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.
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 TragedyThis 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 IntimacyWhat 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.
The Counsel Of Many!Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
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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 StuffJoin 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 TriviaIt’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!