Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #292: A Purposed Heart with Dr. Craig Gilbert

November 7, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #292: A Purposed Heart with Dr. Craig Gilbert

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Craig Gilbert is a life-long Christian and musician. He first sang in church at the age of 4 with his family and has been playing music in church ever since. He also benefits from a prolific career singing and playing outside of the church in classical music ensembles and choirs as well as singing, arranging, and playing multiple instruments in bands of a variety of styles. Craig is passionate about bringing the arts before God in worship in a way that allows congregations to not only participate, but to also engage with God in worship through the arts. Craig is not a musician who happens to play in church but a true worship pastor who uses the arts to reach others for Christ. 

Dr. Gilbert is an expert in worship design and in leading worship in multi style churches of all sizes. He specializes in teaching congregations about worship and training leaders how to design and lead worship that is congregation friendly. After serving in worship and arts leadership in five churches of different congregational sizes with over seven different senior pastors, eight associate pastors (including a time as an assistant pastor himself), various worship styles and formats, time constraints, etc. Dr. Gilbert is well versed in the problems and issues with worship in today’s church. 

His professional training includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, a Master’s Degree in Conducting, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies. He has provided professional consulting services in music team development, worship design, and congregational participation for several churches and conferences.

 

To find out more about Craig Gilbert and the services he can offer your local church visit these links:

www.purposedheartministries.com

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #291: Greg LaFollette and Songs of Common Prayer

October 31, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #291: Greg LaFollette and Songs of Common Prayer

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Greg Lafollette has been involved in over 100 records in his career. Between the studio and touring, he has worked with Andrew Peterson, Audrey Assad, Waterdeep, Sara Groves, Matthew Perryman Jones, Erin McCarley, Katie Herzig, Andrew Belle and many others. He has had multiple placements in international advertising campaigns with his band Trouvere, and has written and co-written many songs that have appeared on others’ records.

His latest project, Songs of Common Prayer, an album whose lyrics are taken from (or inspired by) the Book of Common Prayer.

Greg LaFollette's Web Site: https://greglafollette.com/music

Greg LaFollette on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0QqdRkCRdePCFggzWYvCuT

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #290: Tripp Fuller and the Road To Edmond

October 24, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #290: Tripp Fuller and the Road To Edmond

This week we welcome guest Tripp Fuller to Voices In My Head.

Tripp the founder and host of the #1 theology podcast, Homebrewed Christianity. As an author, speaker, podcaster, and professional theologian he is committed to bringing the best resources from the academy to the church so we can brew a more robust faith today. Tripp is also the star and co-writer of the new film, The Road To Edmond. (http://theroadtoedmond.com/)

 

The following is a Synopsis of The Road To Edmond from IMDB.com

Cleo loves his life as a youth pastor in suburban Denver, but his genuine support for a teenage girl has put his job in jeopardy. When the church's Elder Board becomes aware of the situation, he's asked to take two weeks off to consider his actions and the impact on his role in ministry. Distraught by the arrival of this news via email, Cleo grabs a backpack and bike to hit the road and figure out what's really true. His journey takes a turn toward Edmond, Oklahoma, when he hitches a ride from a mysterious traveler named Larry and his dead father. Larry's intense skepticism along with a string of peculiar signs causes Cleo to question more than his relationship with the teen...he questions the very existence of Love.

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #289: The Gospel According To Superman with Rev. John T. Galloway

October 17, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #289: The Gospel According To Superman with Rev. John T. Galloway

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My guest on this episode of Voices In My Head is Reverend John T. Galloway.

45 years ago this year, Reverend Galloway published a book called The Gospel According to Superman, a book which brings the true message of Christ back into focus by contrasting the humanity and vulnerability of Jesus with the invulnerable embodiment of our own fantasies and man-made gods, embodied in the book by the character of Superman. The Gospel According to Superman is more theology that Comic Book and having recently read it myself and I can attest, like all good theology, that it holds up very well.

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #288: Jessica Crawford - Honestly

October 10, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #288: Jessica Crawford - Honestly

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Jessica was born into a family of deep faith and of rich musical history. Every Sunday morning, this great granddaughter of a fiery Pentecostal minister would watch from the pews as her mother would direct the church choir. In addition to church music, she also grew up inspired by her Granddaddy's play-by-ear instrumental talents and his Southern Gospel vocals that echoed the sound of her mother's childhood.  On her father's side, her paternal grandmother and great-grandmother were classically trained pianists and vocalists.  Despite her family's encouragement, Jessica struggled to see that the musical legacy from both sides of her family was establishing a future for her in music.  

After a painful relationship left her seeking true purpose, Jessica finally surrendered to what can only be described as a persistent "call" to music. After a year well spent in seminary she stepped out in faith and left the comfort of her small hometown, Bridgewater, VA, in 2011 and hit the road to Nashville.  Her years in Music City were formative for both in ministry and in songwriting.  A new dependence on God, 

involvement with an inner city missions base, and growing favor with songwriters and accomplished producers would all help Jessica find her voice as an artist and worship leader.

In 2017, Jessica would leave Nashville with a 5 song independently released EP under her belt, multiple regional tours and invaluable industry and ministry experiences to become the Worship Arts Director for Fountain of Life Church in Burlington, NJ where she currently lives and serves.

On September 14 Jessica will release "Honestly", a four song EP she describes as “a collection of vulnerable songs that do not shy away from the reality of my hardest life experiences while celebrating the hope I found in Jesus through it all.”   The “Honestly” EP was written with the group the Brothers McClurg during a writing retreat in early 2017.  It was produced by Chris Hoisington and recorded at Old Bear Studios in Batavia, NY.

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #287: Guest Francois Clemmons (Officer Clemmons) from Mister Rogers Neighborhood 

October 3, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #287: Guest Francois Clemmons (Officer Clemmons) from Mister Rogers Neighborhood 

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On this episode of Voices In My Head we welcome Dr. Francois Clemmons.

 

Dr. François Scarborough Clemmons is an Afro-American singer, actor, playwright and university lecturer. He is perhaps best known for his appearances as Officer Clemmons on the PBS television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from 1968 to 1993.

In 1968, Clemmons won the Metropolitan Opera auditions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He went on to Cleveland, Ohio, where he won a position in the Metropolitan Opera Studio. He sang there professionally for seven seasons, performing over 70 roles with companies including The New York City Opera, Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, and Washington Civic Opera.

Clemmons sang with numerous orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1973, he won a Grammy Award for a recording of Porgy and Bess; he performed the role of "Sportin' Life" in that musical over 100 times.

For 25 years, Clemmons performed the role of Officer Clemmons, a friendly neighborhood policeman, in the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" on the children's television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. In the neighborhood itself, Clemmons ran a singing and dance studio located in the building diagonally across from Mr. Rogers' house. As "Officer Clemmons", he became one of the first African Americans to have a recurring role on a kids' TV series. 

Clemmons actively writes across genres for a variety of age groups. Currently, he is writing his autobiography entitled DivaMan: My Life in Song, a children's story entitled ButterCup and the Majic Cane, and a volume of poetry entitled A Place Of My Own. Some of his published works include a volume of spirituals named Songs for Today and a stage musical called My Name Is Hayes based on the life of Roland Hayes. He also commissioned a choral work composed of spirituals entitled Changed My Name, arranged by Linda Twine.

From 1997 until his retirement in 2013, Clemmons was the Alexander Twilight Artist in Residence and director of the Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He “played the role of professor, choirmaster, resident vocal soloist, advisor, confidant, and community cheerleader”. He is also well known in the Middlebury community for his superb rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner", which he sings at the Middlebury College men's basketball games.

Clemmons lives and works in Middlebury, Vermont, where he is the Emeritus Artist in Residence of Middlebury College. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national fraternity for men in music.

 

 

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #286: “The Character of Virtue” with guest Stanley Hauerwas

September 26, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #286: "The Character of Virtue" with guest Stanley Hauerwas 

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On this episode of Voices In My Head we welcome Dr. Stanley Hauerwas.

 Time magazine once called today’s guest America’s best theologian. As a longtime professor at Duke Divinty School, Stanley Hauerwas has authored many books, won numerous awards, and even appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

His work cuts across disciplinary lines as he is in conversation with systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science and medical ethics.

Today, among other things, we will be discussing his book, "The Character of Virtue: Letters To A Godson"

 

For more from Stanley Hauerwas, visit these links:

Website: https://divinity.duke.edu/faculty/stanley-hauerwas

The Character of Virtue: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0802875793/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-Hauerwas/e/B000APV13K/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1536244545&sr=8-1

 

 

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #285: “Shame Off You” with guest Denise Pass

September 19, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #285: "Shame Off You" with guest Denise Pass 

  

On this episode of Voices In My Head we welcome Denise Pass.

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Denise Pass is an author, an award-winning CCM recording artist, a songwriter, an accomplished blogger, speaker, worship leader, and host of the Black and White Podcast. She is the author of 31 days to Hope Reinvented and today we are discussing her latest book, Shame Off You: From Hiding To Healing which released on August 21st through Abingdon Press.

 

For more from Denise Pass, visit these links:

Website https://denisepass.com

Black and White Podcast: https://blackandwhitepodcast.org/

Shame Off You Web Site: https://shameoffyou.life/

 

 

 

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #284: David Dault - Producer and Host of Things Not Seen

September 12, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #284: David Dault - Producer and Host of Things Not Seen

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Dr. David Dault

Host and Executive Producer of 

 

 David got his start in journalism when he was sixteen years old, writing articles for his hometown newspaper.  He's been asking folks questions ever since. 

David has a PhD in religion from Vanderbilt, and a masters degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.  When he began Things Not Seen, he was teaching in the religion department of a liberal arts college in Memphis. He moved to Chicago with his family in 2013, and spent five years as the executive director of a nonprofit company producing faith-focused media for television, radio, and the web.

He is currently a Visiting Scholar for theology and media at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

He produces the show from studios in the Hyde Park neighborhood, on Chicago's south side, where he lives with his family.

Things Not Seen Web Site: http://www.thingsnotseenradio.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #283: Michael G. Long author of Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers

September 5, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #283: Michael G. Long author of Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers

 

Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, religion, and politics in mid-century America, including First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson and Billy Graham and the Beloved Community: America's Evangelist and the Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta and resides in Highland Park, Pennsylvania.

Today we are discussing Michael's Book,  Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers, published by Westminster John Knox Press. 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #282 : Meet John Tibbs

August 29, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #282   : Meet John Tibbs

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Our featured guest this week on Voices In My Head is musician John Tibbs.

In 2016, John released his debut full-length, Dead Man Walking, to great critical acclaim. Reviewers said about the album, “with shades of Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and Creedence Clearwater Revival, the heartland rock Tibbs traffics in is just right for the weightier, darker side of the redemption story.” 

 Following the success of his 2016 debut record which garnered a Top-20 AC (Christian) single and a Dove Award nomination in the Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year category, John partnered with ToneTree and Bethel/Heritage Media to release his follow up, Heartland, crowd-funded through his online community via PledgeMusic to continued great critical acclaim. 

"Unabashed Midwesterner John Tibbs has released more authentic, epic and quality tunes in his short run as a professional songwriter than many artists will produce in a lifetime. Heartland brims with the kind of honest rock and roll that the late, great Tom Petty trafficked in, with the 'heart-on-his-sleeve' craftsmanship that creates an immediate bond with the listener on the first pass." — Jesus Freak Hideout

"With the Heartland EP, John Tibbs combines thought-provoking lyrics with his rock roots style. The captivating sonic landscape will keep listeners entertained song after song, indicating good things to come from Tibbs in the future.” — New Release Today

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #281: A History of Christian Worship Part Ten - The Present

August 22, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #281: A History of Christian Worship Part Ten - The Present

This episode is part ten of our ten part series on the History of Christian Worship.

Join me on this journey through the ancient faith as we track how the church's worship practices have changed over the centuries.

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Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #280: A History of Christian Worship Part Nine - The Liturgical Movement

August 15, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #280: A History of Christian Worship Part Nine - The Liturgical Movement

This episode is part nine of our ten part series on the History of Christian Worship.

Join me on this journey through the ancient faith as we track how the church's worship practices have changed over the centuries.

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Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #279: A History of Christian Worship Part Eight - Post-Reformation

August 8, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #279: A History of Christian Worship Part Eight - Post-Reformation

This episode is part eight of our ten part series on the History of Christian Worship.

Join me on this journey through the ancient faith as we track how the church's worship practices have changed over the centuries.

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Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #278: A History of Christian Worship Part Seven - The English Reformation

August 1, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #278: A History of Christian Worship Part Seven - The English Reformation

This episode is part seven of our ten part series on the History of Christian Worship.

Join me on this journey through the ancient faith as we track how the church's worship practices have changed over the centuries.

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Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #277: A History of Christian Worship Part Six - The 16th Century and the Reformation

July 25, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #277: A History of Christian Worship Part Six - The 16th Century and the Reformation

This episode is part six of our ten part series on the History of Christian Worship.

Join me on this journey through the ancient faith as we track how the church's worship practices have changed over the centuries.

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Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #276: A History of Christian Worship Part Five - The Middle Ages (The 5th through 15th Centuries)

July 18, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #276: A History of Christian Worship Part Five - The Middle Ages (The 5th through 15th Centuries)

This episode is part five of our ten part series on the History of Christian Worship.

Join me on this journey through the ancient faith as we track how the church's worship practices have changed over the centuries.

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Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #275: A History of Christian Worship Part Four - The 4th through 8th Centuries

July 11, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #275: A History of Christian Worship Part Four - The 4th through 8th Centuries

This episode is part four of our ten part series on the History of Christian Worship.

Join me on this journey through the ancient faith as we track how the church's worship practices have changed over the centuries.

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Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #274: A History of Christian Worship Part Three - The Second and Third Centuries

July 4, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #274: A History of Christian Worship Part Three - The Second and Third Centuries

This episode is part three of our ten part series on the History of Christian Worship.

Join me on this journey through the ancient faith as we track how the church's worship pratices have changed over the centuries.

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Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #273: A History of Christian Worship Part Two - The Times of the New Testament

June 27, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #273: A History of Christian Worship Part Two - The Times of the New Testament

This episode is part two of our ten part series on the History of Christian Worship.

Join me on this journey through the ancient faith as we track how the church's worship pratices have changed over the centuries.

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #272: A History of Christian Worship Part One - Jewish Roots

June 20, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #272: A History of Christian Worship Part One - Jewish Roots

This week begins part one of a ten part series on the History of Christian Worship.

Join me on this journey through the ancient faith as we track how the church's worship pratices have changed over the centuries.

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Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #271: Build Your Multicultural Ministry Super Power with Nikki Lerner

June 13, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #271: Build Your Multicultural Ministry Super Power with Nikki Lerner

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Nikki Lerner is an artist, a teacher, a speaker, an author and a culture coach helping others engage with one another relationally and across culture lines.  Her passion is to see people come to an understanding of one another through music and conversation and learn to remain human with each other.  Today we’re going to discuss the Multicultural Worship Leaders Network 2018 Conference which will be happening in Abingdon Maryland this November 1st and 2nd.

 

Multicultural Worship Leaders Network 2018 Conference in Abingdon, MD on November 1 & 2.  The MWLN exists to equip, inspire, resource, and network church leaders to become highly effective in ministering cross-culturally.     

 

Our times require courageous leadership from the Body of Christ as a community who is unafraid to step into the deep waters of true reconciliation and intentional multicultural ministry.  We want to equip YOU to continue to do that.   

 

Cost & Schedule

Individual Rates:

  • Early Bird (through June 8) : $135
  • Regular (June 9 through August 31) : $175
  • Full Price (starting September 1) : $200

Group/Team Rates (5 or more people):

  • Early Bird (through June 8) : $125
  • Regular (June 9 through August 31) : $155
  • Full Price (starting September 1) : $180

Conference Sign-in will begin at 8:00 AM on Thursday, November 1. The conference will run from 9 AM-5 PM on Thursday, and from 9 AM-4 PM on Friday. A formal schedule will be announced closer to the conference date.

 

Multicultural Worship Leaders Network 2018 Conference in Abingdon, MD on November 1 & 2: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/multicultural-worship-leaders-network-2018-conference-registration-39408540004

Nikki Lerner’s Web Site: http://www.nikkilerner.com

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #270 - What Mister Rogers Can Teach Us About Worship

June 7, 2018
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This week I found a great article by Jonathan Aigner on Patheos.com called Not Just A Good Feeling: What Mister Rogers Can Teach Us About Worship. On this episode of Voices In My Head I share selections from the article and expand on them with soem of my own thoughts on the benefits of authentic, faithful and consistent worship practices.

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode # 269: Crowd Music Founder & CEO Mike Castronovo

May 30, 2018
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My guest on this episode of Voices In My Head is Crowd Music’s Founder and CEO, Mike Castronovo. 

Crowd Music is an Industry Renovator that values music and realizes that today’s music creators are being robbed of their intellectual properties.

Mike wasn’t looking to start a music company, but on January 22, 2014 he read a piece in the Wall Street Journal that opened his eyes to a massive problem.  He learned the current music industry wasn’t fairly compensating those who actually create the music we enjoy, which ultimately hurts all of us as music listeners and fans in the long run.  The more he dove in to trying to understand the problem, the more he was amazed that nobody had come up with a viable solution that would work for everyone.

A lifetime guitarist and songwriter himself, Mike was still far enough outside the industry that he was able to take a different perspective. He imagined how the music business could be changed in a way that would benefit everyone. And so Crowd Music was born.

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode # 268: Song Consultant Randy Cox

May 23, 2018
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This week I welcome back my old friend and co-writer, Randy Cox to the show. As a Song Consulant, Randy is helping to shape the music of a whole new generation in some beautiful ways which you will hear abut on today's show.

Randy Cox has published or represented songs which have appeared on over 80,000,000 recordings. Print products, including those songs have sold millions of choral collections, musicals, anthems, etc. In the late ‘70s, Randy began his music publishing career in Nashville. Starting at Paragon Music with Bill Gaither, Ronn Huff and Bob MacKenzie, Randy soon discovered and developed the early writing career of Michael W. Smith, Gary Chapman and others. He also received the company’s Dove Award for Song of The Year "He’s Alive."

Over the past 7 years, he has produced over 400 Choral, instrumental and children’s recordings. Randy’s new focus on writing lyrics/composing now includes pieces published by Lorenz, Hope, Choristers Guild, Hal Leonard, Word, LifeWay, St. James Press, Lillenas, Brentwood/Benson, Prism, Alfred and others.

Currently, Randy is a Consultant for the music publishing division of LifeWay Worship Resources (Southern Baptist Convention), working with songwriters, songs and developing opportunities for LifeWay Songs to the Church, recording artist and for other outlets on an international scale.

ASCAP, BMI, SESAC Publisher of the Year. Dove Award winner. Music Publishing Leader for 36 years. Producer of artists and choral products. Composer, lyricist, arranger. Committed to the Church and the mission of Christ’s message to the world.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode # 267: Forum On Worship As Spiritual Formation

May 16, 2018
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In May of 2018 I participated in a small forum with attendees  of Lexington Calvary Church of the Nazarene on Worship As Spiritual Formation.
This was a fun show podcast to record because of all of the ages of people involved in the conversation. I hope you enjoy the discussion from Pastors, Theologians, laypeople, and even some toddlers who were present. It was a great time and I think you can hear that in this episode.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode # 266: Matthew Cole Sermon in Lexington Kentucky

May 11, 2018
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Matthew Cole is a Pastor, an adjunct theology professor at Asbury University, and a great friend. He is also one of th emost gifted preachers I have ever had the privilege of hearing. Today I wanted to feature a sermon from a service I did with Matthew at his church in Lexington Kentucky at Calvary Church of the Nazarene. We end the sermon with a live version of "The Invitation" being sung while communion is recieved by the congregation. It's a beautiful time of worship.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #265: Thomas Merton - Life and Holiness

May 3, 2018
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There are few spiritual masters who have touched my life in the way that the late Thomas Merton has. His book, "Life and Holiness" is one of the finest books on holiness that I have ever read. This is a short podcast today but I hope it will be a meaningful one that gives space to contempate as well as some prayerful guidance. If you have never read a book by Thomas Merton, maybe this will provide you with some motivation to do so. I promise you, it will be good for your soul.

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Rick Lee James

Life and Holiness 
by Thomas Merton 
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Episode #264: I’m Proud of You - Tim Madigan’s Friendship with Mister Rogers

April 25, 2018
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Episode #264: I'm Proud of You - Tim Madigan's Friendship with Mister Rogers

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My guest today on Voices In My Head is Tim Madigan. In a journalism career spanning more than three decades, Tim has written for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Politico, Reader's Digest, and for thirty years the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Tim's books included the critically acclaimed The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921; and a novel of the Greatest Generation and the aftermath of World War II, Every Common Sight.

It was a 1995 assignment for the Star-Telegram that led to Tim's interview with Fred Rogers, the icon of children's television, and a close friendship between the two men that last until Rogers' death in 2003. Tim's memoir, I'm Proud of You: My Friendship With Fred Rogers, is an intimate account of Rogers' human greatness, and a testament to the healing power of friendship.

That transformative relationship and Tim's own experiences as seeking and healing human being remain at the heart of his work. More than a decade after it was first published, I'm Proud of You continues to inspire readers around the globe, and Tim continues to speak of Mister Rogers and matters of the heart to varied audiences around the nation.

 Find out more about Tim Madigan and his work at https://www.timmadigan.net/

 

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Voices In My Head Episode #263 - Superman Turns 80

April 19, 2018
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This week Superman Turned 80 and we’re celebrating with a history of Superman's real life battles against Populism, Racism, and Religious Discrimination. This is a very special episode of Voices In My Head.

 

Below are the pictures referenced in this episode.

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 262 - Guest William Willimon: Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism.

April 18, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 262 

Guest William Willimon: Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism.

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My guest today on Voices in My Head is The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School of Duke University. He served eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

He is the author of over sixty books including Resident Aliens,  Thank God It’s Friday, Word, Water, Bread and Wine, Worship as Pastoral Care (which was selected as one of the ten most useful books for pastors by the Academy of Parish Clergy), and What’s Right with the Church?  In 1996, an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world.

Today we discuss one of his latest and most timely books, Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism.

 

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Donate Now To Rick Lee James New Album at www.RickLeeJames.com/Thunder

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #261: Mister Rogers

April 4, 2018
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This week I take some time to talk about Mister Rogers, something I am involved with related to his life and work through the Twitter handle @MisterRogersSay, plus I get into a couple of other news items.

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By the way, my new album is funding on Indiegogo until April 27th. Pre-order the new album today at the link below and get two songs immediately.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rick-lee-james-new-album-thunder#/

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #260: Christa Wells

March 28, 2018
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My guest on this episode of Voices In My Head is Christa Wells. Christa is an award-winning American singer and songwriter who writes deep-reaching, alternative-pop music. In 2006, Christa was named GMA Songwriter of the Year for her song “Held,” recorded by Natalie Grant. She has released five albums as an indie artist (Rogers/Wells Project, Frame the Clouds, How Emptiness Sings, Feed Your Soul, Covers) and will release her newest project, “Velveteen” will release on April 6th, 2018. 

The first two singles, Down Down Low + Velveteen, have already been released and the new EP can be pre-ordered at http://www.christawellsmusic.com/

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Voices In My Head Episode #259: Back From New York, Crowd Music Makes Some Noise, Andrew Peterson Apologizes, and Rick Closes In Prayer

March 21, 2018
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #259:

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In this episode I am back from the recording studio in New York, I share some exciting things that my friends at Crowd Music are doign to shake things up in the music business,  Andrew Peterson offers an apology for his beautiful music video, and I close the Podcast with a bit of a somber prayer for our violent nation.

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast # 258: The Real Deal of Humility

March 10, 2018
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As I head into the recording studio on March 12th, I'm reflecting more on what making another album means at this point in my life. There's a passage in the book, "Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth: Spiritual Conversations Insipred byt the Life & Lyrics of Rich Mullins" that I find is speaking to me in a big way as I prepare to head to New York. As much as anything, this episode is a prayer request humbly submitted to the listeners of Voices In My Head. I hope you will join me.

 

On March 12th, as I enter the recording studio, album pre-orders will begin at this link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rick-lee-james-new-album-thunder/coming_soon#/ Join me for regular updates from the studio and in the post-production process. Sign-up here to be a part of making this record.

 

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

 

Be the first to know when we launch onMarch 12th from the studio by signing up here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rick-lee-james-new-album-thunder/coming_soon#/

 

 

  

Voices In My Head Podcast # 257: A micro-episode with a ‘Thunder’ album update

March 3, 2018
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We Now Have A New Funding Goal For The New Album and Two Easy New Ways To Contribute

Our New Funding Goal Is $6000

Two Easy Ways Help Make The Album:
1.) By Text Message (Text ‘Thunder’ to 555888)

2.) Indiegogo Pre-Sales will start on March 12th, 2018

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rick-lee-james-new-album-thunder/coming_soon#/

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Voices In My Head Podcast #256: An Islam Conversation with Samina and Sana Ahmed

March 2, 2018
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This week on Voices In My Head I am joined by Samina and Sana Ahmed, a mother and daughter who are part of the Muslim community here in Springfield Ohio. It was so great to sit down with them and ask them questions about their faith. They are truly generous people who are always willing to answer any questions that people might have about their faith and on this podcast they do just that. Samina and Sana want you to be as informed as possible about Islam and have offered a free copy of the English version of the Quran to anyone who would like to know more. You can contact them by email at Sana.ahmed2010@gmail.com

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Slack Community For The voices In My Head Podcast Community

February 25, 2018
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My dear friends who listen to Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast), I want to get better connected with you and have a way for you to interact directly with me and with our guests each week. For this reason I’ve created a slack account just for my listeners where we can all interact. For the next 30 days you can use this link to join our slack group. I hope you will come and be a part of our conversations. The next podcast will be recorded this Friday and I would love to get some
dialogue going before we record that I can use on the show. Please join me.
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Voices In My Head Episode #255_Lent with Walter Brueggemann

February 23, 2018
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This week I'm sharing a few Lenten devotional thoughts from our good friend Dr. Walter Brueggemann. A Way Other Than Our Own, by Dr. Walter Brueggemann, is an excellent devotional companion for the season of Lent and can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Way-other-than-Our-Own-ebook/dp/B01NAYOKA6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519397261&sr=8-1&keywords=a+way+other+than+our+own

 

As always, thank you for listening to Voices In My Head. Make sure to check out out my music, interviews, & videos on https://www.ccmmagazine.com/?s=Rick+Lee+James.

Also

for updates, freebies, podcast news, and more, join my email list at this link. http://rickleejames.wufoo.com/forms/join-rick-lee-james-mailing-list/

Lastly,

 

I'm making a new album in March and we still need to raise around $6000 to cover the studio costs in New York. There are two very easy ways that you can help. 

1.) By Text Message (Text ‘Thunder’ to 555888)
2.) Visit Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/rickleejames) and pre-order the album.

 

Stay up do date with all things related to the album at www.RickLeeJames.com/THUNDER

Voices In My Head Episode #254: ANDREW PETERSON RELEASES RESURRECTION LETTERS, ONE ALBUM, THREE PARTS, TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING PROLOGUE – VOL. I – VOL. II

February 16, 2018
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Dove Award-nominated recording artist, songwriter and award-winning author Andrew Peterson returns to Voices In My Head (The Official Podcast of Rick Lee James). Andrew recently announced the long-awaited album Resurrection Letters, Vol. I, which will release March 30 and which was preceded by Feb. 9th launch of Resurrection Letters: Prologue. Both recordings will release globally from Centricity Music, and Prologue will became available on Friday, Feb. 9 from digital retailers everywhere and through 

https://AndrewPeterson.lnk.to/Prologue.

Releasing in time for Easter, Resurrection Letters, Vol. I features songs like “Is He Worthy,” “I’ve seen Too Much” and “His Heart Beats,” the latter track being heard on Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God tour last year. The song is about that glorious moment in the tomb when Jesus, who was dead, came back to life.

“My dream for Resurrection Letters, Vol. I is that it would be the kind of record people turned up to eleven on Easter Sunday, when Christians all over the world celebrate something that happened—it really happened—two millennia ago,” says Peterson.

Also,

 

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We are in the final hours of our crowdfunding campaign to make a new album through Indiegogo. It’s not too late to help us make “Thunder” a reality. Thunder will feature original music by Rick Lee James, re-imagined Hymns, and lost music from Rich Mullins.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thunder-a-new-album-by-rick-lee-james-music#/

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 253 with Guest Jeremy Casella

February 8, 2018
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Jeremy Casella is a nationally touring singer/songwriter & recording artist. He has released a number or albums in his storied career and has toured alongside such musical acts as Caedmon's Call, Andrew Peterson and Phil Keaggy. 

He's crowdfunding a new project on Kickstarter called Spirit and he's here with us today to give us all the important details abou this very cool record.

. Here are a couple of important links:

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•To Fund Jeremy Casella’s album on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/916601386/spirit-a-new-studio-album-by-jeremy-casella 

 

Rick Lee James also is in the last days of his crowdfunding for a new album. You can support Rick at this link:

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•To Fund Rick Lee James Album:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thunder-a-new-album-by-rick-lee-james-music/x/17048881#/ 

 

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #252: New Album, Fake News, and Brian Zahnd

February 6, 2018
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This week on Voices In My Head (The Official Podcast of Rick Lee James) we talk about three things.

  1. My New Album
  2. Fake News and how to spot it
  3. A recent post by Brian Zahnd

This episode was recorded on Febrary 2nd, 2018 and at the time of recording we had ten day sleft until the end of my album crowdfunding campaign. I really could use your help in making this album so please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thunder-a-new-album-by-rick-lee-james-music/x/17048881

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If everyone who listens to the podcast pre-ordered the album we could make it three times over. We really need your help with 80% left to be funded. If you were waiting until the last minute and want new music from Rick Lee James, well it’s the last minute and we need your help. Thank you.

Rick Lee James

 

Contact Rick by Email at this address:

Rick@RickLeeJames.com

 

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Voices In My Head Episode #251: The Table with Ian Zumback

January 31, 2018
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This Friday, February 2nd we are excited to announce a brand new release from Ian Zumback!  You can pre-order your copy today on iTunes or grab a physical copy through the Old Bear Records Merch Store.  It will be available on all digital platforms on Friday.

Ian is the featured guest this week and we are lucky enough to be one of the first places to share this new music as well as a in depth interview.

 

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Also, don’t forget that I am in the process of crowdfunding a new album on Indiegogo. Find out more and donate at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thunder-a-ragamuffin-record-by-rick-lee-james-music/x/17048881#/ or if it’s easier to remember: www.RickLeeJames.com/Thunder

Voices In My Head Episode #250: The Gospel According To Star Trek with Kevin C. Neece

January 24, 2018
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Kevin C. Neece is the author of the Gospel According to Star Trek series (Cascade Books) and a speaker on media, the arts and pop culture from a Christian worldview perspective. He is also the founder and curator of The Undiscovered Country Project.

​He served as a contributing editor for Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts and is the editor or co-editor of works on Spock and Leonard Nimoy, and science fiction and C. S. Lewis. His writing has appeared in a number of books and periodicals, including Light Shining in a Dark Place: Discovering Theology Through FilmNew Identity Magazine, and Patheos, among others. 

A former professor, Kevin holds a BAS in Communication and Philosophy and an MLA in Fine Arts. He lives with his wife and son in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Also, don’t forget that I am in the process of crowdfunding a new album on Indiegogo. Find out more and donate at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thunder-a-ragamuffin-record-by-rick-lee-james-music/x/17048881#/ or if it’s easier to remember: www.RickLeeJames.com/Thunder

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #249: Andrew Osenga and the Painted Desert

January 17, 2018
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Andrew Osenga is a 20-year music industry veteran. From artist to producer, major label A&R to session player, he’s contributed in almost every area of the business including playing in the bands the Normals and Caedman’s Call. 

Andrew also hosts one of the most fascinating podcasts around today called “The Pivot”, a show that looks at how we deal with career and life transition.

His new album, “The Painted Desert” is now available on Kickstarter.com where he is simultaneously funding and releasing it.

Kickstart This Project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andrewosenga/the-painted-desert-a-new-album-by-andrew-osenga

 

Also,

I start crowdfunding my new album this Friday, January 19th. I could really use your help to get the word out.

Sign up for notification at this link to be notified when the campaign goes live this Friday.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-new-album-carrying-on-the-ragamuffin-legacy-music/coming_soon

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Voices In My Head Podcast #247: Epiphany

January 5, 2018
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Epiphany is already upon us So I present to you the Epiphany Podcast, everything you need to know...or at least some of it.

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I would be so honored to have you on this journey of making a new album. Sign Up To Here Be Notified When My Funding Page Goes Live and find out a bit more about my new album. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/carrying-on-a-ragamuffin-legacy-music/coming_soon

Voices In My Head Podcast #246: Wonder, Coco, and the Most Moving Voices In 2017

December 29, 2017
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Happy new year! This week on the podcast I share some coming events for 2018 and talk about things that moved me deeply in 2017. It’s a very special end of the year broadcast.

Thanks for listening to Voices In My Head. Make sure to check out out my music, interviews, & videos on https://www.ccmmagazine.com/?s=Rick+Lee+James.

Also
for updates, freebies, podcast news, and more, join my email list at this link. http://rickleejames.wufoo.com/forms/join-rick-lee-james-mailing-list/

 

Voices In My Head Podcast # 245: Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant

December 16, 2017
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This episode comes to you courtesy of the Hoganson Media Agency who invited Voices In My Head Podcast to experience the incredible Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant Christmas Tour in Columbus Ohio. It was an incredible night of music complete with live orchesta, snowball fights, and a remarkable presentation by Compassion International.

On this episode I also share some live improvised Christmas music and talk about a new take on Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol by the late Havey Kurtzman called, "Marley's Ghost".

Merry Christmas and Thanks For Listening,

Rick Lee James

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Tour Dates:

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 244: Hanukkah with Rabbi Cary Kozberg

December 12, 2017
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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 244: Chanukah with Rabbi Cary Kozberg

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Cary Kozberg currently serves as Rabbi at Temple Sholom Springfield Ohio and as the Jewish chaplain at Kensington Place in Columbus, Ohio. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of spirituality and aging and is principal/owner of Side by Side: Life Transitions Coaching for the Later Years, offering pastoral and spiritual help to older adults and their families.

On this special episode of Voices In My Head we talk about a number of Hanukkah related questions, including:

      • What does the holiday of Chanukah celebrate?
      • How is it spelled, Chanukah or Hanukkah?
      • What does the word Chanukah mean?
      • Why does the date of Chanukah seem to change each year?
      • How is Chanukah celebrated?
      • Is Chanukah a major Jewish holiday?
      • Is it mandatory to give gifts on Chanukah?
      • What is a Dreidel?
      • In what order do we light the candles? 
      • ...and believe it or not...The Lord's Prayer

 

 

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