Bruce Cockburn — Juno Award Winning Recording Artist, Poet, ProphetOn the heels of his 12th Juno Award (Best Roots and Traditional Album, "Small Source of Comfort"), VisionTV presents Pacing the Cage, an intimate look at the legendary Canadian songwriter and activist on Friday, May 4, 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. In 2008, Canadian music icon Bruce Cockburn set out on tour to make a live solo album, “Slice 'o' Life". Cameras followed the man whose legacy includes songs like Wondering Where the Lions Are, If I Had a Rocket Launcher, and If A Tree Falls, as he performed to sold-out crowds in benefit concerts across North America. The filmmakers also followed Bruce to his home for candid conversations about his views on topics from religion to new parenthood. “If I try to understand what it means to be a Christian, I look at the two instructions that were given in the Bible that are paramount, and those are to love God with all your heart and mind, and to love your neighbour as yourself. That's it.” Pacing the Cage sheds new light on Bruce’s spirituality, and his thoughts on activism, politics, writing, and his life in the music industry. An Officer of the Order of Canada and Canadian Music Hall of Famer, Bruce Cockburn’s important lyrics and strong melodies have graced 31 albums. He is a Christian, but his spirituality is universal. For over 40 years, he has brought Canada’s attention to causes around the world. He was the recipient of the first ever Humanitarian Juno Award and continues to make music that matters.
Damian O'Hara — Director of Allen Carr North America, Atheist, Really Nice Brit!A few weeks ago, Damian and Drew met while doing the www.humbleandfred.comshow. Humble & Fred thought it would be fun to have an atheist and a God guy go toe to toe. The problem is that Damian & Drew became fast friends. Drew of course, then asked Damian to come on his show and explain his journey into atheism. As well, Damian will also share the Allen Carr method of quitting smoking. Apparently it's worked for Lou Reed, Ellen deGeneres, Ashton Kutcher, Sir Anthony Hopkins, David Blaine and Sir Richard Branson. (You see, even atheists can teach us stuff! :)
David Mainse – Founder of Crossroads Television System (CTS) & 100 Huntley StreetRev. David Mainse founded Crossroads 50 years ago and in 1977 launched Canada’s longest running daily television show, 100 Huntley Street, which is still produced by Crossroads. Crossroads is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on June 2nd, 2012 and part of the celebration includes a special week of programming on 100 Huntley Street called “Founder’s Week,” which David plans to host. Over the past two years, David has crossed the country holding nightly meetings, thanking people for their prayers and support of Crossroads and encouraging many more to continue to support the on-going and new vision of the organization. Sadly, David was recently diagnosed with a blood condition called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), also referred to as pre-leukemia. Now 75, David is facing this new health challenge with hope and optimism that an upcoming treatment plan will make him much stronger. He began his oncologist-recommended treatment on April 10th.
Matt Mikalatos — Author of My Imaginary JesusMatt Mikalatos liked Jesus a lot. In fact, he couldn’t believe how much they had in common. They shared the same likes, dislikes, beliefs, and opinions. (Though Jesus did have better hair.) So imagine Matt’s astonishment when he finds out that the guy he knows as Jesus . . . isn’t. He’s an Imaginary Jesus: a comfortable, convenient imitation Matt has created in his own image. The real Jesus is still out there somewhere . . . and Matt is determined to find him. In this hilarious, fast-paced, sort-of-true story hailed as “Monty Python meets C. S. Lewis,” Matt embarks on an incredible chase to find the real Jesus and ask him the one question that his Imaginary Jesus has never been able to answer. It’s a wild spiritual adventure like nothing you’ve ever read before . . . and it might bring you face-to-face with an imposter in your own life. (Previously published as Imaginary Jesus, this new edition now contains a discussion guide, an interview with the author, and other bonus features.) www.mikalatos.com
Chantal Desloges — Immigration LawyerEveryone’s favourite immigration lawyer is back! Chantal Desloges is not only a specialist in both immigration and refugee law and has helped thousands of people from all over the world to obtain legal status and make Canada their home – but she's also a hero to many! Many who have desperately needed her expertise in escaping horrific persecution in their homeland. Her firm advocates on behalf of international clients located in every corner of the world, as well as local clients who are already inside Canada and seeking to regularize their status. Chantal will share with us details about her latest rescue operations and will also provide expert immigration and refugee advice for those wanting to make Canada their home. www.chantaldesloges.ca
Joining us today:Jon AcuffDoes the stuff we like ever get in the way of our relationship with the God we love? That’s the question Stuff Christians Like is all about. It’s also about booty! God booty. And surviving church as a single adult. And knowing how metrosexual your worship leader is. And how serious a serious Wednesday can be. And hilarious/insightful comments from readers around the world. And how laughter is a gift from God and when we refuse to accept it, it makes Him want to take it back. Like the unicorns. Stuff Christians Like is a blog about the funny things we Christians do. And what they just might reveal about our faith.
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This week on The Counsel Of Many:A man who has been battling addiction for most of his life keeps falling back into it and wants to know if anyone has any advice he hasn't already heard – like pray, read your Bible, obey God, and just stop it!
" I've been a Christian pretty much my entire life. I grew up in a Christian family, went to a Christian camp, went to a Christian school, and have attended church faithfully for decades. Also during most of my life I have struggled with an addiction. I really don't want to be specific about the addiction because I don't want the specifics about the addiction to take away from my question. (Usually people get more hung up on the addiction rather than just helping me with practical advice) Suffice it to say that I have tried every addiction beating method out there – both spiritual and practical – to no avail. Here I am now a middle aged man, still a Christian, still supposedly living a life victorious over sin, and yet still in bondage. I am completely broken by this, again, and find myself, again, reaching out for advice. Has anyone else found victory – 100% pure victory – over an addiction? Not victory over a sin, but victory over a long term addiction? Because I'm at the point now where I don't believe it's possible. I just keep falling back into my addiction time and time and time again. And all I usually get from well meaning but obviously delusional Christians is 'Just keep praying, God will show up.' 'Just bury yourself in The Word and God will break your chains.' 'Just obey and God will honour that.' THOSE DON'T WORK – at least not for me. Any other suggestions?"
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!
Today's God & Stuff guest:Eric Marrapodi - CNN Sr. Producer & CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor