Candace Cameron Bure — Third Place Finalist on Dancing With The Stars!Actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Known to millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcom Full House, Candace continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as role model to women of all ages. With an acting career that started at the age of five, Cameron Bure grew up in show business alongside her brother Kirk Cameron and has appeared in countless national television commercials, prime-time hits, TV movies and feature films. Mostly recently, Cameron Bure starred in the Hallmark Original Movie Let It Snow. In addition, she starred on ABC Family’s hugely popular show Make It Or Break It in a three year run as Summer Van Horn. Cameron Bure added bestselling author to her many titles with her book Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront of their relationship with food. Her second book, Balancing It All, shares her story of successfully balancing different roles and responsibilities including motherhood, work, and Hollywood. Cameron Bure and her husband, former NHL star Val Bure, have been happily married since 1996. Together with their 3 children, Natasha, Lev and Maks, they split their time between Los Angeles and Napa Valley, California, which is home to their boutique wine label, Bure Family Wines.
Bryan White — Grammy Winning Country Recording ArtistBryan White has charted seventeen singles on Billboard’s Country Charts, had six number one singles, two platinum records, two gold records, he joined forces with Shania Twain and together they took “From This Moment On” all the way up to number four on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. He has garnered several awards for himself, including a Grammy, a CMA Horizon Award, and an ACM Top Male Vocalist award among them. And, with his songwriting, he helped several other artists climb the charts; Sawyer Brown and Diamond Rio both made it to the top five slot with songs co-written by White. He’s also had songs recorded by Wynonna, Joe Diffie, LeAnn Rimes, Lila McCann, Jackie Lee, Love and Theft. The accolades led him to various TV appearances such as “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night With David Letterman,” NBC’s “The Today Show,” and “CBS This Morning.” However, despite all of his musical successes, it is an award from outside of the music arena that is probably the best indicator of who White really is; People Magazine named him one of their “50 most beautiful people” in the world and everyone who knows him finds it easy to understand why. Bryan is currently working on a new album entitled “Shine” scheduled to be released May 2014. It is a record supported 100% by his fans. Oh and... he's married to the beautiful actress Erika Page (One Life To Live/Days of Our Lives).
Barbara Brown Taylor — Author of Learning To Walk In The Dark & Leaving Church (Memoir)In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor decides to ignore everything she thought she knew, embarking on a bold journey to redeem darkness. From spelunking in unlit caves, to eating and crossing the street as a blind person, to visiting underground nightclubs, Taylor seeks to reclaim the dark as a place of beauty, wisdom, and peace, freeing it from its sinister and wicked undertones. In doing so Taylor acts as sage and guide, showing us the way to let darkness teach each of us what we truly need to know. In the end, Taylor wonders why people are so squeamish around darkness and how it has come to symbolize all that is dangerous and evil—because it is in darkness where we find courage, where we are driven to understand the world in new ways, and where we can feel the power of grace around us.
*Barbara Brown Taylor’s last book, An Altar in the World, was a New York Times bestseller that received the Silver Nautilus Award in 2012. Taylor spent fifteen years in parish ministry before becoming the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College, where she has taught world religions since 1998. In April 2014 she was named on the Time Magazine annual Top 100 Influencers list.
Project 'Slim Tim'As some of you may know, our good buddy - Tim The Tool - has mentioned a few times during the show how frustrated he is with his weight. So we surprised Tim and reached out to Whole Fitness Canada to see if they could help him out. For the next 10-weeks, Tim will be “Under Construction” with the gang at Whole Fitness Canada! Join us each week as we rally behind our friend Tim The Tool and cheer him on during PROJECT SLIM TIM!
**To catch up on Tim's progress, scroll down to our W.T.F segment and have a listen!
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This Weeks Recording Artist: SMOKEKILLER (John Antonuik)John Antoniuk, aka “Smokekiller”, is a singer/songwriter from Saskatoon, SK. John’s music draws a diverse range of comparisons from Teenage Fanclub and Weezer, to Ryan Adams and Neil Young. In 2003, John released the Side A ep which quickly garnered him attention as a songwriter and saw him sharing the stage with artist’s like Ron Sexsmith, and Hayden. “Out There” from the album “13″ was selected as a National Finalist in the 2009 RadioStar Songwriting Competition. In 2011, John was awarded a 10k20 project grant from Rawlco Radio, which allowed him to go into the studio with producer Leeroy Stagger. Together they created “Always With You”, a full album of new material dedicated to John’s mother, Marlene, who passed in October 2010. Featuring performances by Leeroy Stagger and his band, Kevin Kane, and John Ellis, the album was released on September 4th, 2012. Most recently, John was named “Best Solo Artist” in the Planet S readers poll.
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Jen LaneIt takes a lot to stand out in the crowded world of Americana female vocalists. Her album “For the Night” was nominated for “Roots Solo Recording of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2011 proving that her two previous award-nominations were no fluke. Jen and her partner John Antoniuk are touring Canada and slaying the rooms with their brilliant duets. Also, with the support of a Rawlco Radio Grant, Lane is making plans with Producer/Engineer John Keane (R.E.M, Cowboy Junkies) to record a new album in Athens, Georgia for release in 2015.
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Reba Riley“I’m the author of Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing in 30 Religions about my journey through thirty religions before my thirtieth birthday, a project that helped me kick Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome in the, um, teeth, and find spiritual peace after a tumultuous break with my former faith. When my Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome article went viral, I also became the accidental founder of the PTCS community. I believe in reverent irreverence, the power of spiritual healing, and a Godiverse that meets us exactly where we are, no matter who we are. Seeker, artist and Ohio State Buckeye fan, I enjoy painting (badly), dancing (even worse), and drinking cheap wine with priceless friends (at this I excel).”
The Pub Crawl“Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)
This week on The Pub Crawl:
1. Earlier this week I posted a pic on our Facebook Page which received over 2000 views. By far the most popular thing we've ever posted. The picture showed a church billboard that said, “Love Thy Neighbor... Love thy Homeless, Muslim, Indigenous, Gay, Migrant, Jewish, Christian, Atheist, Disabled, Addicted & Refugee Neighbor.” Why was this pic such a hit?
2. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks said this week, “If I see a black kid in a hoodie, and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy who has tattoos all over his face, white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere, I’m walking back to the other side.” Is Cuban to be compared with the LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling? (Sterling told his girlfriend not to bring blacks to “his games” and criticized her for posting an Instagram photo of her with Magic Johnson.) Or is he simply saying what most of us think? And if most of us think it, does that mean that most of us are racist?
3. WorldPride 2014 is coming to Toronto this summer - an international ten-day celebration of global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities. It will be the first WorldPride ever held in North America, and the fourth such festival in the world. How should people who believe that homosexuality is a sin, respond? Protest? Ignore? Serve? Proselytize? Participate?
W.here's T.he F.aith?Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
Today's W.T.F. Guest: Tim Funk – Faith & Values Reporter for The Charlotte Observer