100 Huntley Street founder David Mainse ill

75 year old David Mainse who founded Crossroads Christian Communications has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (also known as smoldering leukemia) and is undergoing treatment.

Mainse is best known for Crossroads flagship show 100 Huntley Street.

Myelodysplastic syndrome: In myelodysplastic syndromes, the blood stem cells do not mature into healthy red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets. The immature blood cells, called blasts, do not function normally and either die in the bone marrow or soon after they enter the blood. This leaves less room for healthy white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets to develop in the bone marrow. When there are fewer blood cells, infection, anemia, or easy bleeding may occur.

Treatments include symptom relief, blood  transfusions, bone marrow transplants, drugs and chemotherapy.

Mainse, who has been highly critical of blogs will be starting one of his own in June. 100words.ca will be devotions for his fans.

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9 Responses to 100 Huntley Street founder David Mainse ill

  1. The Lord Ben Chung says:

    Is there a reason why this mister is highly critical of blogging? Is it against his faith, or his religion? Thanks.

  2. The Lord Ben Chung says:

    Help o God, of this man and his illness. But please do not forget all the others who die everyday without a hope to see their stomachs filled, or their children sold for a penny, or their eyes going blind. Please also help those who were drowned in the tsunami, or those whose limbs were blown up in the conflicts between thy chosen people Jews, and those whose houses were forcefully torn down. Please do remember these darkest moments in our history. Please help this man to be treated and live, but not to forget those who will die. Amen.

  3. Bene D says:

    Different mediums I think Ben – when blogs were covering the Axcess Automation/Axcess Fun ponzi scheme and his sons involvement as finders (type 100 Huntley Street or Crossroads into the search bar on the right) Mainse criticized newspaper coverage and blogs:

    “However, you get on the blogs and the blogs are always lies. Now, half truths are lies. One of the reasons that gossip, backbiting, is in the same list in the scripture as murder and and adultery of evils that have attached themselves to the human race, because if you don’t have all the facts, this is why you have editorial control. This is why, for Jim, uh, why, you know, our new leadership has asked you to take on executive producers role for all the opinion we do on talk shows here. Let me just say I remember back, maybe about 1990, I said to Jim one time, I remember the spot in the hall at the old 100 Huntley building downtown Toronto, I said, “Jim is there anything at all you haven’t made up your mind about?” Do you remember me saying that? Because, very strong opinions, but, there are checks and balances, that’s what an editorial board is, and a newspaper. Checks and balances, but on the blogs; I treat a blog just like I treat the uh, the rags that are at the check out counter at the grocery store. I don’t read them.I refuse to read them, because they are half-truths, they’ve not been well researched, they are, they have no editorial control, there is no checks or balances on these, and so they are not reliable.”

    I think a few factors were:
    a) medium
    b) an inability to control coverage
    c) generational bias
    d) a father’s pain

    Peter Youngren of Grace TV has also gone on a rant about blogs. People who start broadcast outlets are entrepreneurial, type A personalities who have their bully pulpit and who don’t handle others speaking up very well.

    Ticked me off because bloggers stayed away from the Axcess story, there were only a few brave ones. I made the point of contacting Crossroads for clarification etc. and of course response was minimal. A pr guy did get back to me once or twice, a host of the night show did once. It’s the pr departments job, and the lack of response was a reflection of how shaky the management and board situation was and a reflection of the closed culture at Crossroads. To this day, I’ve no idea what the ‘lies’ supposedly are.

    Back when Crossroads folk got involved with Jim Garrow and Cleannet, or Mainse was sued in BC, I think the reality is the ministry wasn’t that important on the broader landscape to give media pause to paid much attention. The shift to interest blogs or watchblogs has changed and shifted communication dynamics.
    Phil Cooke in his book The Last TV Evangelist goes into the difficulties religious broadcasters have adapting to new norms. Mainse rant is textbook.

  4. Mark Byron says:

    Big name pastors are surrounded by yes-men in a lot of cases and have a “don’t touch the Lord’s anointed” meme going as well, so they aren’t used to criticism.

    Secondly, there is a large amount of questionable bloggage, with both secular people sniping from the outside and heresy-hunters who won’t like their charismatic streak bashing away. That sometimes makes the honest bloggers (who will praise good moves but being critical of bad ones) get lost in a lot of bad coverage.

    Ben-God’s a big God, he can handle tsunami victims and Papa Mainse at the same time; praying for one won’t short-change the other (or visa-versa).

  5. fjc says:

    I think one of the issues was that the family liked to refer to themselves as victims of Driver. Their story line on interviews on the show was that they were victims and they implied that they only received the occasional monetary thanks as a return for ‘God’s blessings’.

    The Ontario Securities Commission reached a different conclusion. They found that both individuals received exactly five percent of every dollar that they managed to bring into the Ponzi scheme. They were given a choice-suffer the consequences of being charge with selling securities without a license OR pay back every cent of their commissions into a pot that would help reimburse the victims.

    There were a number of blogs that referred to this. The family preferred the ‘softer, more gentle version’ of the truth.

    When you cannot refute the facts in a blog, if they are facts, then they only course of action left is to discredit the blog. Bene, you should be used to this!

  6. Julian says:

    The news of Rev. Mainse in his current health status prompts me to comment and wish him well in his recovery however I must address the matter of Rev. Mainse in starting his own on-line Blog. Many of us who have contributed to or read Benedictionblogs regarding Crossroads and David Mainse have heard of his displeasure of bloggers in general, it is now disconcerting to hear that he would start his own blog.

    I know for a fact that Rev. Mainse has claimed in the years past on his television program that he and the Crossroads organization are totally transparent and without scandal in the Crossroads ministry and organization. As many employees of the Crossroads organization know that this is not true from their own experiences working at Crossroads. I challenge Rev. Mainse to come forward in his blogs and come clean about many of the very egregious and unethical conduct in various forms from some of Crossroads senior level management and breach of public trust even dating back to the 1980′s. As many of us in blogging community and former and even current Crossroads employees know that Rev. Mainse will never divulge and admit to these realities.

  7. AC says:

    Our prayers go out to you for healing and peace in such a difficult time of uncertainties, confusion, and many questions. Jesus will come to you in a special way to lift you up and give you the peace and calm you need at this time.
    My wife had MDS diagnosed in June of 2010 at a moderate to high risk category with two genetic abnormalities. The only treatment was transfusions of platelets and red blood cells which progressed within a year to twice a week for platelets and twice a week for red blood cells. This kept her fairly healthy. Bone marrow transplants are usually not considered at an older age since they do not last for MDS.
    Some chemo did not work.
    The problem lies in when the immature cells in the bone marrow start circulating in the peripheral blood which turns this MDS into Acute Myloid Leukemia. This happened a year later and then within months the leukemia went into her lungs and she passed away.
    This is very much an evolving disease and so much different for everyone including the treatments.
    http://forums.marrowforums.org/ is a forum where one can discuss this disorder with other people. It is very helpfull to see what other people are doing and to learn more about this disorder.
    One has to be very vigilant about asking the questions, getting another opinion and possibly looking to a centre of excellence like the Pincess Margeret Hospital in Toronto or even the centre of excellence in London Ontario. Although with my wife it was already diagnosed as terminal and we felt we were getting the professional help we needed in Windsor.
    It’s a very hidden disease with very few symptons expcept low blood counts.

  8. Bene Diction says:


    I am sorry for your loss.

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