UPDATE"As many of you know, for the last week of Lent Drew gave up his sight. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday he placed specially made contact lenses over his eyes which completely blocked his vision. As you can imagine, he's been asked many times "Why?"
"Aside from having great admiration for the visually impaired, I've often thought that being an overly visual North American male has meant that I've missed out on the more subtle movements of God. My sight has always gotten in the way of my spiritual growth, because of issues with either trust or lust. So maybe just maybe, with the absence of sight might come a more attuned sense of the quiet whispers of the Holy? Being blind for an entire week was by far one of the most mind blowing experiences I've ever had."
Today, Drew will debrief about his blind experience with a few blind celebrities.
(We've begun posting video clips from each day of Drew’s week of Blind Sacrifice.
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Cristie Healey — Widow of Juno Award Winner Jeff HealeyCristie was married to one of the world’s most legendary guitar players who also happens to be blind. Jeff passed away from Cancer on March 8, 2008 at the age of 41, leaving behind their three year old son, Derek. Over the years Jeff had played with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top & Eric Clapton.
Tom Sullivan — Actor, Author, SpeakerBorn prematurely in 1947, Tom was given too much oxygen while in an incubator. Though it saved his life, it cost him his eyesight. Tom's memoir, If You Could See What I Hear, was turned into a major motion picture. Tom taught Ben Affleck to be blind in the movie Daredevil and over the years he's made a number of guest starring appearances in shows such as Designing Women, Highway To Heaven, Fame, M*A*S*H, Mork & Mindy, and WKRP In Cincinnati. Tom moved audiences singing with Dellas Reese on Touched by an Angel and his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show with wonder child Mattie Stepanek was unforgettable! He gained national reputation over 5 years as a special correspondent for Good Morning America along with 60 Tonight Show appearances starring Johnny Carson. Tom has sung the National Anthem at the Super Bowl and he's written eight books, including his most recent, Adventures in Darkness. Tom Sullivan is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, he was honoured with the 2004 Will Rogers Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award. Former honourees include Carol Burnett, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball and Jimmy Stewart. Tom snow skis, shoots mid 80 golf, competes in marathons and triathlons, water skis and occasionally bungee jumps. TRY THAT BLIND! Along with Helen Keller, Tom is the only recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Foundation for the Blind.
Blind Boys of Alabama — Grammy Award WinnersThis interview is brought to you by Billy Graham's Soul Chat! A place where conversations can begin, where a community can be built - go to www.soulchat.ca.
Ricky McKinnie is the drummer for the Grammy Award Winning, Soul-Gospel Group... "The Blind Boys Of Alabama." They've been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman. Their founding member, Clarence Fountain, has also been a previous guest on TDMS.
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This week on the Counsel Of Many: a gentleman from Rwanda wants to know if there should be such a thing as "rich Christians"?
"Being in Rwanda or any other country with huge amounts of poor hungry people, makes me wonder what our personal responsibly to give to the poor should be? I know the Bible says we should give to the poor, and Jesus tells us not to store up treasures here on earth. However, I could literally give away everything and people would still be asking. And then I also wouldn’t be in any position to help others. When I was in Canada I would rarely give to panhandlers, instead I would opt to give to an organization who helps those people and I’d volunteer there as well. But here in Rwanda there are many people who have no access to absolutely any help. At the same time, all the Aid money that comes in, causes huge stereotypes of any white person. They think if you are white, then you have tons of money, with access to plenty more. We also have friends here who won't believe us when we tell them that there’s actually such a thing as a poor white person! SO... why then are there so many rich Christians? And should there even be such a thing as a "rich Christian?"
Do you think the Pope is someone we should hold in higher esteem than any other pastor, minister or priest - or human for that matter?Last week Drew was accused of picking on the Pope because he felt the Pope should take the high ground in the controversy surrounding whether or not he should wear his cross during his visit at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. So this week we thought we’d just ask, straight up... Isn’t there enough worship of man, even in the Protestant Evangelical scene? What’s with all the mega church pastor worship or the worship singer worship? Should Catholics really be elevating any human above any other human? Doesn’t that sort of go against the "priesthood of all believers" scripture in 1 Peter 2:9?
What advice would you give to the Obamas in their quest to find a new church to attend?Now here’s a guy with a serious problem finding a church! Should he choose an historically black congregation or not? That didn’t work too well for him last time. Should he attend a mega-church so he can get lost in the crowd or a smaller one with probably not much of a youth ministry for his girls? Don’t forget, the mega type churches tend to be evangelical, anti-same sex marriage and anti-abortion? That might go over too well with his celebrity donors. So what advice would you give to the First Family? What would you look for in a church?
Attention All Christian Music Lovers!!!Give us a call and request your favourite Christian tune and Drew will try to find it on the station’s system. We’ll give it a spin, but if Drew doesn’t like it - XXX! It's gone and so are you! However, if you request a song that Drew ends up actually liking, we’ll send you a prize! Maybe a copy of the latest release from Marilyn Manson, OR maybe the Greatest Hits from these guys.
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