Special Guests

  • Tom Phillips — Ex Mormon
    Tom Phillips is a retired management consultant who was a lay minister with the Mormon Church for 33 years. Holding the same positions as Mitt Romney, Bishop and Stake President. He was one of relatively few Mormons who received a special, secret ordinance wherein he was ordained a King and to become a God and member of a Godhead. He has since left the Mormon Church and the only person to openly speak of this ordinance, which Mitt Romney has most probably had also. Tom's short animated video "Mitt Romney..the Man who would be God" and ebook "Romney's Religion" (Amazon) outlines Mormonism's true beliefs regarding men becoming polygamous gods, racism, anti Christianity and other offensive teachings, supported by Mormon scriptures.

  • Tal Bachman — Recording Artist, Ex-Mormon
    After many years of diligent research into why he believed what he believed, Tal came to the conclusion that the faith of his family was false. He was featured in Bill Maher's mocumentary, Religulous, as an ex-Mormon and now finds it hard to believe how anyone could go from "one set of lies to another". As the son of legendary guitarist Randy Bachman from The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive, "Takin' Care Of Business", Tal's self-titled debut scored a smash hit with "She's So High".

  • Tammy Trent — Christian Recording Artist
    Tammy's latest CD STRONGER is nothing short of her testimony. It’s her story. It’s both a peek into her personal journal, as well as a response to what women and girls all over the world have shared with her. Women who are in seemingly impossible situations—adultery, divorce, abuse, trying to start over, trying to conceive, trying to hold on to faith when God seems silent. Stronger is Tammy's way of speaking life, saying, “Hold on to the truth that God will see you through this circumstance. Embrace all the possibilities of tomorrow, today. I’ve lived through the darkest of hours. I know what the other side looks like. And you can take me at my word. It’s not perfect, but it can still be glorious.”
    *Tammy Trent will be performing LIVE on November 24th at Crosspoint Church in Burlington, ON at the Plan & Prepare Christmas Gala for single adults.

  • Jamie Prokop — Singer/Songwriter, Arranger, Engineer, Producer
    From the moment Jamie was born, he was baptized into music. His father, Skip Prokop, had two internationally acclaimed bands – The Paupers & Lighthouse. Jamie grew up listening to Classic Rock, Motown, R&B, and Jazz. He began singing at a young age and even performed on cormercials for major toy manufacturers like Irwin. Performing LIVE in studio, Jamie will drop a few songs from his latest release entitled WA:KEup!

  • Rachel Held Evans — Author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master
    Fresh off her appearance on ABC's The View, Rachel is back on TDMS to share her latest revelations about Biblical Womanhood. “I've long been frustrated by the inconsistencies with which ‘biblical womanhood’ is taught and applied in my evangelical Christian community. So, inspired by A.J. Jacobs’ ‘A Year of Living Biblically,’ I set out to follow all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year to show that no woman, no matter how devout, is actually practicing biblical womanhood all the way. My hope is that the book will generate some laughs, as well as a fresh, honest dialog about common assumptions regarding women, the Church, and biblical interpretation.” Strong-willed and independent, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment—a year of “biblical womanhood.” Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decided to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year. Over 12 months, she: Wore a scarf over her head to pray / Called her husband “master” and stood on the roadside with a sign that said “Dan is awesome” / Adopted a computerized baby / Perched on the roof for an afternoon of penance for gossiping / Camped out in her front yard during her period / Visited an Amish schoolhouse, a pig farm in Bolivia, and a Benedictine monastery / Took up baking and knitting / Interviewed a polygamist, a Quiverfull daughter, and a courtship couple!

  • Kevin Belmonte — Author of Miraculous: A Fascinating History of Signs, Wonders, and Miracles
    Some see history as a succession of dates and wars and empires—an epic without glimpses of the eternal. But history is far more than this. It is a tapestry gilded by threads of redemption. To look upon them, to look upon miracles, is to be drawn to the place of faith—the realm of a great and mighty God. In his latest book, Miraculous, award-winning author Kevin Belmonte shares the wondrous things that have taken place throughout time and provides well-researched insight on the important history of miracles. Miraculous follows the flow of scripture and human history to help the reader understand how miracles have shaped stories of redemption, deliverance, and hope—from the miracle of creation in the Old Testament to the miracle of birth in Belmonte’s own son. This book helps people look beyond the business of life, realize that miracles aren’t a thing of the past and to start appreciating them—they are happening every day, right in front of us. An award-winning author and historian, Kevin Belmonte served for six years as the lead historical and script consultant for the major motion picture Amazing Grace. His biography of William Wilberforce has also been taught as part of a course on leadership and character formation at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and he is the author of Defiant Joy, a critically acclaimed literary biography of G. K. Chesterton. On several occasions he has served as a script consultant for the BBC, and also for PBS.

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks! It's time for our monthly visit with our favorite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent!

God Blogger

  • Joining us today: Max Perry Mueller
    Associate Editor of www.religionandpolitics.org
    Max is currently a PhD candidate in theCommittee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. His writing has appeared in The Journal of Mormon History, The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, The New Republic, Slate and Religion Dispatches. He holds Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College, in addition to a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University. Religion & Politics is an online news journal, dedicated to the two topics thought unfit for polite company. It is a project of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. “We feature articles from scholars and journalists who proceed from a single premise: that for better and for worse, religion and politics converge, clash, and shape public life. These intersections happen everywhere, from our homes to our courts, from the statehouse to the schoolhouse, in the lab and on the battlefield. We strive to publish a range of views, rather than promoting a specific political perspective. We honor frank and respectful debate. We inform these discussions by taking the long view, providing historical context, critical analysis, and thorough research with compelling writing.”

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: A husband and wife are actually fighting over who they're going to vote for during next week's Presidential election and would like to do a survey with the TDMS listeners on who they would vote for - “the wannabe celebrity, fake Christian/Muslim” or the “filthy rich guy who actually believes in Mormon teachings”!

    My wife and I have had some pretty heated arguments over the last few weeks, with regards to whom we will be voting for in our upcoming Presidential election. I honestly think that Obama has not done what he said he would do and genuinely fear for the future of America if he gets voted in for another four years. We need a strong, successful businessman with a track record of fiscal responsibility. My honest impression of him is that he is simply a wannabe celebrity who spends more time on the talk show circuit than doing his job. If anyone has shown that the role of President can easily just be the role of puppet, it's been Obama. I won't even get into the fact that he has tried to suck up to BOTH Christians & Muslims, which anyone who knows the foundational doctrines of both belief systems would know that it's impossible to be BOTH. Thus, I think he's a fake Christian/Muslim. My wife, on the other hand, is terrified that the next President could be a filthy rich man with a used car salesman smile and no real understanding of the common man's plight. She also fears that the most powerful man in the world might end up being a guy who wears magical underwear and believes that he and his wife are going to become gods and populate another planet after they die. So we thought we'd ask your Canadian listeners who they might vote for if they could. Obama or Romney?

  • 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: Paul Brandeis Raushenbush - Senior Religion Editor for The Huffington Post
    *Paul will also fill us in on what it's been like living without power in downtown New York city after hurricane sandy devastated so much of the city, including his offices at Huff Post/AOL.