Special Guests

  • Ted DiBiase — Wrestling's "Million Dollar Man"
    Ted DiBiase has held many wrestling titles over his expansive career of 20+ years including "The World Championship". After authoring a book about his life entitled Every Man Has His Price, Ted has been speaking to church congregations, youth groups, men's meetings, corporate businesses, and in public schools and universities around the world. The character of the "Million Dollar Man" was fulfilled by wealth and power and controlled by greed. In contrast, the real Ted DiBiase is fulfilled by his relationship with Jesus Christ, his family, and a controlling desire to do God's will in his life. A staunch Republican, Ted joins us to today to give us his take on the upcoming American election.

  • Ken Whiteley — Canadian Roots Master
    One of our favorites is back, performing LIVE and ready to tell us all about the return of his popular Sunday afternoon gospel music series at Hugh's Room. The 10th anniversary season kicks off with Maple Blues vocalist Shakura S’Aida, African a cappella group Soul Influence and Hammond B3 master Lance Anderson, and of course the inimitable Ben Whiteley will be holding down the bottom end with his big string bass. Whether you are coming for the terrific music, or to sing and clap along, or for the spiritual experience, this Gospel music series promises to be an accessible and exciting blend of musical styles that is appropriate for music lovers of all ages. Also mark your calendars for the last Sunday in November (25th) when Ken will release his newest CD, The Light of Christmas. Joining him for the afternoon will be The Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), David Wall, Ben Whiteley and Bucky Berger, all of whom performed on the recording. This concert will be in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank; 10% of all CD sales will go to support their important work in Toronto and across the GTA. You are also welcome to bring non-perishable food items for the donation bin.

  • Timothy Kurek — The Evangelical Who FAKED Being Gay For A Year & Author Of “The Cross In The Closet”
    Timothy Kurek, raised within the confines of a strict, conservative Christian denomination in the Bible Belt of Nashville, Tennessee, was taught the gospel of separation from a young age. But it wasn’t long before Timothy’s path and the outside world converged when a friend came out as a lesbian, and revealed she had been excommunicated by her family. Distraught and overcome with questions and doubts about his religious upbringing, Timothy decided the only way to empathize and understand her pain was to walk in the shoes of very people he had been taught to shun. He decided to come out as a gay man to everyone in his life, and to see for himself how the label of gay would impact his life. In the tradition of Black Like Me, The Cross In The Closet is a story about people, a story about faith, and about one man’s “abominable” quest to find Jesus in the margins.

  • Nick Kleckner — Today's “Forest Gump” Who Walked Across America
    According to a recent article in The Huffington Post, “He had a 'comfortable life' as an electrician, but one thing Nick Kleckner says he lacked was a higher purpose. So earlier this year, the 25-year-old decided to leave his job and all his possessions behind and walk across the United States from Florida to California. Nick, who later adopted the moniker "Hobo Nick," bought a one-way plane ticket to Jacksonville, Fla., where he began his journey April 5 with little else but a sleeping bag and a prayer. He had neither food nor money, and resolved to trek alone and on foot, without asking for food or money. After 178 days and 2,500 miles, Hobo Nick arrived in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Oct. 2, about 55 pounds leaner and a bit wiser. 'Since I have been homeless I have lived more in the moment and have really learned to be thankful,' Kleckner told GapYear.com.”

  • David Murrow — Author of What Your Husband Isn’t Telling You: A Guided Tour of a Man’s Body, Soul, and Spirit
    David Murrow, a sought-after men’s issues expert and the bestselling author ofWhy Men Hate Going to Church, presents an honest look at the inner world of men in his new book. This groundbreaking “tour” explores the deepest thoughts, feelings, and needs all men experience—and how they are taught by our culture to keep these things to themselves. David breaks the silence and reveals what every husband since Adam has felt but has been unwilling or unable to say. More than just a book about what men think,What Your Husband Isn’t Telling You explores the deep forces that determine what they say, do, and believe. Murrow offers women valuable insights that will help them better understand and communicate with the men in their lives, including the truth about: Men’s roles as providers and protectors / Men and their sex drive and how this generation of men is faced with an unprecedented level of sexual temptation / What men fear / Why men don’t share their feelings / The incredible power women have over their husbands and how they can use it in healthy and wise ways / And why men have a harder time doing spiritual stuff! David Murrow's been featured on PBS, NBC Nightly News, FOX News, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times and has a degree in anthropology.

God Blogger

  • Joining us today: Mark Scandrette
    According to Mark's site: “I am the founding director of ReIMAGINE, a collective that invites people into integrative spiritual experiments and practices, (with an emphasis on creativity, community building and social action). I am passionate and hopeful about this moment, and what it might me for us to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly amidst the complexities of the emerging world. Though I am a novice, I am deeply inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Each year I host a series of projects, retreats and workshops that explore and inhabit various core themes in the way of Jesus. I also write and travel to teach groups and mentor other leaders who aspire to live and teach an authentic and socially conscious spiritual path. I live with my wife and three high school aged children in an old Victorian in San Francisco’s Mission District. In my spare time I love to cook, travel, hike, taste wine, write poetry and throw parties– (though my family is quite embarrassed by my dancing).”

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel Of Many: Someone wants to know if they should they should talk to their friend about God before or after they have a talk about them stopping their use of anti-anxiety pills.

    I have a friend who started a new job last year and they found it very stressful. They went to the doctor and started taking anti-anxiety pills and found that it made them far more relaxed. They only took them for work but you could see a difference in their personality, both for the good and, in my opinion, for the not so good. It seemed like they didn't care all that much about anything anymore. Anyway, time has passed and my friend told me they weren’t taking the pills. There was a good chunk of time where things were 'normal' for them and life seemed to be pretty good. But eventually, work became stressful again and they're back on the anti-anxiety pills. And once again, my friend has become like a different person with a totally different personality. They seem so relaxed, so in some sense, I guess it's good for them. But is it just me or is it totally strange that someone has to rely on medication just to feel okay? Especially considering the fact that my friend isn't the person I knew them to be! It really is like they're just not there. There is no true emotion. So I'm just wondering if I should say something? It doesn't seem right to medicate yourself just to be free of all your worries, but then loose who you really are. I know this is a bit controversial as many people take anti depressants and feel that this is the only way - and I'm not saying they shouldn't take medication – but it just seems like my friend is sort of avoiding the reality of life! If it's going to change your personality that much, why take them? I don't think that it's a 'chemical imbalance” issue since they're anxiety only becomes an issue when they're at work. So I'm just wondering if I should confront them and challenge them about taking these pills or should I just try to share God's love with them with the hopes that they might become a Christian and then maybe these issues could be resolved? Bottom line for me is that I really feel strongly that people are just medicating too much and too quick!

  • God & Stuff
    Join 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: Bob Smietana - Religion Writer for The Tennessean