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.


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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


© Copyright 2014, Assigned 2015 McKinney Music, Inc. (BMI) (admin. by LifeWay Worship c/o Music Services, www.musicservices.org)/ Mr. Andy’s Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission. CCLI #7016054

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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.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #195: The Refugee Conversations

January 31, 2017

This episode deals with an article from the European Church of the Nazarene and conversations that they want Christians around the world to have with and about refugees. It's a highly volatile climate right now and it is my hope that this episode of Voices In My Head Podcast will bring us all into a greater understanding of the plight of refugees and our conversations with and about them. Alternative facts are not permitted.


Rick Lee James

Episode #194 - Joy and Sorrow Meet with Weston Skaggs

January 23, 2017



Weston Skaggs is the Voice In My Head this episode. The dramatic birth of his daughter, near loss of his wife in that childbirth, and the adoption of his son all were life altering experiences that fed into the songs on his first full length album: Joy & Sorrow Meet.

Produced by Chris Hoisington of Brothers McClurg, Joy & Sorrow Meet marries Weston’s vocation as a church worship leader and his penchant for personal storytelling. Raw lyrics set to music that doesn’t mind showing off it’s “humanness” draws the listener into a journey of the heart. Stylistically, the album combines classic gospel and folk, strung together with alt-country instrumentation, then set in an indie-sonic landscape.


Weston Skaggs is many things. A South Carolina boy raised in Ohio. Husband to Amy and daddy to Paisley and Bo. Singer/songwriter. Beard enthusiast. Registered nurse. Star Wars nerd. A no longer suffering Cleveland sports fan. And most importantly: Christian. This causes his music to be painted with the brushes of redemption, faith, hope, and love. "I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that changed me from my blindness and self-centeredness to a life of purpose. I'm passionate to create a fresh and unique musical sound that offers encouragement to the church and hope to lost and hurting people.", Skaggs says.


Find out more at www.westonskaggsmusic.com

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #193 with Science Mike McHargue

January 16, 2017

Mike McHargue (better known as Science Mike) is the best-selling author of Finding God in the Waves, host of Ask Science Mike and co-host of The Liturgists Podcast. He's a leading voice on matters of science and religion with a monthly reach in the hundreds of thousands. Among other outlets, Mike has written for RELEVANT, Don Miller's Storyline, BioLogos, and The Washington Post.

Mike loves sharing ideas in person, and is an in-demand speaker at conferences, churches, and colleges.  He's recently spoken to sold-out crowds in New York about the science of addiction, explained the science of storytelling at Storyline in Chicago, and shown people how Christianity can embrace the modern world at Belong in London.

Mike lives in Tallahassee, FL with his wife Jenny and two daughters.


Science Mike

Voices In My Head Episode #192: Guest Troy Bronsink at the Hive

January 9, 2017

My guest today on Voices In My Head is Troy Bronsink

Troy is the founder and director of The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action, a nonprofit social enterprise in Cincinnati curating contemplative small groups and mindfulness in the workplace. Troy is also a singer, a songwriter, and speaker who has spent the last 15 years speaking, leading music, and leading retreats for creatives, social activists and faith groups. He is also the author of the book, Drawn In: A Creative Process For Artists, Activists, and Jesus Followers.


Find out more about The Hive:


Troy Bronsink's Web site:




Episode #191 - An Appeal To Christians Regarding President-Elect Donald Trump

January 1, 2017

Episode 191 is an appeal to Christians regarding President-Elect Donald Trump. This appeal consists of 5 things.

1. We will pray for President-elect Trump, elected officials, our nation, our churches, and each other.

2. Rooted in the teachings of Jesus and the prophets, we will tell the truth about the world around us, and we will speak up for those who have been marginalized and taken advantage of.

3. We will actively resist the temptation to overlook or normalize values, speech, and behavior that are in conflict with what Scripture calls us to.

4. In the name of Jesus, we call President-elect Trump to repentance for dishonoring the image of God in others.

5. We will fix our eyes on Jesus and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, redouble our efforts to honor the image of God in all people and to love all our neighbors as ourselves.


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Episode 190 - Karl Barth Christmas Day Sermon 1918

December 18, 2016

"How should we know that there is heaven after death, when this side of death we expect nothing of heaven?" - Karl Barth (from his Christmas Day Sermon 1918)karl_barth.jpg

Voices In My Head Podcast #189: The Christmas Club by Bill Harley

December 12, 2016

DISCLAIMER: The story shared on this podcast was originally shared by Bill Harley on NPR's Tinsel Tales Volume 2. Voices In My Head Productions does not own this story, or this audio but we are big fans of Bill Harley and want to spread the word about his stories and music. Please visit www.BillHarley.com and find a wonderful world of storytelling.


The Christmas Club
by Bill Harley

Commentator Bill Harley was a great saver, but he had a lot to learn about spending. As a young boy, he discovered the true spirit of giving.



Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy award-winning artist, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI Council for the Humanities and an NPR commentator, Bill’s songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Home of "Zanzibar", "Monsters In The Bathroom", "50 Ways To Fool Your Mother", "You're In Trouble", "Dad Threw The TV Out The Window", "Down in the Backpack" and "The Ballad of Dirty Joe", Bill’s work spans the generation gap. Singer, storyteller, author, playwright, educator, performing artist – welcome to the world of Bill Harley – a world of wit and wisdom.




Podcast #188 - Jewish Prayer, Jesus Prayer - Praying With The Church Part One

December 9, 2016

Today we begin a new series on Praying with the church. This episode deals with Jewish Prayer Practices which Jesus and his disciples likely engaged in. I hope you will join in on these prayer practices as we intentionally seek to make every moment a sacred moment.

Voices In My Head Podcast #187 - Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations Sampler

December 8, 2016

Thinking of giving the gift of music this Christmas but you aren't sure of what kind of music that those special people in your life might appreciate? This week's podcast is a sample of the entire album, "Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations". Listen first and see if you like the music enought to give it as a gift this year, and if you do like it you can buy it at www.RickLeeJames.com, Bandcamp.com, iTunes, CDBaby.com or Amazon.com.


Rick lee James live concert movie available on Amazon Instant Video.


Also, check out Rick Lee James interview about Advent on CCMMagazine.com


You can also purchase Rick's book, Out of the Depths, on Amazon.com

Podcast 186: The Sermons of Karl Barth part 4 - An Advent Sermon

November 26, 2016


Podcast 186: The Sermons of Karl Barth part 4 - An Advent Sermon

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #185_Ian Zumback

November 16, 2016

Ian Zumback is a singer and songwriter based out of Nashville Tennessee with an amazing new single making it's debut Friday November 18th. The single is called "Murderer a Messenger" and the accompanying documentary can be seen at the following link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp7aYTtyV74


At the heart of Ian's ministry through music is a desire to refresh and comfort others (Acts 3:19, 2 Cor.1:3-4); to build community through relationships (Acts 2:46); to point others to Jesus (John 3:30); to touch lives (Isaiah 61:4); and to be used to reconcile others to God through Christ (2 Cor. 5:20).



Podcast #184 - Post-election Thoughts on Being the Church

November 12, 2016

It's not a long podcast today but I wanted to at least address very briefly the election of 2016 and also to share a few announcements of things happening and things coming up.

Voices In My Head Podcast #183: Finding God in the Exorcist with Guest Ben DeBono

October 25, 2016

On this episode of the podcast Ben DeBono of the Sci Fi Christian Podcast drops by to talk about the classic horror film and novel, The Exorcist. It is our belief that the story is not as much a tale of the demonic as of the God who overcomes all evil. Listen in as we discuss one of the first faith based films to be made by Hollywood. Long before there was Facing the Giants, there was, The Exorcist. Join us as we search for God in the Exorcist.

"Do not despise my command because you know me to be a sinner. It's God himself who commands you! The majestic Christ who commands! God the Father commands you! God the son commands you! God the holy spirit commands you! The mystery of the cross commands you! The blood of the martyrs commands you!"

Voices In My Head Podcast #182 - The Sermons of Karl Barth part 3

October 17, 2016

This is part three in the "Sermons of Karl Barth" series. It's another early sermon of Barth and we can see his theology forming and being shaped by the likes of Hermann in this sermon. A very similar sermon style to what we often hear today but it was a bit more revolutionary back then with its straw man premise. Prepare for the coming day of the Lord as we wait for and hasten to our God in part three of Voices In My Head Podcast's sermons of Karl Barth series.

Podcast #181: Walter Brueggemann Returns

October 13, 2016

It's a joy to welcome Walter Brueggemann back to the Voices In My Head Podcast. Walter Brueggemann (born March 11, 1933 in Tilden, Nebraska) is an American Protestant Old Testament scholar and theologian. Brueggemann is widely considered one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades. Today we discuss his new book in the Interpretations series, Money and Possessions.

Podcast 180 - The Brothers McClurg Anthony Hoisington

October 6, 2016

It was a great honor to sit down and chat with Anthony Hoisington Of the Worship Band, The Brothers McClurg minutes after they led worship at the National Worship Leaders Conference in Kansas City on October 6th, 2016. We talk about leading worship in local churches, while on the road, and about the new Brothers McClurg project coming out in 2017.

Episode 179: Racism In America - A Conversation with Brandon Sipes and Randy Smoot

September 30, 2016

Randy Smoot is a probation officer in the Clark County Juvenile Court.

Brandon Sipes is program coordinator for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.

Prompted by the police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte, on this episode of Voices In My Head we discuss the problems of racism in America, both explicit and subtle. We talk about things like white privilege, racial fatigue, racial violence, being a parent of black children in America, an imbalance of power and more.

Our hope is that conversations like these will happen more and more. Racism will not just go away by pretending it isn't there or hoping it disappears. We are all guilty of prejudice and often by being silent we make the problem worse. This is our attempt at not being silent. We must not allow our fear of saying the wrong thing keep us from having the conversation.

The Sermons of Karl Barth part 2 -Episode 178 Voices In My Head Podcast

September 26, 2016


The Sermons of Karl Barth part 2 -Episode 178 Voices In My Head Podcast

Barth preached this sermon on Easter Sunday in 1917 (April 8th). He said he could almost "hear the sound of guns booming away in the north."Christ in this sermon is portrayed as a preacher who brings a one word sermon, and that word is "God!"

Podcast Episode #177_Jonathan Cain from Journey Releases What God Wants

September 19, 2016


My guest on this episode of Voices In My Head is Jonathan Cain. Jonathan is the longtime keyboardist and rhythm guitarist in the internationally acclaimed rock band Journey. He's also the co-writer of the No. 1 digital catalog song in history, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” as well as writer of “Faithfully” and co-writer of “Who’s Crying Now,” “Open Arms” and many more international hit songs. Jonathan will release his new solo album, What God Wants to Hear, on Oct. 21 on Identity Records with The Fuel Music distribution.


Rick Lee James making a music video on September 23rd and I'm requesting three things from the listeners of Voices in My Head:

1.) Prayer
2.) Financial Support
3.) Your Prayerfully Imaginative Ideas for the video

Our hope is to portray that while we are in the midst of great brokenness, and longing that we hopefully look to the great mystery of our faith Christ has died, Christ Is Risen, and that Christ is Coming Back again.

Listen to this 20 minute episode and then visit GoFundMe.com/RickLeeJames to find out how you can help make this video a reality.

Podcast #176: Watching, Waiting, Longing and the Advent Hymn Music Video

September 15, 2016

On this episode of Voices In My Head I share about some of the great things God is doing, has done, and where we believe God is leading us next. We are making a music video on September 23rd and I'm requesting three things from the listeners of Voices in My Head:

1.) Prayer
2.) Financial Support
3.) Your Prayerfully Imaginative Ideas for the video

Our hope is to portray that while we are in the midst of great brokenness, and longing that we hopefully look to the great mystery of our faith Christ has died, Christ Is Risen, and that Christ is Coming Back again.

Listen to this 20 minute episode and then visit GoFundMe.com/RickLeeJames to find out how you can help make this video a reality.

Rick Lee James

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 175: Caleb Ingram and Declare Dayton

September 14, 2016

On Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:00pm in the University of Dayton Arena, a very powerful Worship event called Declare Dayton will be taking place. The organizer of the event, Caleb Ingram, is our guest today on Voices In My Head, sharing all about the event and the vision behind it.

Visit the Declare Dayton Website at http://declareworshipcommunity.org

The Sermons of Karl Barth - part 1 - Episode 174 - Voices in My Head Podcast

September 11, 2016

This is the beginning of what will be several ongoing episodes of Voices In My Head dealing with the sermons of Karl Barth. In this episode I share a sermon of Barth from March 4th, 1917. The text is Mark 10:46-52.About Karl Barth - From WikiKarl Barth (/bɑːrt/; German: [baʀt]; May 10, 1886 – December 10, 1968) was a Swiss Reformed theologian who is often regarded as the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. Pope Pius XII called him the most important Christian theologian since St. Thomas Aquinas. His influence expanded well beyond the academic realm to mainstream culture, leading him to be featured on the cover of Time on April 20, 1962.Beginning with his experience as a pastor, Barth rejected his training in the predominant liberal theology typical of 19th-century European Protestantism. He also rejected more conservative forms of Christianity. Instead he embarked on a new theological path initially called dialectical theology due to its stress on the paradoxical nature of divine truth (e.g., God's relationship to humanity embodies both grace and judgment). Many critics have referred to Barth as the father of neo-orthodoxy – a term that Barth emphatically rejected. A more charitable description of his work might be "a theology of the Word." Barth's work had a profound impact on twentieth century theology and figures such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer – who like Barth became a leader in the Confessing Church – Thomas F. Torrance, Reinhold Niebuhr, Jacques Ellul, Stanley Hauerwas, Jürgen Moltmann, and novelists such as John Updike and Miklós Szentkuthy.Barth's unease with the dominant theology which characterized Europe led him to become a leader in the Confessing Church in Germany, which actively opposed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. In particular, Barth and other members of the movement vigorously attempted to prevent the Nazis from taking over the existing church and establishing a state church controlled by the regime. This culminated in Barth's authorship of the Barmen Declaration, which fiercely criticized Christians who supported the Nazis.One of the most prolific and influential theologians of the twentieth century, Barth emphasized the sovereignty of God, particularly through his reinterpretation of the Calvinistic doctrine of election, the sinfulness of humanity, and the "infinite qualitative distinction between God and mankind". His most famous works are his The Epistle to the Romans, which marked a clear break from his earlier thinking, and his massive thirteen-volume work Church Dogmatics, one of the largest works of systematic theology ever written.

Voices In My Head Podcast #173: Guest Michael Logen

August 31, 2016

You've heard his music on tv shows like Parenthood, Suits, Nashville, The Hills, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. You've heard his songs sung by artists like Kelly Clarkson, Johnny Lang, Mat Kearney, Brandon Heath, and Point of Grace just to name a few. Now you get to hear him in this episode of Voices In My Head, the official Podcast of Rick Lee James. We are so happy to welcome phenomenal singer and songwriter Michael Logen to the show this week.

Michael Logen's Official Web Site: www.MichaelLogen.com

Podcast Episode 172: Brian L Powell

August 26, 2016

This weeks guest is Brian L Powell. We played guitar together, shared some laughs, talked about the pluses and minuses of social media and had a great conversation on being missIonal.