    The quintessential Christian rock band Stryper is back with a new CD of cover tunes from some of the bands which influenced the boys over the years. The Covering comes out in February and is already causing some controversy. With songs from bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Van Halen, UFO, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Kansas, some have wondered if Stryper has lost their way. Michael’s response: “We wanted to step outside the box and record a record that shows you, the fans, where we come from - our historical, musical roots so to speak. It's a side to Stryper that no one has really seen or heard before, or at least quite like this. For those of you who may think that we're walking away from our faith - your wrong. We've never been more serious about our faith at any point in our lives. It is however important to enjoy what you do and lighten up from time to time. That's what we plan to do. This was a fun record to make and we hope that this comes through, as well as the chance to showcase the abilities that we've been blessed with.” More than a quarter of a century ago, Stryper broke on to the scene with their debut EP Yellow and Black Attack and have since gone on to sell millions of records worldwide and tour the world, spreading an inspirational message through their branded sound of rock songs, heavy guitars, and pristine harmony vocals.

  • The Honourable David C. Onley — The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
    The Honourable David C. Onley has championed disability issues on many fronts and for many years. Having lived with polio and post-polio syndrome since the age of three, he has broken through social barriers and become a role model. In his 22-year career with CityTV, he was Canada’s first senior newscaster with a visible disability. A popular news anchor, host/producer, science and technology specialist, and weatherman, he showed that ability outshines disability. In view of his success in life, Mr. Onley credits his Christian faith and the ongoing support of his wife, singer and Christian recording artist Ruth Ann Onley, and their three sons, Jonathan, Robert, and Michael.

  • Diane Lee-Clemons — Gospel Recording Artist
    Diane has performed at the Vibe Gospel Music Awards, sung the national anthem at NBA and CFL games, and appeared on Canada’s largest national Christian television program, 100 Huntley Street. She also appeared in the CTSNetwork The Rev and made a guest appearance on Train 48. More recently you may have seen her on the covers of Hello Canada!, AMOI and Planet Africa. Diane recently graced the stage at the "House of Blues" in New Orleans and will perform this year in the Dominican Republic, Arizona, Edmonton, and Toronto. Along with her husband, CFL legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons, they’re committed to building 131 schools in third world countries in the next five years.

  • Amoy Levy — Gospel Recording Artist
    Amoy Levy’s three octave vocal range allows her to excel in everything from traditional and contemporary Gospel to Pop, Jazz, R&B and Rock. Other than being a soloist with the Juno Award Winning Toronto Mass Choir,Amoy has toured across Canada and the United States and has performed in The Canadian Country Music Awards, YTV awards with 98 Degrees, The Rita MacNeil Show and the Anne Murray Show. Amoy has shared the stage with Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michelle Wright and gospel greats Danny Brooks, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Ricky Dillard and John P. Kee. She has also recorded with producers Jack Lenz and David Crystal for various commercials and television appearances. A much in demand session singer, Amoy’s powerhouse soprano voice is a staple in Canada’s music industry.

  • THE EVOLUTION OF GOSPEL MUSIC
    Both Amoy & Diane will be featured in this year’s production of The Evolution of Gospel Music on Friday, February 4th and Saturday, February 5th at The Global Kingdom Ministries in Scarborough, Ontario. In collaboration with the Juno Award winning Toronto Mass Choir, this powerful musical journey moves audiences from the early days of Negro spirituals, through the turmoil of the 60s, to today’s contemporary gospel music scene. The production boasts a phenomenal cast representing some of the best Canadian actors, dancers and gospel musicians; and celebrates the music of Thomas Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, and James Cleveland. For tickets call 905.794.1139.

  • Rabbi Jonathan Bernis — Author of A Rabbi Looks At Jesus of Nazareth
    Raised in a traditional Jewish family, international television host Jonathan Bernis was taught from a young age that "Jews don't—and can't!—believe in Jesus." Yet in his study of the Bible, including the Torah, he found overwhelming evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really was the Jewish Messiah. With warmth and transparency, Bernis talks about discovering Jesus in history, and how it was that the Jewish Yeshua became the Gentile Jesus. By presenting historic evidence that Jesus is Messiah and refuting common Jewish objections, Bernis gives Christians the knowledge and tools they need to share their Lord with their Jewish friends in a loving, effective way.

  • Heather Gingerich — Director of The International Medical Geology Association Canada
    Is the Christian Aid organization you support inadvertently poisoning the community they’re trying to help? Bugs in the water are definitely bad news for babies but "drilling and dashing" without testing the water supply for chemical contaminants like pesticides, pharmaceuticals, industrial waste or naturally-occurring arsenic, is slowly poisoning adults too. And along the way, our geological research is playing a massive role in eventually collapsing the food chain. “It’s just a Third World problem, isn’t it?” Think again. It's happening in Ontario! “It’s not really affecting me though, right?” Actually according to Heather Gingerich, the Director of the International Medical Geology Association in Canada, your kid’s IQ and your sex life might already be at risk. “Genetics load the gun – Environment pulls the trigger.”

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    This week on The Counsel of Many: A man is worried that he won't be able to stay in a committed relationship with his current girlfriend with out cheating on her.

    "I'm 30...ish, a marketing manager and in pretty good shape. I have a successful career with a high profile job in a women's clothing firm. I share an apartment with a buddy of mine, but hope to move into my own condo soon. Here's the problem – I can't love any woman who falls in love with me! As soon as I feel a woman has committed to me, I cheat on them, and then break up with them! My current girlfriend has not put any pressure on me to get more involved, but I'm anxious that I'll repeat the pattern of using women that developed while playing semi-pro hockey. She seems very committed to me though and it makes me nervous 'cause I like her. I have never been in therapy before, but am willing to try it because an old family friend of my dad's told me I needed help. I'm not sure that I need help and I'm REALLY skeptical of any approach that is too religious. I don’t want to be preached at, I got way too much of that growing up and really want nothing to do with religion because of the hypocrisy I observed in the church. I admit that I do drink quite a bit and I sometimes wonder if I may actually be depressed and might need medication??? I know it seems odd that I'm writing into a “Christian” station for advice but I've heard your show a couple times and you seem pretty down to earth and might understand where I'm coming from. Thanks."

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Special Guests

  • Candace Cameron Bure — Actress and Author of Reshaping It All
    Candace Cameron Bure first became known to millions as a co-star on the hit ABC television series Full House. Today, like her brother Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) she is the rare Hollywood actor who is outspoken about her Christian faith and how it helps overcome certain obstacles. Her healthy lifestyle has been featured in US Weekly and People magazines as well as national talk shows including The View and NBC’s Today. In Reshaping It All Candace inspires women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront, making wise choices, and finding their worth in the eyes of God. Candace shares a candid account of her struggle with food and ultimately her healthy outlook on weight despite the toothpick-thin expectations of Hollywood.

  • Eliot Sloan — Lead Singer of Blessid Union Of Souls
    Blessid Union of Souls has clocked in a number one smash, a trio of top tens, five top 20 tunes and seven to hit the top 40, including the iconic ballad I Believe, the quirky and colourful Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me), the acoustically framed Light In Your Eyes, plus romantic favourites like I Wanna Be There and Let Me Be the One. Add in the gold selling landmark debut disc Home, being featured on the gold selling Carole King tribute album Tapestry Revisited (Rod Stewart, Faith Hill, Amy Grant, The Bee Gees) and the double platinum soundtrack for Pokemon: The First Movie, in addition to appearances on Contact (starring Jodie Foster), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Cold Case, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Live with Regis (no less than four times), Good Morning, America, Top of the Pops, All My Children and VH1, and it’s no surprise that Blessid Union of Souls fingerprints have literally encountered every facet of pop culture. Lead singer, Eliot Sloan remains incredibly balanced for someone who’s shared the stage with superstar acts like Bon Jovi, Goo Goo Dolls and Mike & the Mechanics, but the attitude stems from a lifelong Christian faith that’s repeatedly made its way into his songwriting. And when he speaks of hitting the studio and road these days, it’s all revolving around the brand new CD The Mission Field, which takes a spiritually overt direction while retaining the signature qualities that have literally attracted millions of fans over the years.

  • Mike Janzen — Canadian Recording Artist
    Mike Janzen Trio is releasing their latest CD entitled Try to Remember on January 29th at The Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. With George Koller on bass and Ben Riley on drums, this jazz-gem is a staple of the Toronto music scene. Admission: $25 Adult Pre-sale / $30 at the Door, $20 Group of 5+, $15 Student.

  • Eric Metaxas — Author of BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich
    As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and author known as much for such spiritual classics as The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together as for his 1945 execution in a concentration camp for his part in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. In BONHOEFFER, the first major biography of Bonhoeffer in forty years, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer's life, the theologian and the spy, and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology never before seen.

  • Reverend Walter Kelly — Toronto Police Services Chaplain
    On Tuesday of this week, the streets of Toronto experienced an eerie silence not seen in years as the funeral procession for Sgt. Ryan Russell, the 35 year old husband and father of 2-year-old Nolan, made its way through the downtown core. The service was attended by almost 13,000 people - the largest attendance for a Toronto police officer ever. One of the eulogies delivered at Sgt. Ryan's funeral was given by the chaplain of the Toronto Police Services, Rev. Walter Kelly.

Journey

  • Dan and Terry Thompson — Parents of Slain OPP Constable Vu Pham
    On March 8, 2010 Vu Pham, a 15-year veteran of the Ontario Provincial Police was shot and killed after pulling over a pickup truck on a rural road northwest of London, Ontario. Constable Pham's parents join us today to talk about their loss and how they processed their emotions and memories in light of this week’s tragic murder of Toronto Police Sergeant Ryan Russell.

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    This week on The Counsel of Many: a lady was hit on by her best friend's husband, who is also the youth pastor at her church, and wants to know how to handle it. Should she tell on him or just ignore the whole thing and pretend it never happened?

    "I recently received a very surprising and upsetting call. I was basically propositioned by my best friend's husband. It wasn't overt though. It's the start of something. At first he called about a trip that the youth at my church would be taking in June. He is our youth pastor and he called to ask me if I was going. Then he started to talk about how he'd had a dream about me last night and had been thinking about me all day. I wore a button on my birthday to church that said, "Kiss me, it's my birthday." He mentioned that and said that he had wanted to. I remember now that we talked that day and he said that he probably shouldn't but he gave me a hug instead. I didn't think anything about it at the time because we're friends and have always hugged. Well, the other day on the phone he said that he'd like to spend more time with me and he said that I was a beautiful woman and all. I was playing along, because at the time, I was caught off guard by it all and then I didn't want to tip him off that I could go tell someone. But I know I have to. I don't want him to know that I told anyone and got in him in trouble. It's not the trouble I'm worried about. He should be in trouble. I just don't want him knowing that I'm the reason he was found out. I'm so upset. I feel like throwing up. I have to see this guy on Saturday and pretend like everything is fine. So should I tell someone at the church what he did or just forget the whole thing happened? Why does this crap always happen to me? Why do I attract the freaks and the losers? I can't and will not have an affair with my best friend's husband. I love his wife and his two daughters. I don't know what to do. I am so angry. Angry that he thinks that sleeping around with me is all I'm good for. Like I'm not good enough for anyone to marry? Please help! I really need to know how to handle this."

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Special Guests

  • John Schneider — "Mr. Kent" from Smallville & "Bo Duke" from The Dukes of Hazzard
    Well our good friend John is coming up this way! John Schneider & Tom Wopat are together again and performing hits from their solo recording artist careers - live at Fallsview Casino Resort! You know them best as Bo & Luke Duke from the legendary television series, The Dukes of Hazzard but on January 21 & 22 they’ll show us their singer-songwriter sides!
    www.johnschneider.tv

  • Cactus Moser — Drummer for Highway 101
    Chart-topping country band Highway 101 emerged back on the scene with their new DVD "Christmas on Highway 101" in November and embarked on a promotional tour that included stops at the Grand Ole Opry and major television appearances nationwide. The band will also be featured on the debut season of THE JUDD's new reality series, airing on the new Oprah Network (OWN) in early 2011. Cactus is in a relationship with Wynonna, and their relationship is a big part of the show.

  • Joel Rosenberg — Award Winning & Bestselling Author
    Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of six novels:The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat and his latest, The Twelfth Imam, and two non-fiction books, Epicenter and Inside the Revolution, with some two million total copies in print. As a communications advisor, Joel has worked with a number of U.S. and Israeli leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, Natan Sharansky, and Benjamin Netanyahu. As an author, he has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs, including Nightline, CNN Headline News, FOX News Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, and The Glenn Beck Show. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Times, the Jerusalem Post, and World magazine. He has also spoken at the White House, Pentagon and to Members of Congress. Joel is someone Drew has very much wanted to chat with about his month in Israel.

  • Betsy Hall — Deputy Country Director, Samaritan’s Purse, Haiti
    Kent Annan — Co-Director, Haiti Partners
    Haiti – Where did all our money go and one year later, why should we still care? On January 12th 2010 a catastrophic earthquake virtually decimated the area around Port au Prince Haiti. The Haitian government reported that an estimated 316,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 made homeless. Today we’ll speak with two people who have invested their lives into the lives of the Haitian people.
    www.samaritanspurse.org
    www.haitipartners.org

Journey

  • Penny Whipps
    Penny Whipps has been a publicist in the book publishing industry for more than twenty years. On September 7, 2008, Penny took a call that her youngest son had died from an accidental drug overdose. As her daughter spoke the words a parent never wants to hear, her heart stopped and shock and disbelief took over.

    “Kyle’s dead and mom I’m sorry, but he died of a heroin overdose.”
    “What did you say… what happened?”
    “I’m sorry mom, but he died of a heroin overdose.”
    “There is no way he died of an overdose. He was scared of that stuff.”
    “Mom, I’m so sorry but it’s true. Kyle was with his friends and about 1:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon they found him dead! The police and coroner have been trying to find your contact information and when they couldn’t they came here.”


    One friend told Penny he knew Kyle was acting a little differently and had possibly taken something that was dangerous, because he hadn’t seen Kyle acting that way in a long time. This friend wanted to say something but he didn’t want Kyle to get mad at him and decided to give him some time and then talk to him in the morning. When they went to wake him, Kyle was dead. Later, that boy told Penny he would regret that decision for the rest of his life. That’s how Just1x began - challenging students who know their friends are potentially placing their lives at risk to seek help and possibly save lives.

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    This week on The Counsel of Many: a wife wants to know if her husband's addiction to porn & dating site memberships are grounds for divorce or does it need to be the physical act of sex.

    "I am a born again Christian and my husband says he is born again as well. He talks the talk when needed but doesn't walk the walk. Our marriage has failed and we are recently separated. He became very bitter towards me and can’t even make eye contact with me. I found evidence of adultery even though he says he’s never cheated on me. I also found out that he was on dating sites and seeking local women. I don't know if he actually met any of them, the evidence says yes, but there’s no actual proof. Then later on I found out that he was on free porn sites and talking dirty with them. I couldn't believe what I learned! He doesn't know that I’ve seen what he has been doing. He says he doesn't look at porn or lust after young girls. So here’s the question: is what he's doing grounds for divorce, even if there is no actual physical contact, or is it just adultery in his heart? How he can lie to me and look me in the eyes and say honestly before God, “I haven't cheated on you or lusted after young girls”? How do I stay in a marriage with someone I can't trust or believe? Our marriage bed has always been a problem too. He was always trying to blame me but I have learned how porn can destroy the Christian marriage bed and I don't believe it to be my fault anymore. It really makes me sick inside to know his secret lifestyle. Even though we’re just separated, I’d like to know if any of this is grounds for divorce."

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Special Guests

  • L.Gen The Hon. Roméo Dallaire (Ret) — Author of They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest To Eradicate The Use Of Child Soldiers
    Senator Dallaire served thirty-five years with the Canadian Armed Forces and now sits in the Canadian Senate. His Governor General's Literary Award-winning book, Shake Hands with the Devil, exposed the failures of the international community to stop the worst genocide in the twentieth century. It has been turned into an Emmy Award-winning documentary as well as a feature film; it has also been entered into evidence in war crimes tribunals trying the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. Senator Dallaire has received numerous honours and awards, including Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002. As a champion of human rights, his activities include work on genocide prevention, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the Child Soldier Initiative, which seeks to develop a conceptual base for the elimination of the use of child soldiers.

  • Michael Coren — Broadcaster, Author
    Michael Coren is host of the nightly Michael Coren Show on CTS television and is a weekly columnist, published every Saturday, with the Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg Sun and The London Free Press and in more than a dozen other daily and weekly newspapers across Canada. He is also a columnist for Women's Post, The Catholic Register, The Landowner and The Interim. He is the best-selling author of twelve books, including biographies of GK Chesterton, HG Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. He has contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography and several other anthologies. He is published in many countries and in more than a dozen languages. In 2005 he won The Ed Murrow Award for Radio Broadcasting, in 2006 The RTNDA Radio Broadcasting Award, in 2007 the Communicator Award in Hollywood and in 2008 the Omni Award for his television show. Michael joins us today to help Drew process his month in the Middle East.

  • Frank Schaeffer — Author, Huffington Post Blogger, Uncertain Believer
    Our good friend Frank Schaeffer is back for our first show of the New Year. Frank has a problem with fundamentalist Christians, but he also has a problem with the New Atheists. And despite the obvious differences in their ideology, it's the same problem: mindsets that leave no room for questions, and even less for tolerance. In the newly released paperback edition of Patience with God, Frank offers a middle ground for those who find right-wing evangelists as distasteful as the uber-liberal lefties who mock them. Frank is one of the very few authors out there whom Drew can relate to spiritually due to their own on-again, off-again relationships with God. Frank went from helping his father, Francis Schaeffer, found the Religious Right to joining the Greek Orthodox Church and voting for Obama, and along the way he could best be described as a member in good standing of the "Church of Hopeful Uncertainty" - spirituality for the rest of us!

  • SYTGWYTS 2010 Finalists — Marshal Burnham, Curtis Legiehn & The Winner: AMY SAVIN!
    THEY'RE BAAAAACK! That's right folks, our top three finalists from last year's So You Think God Wants You To Sing contest join us LIVE in studio to perform some of their latest and greatest.
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  • Kenneth Van Wyk & A. Ross Gibson — Therapists from Christian Counselling Services
    Toronto based Christian Counselling Services is a community of professionals offering counselling and psychotherapy services for people who are searching for help with psychological, emotional and/or spiritual healing, growth and change. Whether you are seeking help with anxiety, grief, depression, self image issues, interpersonal difficulties, faith and spiritual questions, trauma due to abuse or accidents, eating disorders, addictions, work problems, or just a desire for personal growth and change; today's discussion will hopefully touch on an issue close to you or a loved one.

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
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    This week on The Counsel of Many: a mother just gave birth to a daughter who was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome and wants to know if she should be praying for God to heal her, or just resign herself to this diagnosis.

    "As a person who makes their living in ministry traveling around the world proclaiming God's glory and healing powers, my faith has recently been put on the chopping block. It's been said in times of trial faith is revealed not formed. We gave birth to the most lovely baby back in Oct. and after a perfect pregnancy we were told she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This in fact caused many heart, lung, muscle and other issues that caused us to basically live in the NICU for 6 weeks and take our baby home on oxygen. The Dr's said over and over she was going to be" just fine" despite her diagnosis limiting her not only mentally but physically possibly as well. She could be on oxygen when she's a teen, she could have shortened life span or eye, kidney or muscle issues. She would be able to possibly go to school but never college, work at Target but never be a manager. Her whole world has been put in a box because of a diagnosis and then all the "encouraging stories" started flooding in with how DS children can lead flourishing lives within the confines of the syndrome. I'm a believer that Jesus walked on water, raised the dead, healed the lepers, blind and deaf. Nowhere in the bible did I read "I'll heal any body part except chromosomes! That's too hard!" When my husband and I shared our journey and our full hope and expectation for our little angel to run, dance, get married and be a mommy someday the responses were sweet yet mixed. Some have said "Well she already is perfect just the way she is!" (Which means just sit back and raise her as special needs and don't expect more). Some have said "We stand with you in faith that you will have your miracle!" If my baby was born with cancer wouldn't I ask God to heal her? Diabetes? What about one leg? Where does God stop healing and why does the world think a certain diagnosis or syndrome would be too hard for God? Just because there's no pill, chemo or earthly protocol, should I stop fighting for my little girl to have the most functional, full, pain free and healthy life possible? We believe that all good gifts come from God and He gave us this gift so we would fight for her. Why are people reacting so adversely to my stand that my daughter is going to walk in total healing from Down Syndrome? Should I not be expecting God to heal her?"

  • 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.