Laila Biali — Toronto’s Jazz SensationLaila’s life has been quite the whirlwind over the last few months. While touring with Sting, she found herself in love with two men! Okay… the real story is that she found out she was pregnant. (No Jerry Springer…Sting is not the father!) Joining us by phone from New York, Laila shares with us her very personal story of finding herself unexpectedly pregnant and having to decide whether or not to marry the father of the baby, who she had been dating for two and a half years. They hadn't married because of big spiritual questions surrounding their possible union. “Pre-marital sex” & “unequally yoked” were two terms that had come up frequently in ongoing conversations within her Christian community, and some relationships now seemed to potentially hang in the balance of the decisions Laila was facing. So where is God in the midst of all of this?
Dawn Bennett — Divorce LawyerIt can be overwhelming when your marriage breaks down, but the fact is that even Christians end up divorcing. And unfortunately many people feel a sense of rejection from their church rather than support and healing. When the painful decision to divorce has been made, it's important to have someone that really knows the law but also understands your personal & spiritual needs. Dawn Bennett is a Family Lawyer who appreciates that divorce is a reality, and there are many Christians in need of legal council. Family lawyer Dawn Bennett has built her practice on Trust, Respect and Integrity.
Marlene M. MacKenzie - Co-Founder of Plan & Prepare
Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. Marlene MacKenzie began her ministry as Singles Director at Kennedy Road Tabernacle Church in 1997. Five years later, she began leading DivorceCare in Brampton, a recovery group and support system for people experiencing divorce. In 2005, Marlene became co-founder of Plan & Prepare, coordinating its unique seminars and events for Single Adults. Through her journey of over-coming broken relationships, she has shared hope with many who are suffering from the pain of a broken heart.
Dr. William M. Struthers — Author of Wired For Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male BrainWhat makes pornography so powerful, especially for men? How are pornographic images processed differently than other images in the male brain? How is the male brain actually “rewired” by exposure to pornography? What are the side effects of regular pornography use? How do you define healthy male sexuality? What are some practical steps that a man struggling with pornography can take to break free? Dr. Struthers is associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College where he teaches courses on behavioural neuroscience, men and addictions, and the biological bases of behaviour. His theoretical research is in the area of neuroethics, the biological bases of spirituality and personhood, and the nature of integration in psychology.
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.
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This week on the Counsel Of Many: a lady whose husband left her after a long marriage finds herself dating and wants to know what the rules are about sex now that she’s single again.
“I’m pretty sure I know the answer to my own question but I also know that I’m one of many divorced/widowed Christians out here in the real world who are trying to adjust to the single life all over again. And the reality is that not having sex when you’re dating again, after you've been sexually active for any number of years, is a real problem. I’m trying to live my life in a way that's pleasing to God but find myself in a great relationship with a wonderful person and full of physical desire. I know the easy answer is to just not do it, we all know that. Don’t we? I feel like a teenager back in youth group asking the same question again – HOW FAR IS TOO FAR? Is there anyone out there in my position who can offer some straight up advice?”
Would you advise couples of different faiths to marry?Can love really conquer all? Did marrying someone of a different faith work out in your family or not so much? (We’ll also talk to a couple featured in an engaging new documentary series from VisionTV called Crazy for Love, which looks at what happens when two people from different cultural and religious backgrounds fall in love. The 13-part series airs on Tuesdays, starting Feb. 9, at 10:30 p.m. ET /7:30 p.m. PT.)
Who’s Lovin’ Who?Let’s have some fun - Drew will read the lyrics of a song - then you tell us if it’s from a sappy love song or a sappy worship song? Hard to tell the difference sometimes. Is it Celine Dion or is it Hillsong?
TDMS BanterThe 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.