Frank Schaeffer — Author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It BackEspecially in recent years, religion and politics have gone hand in hand in America. Particularly in the polarizing cases of abortion, gay rights, and high school science curriculums, the division between conservative and liberal has hinged more and more on religious and moral questions. Frank Schaeffer has been on both sides of these debates, and in Crazy for God he tells how the Religious Right was formed and chronicles his own role in organizing the political efforts of religious fundamentalists. He grew up in L’Abri, a community in Switzerland founded by his evangelical parents, who were instrumental in linking the efforts of the American evangelical community with the anti-abortion movement. But this is also a personal memoir. We learn of Schaeffer’s coming of age as an evangelist, and his eventual crisis of faith and change of heart. Frank Schaeffer is a fiction and non-fiction writer. He has written for USA Today, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post website and blog. He has appeared on Oprah, Fox News, CNN, and ABC’s 20/20.
Tom & Pat KostrichDuring our Christmas Special last month, we did a segment called "Prayer Requests - What miracle do you need this Christmas?" Tom called in quite heart broken and asked that we pray for his wife who was in desperate need of a liver transplant. Time was quickly running out for Pat. The listeners of TDMS prayed and a few days later Tom notified us that a liver had suddenly come available! Today, Pat is very much alive and well. What a story!
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This week on the Counsel Of Many: a teenager wants an answer to the age old question, "How far is too far?"
"No one has ever given me a straight answer on this question. I asked my youth pastor and he just said if I get turned on then I’ve gone too far. That’s a joke! I’m a teenage boy. I get turned while I’m in a dead sleep! My parents don’t want to talk about anything having to do with sex. My friends all have different answers. I honestly just want to do what’s right but I also know that there’s no way in hell I’ll never get turned on. So there has to be some practical explanation. How far can I go with my girlfriend?"
What were the highlights of President Obama’s inauguration ceremony for you?The crowds, the hype and the emotion around Obama-Rama? How about the bumble heard round the world? Would Rick Warren have been your first choice to deliver President Elect Obama’s inaugural prayer? Is there someone else you would have picked? How did Pastor Rick do especially as compared to Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery’s benediction? Were you offended at either one’s prayer? No matter how you feel about America electing it’s first Halfrican American as President, it sure was a day to remember!
Have you ever been manipulated to give money to a church?Especially now that charitable donations have taken a hit because of tough economic times, there have been more and more reports of strong arm tactics by charities. What’s the best manipulation story you’ve ever heard or experienced? Should churches really be turning up the heat to get people to give? Does that offend you or are they just doing their job and helping God convict us to give more?
Does swearing offend you or are you one of those "cool" Christians who swears every once in a while yourself?If someone was swearing on a bus beside you, would you feel the need to say something to them or would it not really faze you at all? Does it depend on the word, or the age of a person or who was in ear shot? Are you sensitive to swearing or do you find that sometimes a swear word just fits the situation? What about swearing in movies? Have you ever walked out because there was too much filthy language?
Comedy ClipsWe’ve searched high and low in order to find you an assortment of funnies, a veritable smorgasbord of silliness, if you will. We all need to lighten up - especially around Toronto where we’ve had multiple days of -20C and snow on the ground for months!