Welcome to Episode 19 of Intersection. Today I sit down for a coffee chat with my good friend (and neighbour!) Mike Shard. I respect Mike so much for his intelligent mind and unique kindness. I also love how he is so willing to dialogue about faith and spirituality and dive into those “deeper” questions. With his career experience as both lawyer and police officer, he is well-positioned to offer thoughtful insight into understanding conflict and the human condition and how it all relates to our search for happiness and meaning in life. Although Mike doesn’t like to label himself, he says his faith position falls somewhere between atheism and agnosticism. I think this episode is just another example of how when two people of different faith perspectives open up and speak honestly, without judgement, some amazing things can happen. This episode will challenge and better equip you to have these types of conversations yourself. Enjoy!

We all know we will die someday, but for most of us it seems so distant. Until one day you are in your doctor’s office and you get the diagnosis. Some of those conversations lead to hope and a will to fight, but others offer no hope for recovery. What would you do if you know the end was so close? In this episode meet Anne, who finds herself face to face with a terminal diagnosis – but she does have a hope which for some of us may be hard to imagine. I hope this episode causes you to reflect on your own mortality and the one who gives us life here on earth, but also for all of eternity.

Sometimes life can take such dramatic turns. It’s helpful to look back then and see the twisting and turning path you were just on. Julie’s life was on such a path – the tragic circumstance of how she lost her fianc√© and then met her husband Marty, and in the process discovering that she was no longer in charge of her life – God was. Marty and Julie’s story will leave you amazed how God can show up at times and in ways we least expect when we search for answers to some of life’s deepest questions.

Sometimes I hear someone’s story and I am astounded how people can possibly come out of those circumstances. Diane went through a period of profound loss and grief, it seems like everything was taken from her. But in the process she rediscovers God – a personal God. And even in that time of terrible loss, she finds the courage to give to others a gift of life. Diane’s story brought tears of sadness and joy at the same time, and I pray it will encourage you to look beyond yourself – just like Diane did.

It must be hard to be a Christian in the business world – balancing your own ethics against those of our culture. It must be even more difficult when that business is a charity. In this episode you will meet Neil Hetherington. Neil is a Christian who made a career change from the real estate industry to the board rooms of some of the best known charities in our country – including Habitat for Humanity and Dixon-Hall. Neil has always been guided by the notion of “heart to God, hand to man” and discusses candidly, with honesty and vulnerability, the ups and downs of living this statement to its full potential. See how his faith intersects with the real world of business.

All your life you dream of meeting someone with whom you want to start a family. Meet Navin and Christy,a wonderful Christian couple, who wanted to have children but couldn’t. So when they finally decided to adopt a child – it should have all worked out. Right? Not quite. In this episode of Intersection you’ll hear about their incredible joy followed by heart-wrenching loss. Navin and Christy share openly and honestly about some hard questions they asked themselves and God. And you’ll be encouraged by how they came through this dramatic chapter in their lives.

How do you respond to indescribable loss? Or cope, when you feel like God has taken one of your most prized possessions from you. In this episode I interview Sharon Kelsall. Sharon talks about how her and her family’s life turned upside down one January night when she received that phone call which every parent dreads. Anger, rejection, isolation would all have been understandable reactions. Instead she describes something completely different and comes to embrace that peace that “passes all understanding”.

Welcome to episode 12 of Intersection! Today I sit down with Canadian Olympic marathon runner Krista Duchene. She returned a few months ago from the Rio games where she ran an incredible marathon in the searing heat. But Krista is not just a runner, she’s a mom and wife, and she’s a Christian. In this episode Krista describes her journey to the Olympics and all the training and discipline that requires, and the absolute joy and accomplishment of crossing the finish line in Rio. Of course her faith and real life intersect and she’s so genuine when she explains that nothing compares to the life she has found in Christ. What a perspective. I’m certain you will love this episode whether you are a runner, or admire our Olympic athletes, or admire a champion who gives all the glory to the God who created her to run fast! (Photo credit: Canadian Olympic Committee/David Jackson)

This episode of Intersection is a little different. Normally we can relate to the people I interview since they are usually from Canada and often live lives similar to ours. But today I interview Josephine, a young woman from Uganda who has been through hardship that some of us can’t even imagine – living in the face of fear day in and day out. Yet she leans heavily on God, whom she credits for her perseverance and for bringing her to her current place in life where she assists International Justice Mission (ijm.org) in bringing justice to some of the darkest places in the world. I also speak with IJM’s Mark Wallenburg about this incredible organization.

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a Christian in the music industry? How do you navigate that? I wanted to know! Well, who better to ask than Dani Strong. As you probably heard in my previous podcast episode with Dani (Episode 10 – check it out!), Dani is a rising country music star who just released her #1 Country Music album “Time to Breathe”. So I had a great conversation about that exact topic. Hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed talking with Dani.