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

June 20, 2018

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.


Rick Lee James



Image may contain: one or more people



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

June 13, 2018

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

Related image

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


Image may contain: one or more people

Coming Soon: Rick Lee James new album - THUNDER

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

June 7, 2018

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.


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.

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 Episode # 269: Crowd Music Founder & CEO Mike Castronovo

May 30, 2018


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.


To join Crowd Music and support this podcast go to www.crowdmusic.com/RickLeeJames and use Promoter #337


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

May 23, 2018

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

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

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

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.


Rick Lee James

Life and Holiness 
by Thomas Merton 
Buy the Book at This Link: http://a.co/eCRSFv3


Episode #264: I’m Proud of You - Tim Madigan’s Friendship with Mister Rogers

April 25, 2018

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


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/


Follow Rick Lee James on Twitter at @RickLeeJames

Follow the Mister Rogers Twitter accoun that Rick Lee James runs at @MisterRogersSay


Rick Lee James Official Web Site: www.RickLeeJames.com


Voices In My Head Episode #263 - Superman Turns 80

April 19, 2018

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.





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

April 18, 2018

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 262 

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


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.



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


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.


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.



Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #260: Christa Wells

March 28, 2018


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/

Read the rest of this entry »

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

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #259:


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.




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

March 10, 2018

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.



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

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



  1. Read the rest of this entry »

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

March 2, 2018

An Islam Conversation with Samina and Sana Ahmed

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

Image may contain: one or more people Read the rest of this entry »

Slack Community For The voices In My Head Podcast Community

February 25, 2018

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.

Voices In My Head Episode #255_Lent with Walter Brueggemann

February 23, 2018

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.


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/



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


February 16, 2018


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 


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.




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.


Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 253 with Guest Jeremy Casella

February 8, 2018

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:


•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:


•To Fund Rick Lee James Album:


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

February 6, 2018

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


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:



Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head


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

January 31, 2018


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.



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

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.


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

The Painted Desert - A New Album by Andrew Osenga project video thumbnail

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



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.


Image may contain: 1 person, text

Voices In My Head Podcast #247: Epiphany

January 5, 2018

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


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

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.

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



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

Email click

Join our Email List To Get the Latest Updates


Image may contain: one or more people and text

Hear Now


Tour Dates:


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

December 12, 2017

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

Podcast Now available of Spotify: Spotify.jpg

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














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.


Rick_Lee_James_Spotify.jpg Rick_Esquire_Cover.jpg


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!”


More from Rick Lee James


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:

Image result for hymns prayers and invitations1478133178421.jpeg?w=350&h=200&crop=1   

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


Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, text 

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

Empathy for the Devil: Finding Ourselves in the Villains of the Bible by [Forasteros, JR.]...Image result for empathy for the devil JR. Forasteros

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.

Image result for dave Trout UTR Media

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.


Rick Lee James Spotify

Follow Rick Lee James on Spotify

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

 Image result for brian owens soul of cash

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!

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, text and outdoor

Follow Rick Lee James music on Spotify:




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

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, playing a musical instrument and guitar

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


IMG_6020.jpgRich Mullins, Andrew Greer, CCM Magazine - image


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?



Rick Lee James Hear Now