J. R. Martinez — Winner of Dancing With The Stars, Actor, Author, Motivational SpeakerIn March of 2003, J.R. was deployed to Iraq, and on April 5, less than a month into his deployment, he was serving as a driver of a Humvee in Karbala, when his left front tire hit a land-mine. Three other soldiers with J.R. were ejected from the burning vehicle, but Martinez was trapped inside. J.R. suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to more than 34 percent of his body. J.R. spent 34 months in recovery and underwent 33 different surgeries including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery. Fast forward to today! J.R. has become a highly sought-after motivational speaker, traveling the country to spread his message of resilience and optimism, sharing the stage with the likes of global self-help guru Tony Robbins and Evangelist Dave Roever. In October 2008, J.R. stepped into another role, when he was cast as combat veteran Brot Monroe on ABC’ s Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama All My Children. Then, in 2011, J.R. was cast on Dancing With the Stars. Partnered with Karina Smirnoff, they became the early favorites en route to the Mirrorball Trophy, beating out Rob Kardashian. J.R. also a New York Times bestselling author of “Full of Heart,” his memoir. “I wouldn’t change anything…absolutely anything!” J.R. says. “I do believe everything happens for a reason, and I’m extremely grateful for that day because it led me into this life!” Martinez has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, PEOPLE magazine, the New York Times, and New York Daily News, has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, The View, CNN, Inside Edition, FOX News, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz and just this week, Ellen!
Nik Wallenda — Acrobat, Aerialist, Daredevil, High-Wire Artist & Multiple Guinness World Record HolderOn June 15th, 2012 Nik Wallenda made history by being the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a high-wire. The walk set television rating history in both the United States and Canada, aired on live television all over the world, and was in virtually every newspaper worldwide, seen by hundreds of millions of people. His inspirational message “Never Give Up” has resonated with viewers around the globe and today Nik shares some very timely encouragement - because not everyone is looking forward to Christmas this year!
For Whom THE BELL Tolls — An Exclusive LIVE Concert With Juno Award Winning Recording Artist, Steve BellBorn into a musical family, Steve Bell has been performing and touring since he was eight years old. As Steve’s father was a prison Chaplain, it was federal prisoners in Drumheller Penitentiary who taught the young boy to play guitar at an early age. Bell recounts fondly, “I now perform world-over because Canada’s most unwanted men invested in me when I was a boy.” Since his first solo release in 1989, Comfort My People, Bell has released 16 CDs, three concert videos and performed over 1500 concerts across Canada, the US, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Poland, Bulgaria, Ireland, and throughout the Caribbean. More recently, Steve has performed 26 concerts with Symphony orchestras across Canada and into the US. In December 2011 a capacity crowd gathered to take in his concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Massey Hall. In 1997, Steve was awarded his first JUNO for the category of Best Gospel Album. He has since received a second JUNO in 2000 and in the ensuing years has been awarded multiple Prairie Music, Western Canada Music and Covenant Awards. With the 2012 release of his 17th career CD, Keening for the Dawn - Christmastide, Steve displays a rare longevity and commitment to his vocation. For this commitment, along with his advocacy work for the less fortunate, Steve has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal.
"FINALLY! An album which viscerally captures the holy eeriness of what I ache for at Christmas - a magical yearning for the hope behind The Birth. (PS. Fireplace & wine, sadly, not included.)" ~Drew Marshall - Broadcaster, Autodidactic Iconoclast
Mike Yankoski — Author of Under the Overpass: A Journey Of Faith On The Streets Of AmericaEver wondered what it would be like to be homeless? Mike Yankoski experienced the struggles of being homeless first hand. In his book Under The Overpass, he shares his personal story as he went from upper-middle class plush to scum-of-the-earth repulsive overnight. “What if I stepped out of my comfortable life with nothing but God and put my faith to the test alongside of those who live with nothing every day?” With that thought came a major change in Mike’s life. With only a backpack, a sleeping bag and a guitar, Mike and his traveling companion, Sam, set out to experience life on the streets in six different cities—from Washington D.C. to San Diego— and they put themselves to the test. For six months they hung out with Drug addicts, alcoholics, and mental cases, knowing that they had the guts, but did they have the faith? Mike wanted to put his faith to the test, could he actually be the Christian he claimed to be with all the comforts he was used to stripped away? It was far from an easy journey, he and Sam experienced firsthand the extreme pains of hunger, the constant uncertainty and danger of living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social rejection. However, through it they discovered themselves and gained a new perspective.
Joining us today: Jeremy StevensUsing Biblical Strategic Forecasting, Jeremy is an “end-times” specialist and the author of So...What Happens Next? Exploring Biblical Prophecies to Make Sense of Today's Chaos. Today Jeremy joins us to discuss the impending Mayan Apocalypse. (We were going to book him NEXT Saturday but...)
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This week on The Counsel Of Many: A man has decided that until God becomes real, he's going to live life according to what “feels good”. And he actually wants people to talk him out of his upcoming “sinfest”!
“I've been listening to Drew's show for a while now and find myself relating quite a bit to his spiritual struggles. I'm a single guy who has been trying to live my life according to the Biblical moral code, for what seems like forever. And like Drew, I have yet to encounter any tangible interaction or encounters with God. No miracles, no signs, no healings (for myself, nor for those I pray for), no answers to prayer, no messages, no angels, no voices, no “spiritual gifts”, no dreams, and no warm fuzzies! So I just made the decision to start living my life according to a new code – WHATEVER MAKES ME FEEL GOOD (yet doesn't harm others). Selfish right? I guess. But if there is no God, no afterlife, and I'm not hurting anyone, then doesn't it make sense to go through life trying to get the most out of it? If when we die, life is truly over, then shouldn't we try to enjoy as much of this life as possible? I realize that others will just see this as a selfish male attempt to justify an immoral sin-fest, but aside from moral judgementalism from those who believe there's a God, can anyone give me a good reason NOT to pursue my new hedonistic life? (Remember though, I'm not an ignorant teenage boy who doesn't know about birth control and STD's, and my new “code” still requires that I do what I can to not hurt others.) Basically, I'd like to try living for myself instead of an invisible being, at least until this invisible being reveals him/her/itself to me. Anyone want to give me a “heads up” on any potential pitfalls I might encounter? Anyone?”
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: Manya Brachear - Religion Reporter at The Chicago Tribune