Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #243: An Advent Sermon

December 12, 2017

It's exactly what it sounds like, Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #243: An Advent Sermon.


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Visit www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com and enter the code, "AdventHymn" to recieve 10% off of the album, "Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations".



Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 242: Tim Timmons on Cancer, Kids Music, and 10,000 minutes.

December 5, 2017


Our Guest On This Episode Is Tim Timmons

Singer/songwriter, worship leader and record producer Tim Timmons, in partnership with 10,000 MINUTES Kids, recently released his second children’s project, Who I Am. This all new Bible-based, “kid-tested” and “parent-approved” debut is available now at iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital retailers internationally, and directly at www.TimTimmonsMusic.com (digital and CD).


Produced by Timmons and Christian Hale, Who I Am features 10 fully-charged pop songs intended for kids and parents “to pray all week long.” With all songs either written or co-written by Timmons, each song was carefully crafted with the question in mind, “what do we want our kids to pray?”


“The idea of both the title track, ‘Who I Am,’ and the whole record – is actually our identity of what it looks like for us to know that we are loved by Jesus all week long, no matter what,” says Timmons. “It’s about working through our fears, working through the issues that we have, even when we ‘blow it’ or ‘do dumb things.’”


Inspired by Timmons’ 10,000 MINUTES movement and his personal life story, the release of the record coincides with the launch of the 10-week Who I Am Family Blog Series created by Timmons in order to help provide support and a resource for adults and families. The series will feature both weekly devotional blogs and practices geared to help families follow Jesus all week long through family discussion of scripture, devotional readings and practical suggestions found every week in “This week’s 10000 MINUTES Practice.”  


Timmons, who writes an “X” on his wrist each day as a reminder of God’s love for him despite his circumstances, adds, “Who I Am was created to encourage kids to walk with Jesus all week long – and to remind them of their identity in Jesus. My hope is that kids and parents alike will remember that we are all loved by God—the God of the Universe, no matter what. It’s who we are! It’s who I am in Him!”


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ETHICS In CHRISTIAN MINISTRY: Voices In My Head Podcast Episode # 241 with guest Charles Christian

November 28, 2017
When you are in the ministry long enough, you see not only great joys and the triumphs, but you also see some of the brightest and most talented pastors and leaders depart from their ministries because of poor ethical decisions.
In his book, Ethics in Christian Ministry: A Guide for Pastors and Mentors, Dr. Charles Christian, who holds a PhD in theology and ethics, draws from his experience of 25 years in the pastorate and his experience as a professor of theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary and MidAmerica Nazarene University to take the reader on a journey through the professional and personal life of today’s pastor to provide an overview of the important ways a leader can avoid ethical snares in the context of ministry.
It is an honor to have Charles Christian as our featured guest this week on Voices In My Head.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #240 with Lisa Michaels

November 21, 2017

It was a real honor for me to be a guest on Lisa Michaels wonderful podcast, Flipflops, Glitter, and Theology.

Redefining Worship was the topic of the hour and we had a great conversation. With her permission I am sharing our conversation here.



Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations

November 20, 2017

I want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Because I am thankful for you I want to let you know that “Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations” is available for free this week on Noisetrade.

The only way to get it is if you go to this link: https://rickleejames.com/2017/11/20/37899/


And to help you get more Christmas shopping out of the way, I’ve put some goodies on sale over on Amazon. CD’s Books, and Live Concert DVD’s are on sale for only $4.99 plus shipping.

Buy in bulk and get a whole bunch of gifts for friends, family, choir members, and church worship teams.

Great for stocking stuffers, your bible study, or whoever else you think may appreciate the gift of music this year (and a huge THANK YOU! to all of you who have supported my music so incredibly this year).

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #239 - Almost Christmas with Weston Skaggs, Jonathan Cain, and Point of Grace

November 14, 2017

This is the “Almost Christmas episode of Voices In My Head where we will feature interviews from an all star panel of guests and new  Christmas worship music for congregations. It's a pleasure to welcome back to the show Weston Skaggs, Jonathan Cain from Journey, Denise Jones of Point of Grace and Craig Adams from Lifeway Worship.

Music From These Albums featured on this episode:

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Rick Lee James – Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations (Lifeway Worship/Voices In My Head Productions)

Music Video: https://worshipfuel.ccli.com/advent-hymn-watching-waiting-longing-rick-lee-james/

Sheet Music: https://www.lifewayworship.com/findAndBuy/songPage/AdventHymn(Watching%2CWaiting%2CLonging)?versionId=93901&searchString=Advent%20Hymn#song-Parts

Buy Album: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/



Weston Skaggs – Stories For Christmas (Old Bear Records)

Buy Album: http://oldbearstudio.com/2017/11/03/weston-skaggs-stories-for-christmas-is-out-now/



Jonathan Cain – Unsung Noel (Fuel Music)

Buy Album: https://www.amazon.com/Unsung-Noel-Jonathan-Cain/dp/B0754GH5J1


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Point of Grace – Sing Noel (Lifeway Worship)

Buy Album: http://www.lifeway.com/Product/sing-noel-cd-P006176393

Empathy For The Devil with JR. Forasteros

November 7, 2017

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The sins of wrath, idolatry, and abuse of power are closer to us than we think. How do we guard against them? We learn not only by following moral exemplars, we also need to look at the warnings of lives gone wrong.
In his new fictionalized narrative, Author JR. Forasteros reintroduces us to some of the most villainous characters of Scripture. He shows us what we can learn from their negative examples, with figures such as Cain, Jezebel, King Herod, and even Satan serving as cautionary tales of sin and temptation. Forasteros vividly tells their stories to help us understand their motivations, and his astute biblical and cultural exposition points out what we often miss about their lives. 
We soon discover that we might have more in common with these characters than we would like to admit. But by the grace of God, we can avoid their mistakes and be freed from our own villainous tendencies. Take a fresh look at the scoundrels of Scripture, and find sound pastoral guidance here to walk the path of righteousness.

This podcast was recorded in person with JR. Forasteros in Dayton Ohio in early October 2017. While the book was only available on pre-order then, it is now available to buy:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076BTYDNT/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1.


Does Christian Music Need A Reformation? - Guest Dave Trout of UTR Media - Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #237

October 31, 2017

It’s the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.

To “reform” is to improve or amend something that is wrong, corrupt, or unsatisfactory. With that definition in mind we thought it would be a great idea to record a conversation about whether or not there is a need for reformation in Christian music.

If there is anyone qualified to have this discussion it is Dave Trout of UTR Media.

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Dave has been in Christian radio in some form or fashion for over 23 years. He has worked for WETN-FM in Wheaton IL,  WCFL-FM in Morris IL, Moody Radio, and ReFrame Media. He started the “Under The Radar” radio show in 2008 while working at ReFrame, and in 2014 that show became its own independent non-profit ministry, under Dave’s oversight. In 2017, the organization underwent a creative relaunch, and now produces a wider variety of media projects under the new name, UTR Media. Besides well-crafted music, Dave loves pizza, watching Netflix/Hulu, Apple products, fishing, the Cubs, and driving 5 mph over the speed limit. He lives in Oak Lawn, IL with his wife and 5 children.

Listen in as Dave Trout and Rick Lee James have a great discussion on Christian music and what UTR Media is doing to bring about reformation in the industry through great podcasts, innovative videos, and even producing album.


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Voices In My Head Podcast # 236:Crowd Music Part 2 - The Sampler

October 24, 2017


It is a great joy this week on Voices In My Head to bring you music you have never heard before from a number of great artists who you can only hear through Crowdmusic.com. Crowd Music is doing their very best to save the music business through a music subscription service that actually pays artists from their craft.

Today you will hear some great reasons to subscribe to a music service like Crowd Music as we sample the following artists:

  • Adam McDonough - Fix Us
  • Aaron Benward – Why Not Today
  • Ashley Leone – Night Ride
  • Ben Jenkins – Gasoline
  • Carolina Liar - Well Behaved Women
  • Chris Lockwood – Innocent
  • Chris Webby – University of Life
  • Dave Cleveland – FireColor
  • Dave Fenley – Same Ol'
  • Gregg Bissonette – Mars
  • Jon Steele – A Nail In The Tail
  • Julia Ross - Fell In Love With A Thief
  • Kensington Moore – Strangers
  • Manny Cabo - Waiting
  • Music City Doughboys – Not My Kinda Baby
  • Plevyak – Up For Air
  • Save The World – Bleed
  • Tony Vincent – Starting Over

Subscribe to Crowd Music Today at www.CrowdMusic.com/RickLeeJames and use the Voices In My Head promoter number 337


Voices In My Head Podcast #235: Soul of Cash with Brian Owens

October 16, 2017

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My guest today on Voices In My Head is R&B Singer BRIAN OWENS. With his music being compared to legendary artists like Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and the Reverend Al Green, Brian has been featured on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Entertainment Tonight and Fox and Friends among others.   

Aside from making incredible music with Grammy award winning artists like Michael McDonald, Brian is also an Air Force veteran, a husband, a father, and a man of faith who provides leadership development for urban youth in his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri through Life Arts Incorporated.

Brian’s original music is full of messages that are encouraging, thought-provoking, and touching with subjects that range from social awareness to family life.

His latest album, Soul of Cash, is a cover album of songs made famous by Johnny Cash. But unlike most cover albums, Soul of Cash reimagines the Man In Black’s hit song giving an R & B feel that makes them feel fresh and original.  


Filled with guest appearance by artists like ROBERT RANDOLPH, THE DEACONS OF SOUL, RISSI PALMER, and DYLAN MCDONALD just to name a few, Soul of Cash breathes new life and emotion into the songs of Johnny Cash for a new generation.


Brian Owens, it is my great pleasure to welcome you today as my featured guest on Voices In My Head.


NOTE: Stay tuned until the end of the podcast for special surprise, a speech delivered by Johnny Cash himself. The speech was recorded at the Academy of Achievement Summit at the Glacier Park Lodge at majestic Glacier Park in Montana. This audio clip was discovered on Player FM and their community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM or Voices In My Head Productions LLC, and the audio streamed directly from their servers.





Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #234: Shane Claiborne talks about Rich Mullins, Ragamuffins, and Ordinary Radicals

October 10, 2017


Shane Claiborne is a follower of Jesus and following Jesus has led him on many adventures. Following Jesus has taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek. Following Jesus has taken him From Rwanda to the West Bank, from Afghanistan to Iraq, and from Tennessee to Philly where he leads "The Simple Way", a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.

What many people don't know about Shane is that he was also friends with the late Rich Mullins. On this episode I talk with Shane about Rich, following the peaceful path of JEsus, gun violence, the death penalty and more.

Make sure you listen to the very end of the podcast so you can find out how to get one of Shane Claiborne's audiobooks for free.


Voices In My Head Podcast #233: A Post Las Vegas Counseling Session with Pastoral Counselor Derek Ellis

October 6, 2017

Our featured guest this week is Derek Ellis, Owner of Brave Life Pastoral Counseling Service operating in Springfield, Ohio.

After the tragedy of the Las Vegas mass shooting in October 2017, I felt like we could all use some good, godly counseling, and Derek is on of the best counselors around. Join us for a Podcast counseling session.

Brave Life Pastoral Counseling is accepting new clients now! Call 937-202-4577 today for an intake appointment!

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #232: World Communion Sunday with Reverend Robert Swanson

September 29, 2017

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #232: World Communion Sunday with Reverend Robert Swanson

A few months ago we filmed a music video at First Lutheran Church in Dayton Ohio. The music video was for the song, "The Invitation", a communion song inviting all who are willing to come and know Jesus as the table of sacrament. 

Since feeding the hungry and serving communion go hand in hand for Pastor Robert Swanson of First Lutheran Church, I thought it would be a great idea to have him as our guest on a special World Communion Sunday episode.

“The Invitation” A Song for World Communion Sunday - October 1st, 2017.

Sheet Music & more at these links:

🎼YouTube: https://youtu.be/N0L1u-9GSLc

🎼Lifeway Worship: http://www.lifewayworship.com/findAndBuy/songPage/TheInvitation?versionId=93906&searchString=the%20invitation#song-Parts

🎼CCLI SongSelect: https://songselect.ccli.com/Songs/7016054/the-invitation

🎼CCLI Worship Fuel: https://worshipfuel.ccli.com/invitation-rick-lee-james/

Voices In My Head Podcast #231_Live From Shine FM Ohio

September 26, 2017

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This episode of Voices In My Head is a special radio show I recorded at a great Christian radio station, Shine FM Ohio. This was recorded live on September 25th, 2017.

THis is the first time for me to share the lost Rich Mullins song, Thunder, over the airwaves.

Voices In My Head Podcast #230: Andrew Greer, Randy Cox, David Mullins - Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth

September 19, 2017

Voices In My Head Podcast #230: Andrew Greer, Randy Cox, David Mullins - Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth 

Recorded live at Parnassus Bookstore in Nashville Tennessee for the release of the new book about Rich Mullins, "Winds of Heathen, Stuff of Earth".

Voices In My Head Podcast #229: Saving the Music Business with Crowd Music

September 19, 2017

Our guest, David Browning, is the Chief Creative Officer of Crowd Music, a new music platform that plans to disrupt the music industry in the best possibly way, by paying artists what they are worth.

Crowd Music hand picks the artists they work with to ensure only the best of the best get featured every month. Think of Crowd like the Rolls Royce of the music business. They pay artists better, they now pay consumers to share music, and hear better music. Everyone is happy.
There is a future for the music business and it’s super exciting. Where there is hardship there is always opportunity, now is your opportunity to join our Crowd and help save music, and get paid to do it!


For more information visit www.CrowdMusic.com and when you sign up use promoter #337 to let them know Rick Lee James sent you.

Voices In My Head Podcast #228 - Lance Allen, Guitar Master

September 17, 2017


Lance Allen is an award winning fingerstyle guitarist, composer, and teacher. Native of Kentucky, Lance learned the ropes of playing guitar. Many of his early influences were Metallica, Nirvana, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, and Dave Matthews.

Lance began teaching guitar in high school, and then continuing with some private students in college as well.

Not long after graduating Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in recording music and small business, Lance took on a full time job at a local music store where he got a full schedule of students. There he also managed the small business and also started a successful eBay store.

In 2008, Lance was inducted in the Thumbpickers Hall of Fame, located in Powderly KY. His induction was considered for his continuing the art of thumb style guitar by performing and teaching. Not long after his induction, Lance competed in his first international guitar contest in Winfield, KS where he place a very difficult 4th place.

Companies such Takamine Guitars, Bose, and Gretsch guitars, have used Lance to endorse there products and promote them.

Lance is also a contributing music writer to TN Crossroads, a famous PBS program.

Continuing to teach in his office and using Skype, Lance offers a unique personality and a friendly business atmosphere where people can learn the guitar, bass, ukulele, and mandolin.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #227 - The Big Announcement One - One Day Early

September 14, 2017


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To my listeners who have so faithfully been with me through thick and thin, this is a special podcast just for you. There is a big announcement being made in CCM Magazine on Friday September 15th, but as promised I am sharing the news with my podcast listeners one day early. This ended up being a much more emotional episode of the show that I expected. I'm not going to spoil this short 20 minute episode for you but I will tell you it was a wonderful way for me to express the depth of emotion that I am feeling. Make sure and read the full story starting Friday, March 15th on CCMMagazine.com.

Voices In My Head Episode #226: Rick Incorvati

September 12, 2017

Our guest this week on Voices In My Head is Rick Incorvati, a Deacon at Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield Ohio, a professor at Wittenberg University, and the director of Equality Springfield.

Rick shares some of the story of his life; coming to terms with being gay, walking away from the church for a time, his journey back to the church through a renewed relationship with God, and his call into ministry.




Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #225: Hurricanes, DACA, and Matthew 25

September 7, 2017


In light of so many things happening in our world, not the least of these being record breaking hurricanes, Rick Lee James takes a few moments to consider DACA in light of Matthew 25. Who are the strangers mentioned by Jesus in this well known parable?



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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #224: Brian Zahnd - Sinners In The Hands of a Loving God

August 29, 2017

Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Brian and his wife, Peri, founded the church in 1981. Brian is also the author of several books, including, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving GodWater to WineA Farewell To MarsBeauty Will Save the World, and Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness.


In his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Puritan revivalist Jonathan Edwards shaped predominating American theology with a vision of God as angry, violent, and retributive. Three centuries later, Brian Zahnd was both mesmerized and terrified by Edwards’s wrathful God. Haunted by fear that crippled his relationship with God, Zahnd spent years praying for a divine experience of hell. What Zahnd experienced instead was the Father’s love—revealed perfectly through Jesus Christ—for all prodigal sons and daughters. In Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Zahnd asks important questions like: Is seeing God primarily as wrathful towards sinners true or biblical? Is fearing God a normal expected behavior? And where might the natural implications of this theological framework lead us? Thoughtfully wrestling with subjects like Old Testament genocide, the crucifixion of Jesus, eternal punishment in hell, and the final judgment in Revelation, Zanhd maintains that the summit of divine revelation for sinners is not God is wrath, but God is love.

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August 22, 2017

Voices In My Head Podcast #223: Walter Brueggemann and Rick Lee James Discuss Imprecatory Psalms as Faithful Prayer, Trump, and More

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Voices In My Head Podcast #222: Refugees, Racism, and Simple Worship

August 16, 2017

Voices In My Head Podcast #222: Refugees, Racism, and Simple Worship.

Rick takes on theee topics in less than an hour, or your money back.



Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #221: Your Black Friend Ben Passmore

August 13, 2017

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Ben Passmore is our guest on this episode of Voices In My Head. Ben is the creator of a groundbreaking 12 page comic called "Your Black Friend", an open letter from your black friend to you about race, racism, freindship, and alientation.


You can buy 'Your Black Friend' at at https://www.amazon.com/Your-Black-Friend-Ben-Passmore/dp/1945509031

Voices in My Head Podcast Episode #220: “Fire and Fury” or “Grace and Mercy”?

August 9, 2017

In the age of nuclear weapons, are Christians to respond, with "fire and fury" or "grace and mercy"?

Topics on this episode:

  • President Trump's Response To North Korea's threats.

  • North Korea's Repsonse back to him.

  • Pastor Robert Jeffress response to it all.

  • Bible interpretations.

  • Who are the church Fathers?

  • What do the Church Fathers have to say to us on the matter?

The Fire and Fury of the Empire or the Grace and Mercy of Jesus?

Episode #219 Voices In My Head & This Nazarene Life Crossover Podcast

August 4, 2017

This week is a special crossover episode with Brit Bolerjack of the Young Clergy Network, host This Nazarene Life Podcast.

We had a great conversation as we shared our stories and listen in for what God is doing in our lives and ministries. Check out her wonderful show, This Nazarene Life to hear more conversations like this one.


Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #218: The Poor You Will Always Have With You

July 27, 2017

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #218: The Poor You Will Always Have With You

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #217: Boy Oh Boycott with guest John Wilkerson

July 20, 2017

John Wilkerson joins in on this episode of Voices In My Head to piggyback on last week's conversation about Eugene Peterson. When, if ever, should Christians boycott a person, a product, or an institution?

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #216: Eugene Peterson Blows Up The World

July 13, 2017

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #216: Eugene Peterson Blows Up The World.


This week, world renown pastor, author, and theologian Eugene Peterson shook things up with statements on Donald Trump, Gay Marriage, and more.


I wanted to take some time Tom address the controversy and share the revision on Human Sexuality that was voted on by the Church of the Nazarene General Assembly 2017.

Buckle your safely belts as Eugene Peterson helps us engage in the prophetic  work of comforting the disturbed Andy disturbing the comfortable.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #215: Dr. Neelam Uppal on Workplace Bullying, Abuse, and Sexual Discrimination

July 5, 2017

On this episode of Voices In My Head our guest is Dr. Neelam Uppal.


Dr. Uppal is an author, a speaker, and an activist for women's rights. Originally from East Indian, she currently resides in New York City as an infectious disease specialist. A survivor of both domestic abuse and workplace bullying, Dr. Uppal and is working to help others overcome their own experiences with sexual harrassment by sharing her story of overcoming as a female in a male dominated field.


Dr. Uppal is always look for allies in her quest for equality and she can be contacted directly by Email at nneelu123@aol.com

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode # 214: Rick Lee James and Brannon Hancock: Hymn Adaptation and Modernization

June 28, 2017

Live from the Church of the Nazarene 2017 General Assembly in Indianapolis: Rick Lee James and Brannon Hancock present Hymn Adaptation and Modernization.

Part of the Spirit and Truth mini-conference sponsored by NNU Wesley Center and Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #213: Small, Medium, Large with Brannon Hancock and Andrea Garcia

June 23, 2017

  Brannon Hancock and Andrew Garcia join Rick Lee James for a conversation on worship in the context of small, medium, and large churches. Recorded live and the Indana Convention Center at the General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #212 - The Fourfold Pattern of Worship

June 14, 2017

On this episode we focus in on the ancient fourfold pattern of worship:

1.) Gathering

2.) Word

3.) Table

4.) Sending


This ancient pattern of worship can help restore a lack of balance to our modern worship services by helping us move away from a personality driven service, to a Trinity centered service that's involved the entire congregation in communion with God.


For you, the listeners of Voices In My Head (The Official Podcast of Rick Lee James), Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.

I Personally recommend Wonder by R. J. Palacio. You can download Wonder or another audiobook free by trying audible.com.

To download your free audiobook today go to audibletrial.com/VoicesInMyHead


Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #211 with guest Stu G

June 7, 2017

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #211 with guest Stu G


The 5-star-acclaimed, multi-artist Beatitudes album made its debut on Yahoo! Music and released to digital and physical retailers worldwide from Stugiology Music with management, marketing and distribution through The Fuel Music. The album, which showcases 18 new tracks (plus 2 bonus tracks) from multiple GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning artists, leaders in their respective genres of Christian/Worship music, is called “uplifting and inspiring” by Entertainment Weekly, is featured along with Sheryl Crow, Incubus, Lana Del Rey and others in Apple Music's April 21 newsletter, and is JesusFreakHideout's first 5-star review of 2017.


Featured on the cover of the current Christian Musician magazine, and with a CCM Magazine cover story set for this month amidst other features and reviews, the Beatitudes album is part of The Beatitudes Project (www.thebeatitudesproject.com,

#TheBeatitudesProject), which is also a book, Words From The Hill (An Invitation to the Unexpected) available now from NavPress, and a documentary film, View From the Hill, currently in production. It is the culmination of GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award-winning musician, producer and author Stu Garrard’s (Stu G) 15-year excavation of these “blessings at the bottom of life.”


“The guitarist and songwriter Stu G has spent the last two decades traveling the world to understand how poverty, prostitution, drug addiction, and sex trafficking have afflicted society globally. But he’s turned those learning experiences into something uplifting and inspiring,” writes Entertainment Weekly as Yahoo! Music lauds The Beatitudes Project as “inspired by a rock star’s two decades of world travel, and his encounters with extreme wealth and even greater poverty – both physical and emotional.”


Along his journey, Garrard met amazing, present day peacemakers in Israel and Palestine and writes about their stories in his “Peacemakers—Living in the Contested Space” chapter of Words From The Hill. The stories include those of Robi Damelin, an Israeli living in Tel Aviv whose son was killed by a Palestinian sniper in 2002, Israeli Roni Keidar, who sees rockets made from lampposts fall on her farmland, indiscriminately killing workers who are like family to her, Palestinian Daoud Nassar, a farmer who refuses to be a victim, refuses to hate, refuses to be an enemy, Palestinian Sami Awad, a Christian and founder of Holy Land Trust, and Todd Deatherage of The Telos Group, which works to equip Americans to build a transformative pro-Israeli, pro-Palestinian, pro-peace movement.


“We have to walk into the conflicted spaces and face those things and say, ‘no, I’m going to create a new future, and a new story.’ That’s what peacemaking does,” says Garrard in a video featured on his Facebook page.


Can you meet me in the middle where the light don’t shine

Where there are no sides

Between you and I

Can you meet me in the middle cos we got to find

Find another way

(Beatitudes rock anthem “In The Middle” sung by Garrard)


In addition to peacemakers, The Beatitudes Project reveals a wide world of connected stories: real people from all faiths and walks of life who embody mercy, poverty, meekness, the hungry and thirsty, the mourners, and the pure in heart—as seen, heard and experienced through a 21st century lens.


Video stories behind several of the songs featured on the Beatitudes album are highlighted on Garrard’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stugworld, including the songs featuring Amy Grant (“Morning Light”), Michael W. Smith (“Carry On”), Martin Smith (“Holy Troublemakers”), Hillsong UNITED (“The View from Here”), Matt Maher with additional vocals by Audrey Assad (“Oh Mercy”), John Mark McMillan (“Heaven Is Around Us”) and Propaganda (“Make A Little Trouble”).


In addition to the artists aforementioned, featured on the Beatitudes album are All Sons & Daughters, Amanda Cook, The Brilliance, Anthony Skinner, Terrian Bass and Becky Harding. Collectively, these artists have sold more than 62 million records, won 11 Grammy, 90 Dove Awards and amassed dozens of hit songs and millions of followers on social media.


The Beatitudes Project is meant to be a reset button in a world plagued with violence and division,” says Garrard. “These upside-down Jesus announcements on a hillside by the Sea of Galilee in Matthew 5 where Jews, Greeks, Romans and people of all ethnicities were gathered are a reminder that there is another way.”


About Stugiology Music:

Stugiology Music is a record label formed by Stu Garrard, who is perhaps best-known as the guitarist / songwriter for the RIAA Certified Gold-selling, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning British band Delirious?. He is also a founding member of One Sonic Society (although no longer with the band) and recorded and released his first solo project in 2013, Of Burdens, Birds, and Stars. When not touring with Michael W. Smith or adding his sonic paint to Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Meredith Andrews, All Sons & Daughters, Amy Grant and many others’ recordings, Garrard is writing, recording, speaking, leading worship and working with JHS on a custom line of guitar pedals. He lives in Nashville with his wife Karen. For all the latest Stu Garrard news and tour information, go to www.stugworld.com.


About The Fuel Music:

Established in 2008, The Fuel Music & Management Co., LLC, is a leading artist management and artist solutions company that independently distributes music internationally. Based in Tennessee, the Fuel team brings nearly 70 years of combined music industry experience in record label operations, major label distribution and marketing, and artist management for artists ranging from upstart bands to GRAMMY Award nominated, multi-platinum artists. More information on the company can be found at www.thefuelmusic.com.


About NavPress:

The NavPress mission is to advance the calling of The Navigators by bringing biblically rooted, culturally relevant, and highly practical products to people who want to know and love Christ more deeply. Through The Message Bible and other insightful resources, NavPress seeks to bring positive spiritual movement to peoples’ lives. In January 2014, NavPress entered into an alliance with Tyndale House Publishers to strengthen and better position NavPress and its rich content for the future. NavPress provides books and other content that bring spiritual impact, life transformation, and help lead in the mission of making disciples. A NavPress resource published in alliance with Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., NAVPRESS and the NAVPRESS logo are registered trademarks of NavPress, The Navigators, Colorado Springs, CO.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #210: It’s Pentecost

June 4, 2017

It's Pentecost Sunday!

Worship leaders, lead today like you expect something to happen. It’s Pentecost, it’s Jubilee. If your church is dull today, that’s not the Holy Spirit’s fault. The gospel is never dull and of all days, it won’t be dull today. It’s the birthday of the church! 
Terrorists won’t keep us from our worship, in fact, our worship reveals them as the phonies they are. The Holy Spirit is more powerful than any bomb they could ever think of detonating.
Karl Barth said, “The church must not allow itself to become dull, nor its services dark and gloomy. It must be claimed by, and proclaim the lordship of God…rather than the lordship of the devil or capitalism or communism or human folly and wickedness in general.”
Dullness is the gift of the Devil, not the Holy Spirit. At the first Pentecost of the Church everybody thought the believers were drunk because they were partying so hard and calling everybody from every nation to join in. If the Holy Spirit is leading, it won’t be boring, and it won’t leave anyone out.
For the love of God, lead your people well today. It’s Pentecost, it’s Jubilee. Slaves are set free, sins are forgiven, the Holy Spirit is poured out in our hearts! Hallelujah! He is Risen!



Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #209: Are Hymnbooks The MySpace of the Church?

May 25, 2017

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #209: Are Hymnbooks The MySpace of the Church?

Voices In My Head Podcast #208: Brothers McClurg

May 18, 2017

At the 2017 National Worship Leader Conference in Virginia I sat down with three members of the band, Brothers McClurg, to talk about worship, artistry, ministry, and recording. Listen in as we dine on Eastern Cuisine and share a great conversation.



Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #207: Public Reading of Scripture

May 11, 2017

 This week we tackle the role of public scripture reading in worship. I hope you'll find it to be a useful resource.

-Rick Lee James


 "The reading of Scripture holds a central place in Christian worship. Every week the word of God becomes flash again as the words of the biblical text or read aloud. Those who take on the responsibility of reading scripture in public do so  knowing it's importance,  but rarely having the chance to train in how to do it better. Most readers have never been given the opportunity to consider how each act of public reading of Scripture is an interpretation of the text, nor have they been given the tools for an effective and faithful  Reading performance."

From the Book, Public Reading of Scripture by Clayton R. Schmit.


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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #206: Is Silence The Voice of God?

May 5, 2017

 Do we hear God in silence?  Do we as a people spend enough time in silence to even know what silence sounds like?  What if God speaks in what is not heard?    This  episode is intended to be a discussion starter about the place of silence in our lives, in our worship, and in our world. Join in on the conversation by emailing Rick@RickLeeJames.com, Tweeting @RickLeeJames, or by posting on Facebook and tagging Rick Lee James.





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Voices In My Head Podcast #204: Steven Curtis Chapman - Between Heaven and the Real World

April 21, 2017

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For decades, Steven Curtis Chapman's music and message have brought hope and inspiration to millions around the world. Now, for the first time, Steven openly shares the experiences that have shaped him, his faith, and his music in a life that has included incredible highs and faith-shaking lows.

Readers will be captivated by this exclusive look into Steven's childhood and challenging family dynamic growing up, how that led to music and early days on the road, his wild ride to the top of the charts, his relationship with wife Mary Beth, and the growth of their family through births and adoptions. In addition to inside stories from his days of youth to his notable career, including the background to some of his best-loved songs, readers will walk with Steven down the devastating road of loss after the tragic death of five-year-old daughter Maria. And they'll experience his return to the stage after doubting he could ever sing again.

Poignant, gut-wrenchingly honest, yet always hopeful, Steven offers no sugary solutions to life's toughest questions. Yet out of the brokenness, he continues to trust God to one day fix what is unfixable in this life. This backstage look at the down-to-earth superstar they've come to love will touch fans' lives and fill their hearts with hope. Includes black-and-white photos throughout.


 We hope you enjoy this special review of Steven Curtis Chapman's latest book.

Voices In My Head Podcast #203 - The Sermons of Karl Barth: Easter Edition

April 15, 2017


Voices In My Head Podcast #203 - The Sermons of Karl Barth: Easter Edition



Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations Album Sampler

April 7, 2017

This is a preview sampler of each song on my album "Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations". I hope you enjoy the preview and will consider sharing it with others. If you would like to get a copy there are a few links for that. Thank you for supporting my artistic endeavors and being so encouraging.

•iTunes: https://itun.es/us/nB6V_

•Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com


Podcast Episode #202: The 5 Senses of Worship with Scott Kelley

April 7, 2017

 On this episode of Voices In My Head, Worship Pastor Scott Kelley drops in to discuss how to engage our congregations using all 5 senses. It's a great conversation recorded on location at Dorothy Lane Market in Hillsboro Ohio.

Episode 201: So You Want To Host A Podcast

March 31, 2017

Many believe that podcasts are the future of storytelling and many churches are using the medium to reach far beyond the walls of their churches. In this podcast, recorded at Team Day in Perry Michigan, we will discuss how to start a podcast, some tools for podcasting that are helpful, and how your church can implement them effectively.

Podcast Episode #200 Recorded at Temple Sholom - Guest: Rabbi Cary Kozberg

March 24, 2017

It's our 200th episode and we wanted to do something special. This week's episode of Voices In My Head was recorded live at temple Sholom in Springfield Ohio. Rabbi Cary Kozberg was gracious enough to sit down for a bit to discuss the things that we share in common as people of faith. It is our belief that in Judaism and Christianity there is a whole lot more that we share in common than what divides us. This is the first of what we hope will be many inter-faith dialogues between the Voices In My Head Podcast and of people of other faith. There is so much in this world that we can learn from each other, no matter how young or how old we are.

Bio for Cary Kozberg

Rabbi Cary Kozberg is currently serving as Rabbi of Temple Sholom in Springfield Ohio—the position he first held after his rabbinical ordination in 1977.

Rabbi Kozberg served as Director of Religious Life at Wexner Heritage Village, a senior residential care facility in Columbus, Ohio, from 1989 to 2015.


A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Texas (Phi Beta Kappa), Rabbi Kozberg received his Masters of Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.  He served as Rabbi of Temple Sholom from 1977 to 1980, and then as of Beth Israel Congregation in Roanoke, VA from 1980 to 1982.


From 1982 to 1987, Rabbi Kozberg was the Hillel Director at the University of Texas in Austin, and then spent two years as a kibbutznik in Israel at Neve Ilan.


As Director of Religious Life for Wexner Heritage Village from 1989 to 2015, he developed and broadened religious and spiritual programming for both Jewish and non-Jewish residents, their families and staff, and worked to integrate spiritual values into WHV’s program of providing holistic care to older adults.  


He is a Board Certified Chaplain, and an active member of the National Association of Jewish chaplains, having received that organization’s “Chaplain of the Year” Award in 2012.


Rabbi Kozberg is a Past Chair of the Forum on Religion Spirituality and Aging, a constituent group of the American Society on Aging, and a past editor of FORSA’s quarterly newsletter. A published author and poet, he has presented workshops and seminars around the country, and is a nationally recognized resource on the spiritual, emotional, and psychological challenges that face older adults and their families.  His many publications include Honoring Broken Tablets: A Jewish Approach to Dementia (Jewish Lights Publishing), “The Whole World is Full of God’s Glory” in Broken Fragments: Jewish Experiences of Alzheimer’s Disease through Diagnosis, Adaptation, and Moving On, edited by Rabbi Douglas Kohn (URJ Press), and Flourishing In The Later Years: Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Senior Residential Care, co-edited with Rabbi James Michaels (Mazo Publishing).  He has been an Instructor in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School for Jewish Education in Columbus, and is a Past President of the Columbus Board of Rabbis.   As part of his commitment to healthy and sacred living, Rabbi Kozberg is committed to physical fitness and teaches personal self-defense techniques to children, teens and adults.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #199: Author David Morrell Returns

March 6, 2017

David Morrell is best known for his acclaimed thrillers, including The Brotherhood of the RoseCreepersMurder as a Fine Art, and his debut novel, First Blood, in which Rambo first appeared. But Morrell is also a master of nonfiction. Twenty of his essays about iconic writers, actors, and singers are collected in STARS IN MY EYES: MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH BOOKS, MOVIES, AND MUSIC.

Morrell describes how at the age of 17 he was fired from working on a construction project and walked home in despair, only to turn on the television and see Rod Serling’s Patterns, which gave him a life-long lesson about story construction. He tells how Stirling Silliphant’s scripts for the classic TV series Route 66prompted him to write to Silliphant for advice about becoming a writer. Silliphant replied with a two-page single-spaced letter that Morrell looks at every day. (Silliphant and Morrell eventually became friends and worked together on the NBC miniseries of Morrell’s The Brotherhood of the Rose.)

The essays in this captivating book range from Henry James’s ghost stories to Steve McQueen’s abusive personality to Bobby Darin’s tragic last days. Did you know that John Wayne was a master chess player or that Frank Sinatra had permanent facial scars or that when Marilyn Monroe was married to Joe DiMaggio, there was a reason apart from baseball for him to be called “the slugger”? Ever heard of Richard Harding Davis? In his day he was the most famous author in America. His adventures provided a model upon which Stephen Crane, Jack London, and Ernest Hemingway built their personas.

Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Matheson, Wilkie Collins, John D. Macdonald’s Travis McGee: these are some of the other fascinating figures that Morrell profiles in this mesmerizing collection that’s as compelling as it is revealing.

David Morrell's Web Site: http://davidmorrell.net

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #198: The Invitation - The Wesleyan View of the Eucharist with guests Lisa Michaels and Matthew Price

February 22, 2017

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #198: The Invitation - The Wesleyan View of the Eucharist with guests Lisa Michaels and Matthew Price.

With the release of my new music video, The Invitation, on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, I wanted to have a conversation on the Eucharist as viewed through a Wesleyan lens. Lisa, Matt and I have a great conversation about the welcoming call to fellowship in the body of Christ at the Lord's table.

Matt Price teaches intercultural studies at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is the pastor of The Shepherd's House, a Church of the Nazarene that meets in a local pub. 

L Michaels is a follower of Jesus, theology student, author, blogger, editor, educator, wife, mom, and aspiring peacemaker.  She has a B.S.M. (business management) from Indiana Wesleyan University and an M.A. and M.Div. (both in theology/spiritual formation) from Northwest Nazarene University.  L writes about theology, the sacraments, and ministry to the least of these at Flip Flops, Glitter, and Theology (.com). In her spare time, L sings and dances with babies (AKA teaches early childhood music), plans outlandish vacations, drinks voluminous amounts of Peppermint Bark Mocha (preferably at local coffee shops), and masquerades as Catholic, so she can participate in the Eucharist more often. 


The Invitation


Words and music by Rick Lee James and Andrew Greer


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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #197 - I Will Think On These Things

February 16, 2017

Philippians 4:8 is what guides this episode: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.


 This episode is a study and meditation on how good things get imprinted into our thoughts. Take some time for prayerful listening to what God may be speaking to our hearts.


Feauring the original song by Rick Lee James: The Love of Christ

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #196: How To Disagree Agreeably

February 9, 2017

The level of discourse in this country seems to be at an all time low. Instead of having face to face conversations we just all seem to be writing rude, snarky, and disrespectful comments about each other on social media. As followers of Christ we should lead the way in having generous conversations, seasoned with grace. On this episode I dive into a few ways to have discussions with people with whom we disagree. The hope is that we might be able to stop looking at our conversations as a competitions to be won, and seek  honest dialogues where we hear each other, even when we disagree.