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Jon Brooks“I write songs to calm those who’ve looked into, and seen, what is in their hearts. I also write songs to terrify those who have not. It's a perilous and irresponsible life that pursues an ancient vocation incapable of modern recompense. I’m at once consoled and terrified by Leonard Cohen's comment that 'songwriting is not a vocation, but a sentence...' It’s true that fame and money are the jurors and legislators of success in the current age; and at the mercy of such a court I am unanimously judged a failure. But I can’t help but question such narrow measures of success. Since 2006 I have released 5 albums I remain wholly proud of; I've enjoyed the outrageous honour of being blessed to perform for thousands of open hearted and friendly souls the Western world over; as well, The Canadian Folk Music Awards has deemed me worthy of being nominated - a record 4 times - for 'English Songwriter of the Year' (2007/2009/2012/2015); in 2010, I became the 4th Canadian since 1975 to win the prestigious Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival 'New Folk Award.' And yet still, on my best day, The Song is woefully all I know. And on many more days, I don't feel I know The Song at all. Like beauty, The Song remains an eternal mystery to me; and, as often as I chase it, I spend my time considering dropping the sad pursuit altogether for something more secure, more ‘responsible.’ But I'm stuck. The irreconcilable problem is this: I know no other thing more intimately than The Song - and outside of kindness, it's the one thing in the mournful world I've occasionally touched that ascends with purpose, force, and love and so I stay seeking it more or less blindly.” *Jon Brooks will be performing at Lunes de Locura in March @ La Rev in The Junction , Toronto. www.jonbrooks.ca
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CRAWLING BACK TO THE LIGHT — How does someone “come back” to God? (Like a certain Canadian radio host.)Message From Drew: “Back in 2010, after 7 years of hosting Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show, I “came out”. I admitted during an interview with Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, that I was no longer convinced there was a God. Mostly because after 30 years of having a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” I realized that this God I was serving wasn’t actually all that “personal”. Going public as a doubter (not an atheist) and no longer considering myself part of the Evangelical tribe of certainty, I left. I left organized religion, left the church and left it up to God to reveal himself to me, through one of those tangible encounters I kept hearing so many in my tribe speak about. (You can read about my search for God at www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle) Because of some fractured relationships (me being the common denominator), 2017 ended up being the worst year of my life. So I’ve decided that since my way didn’t work, it’s time to crawl back to the Light. And I’ve decided to once again, do this publicly. As embarrassing as it is to admit personal & spiritual “failure”, my hope is that others experiencing similar frustrations, might learn something from my conversations with a few people who have had a profound impact on my life. I’m still not sure that there’s a God, but my life was better when I thought there was a God. So now what?” - Drew
*Today’s Guest: Bart Campolo - Coauthor of WHY I LEFT / WHY I STAYED: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son
Over a Thanksgiving dinner, fifty-year-old Bart Campolo announced to his Evangelical pastor father, Tony Campolo, that after a lifetime immersed in the Christian faith, he no longer believed in God. The revelation shook the Campolo family dynamic and forced father and son to each reconsider his own personal journey of faith—dual spiritual investigations into theology, faith, and Humanism that eventually led Bart and Tony back to one another. In Why I Left, Why I Stayed, the Campolos reflect on their individual spiritual odysseys and how they evolved when their paths diverged. Tony, a renowned Christian teacher and pastor, recounts his experience, from the initial heartbreak of discovering Bart’s change in faith, to the subsequent healing he found in his own self-examination, to his embracing of his son’s point of view. Bart, an author and Humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, considers his faith journey from Progressive Christianity to Humanism, revealing how it affected his outlook and transformed his relationship with his father. As Why I Left, Why I Stayed makes clear, a painful schism between father and son that could have divided them irreparably became instead an opening that offered each an invaluable look not only at what separated them, but more importantly, what they shared.
Nancy Stafford — Hollywood Actress (Matlock, St. Elsewhere, Sidekicks, The Doctors) Miss FloridaNancy Stafford is familiar to millions as Andy Griffith's law partner on the TV series "Matlock". She's been a series regular on six TV series, including five years on "Matlock", three years on the Emmy-award winning "St Elsewhere", ABC’s "Sidekicks", and began her acting career as a regular on the NBC daytime drama "The Doctors". Her 25+ episodic roles include “Scandal”, “The Mentalist” and “Frasier” and her latest films include “Heaven Bound”, “Heritage Falls”, “A Mermaid’s Tale”, and “I’m Not Ashamed”, the true story of Rachel Joy Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine shooting. She is the ‘Christmas queen’ with Hallmark favorites “Christmas with a Capital C”, “Christmas for a Dollar” and “Christmas Oranges”. And her short film “Common Threads” won 2017 Best Film at California Women’s Film Festival, IFS, and Best Shorts Competition. Nancy is the 'voice' in numerous projects--from Mattel video games to PBS documentaries. And she recently co-produced, co-wrote, and co-stars in the TV pilot Generation 4.0. Her first book, Beauty by the Book: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You, was called by ASSIST News Service, "one of the most valuable Christian books to be published in decades". Nancy shares her story of God's healing and transformation in her life from insecurities and unworthiness to wholeness and acceptance. In her latest book, The Wonder of His Love: A Journey into the Heart of God, Nancy offers a fresh glimpse into the nature of God’s heart, and invites you to venture deeper into the mystery and majesty of His love. “If you could grasp the depth of God’s love for you... it would change you. I want you to know that the God of the universe is wild about you, enthralled with you, completely consumed with love for you!” Author and teacher, Beth Moore, says of Nancy’s book: “The Wonder of His Love is like a warm embrace from God Himself.” A former Miss Florida in the Miss America Pageant, Nancy is a native of Ft. Lauderdale and a Journalism graduate of the University of Florida. In New York she became a top model with the Ford Model Agency and appeared in over 250 commercials before beginning her acting career. Nancy's husband, Larry Myers, is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, has been a pastor and worship musician since 1975 when he helped establish the original Vineyard Christian Fellowship, and has helped establish four other churches in the Los Angeles area. The focus of his ministry has been teaching, counseling, and the pastoral care of artists and musicians. He was a member of the Chuck Girard Band, and as a concert musician appeared with Bernie Leadon (Eagles), T-Bone Burnett, and many others. He has recorded with numerous artists including Bob Dylan, Johnny Rivers, Anne Herring, Brenton Brown. He also appeared frequently on the Vineyard worship series "Touching the Father's Heart".
Sarah E. Ball — Author of Fearless in 21 Days: A Survivor's Guide to Overcoming AnxietyFEARLESS IN 21 DAYS is a story of hope and a day-by-day guide to healing the mind using mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual applications for those bound by crippling fear, anxiety, panic disorders, and depression. In the summer of 2013, family and friends watched helplessly as Sarah E. Ball spiraled into the darkest season of her life. A passionate woman of God, wife, mom of five, and popular blogger, Sarah nevertheless found herself abruptly taken captive by a severe anxiety and panic disorder that left her bedridden for months. Those around her were shocked at her fast derailment because she had always been a very strong, dependable woman. With time and perseverance, her determination and faith in God led her out of anxiety and into a place of complete freedom. After Sarah found freedom from mental illness she was determined to reach back into the pit and pull the next person out. She began sharing the intimate details of her breakdown and recovery with her readers, creating an online series Fearless in 21 Days as a daily guide to overcoming anxiety. After the series gained an increasing amount of attention, Sarah expanded the series into an award-winning full book manuscript. In FEARLESS IN 21 DAYS, Sarah takes the readers through 21 revelations that focus on healing the whole self-body, mind, and soul-and bridging the gap between effective mental health therapies and Scripture. The book begins with practical tips that can dramatically reduce the immediate symptoms of anxiety and then dives deeper into spiritual and mental truths to create a hope-filled guide to freedom from anxiety.
TERRORISM UPDATE — With Mubin “Da Bomb” ShaikhEx-Muslim Extremist / Turned Undercover Intelligence Operative, Author of Undercover Jihadi. Join us as Da Bomb gives us Da Truth about the latest acts of terrorism.
JOURNEY — Patty, Irena & Ryszard KiczukThis is a story of sacrificial love. It’s a story of tested love, tested faith and the actual impact of having a daughter born with a disability. “God really blessed you by giving you a disabled child.” REALLY?
Irena & Ryszard met in their homeland of Poland, fell in love, got married, then followed their dreams of a new life in Canada. In 1986, they immigrated to Ontario and in 1991 their daughter Patricia was born three months premature. Two weeks after she was born, the doctors told them that their daughter had brain damage and was subsequently diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Then at the age of nine, Patty was diagnosed with a form of Epilepsy that cannot be controlled with medication. Today she is 26 and has lived her entire life confined to a wheelchair and in need of 24/7 care. Patty’s parents had to give up their dreams. They had to give up their lives, taking jobs that allowed each of them to share the responsibility of round-the-clock care - one of them always having to be with Patty. After Patty was diagnosed, Ryszard tried to escape the reality that his dreams of what life was “supposed” to be like, had been crushed. Alcohol took the place of hope. Eventually, he was miraculously healed of his addiction, but the stress of real life continued. They argue. They yell. They fight. They’re a “normal” family. But all of them have desperately grappled with their faith, in spite of the fact that God has not healed their daughter. And along the way they’ve had to watch Patty’s hope of being healed, get crushed time and time again. The reality is, that the “healing ministries” of people like Benny Hinn have caused more hurt than healing. And yet, week after week, Patty greets people with a radiant smile and mischievous eyes as they walk through the doors of The Meeting House church in Oakville.