Special Guests

  • Alysha Brillinger — Recording Artist (freaking awesome)
    Drew wanted to start the New Year off with the return of one of his all time favorites! Alysha Brillinger is a Tanzanian-Canadian singer and songwriter known for her eclectic mix of musical genres including jazz, world and pop, performing on both guitar and piano. Her playful lyrics and on stage banter have garnered the attention of audiences internationally. This 2012 Leading Edge Arts Award winner has performed live at The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Mariposa Folk Festival and CBC Radio. Alysha is currently producing her second full-length album to be released April 2013 with the help of The Brilltones, her jazz band with whom she shared a residency at Toronto’s premiere music venue, “The Reservoir Lounge”. Her song “Lifted” was featured on the television show “Degrassi; The Next Generation”, with other songs becoming a staple on showcase network’s television series “King”. With plans to tour in 2013, music audiences have a lot to look forward to from this bright young performer.

  • Dr. Daniel Taylor — Author of Author of The Myth Of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & the Risk of Commitment
    Do you resent the smugness of close-minded skepticism on the one hand but feel equally uncomfortable with the smugness of close-minded Christianity on the other? Dr. Daniel Taylor suggests a path to committed faith that is both consistent with the tradition of Christian orthodoxy and sensitive to the pluralism, complexity and relativism of our age. He affirms a call to throw off the paralysis of uncertainty and to risk commitment to God without forfeiting the God-given gift of an inquiring mind.

  • Tribute To Frank Pastore — The 'Drew Marshall' Of The States
    On December 17th, Drew's friend and partner in crime, LA based broadcaster Frank Pastore, died as a result of injuries sustained in a terrible traffic accident four weeks earlier. Frank and Drew used to invite each other on their own shows and developed a friendship over the last few years. Today, we'll re-air the first time Frank interviewed Drew.

  • Paul Stutzman — Author Of Hiking Through: One Man's Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail
    After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart--the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. With a mixture of dread and determination, Paul left his job, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life--and can change yours as well. In Hiking Through, you'll join Paul on his remarkable 2,176-mile trip through fourteen states in search of peace and a renewed sense of purpose. Along the way, you'll meet fascinating and funny people, experience trail magic, and discover that every choice we make on the path has consequences for the journey. More than that, you'll come away with a new understanding of God's grace and guidance--even in the smallest things.

  • Robb Ryerse — Author Of Fundamorphosis: How I Left Fundamentalism But Didn’t Lose My Faith
    This is the story of how Robb Ryerse went from being a fundamentalist pastor to an emergent church planter. When the answers he’d always been taught stopped resonating with him, Robb couldn’t in good conscience go on perpetuating the traditions and beliefs of his church. Fundamorphosis details the struggle of saying goodbye to the church he had always known. But more than just deconstructing fundamentalism, Fundamorphosis provides a constructive look at the shape Robb’s beliefs now take: authentic, gracious, optimistic, and unfinished. Fundamorphosis is a story in which many will be able to find themselves. It’s a thought-provoking roadmap for those who are in the midst of their own fundamorphosis.

God Blogger

  • Julie Elsdon-Height — The "Sober Julie"
    Julie Elsdon-Height is the mother of two girls and the wife of a very patient man. This Christian woman is a brutally honest, straight “shooter”. After facing her alcoholism and being involved in a car accident, Julie decided to take the tired, unappetizing reputation about sobriety and turn it into a Day At The Circus! Her blog is jam-packed with ideas for “mocktail” recipes, tips for sobriety, and tons of ideas for leading a better (more creative, more enjoyable) life.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel of Many
    This week on the Counsel Of Many: A mother wants to know if she should forbid her teenage son from seeing the latest Texas Chain Saw Massacre movie? “Is it really worth us fighting about a movie?”

    “I'm a single mother who, to be quite honest, is exhausted and tired of waging war with my teenage son on what seems like every issue under the sun. I'm trying to be a good mother. I'm trying to play the role of both mother and father to my kids. I'm trying to do everything Focus On The Family & my church tells me I should do as a parent. But I'm just completely exhausted and would like some advice on the latest issue in our family. My 17 year old son and I had a huge argument over whether or not he should be allowed to go and see the latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie. (Yes, it's restricted but since he's 17 and looks older anyway, they don't really check his ID.) I really don't think he should fill his head with so much blatant and gratuitous violence, but I'm just not sure this is a battle I'm willing to fight to the death on. However, our pastor preached a message right after the school shooting in Connecticut about how we've failed our kids by letting them watch violent movies and play violent video games. So the other day when my son said he and a few friends were going to the movies and told me it was the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, I put my best James Dobson face on and told him that he would not be allowed to watch it. What happened next was a massacre! He made some good points but I found myself sticking to my guns because a good Christian parent doesn't let their kid go and see the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie! Right? A few days passed and I began to ask myself if forbidding my son to see a movie is really worth the war that has broken out in our house ever since. They say that as parents we should pick and choose our battles. Is this the hill I want to die on? Parents, what would you do? Teenagers, what advice do you have for me? SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT TO DO – I CAN'T THINK ANYMORE!”

  • 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! Today's God & Stuff Guest: Paul Brandeis Raushenbush - Senior Religion Editor for The AOL/Huffington Post Media Group

  • Useless TV Trivia
    We've gotta start the year with just a little bit of uselessness! It's a crowd favorite, 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!