• Robert Thurman — First American Ordained Tibetan Monk

    Religious Tribes Compete For The Soul Of One Person!
    Tribal Leaders explain to our soulSURVIVOR what it is that their Tribe actually believes! And the Tribal Leaders will NOT have immunity! Our soulSURVIVOR will be able to challenge, critique, or question any aspect of all Tribal codes! At the end of the contest, our soulSURVIVOR will then decide which Tribe presented the most compelling case for faith – Then reveal to us if they’ll be joining that Tribe!

    Tribe Buddhism:
    Having been named by Time as one of the “25 Most Influential Americans,” Robert Thurman has cultivated a worldwide awareness of Tibet through his writing, translation of important Buddhist texts, and activism. He is the co-founder and president of Tibet House U.S., along with actor Richard Gere and modern composer Philip Glass (among others) at the behest of the 14th H.H. Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. Mr. Thurman is also the Je Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair in this field of study in the United States. Bob has been a personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years and has been hailed by the New York Times as "the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism”.

    UPDATE: Due to personal and health issues, our soulSURVIVOR RYAN is unable to continue participating with the show. But the competition MUST go on! So, we would like to introduce to you our new soulSURVIVOR 2016 - GREGG!
    CLICK HERE to learm more about Gregg.

    TRIBAL COUNCIL: At the end of today's segment, one of our finalists who weren't chosen to be this year's soulSURVIVOR, will join us to give their thoughts on our 2016 soulSURVIVOR'S interview with each Tribal Leader. So stay tuned to hear what the Tribal Council has to say!

Special Guests

  • Tony Kriz — "Tony the Beat Poet" from Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz, Author of ALOOF & Neighbors And Wise Men

    Neighbors and Wise Men introduces captivating dialogues and unexpected moments with God that go beyond the confines of a conventional religious system and offer the chance for powerful life transformation. Get to know Tony Kriz (known by many as "Tony the Beat Poet" in Donald Miller's best-selling book Blue Like Jazz) through his real-life conversations and experiences which prove that God can and will use anyone and anything— from Muslim lands to anti-religious academics to post-Christian cultures—to make Himself known.

    We have all longed for God to be tangible. Some might sway to worship music, others go on missions, others fast from food. The universal quest is to feel the divine . . . and yet the divine seems aloof, even shy. In this narrative-driven book, Tony Kriz leads the reader on a journey of “orchestrated epiphanies” along the eternal quest to tangibly encounter God, including the unpredictable moments that give us hope, and even more so, the long gaps between those moments that challenge our faith.

  • Dr. Michael Guillen — Author of Amazing Truths: How the Bible and Science Agree
    Is biblical faith inconsistent with today’s science? In Amazing Truths, renowned Emmy-winning ABC News science editor and former Harvard physics instructor, Dr. Michael Guillen uses his down-to-earth style and lifelong study of the universe to reveal ten astonishing truths affirmed by both ancient Scripture and modern science. For Christians this means a stunning affirmation of the Bible. For everyone, it means that no one needs to choose between reason and faith. The two complement each other spectacularly. Dr. Guillen’s education, experience and passion for science combine to produce a book that will help readers see the true connection between science and faith, answering some of life’s biggest questions, such as: Does absolute truth exist? Are humans truly unique? Is it possible to communicate with God? How much about the universe do we actually know? How could Jesus be fully God and fully man? Dr. Guillen shares fascinating stories from his many years as science editor at Good Morning America, Nightline and 20/20, relevant stories from today’s headlines and jaw-dropping discoveries about the universe, all of which prove that faith is not simply an ancient, outdated concept with no modern-day value. Indeed, in some cases, science is only now discovering fundamental truths that the Bible has presented for centuries – which is likely to surprise many readers. A fascinating read, Amazing Truths will help the reader see the innate harmony between the scientific worldview and God. Readers will see for themselves what Dr. Guillen, a theoretical physicist and a devout Christian, has discovered in a lifetime of serious exploration: that science and faith aren’t at odds but, in fact, are the ultimate power couple.

  • Dr. Craig A. Evans — Author of Jesus And The Jihadis:Confronting The Rage Of ISIS – The Theology Driving The Ideology
    As ISIS dominates news headlines, attention is given to the terrorist group’s ideology when the true motive of their mayhem is actually revealed in their theology! Major General Michael K. Nagata of the Special Operations forces in the Middle East explains that “we do not understand the movement… and until we do, we are not going to defeat it.” The key to defeating ISIS’ regime of terror is understanding its theology. This is why two leading Biblical scholars offer this go-to guide to understanding ISIS’ distorted theology. Through fresh historical and Biblical insights, discover how ISIS’ acts of violence, terrorism, and persecution impact your life and your faith today.

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  • This Week's Recording Artist: Rebecca Binnendyk
    Jazz/pop vocalist and songwriter Rebecca Binnendyk makes a dazzling recording debut with her new album Some Fun Out Of Life (ALMA/Universal). It features fresh reworkings of standards and hits from songwriters ranging from Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael to Joni Mitchell, Phil Collins, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Bon Jovi, plus two new and emotionally eloquent original compositions. The classically-trained vocalist possesses a fluid and pure singing style and receives ace accompaniment here from an A-list band of Toronto players (including horns and strings), all produced with clarity by John "Beetle" Bailey. As the title suggests, the mood here is predominantly light and upbeat, making for a fun listening experience.

    *SOME FUN OUT OF LIFE Album Release will be at Toronto's Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria Street • March 18 & 19, 2016 • Tickets $20. Rebecca will be joined by an all-star band that includes: Kevin Laliberte, Attila Fias, Mark Kelso, Drew Birston, Drew Jurecka & Chris Gale

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    (We will randomly pick a new page liker during today's show, then contact them for shipping details. To win you must be from Canada eh!)

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    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: Lauren Markoe - National Reporter with Religion News Service