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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 331: Signs of Life with Stephanie Lobdell

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 331: Signs of Life with Stephanie Lobdell

August 14, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 331: Signs of Life with Stephanie Lobdell

 

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Signs of Life: Resurrecting Hope Out Of Ordinary Loss

Every day we lose a little bit of something.
Career plans wither. Friendships crumble. Our zeal for Jesus wanes. Whether it’s the demise of ideals and expectations, belief in the church, a previously healthy relationship, or our image of ourselves: we all experiences losses. 
So does the God of the resurrection have anything to say to our hurts? Was Christ’s resurrection a once-and-done thing, or is there hope for healing and restoration now? 

In Signs of Life, pastor and writer Stephanie Lobdell leads readers into the grand story of God’s saving action and resurrection power. Punctuated with stories of biblical figures such as Sarah, Naaman, Saul, and Anna—who faced ordinary deaths and also God’s reviving power —Signs of Life claims Jesus’ resurrection matters now. In candid and artful prose, Lobdell shares stories of her own depression, loss of confidence, and disillusionment with the church.
Hope isn’t cheap, and you can’t muscle your way through to joy. There’s no sense in pretending everything is fine. Yet through it all, Lobdell claims, God breathes life into what seems beyond redemption. Through it all, the resurrection matters.

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 330: Ben DeLong - There’s A God In My Closet

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 330: Ben DeLong - There’s A God In My Closet

August 7, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 330: Ben DeLong - There's A God In My Closet: Encountering The Love Who Embraces Our Skeletons

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There's a God in My Closet

Encountering the Love Who Embraces Our Skeletons

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Many have been taught to see God as a terrifying agent of wrath who spews anger at any sign of imperfection. At the same time, they’ve been taught that they are inherently flawed and devoid of goodness. Where does that leave us? For Ben DeLong, it left him hiding his skeletons from the monster he believed God to be. This proved to be a perfect recipe for anxiety, depression, and insecurity. But what if God accepts our skeletons? What if he actually embraces them in love? How would that change our outlook? For Ben, it changed everything. This book is about his journey to find what was always true: we are eternally embraced by God, skeletons and all, and he is never letting go

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 329: Nikki Lerner and Multicultural Worship Ministry

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 329: Nikki Lerner and Multicultural Worship Ministry

July 31, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 329: Nikki Lerner and Multicultural Worship Ministry

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Nikki Lerner is an artist, teacher, speaker, author and 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.  Nikki has been a driving force behind the Multicutural Worship Leaders Network and The MWLN’s 2019 Leadership Conference, One, happens this October 10th and 11th at Bridgeway Community Church

Owings Mills, Maryland.

 

Nikki Lerner's Official Website: http://www.nikkilerner.com

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 328: A Third Way To Talk About Abortion - ProGrace CEO Angie Weszely

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 328: A Third Way To Talk About Abortion - ProGrace CEO Angie Weszely

July 24, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 328: A Third Way To Talk About Abortion - ProGrace CEO Angie Weszely

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According to Lifeway Research, 36% of women who get abortions are regular church attenders. Only 7% talk to anyone at their church before making that decision.

Increasingly, Christians and churches are becoming silent in the abortion conversation. Many leaders have say this is because they wrestle with how to communicate God’s heart on this issue.

The political dialogue frames the issue in a way that makes us feel we must choose between advocating for either the woman OR the child. But when we align with this either/or mentality, it actually limits our positive influence in our culture.

Instead, we can start believing God to give us a creative solution based on His wisdom and provision - and His love for BOTH the woman and the child.

My Guest Today on Voices In My Head is Angie Weszely.

Angie Weszely is CEO Pro-Grace a faith-based nonprofit creating a third option in the abortion debate by equipping Christians with a new approach to the issue.

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 327: William Willimon - Accidental Preacher

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 327: William Willimon - Accidental Preacher

July 17, 2019

 Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 327: William Willimon - Accidental Preacher

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Dr. William Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He is an internationally renowned preacher and widely read author noted for his humor, his insight into the Christian faith, and his theological commitment. His many books have sold over a million copies. His latest book, a memoir titled Accidental Preacher, releases on July 17th, 2019. In Accidental Preacher, Dr. Willimon recounts memorable moments from his rich and full preaching life, with his signature wit and humor. Accidental Preacher portrays the adventure of a life caught up in the purposes of a God who calls unlikely people to engage in work greater than themselves. William Willimon, welcome back to Voices In My Head.

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 326: Lyz Lenz - God Land

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 326: Lyz Lenz - God Land

July 10, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 326: Lyz Lenz - God Land

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In the wake of the 2016 election, Lyz Lenz watched as her country and her marriage were torn apart by the competing forces of faith and politics. A mother of two, a Christian, and a lifelong resident of middle America, Lenz was bewildered by the pain and loss around her—the empty churches and the broken hearts. What was happening to faith in the heartland?

From drugstores in Sydney, Iowa, to skeet shooting in rural Illinois, to the mega churches of Minneapolis, Lenz set out to discover the changing forces of faith and tradition in God's country. Part journalism, part memoir, God Land is a journey into the heart of a deeply divided America. Lenz visits places of worship across the heartland and speaks to the everyday people who often struggle to keep their churches afloat and to cope in a land of instability. Through a thoughtful interrogation of the effects of faith and religion on our lives, our relationships, and our country, God Land investigates whether our divides can ever be bridged and if America can ever come together.

Web Site For Lyz Lenz: https://lyzlenz.com/

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 325: The Jewish View of Creation

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 325: The Jewish View of Creation

July 3, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 325: The Jewish View of Creation

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This episode of Voices In My Head dives into the Creation/Evolution debate from a different perspective than most evangelicals endeavor, the Jewish Perspective. 

So many of our debates and insecurities about things like creation and evolution could be ended if we simply consulted the Jewish faith to help us understand the book that was originally theirs. 

This is an episode much from the Jewish perspective of the conversation using the scholarship of one of the greatest Old Testament scholars of our time, Walther Brueggeman, and a Jewish Rabbi who wrote the text still in use today for young Jewish people in their confirmation,  Roland Bertram Gittelsohn.

 

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 324: Lora Jones Shares How She Found Faith In The Midst of Tragedy

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 324: Lora Jones Shares How She Found Faith In The Midst of Tragedy

June 26, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 324: Lora Jones Shares How She Found Faith In The Midst of Tragedy

Song of a Wounded Heart: Regaining Hope and Trust After Personal Tragedy: The Incredible True Life Story of a Woman Who Lost Everything by [Jones, Lora]

 

Lora Jones’s world shattered on Nov. 23, 2004, the night she survived but lost her husband and two children in a head-on collision. She secretly, desperately wished for death to claim her, too—how could she go on alone?—but a soft, faint voice sang to her in the midst of her deepest pain that night, the voice of God.

 

In her new book, Song of a Wounded Heart: Regaining Hope and Trust After Personal Tragedy: The Incredible True Life Story of a Woman Who Lost Everything (Morgan James Publishing, June 25, 2019), Jones shares her remarkable journey from death to hope and encourages readers to believe in the goodness of God, despite their circumstances.

 

Lora Jones Web Site: https://www.lorajones.org/

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 323: Keith Getty and Sing! 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 323: Keith Getty and Sing! 2019

June 19, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 323: Keith Getty and Sing! 2019

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My guest this week on Voices In My Head is Keith Getty. Keith and his wife Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, they have created a catalogue of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary composition which are sung the world over.

“In Christ Alone” (penned by Keith and long-time writing partner, Stuart Townend) holds the #1 position of most-frequently-sung hymn in UK churches for the past 9 consecutive years. It was voted the #2 best-loved hymn of all time in the UK according to a BBC Songs of Praise national survey and among the top 5 hymns of all time by the UK Hymns Society. According to CCLI, it is estimated that 40 to 50 million people sing “In Christ Alone” in church services each year.

The Gettys' hymns are used both in contemporary and traditional circles, being included in most modern hymnbooks (with a number of these now listing “Getty” as the most-featured composers), while in the more contemporary church, more than 60 of their songs are featured on top 2,000 CCLI charts between the UK and USA.

The Gettys also created Sing! Concerts, Events and Conferences which exist to inspire deep theology, timeless artistry and vibrant singing for the whole family of God in cities across the world.

There is more a lot I could say about the art, artistry, and more importantly the ministry of Keith Getty, but I would rather let him speak for himself. Keith Getty, welcome to Voices In My Head.

Register For The Sing! Conference: https://www.gettymusic.com/events 

 SING! The Life of Christ

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 322: Eli Williams - Author of Father Love

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 322: Eli Williams - Author of Father Love

June 12, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 322: Eli Williams - Author of Father Love

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Eli Williams is a husband, father, grandfather and minister. He is the president and co-founder of Urban Light Ministries which provides a weekly after school program that serves 600 children. ULM operates a growing fatherhood program that annually impacts over 500 dads and their kids.

His passion for fatherhood is rooted in his upbringing and is stoked by his personal work with fathers. Many of whom, for a wide variety of reasons, endure heartache and face tremendous barriers to full participation in the raising of their children. He penned Father Love in the hope that it would encourage and inspire fathers to make every effort to be a big part of their children's lives. He challenges dads to move from good to great as protectors, order keepers, providers and stabilizers.

Eli is the host of the weekly syndicated gospel countdown show Hot Gospel 20 (www.hotgospel20.com). He is a pastor at New Hope Church in Springfield, Ohio where he is deeply involved in serving his community.

 

Eli Williams Web Site: https://urbanlight.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12&Itemid=148

Buy Eli's Book: https://amzn.to/2KoDZKP

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 321: Pentecost

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 321: Pentecost

June 5, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 321: Pentecost

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How will you celebrate Pentecost 2019? Here are some thoughts to help us think more deeply about this very important Holy Day of the Christian and Jewish year. 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 320: A Conversation With Shane Claiborne

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 320: A Conversation With Shane Claiborne

May 29, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 320: A Conversation With Shane Claiborne

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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.

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 319: America’s Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics with Author Joel Edward Goza

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 319: America’s Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics with Author Joel Edward Goza

May 22, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 319: America's Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics with Author Joel Edward Goza

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After receiving degrees from Wheaton College and Duke University, Joel Edward Goza joined the staff at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Houston’s 5th Ward. For 10 years, Joel focused on issues of faith, race, politics and urban research. He provided leadership in urban redevelopment, immigration and educational reform initiatives, developed the Healing the Brokenness Conference that brought Christian leaders together across racial, economic and denominational lines with leading scholars, and facilitated partnerships between the 5th Ward and leading research universities. Joel has also served as a Visiting Scholar on Race, Religion, and Politics for the Center for Faith and Culture at St. Thomas University and at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary. 

Joel also wrote America’s Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics which received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly. Today, Joel continues to write and work from the 5th Ward. He is a Contributing Writer for The North Star and his work has been featured in The Houston Chronicle, and Salon. When not working, Joel spends his time pestering his wife Sarah, daughter Naomi, and son Samuel Roger. 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 318: Dr. Julie Galambush - Hidden Truths: Why Translators Intentionally Mistranslate the Bible

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 318: Dr. Julie Galambush - Hidden Truths: Why Translators Intentionally Mistranslate the Bible

May 15, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 318: Dr. Julie Galambush - Hidden Truths: Why Translators Intentionally Mistranslate the Bible

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This podcast was recorded on May 1st, 7:30 PM at Temple Sholom in Springfield Ohio. It is a lecture delivered by Dr. Julie Galambush. Dr. Galambush is the author of The Reluctant Parting: How the New Testament’s Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book. She received her Ph.D. in Old Testament studies from Emory University and her master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School.

 
The Lecture: Hidden Truths: Why Translators Intentionally Mistranslate the Bible

Translators often choose between showing readers what the Bible does say and what they believe it should say. Strangely, the very fact that translators often believe in the Bible’s authority means they tend to “correct” it--making it say what it should, even when it says something very different. So, what is it that translators don’t want you to know?

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My thanks to Dr. Galmbush for allowing me to record her lecture and to Rabbi Cary Cozberg and Temple Sholom in Springfield Ohio for hosting the event.

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 317: Dr. Julie Galambush - Luke-Acts and the Creation of Christianity

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 317: Dr. Julie Galambush - Luke-Acts and the Creation of Christianity

May 8, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 317: Dr. Julie Galambush - Luke-Acts and the Creation of Christianity

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This podcast was recorded on April 30, 7:30 PM at Temple Sholom in Springfield Ohio. It is a lecture delivered by Dr. Julie Galambush. Dr. Galambush is the author of The Reluctant Parting: How the New Testament’s Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book. She received her Ph.D. in Old Testament studies from Emory University and her master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School.

 
The Lecture: Luke-Acts and the Creation of Christianity. 
The author of Luke-Acts created the now-familiar worldview in which Christianity is simultaneously the fulfillment and the rejection of the Jewish community. In a sad irony, the New Testament narrative that begins by saying God has remembered his people Israel ends with the announcement that God has turned away from the Jews.

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My thanks to Dr. Galmbush for allowing me to record her lecture and to Rabbi Cary Cozberg and Temple Sholom in Springfield Ohio for hosting the event.

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 316: In Conversation with Islam - Dr. Akber Mohammed

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 316: In Conversation with Islam - Dr. Akber Mohammed

May 1, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 316: In Conversation with Islam - Dr. Akber Mohammed

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On the 21st of April 2019Easter Sunday, three Christian churches across Sri Lanka and three luxury hotels in the commercial capital Colombo were targeted in a series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings The Sri Lankan government said the bombings might have been in retaliation for the killing of 50 people last month at mosques in New Zealand, and that two Islamist extremist groups might have been involved, not one.

 

More than two days after the Sri Lanka bombings, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks. The group identified the seven suicide bombers by their names, and specified which of them had gone to which target on what it called “the infidel holiday.”

 

As the first mass funerals were held, grief, for some, turned into into anger. Some began speaking of of retaliation and revenge. Muslim-owned shops were vandalized, and hundreds of Muslim families fled religiously mixed areas.

 

In contrast, Members of Sri Lanka’s Muslim community have reached out to their neighbors, offering to donate food and blood.

 

The chairman of one mosque was quoted “We would do anything to help, We are so pained.”

But with the attacks still so fresh and tensions so high, some Muslims were warned to hold back for now.

Today on Voices In My Head I am pleased to welcome Dr. Akber Mohammed and a members of the Islamic faith community here in Springfield Ohio as we deal with some of these hard topics in conversation together.

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Dr. Akber Mohammed, the former president of the Islamic Association in Springfield Ohio, is also a cardiologist affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Clark County Ohio area, including Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Mercy Health Urbana Hospital. He was a part of the CBS News Documentary Beyond Tolerance in 2017 and has been instrumental in Islamic Day Ohio festivities.

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 315: Guest Stephen Tobolowsky

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 315: Guest Stephen Tobolowsky

April 24, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 315: Guest Stephen Tobolowsky

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This week is a special flashback episode with guest Stephen Tobolowsky. 

Stephen is one of the leading character actors in film today. USA Today listed Stephen as the 9th most frequently seen actor in movies; he has appeared over 200 movies and television shows. See here for credits.

He is best known for playing Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, Sammy Jankis in Memento, Werner Brandes in Sneakers, Happy Chapman in Garfield, and Mr. Bates in Freaky Friday.  On television, he played Tor Ekland on Seinfeld, Hugo Jarry on Deadwood, Bob Bishop on Heroes,  Sandy Ryerson on Glee and Stu Beggs on Californication. He is currently on screen in Silicon Valley and The Goldbergs.  Stephen will also appear in Netflix’s new series by Norman Lear, One Day at a Time (a new generation remake!); season 2 starts filming in June.

He wrote and performed Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party and The Primary Instinct, and wrote True Stories with David Byrne and Beth Henley.

His podcast with David Chen “The Tobolowsky Files” is available at Slashfilm.com and on iTunes, and also previously broadcast on KUOW 94.9 in Seattle, on WFPL in Louisville, KY and many stations through Public Radio International (PRI).*

His first book of stories, The Dangerous Animals Club, is published by Simon & Schuster September 25, 2012.  His second book, My Adventures with God, is now available everywhere, also published by Simon & Schuster.

Fun Facts:

He performed with Stevie Ray Vaughn when Stevie was 14 and cut the first songs Stevie ever performed.

*David Chen’s update on /Film: Public Radio International Announces a New Radio Show Based on The Tobolowsky Files.

For the last 10 years, Stephen has taught Classes in Improv and Comedy offered through Kalmenson & Kalmenson.

If you are wondering where you might have seen him, Stephen’s many television and film credits are listed here: Stephen Tobolowsky at IMDb

 

As always, thank you for listening to Voices In My Head.

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 314: Calvary Movie Reflection

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 314: Calvary Movie Reflection

April 17, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 314: Calvary Movie Reflection

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This week is Holy Week 2019 and as I have done every Holy Week since 2014 when it released, I am revisiting the film Calvary and sharing some reflections on the film.

Disclaimer #1: The audio on today's episode turned out to not be great. I'm not sure why there is so much background noise on the audio but given the nature of the episode I couldn't rerecord it so it is what it is. 

 

Disclaimer #2: This is not an endorsement for you to go and see the film Calvary, which is Rated R, and is a very difficult and disturbing film. This episode simply shares my reflections on why the film has been important and formative in my life and why I revisit it each Holy Week.

 

Disclaimer #3: I am in no way associated with the film, is director, or anyone involved in the making of the film. I'm just a guy who watched it.

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Episode 313_The Jewish View of Original Sin with Rabbi Cary Kozberg

Episode 313_The Jewish View of Original Sin with Rabbi Cary Kozberg

April 10, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 313: The Jewish View of Original Sin with Rabbi Cary Kozberg

Did you know that Jews do not see the story of Adam and Eve as "The Fall" but as the story of "The Uplifting?
Find out about this as well as the Jewish view of the afterlife, sin, redemption and more on today's episode.
Its a terrific conversation.

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For 25 years, Cary Kozberg served as Director of Religious Life at Wexner Heritage Village, a senior care facility in Columbus, Ohio. In that capacity, he developed innovative religious and spiritual programming, as part of WHV’s overall program of holistic care. As an integral part of WHV’s Interdisciplinary Care and Continuing Education teams, he helped hundreds of individuals—residents, staff and family members— to better understand the spiritual and emotional aspects of growing ​old and frail. Cary is a Board Certified Chaplain and a member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, having received that organization’s “Chaplain of the Year” award in 2012. An ordained Rabbi, he received his Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinical Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

A published author and poet, he has presented workshops and seminars around the country, and is a nationally recognized resource on the particular spiritual, emotional and psychological challenges that face persons with dementia and their families. Cary 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 the Forum’s quarterly newsletter.

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).

More About The Conference Rabbi Cozberg Mentions In Today's Show

What: Scripture and Faith: Toward A Better Understanding with Dr. Julie Galambush

When: April 30th - May 1st

Where: Temple Sholom, 2424 N. Limestone St., Springfield Ohio

RSVP: (937) 399-1231

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 312: Matthew Clark

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 312: Matthew Clark

April 3, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 312: Matthew Clark

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Singer/songwriter/storyteller and Mississippi native Matthew Clark blends a thought-provoking narrative lyricism with well-honed guitar skills to craft songs that have been likened to the work of Andrew Peterson, Matthew Perryman Jones, and David Wilcox. 

Each Fall Matthew loads up his tiny-house-in-a-van (a converted Dodge Sprinter dubbed “Vandalf the White”) and travels all over the country playing concerts in homes and churches.  Matthew’s engaging conversational performance style has led concert-goers to comment that the stories between the songs are as enjoyable as the songs themselves. 

Ultimately, Matthew’s music is about weaving the strung-out strands of our lives into a fabric of hope and belonging in God.

Matthew Clark's Web Site: www.matthewclark.net

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Matthew Clark's Podcast: https://www.matthewclark.net/onethousandwords/

Partner With Matthew Clark: https://www.matthewclark.net/partner/

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 311: Legend Ozora

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 311: Legend Ozora

March 27, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 311: Legend Ozora

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Legend is an artist mature beyond her years. At only 18 years old, Legend is the first female solo act signed to Old Bear Records. Her love for people and the local church is evident in her life and songs. Much of her passion has been inspired by her numerous mission trips to Haiti serving the poor and orphaned. Her new EP, Come Close, released on Feb 15th, 2019.

Get Her Music: https://www.legendozora.com

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 310: Wild Harbors

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 310: Wild Harbors

March 20, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 310: Wild Harbors

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The Band Wild Harbors is comprised of husband and wife singer-songwriters Chris and Jenna Badeker. Formed in 2017, the alternative pop outfit creates gutsy, lyric-driven songs laced with intricate vocal harmonies. Confronted with the knowledge that each person is given one short life to live, they put their previous careers aside to step into the adventure of music and invite other people to live their own adventures.

Their debut album, Monument, was produced by Andrew Osenga in Nashville, TN and it recently released on March 15, 2019.

 

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Web Site: https://www.wildharbors.com/

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #309: Hank Spaulding and The Just and Loving Gaze of God With Us

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #309: Hank Spaulding and The Just and Loving Gaze of God With Us

March 13, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #309: Hank Spaulding and The Just and Loving Gaze of God With Us

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Henry Walter Spaulding III, or Hank as he is known, is an Adjunct Professor of Christian Ethics at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ashland University, and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is also Senior Pastor at Shepherd’s House Church of the Nazarene. He is author of several journal articles in publications such as the Wesleyan Theological JournalStudies in the Literary Imagination, and The Journal of Youth Ministry. Today we are discussing his new book, “The Just and Loving Gaze of God With Us”. This is his first book and we are exicited to feature it this week on Voices In My Head.

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 308: Fault Lines with Kevin M. Kruse and Julian Zelizer

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 308: Fault Lines with Kevin M. Kruse and Julian Zelizer

March 6, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #308: Fault Lines with Kevin M. Kruse and Julian Zelizer

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Kevin Kruse is a professor of history at Princeton University and Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs also at Princeton. Together they have co-authored Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, published by W. W. Norton & Company. To say the least this is quite an interesting 45 year period and I’m thrilled to be discussing it with my guests today.

--Rick Lee James

 

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #307: Father of Christian Rock, Joseph Markko and The All Saved Freak Band.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #307: Father of Christian Rock, Joseph Markko and The All Saved Freak Band.

February 27, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #307: Father of Christian Rock, Joseph Markko and The All Saved Freak Band.

 

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“In the fall of 1968, a small radio station in Ashtabula, Ohio unleashed a whole new genre of music upon their listeners when they aired the All Saved Freak Band’s first recorded songs. It was the very first time ANYONE had heard the idiom of rock music being used to convey the message of the gospel (This was before Larry Norman and a full 5 years before to the term Contemporary Christian Music being coined!)

  The All Saved Freak Band’s unique sound stemmed from its ensemble of 12 members skilled in rock, folk, blues, psychedelia, and classical music. ASFB blended those genres and sounds together to deliver straight, unvarnished, lyrical truth which countered the hedonism purveyed by much of rock n roll.

  What makes their work so worthy of reissue is the bold experimentation and superior musicianship on display – qualities critics often find lacking in the very Contemporary Christian genre they were pioneering.

  Their bold sound and stellar chops inspired and influenced a cult following among vinyl heads and musicians alike, being name-dropped particularly by artists like Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys) and Damien Jurado.

  Old Bear Record is reissuing multiple records from ASFB, the first such release being the 1976 LP ‘Brainwashed’ .

 

Today on Voices In MY Head I am honored to have Joseph Markko, one of the original members of the All Saved Freak Band.

Find out more at http://oldbearstudio.com/reissued/

 

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #306: Breakfast With Brian Zahnd

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #306: Breakfast With Brian Zahnd

February 20, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #306: Breakfast With Brian Zahnd at the Nazarenes United For Peace Post-Conference 2-14-19

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On Valentine's Day 2019, Brian Zahnd spoke to a sold out room at the Nazarenes United For Peace Breakfast Event in Kansas City. I was invited to sing and play music at the event and since I was there I requested permission to play the audio of Brian's lecture on this Podcast. Today you will be able to hear what Brian said to a room full of Nazarenes over breakfast that day.

This is a good one folks so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

 

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #305: Remembering Rich Mullins - Guest Beth Snell Lutz Shares Memories of Her Friend

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #305: Remembering Rich Mullins - Guest Beth Snell Lutz Shares Memories of Her Friend

February 6, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #305: Remembering Rich Mullins - Guest Beth Snell Lutz Shares Memories of Her Friend

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Elizabeth Snell Lutz was a dear friend of the late Rich Mullins. Most people don't know this but Beth, using a simple tape recorder, captured hundred of hours of lost Rich Mullins live performances and demos. It's a real honor to have Beth on the show today to tell us some of her memories of Rich in her own words.

On this episode we share the original version of the song Thunder, the story behind the song, and the new and reimagined version of Thunder which I released on my new album, Thunder, which releases February 8th, 2019.

This is a very special episode that you won't want to miss.

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #304: Pete Peterson Wrestles With Frankenstein

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #304: Pete Peterson Wrestles With Frankenstein

January 30, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #304: Pete Peterson Wrestles With Frankenstein 

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Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure novel The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green as well as a variety of short stories. As a playwright he has published The Battle of Franklin (first produced by Studio Tenn in 2016 and revived in 2017), and has also adapted a play Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which premiered to great acclaim in August 2018 for the 200th anniversary of the publication of the classic novel. He and his wife live in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.

 

Visit the Pete's Author Page at https://www.amazon.com/A.-S.-Peterson/e/B004P0IS6O

 

 

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #303: Jason Scott and The Worship Collective

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #303: Jason Scott and The Worship Collective

January 23, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #303: Jason Scott and The Worship Collective

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My guest this week on Voices In My Head is Jason Scott. Jason is Youth Minister veteran of 25 years having served congregations in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. He is also a graduate of Auburn University and Asbury Theological Seminary. Jason Currently serves as the Minister to Students at Roswell United Methodist Church in Roswell Georgia where he has become the founder of a new and interesting ministry, The Worship Collective. The Worship Collective is a collection of people called to lead worship whether it be on the platform or off and we get to hear all about it today.

 

Visit the web site for the Worship Collective at www.theworshipcollective.com 

 

AND DON"T MISS THIS SPECIAL OFF: Voices In My Head Listeners  will get $10 off of their membership at the Worship Collective by using the code: rickleejames. 

 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #302: Brian Zahnd - PostCards From Babylon

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #302: Brian Zahnd - PostCards From Babylon

January 16, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #302: Brian Zahnd - PostCards From Babylon

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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 God, Water to Wine, A Farewell To Mars, Beauty Will Save the World, and Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness. His new book, Postcard From Babylon: The Church in American Exile, releases on January 14th. 

More about Brian at https://brianzahnd.com/

 
 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #301: Thomas Jay Oord (Author of God Can’t)

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #301: Thomas Jay Oord (Author of God Can’t)

January 9, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #301: Thomas Jay Oord

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Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He is an award-winning author, and he has written or edited more than twenty books. Oord has won the Outstanding Faculty Award twelve times as professor at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho. Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, relational theology, science and religion, and Wesleyan/Holiness/Church of the Nazarene thought. Oord is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He serves in various consulting and administrative roles for academic institutions, scholarly projects, and research teams. His newest book, God Can’t: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils will be released in January.

Visit Thomas Jay Oord on his web site at http://thomasjayoord.com

 
 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #300 - 300th Episode Retrospective with guest host Matt Anderson

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #300 - 300th Episode Retrospective with guest host Matt Anderson

January 2, 2019

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #300: 300th Episode Retrospective with guest host Matt Anderson

This week Matt Anderson of the Sci-Fi Christian Podcast join Voices In My Head once again as honorary guest host to interview Rick Lee James about 300 episodes of Voices In My Head. This is a celebration of the good things that God has done over the years as well as an uplifting conversation between two old friends who met as a result of the show.

Matt and Rick talk about Music, Movies, Superheroes, Mister Rogers on Twitter, Thunder, and many more topics as they look back over 300 episodes of Voices In My Head.

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #299: Russ Taff

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #299: Russ Taff

December 26, 2018

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #299: Russ Taff

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Hailed by Billboard magazine as “the single most electrifying voice in Christian music,” Russ Taff has garnered six GRAMMY® Awards and 18 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame an unprecedented three times—as a soloist, as well as a member of The Imperials and the Gaither Vocal Band—Taff is also a member of the Christian Music Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Walk of Fame. He has recorded 11 solo albums to date, including industry benchmarks Medals (1985), Russ Taff (1987) and Under Their Influence (1991). From rock giants Kings of Leon to Millard, Tait and many others, Taff’s influence is felt throughout the music world.

Today, we hear his story, which has just been released in the new theatrical documentary release, "I Still Believe".

Find out more at http://russtaffmovie.com/

Also, Russ has an amazing new album called Believe which also recently released. It's a really beautiful mix of Russ Taff standards reimagined, Modern Worship Songs, Hymns, and songs of Testimony. Stay tuned at the end of the show to hear one of the tracks from the album, "Your Love Never Fails". 

Believe iTunes Album link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/believe/1438159673

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #298: Mark Schultz Christmas

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #298: Mark Schultz Christmas

December 19, 2018

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #298: Mark Schultz Christmas

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My guest today on Voices In My Head is Singer, Songwriter, Platinum Selling, Dove Award winning artist Mark Schultz. On October 26th, Mark released his first ever Christmas album which is available on CD exclusively in Lifeway Christian Stores. The album simply titled, Mark Schultz Christmas is also available on iTunes and all other major digital and streaming outlets internationally.

Following the release of Christmas, Mark Schultz has been tapped to perform live Dec. 1 on the 2018 Nashville Christmas Parade. Benefitting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and featuring additional, world-renowned musical guests, the event will again be televised. Last year’s parade was seen on TV in over 100 markets.

For all the latest Mark Schultz, Christmas news, tour dates and more, go towww.markschultzmusic.com,  www.facebook.com/markschultz,www.twitter.com/mschultzmusic and www.instagram.com/mschultzmusic.

 

About Mark Schultz:
With more than two million records sold, 10 No. 1 singles, a Dove Award, R.I.A.A. Platinum certification for Live: A Night of Stories & Songs (2005), national television appearances on "48 Hours," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," CNN, CBN and more, Schultz has also landed the top spot on Billboard’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and authored the novella, Letters From War. While many artists talk about chasing their dreams, for Schultz it’s about following God’s call. That calling shines through on his first full-length studio album in six years, Follow, released Aug. 17 and featuring the title track and more new songs along with fan-favorites. Mark and his wife Kate live just outside Nashville, TN with their three children: Ryan, Gus and Maia Mae.

 
 
 
 

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #297: Folk Hymnal with Tim Briggs

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #297: Folk Hymnal with Tim Briggs

December 12, 2018

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #297: Folk Hymnal with Tim Briggs

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My guest today on Voices In My Head is Tim Briggs. Tim is the writer and producer of the a new series of musical projects being released under the name, Folk Hymnal. Folk Hymnal is a revolving community of artists who sing theologically rich songs in an accessible and attractive way. Tim is the writer and producer on Folk Hymnal’s latest album, “Incarnation Songs”,which released released on November 22nd, 2018. A follow up EP will be released in the Spring of 2019.

Find out more at https://folkhymnal.com/

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #296: Still Slaves - The West African Slave Trade Then and Now

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #296: Still Slaves - The West African Slave Trade Then and Now

December 5, 2018

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #296: Still Slaves - The West African Slave Trade Then and Now

 

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THROUGH THE LENS OF ANCIENT SLAVERY IN WEST AFRICA, The New Documentary, STILL SLAVES EXPLORES THE RAMPANT SLAVERY, KNOWN TO MOST AS HUMAN TRAFFICKING, THAT CONTINUES TO THRIVE ALONG THIS NOTORIOUS COASTLINE. THE FILM JOURNEYS FROM THE VIBRANT CITY OF LAGOS IN NIGERIA ON NORTH TO THE DESERTS OF MAURITANIA AND UNEARTHS THE SLAVERY THAT CONTINUES TO HAUNT SEVEN COUNTRIES IN-BETWEEN.

Ann Margret Nielsen, who directed the film, is our guest this week.

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #295: Todd H. Green - Presumed Guilty (Why We Shouldn’t Ask Muslims To Condemn Terrorism)

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #295: Todd H. Green - Presumed Guilty (Why We Shouldn’t Ask Muslims To Condemn Terrorism)

November 28, 2018

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #295: Todd H. Green - Presumed Guilty (Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims To Condemn Terrorism)

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Todd Green is Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College. A nationally recognized expert on Islamophobia, Green served as a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department in 2016-17, where he analyzed and assessed the impact of anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe on countering violent extremism initiatives, refugee and migrant policies, and human rights. He has also given lectures on Islamophobia to other federal agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

Green's most recent book is Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism (Fortress Press, 2018). This book argues that asking Muslims to condemn terrorist attacks is a distraction that prevents majority populations in the US and Europe both from facing their own violent histories and from asking critical questions about how their countries' national security initiatives and foreign policies contribute to a violent world order. The book proposes healthier ways for majority populations to engage Muslim communities other than through the prisms of violence and counter-terrorism.

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #294: Mike Harland and his new book Worship Essentials

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #294: Mike Harland and his new book Worship Essentials

November 21, 2018

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #294: Mike Harland and his new book Worship Essentials

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My guest this week on Voices In My Head is Mike Harland. For most of his life, Mike has led churches in worship leadership roles. Since 2005, Mike has served as the Director of Worship at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a published author, Dove Award winning songwriter, and a worship leader who sings and speaks nationally and internationally. His blog and podcast, "WorshipLife" is followed by pastors, worship leaders, and church musicians around the world.

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Mike Harland's latest book, Worship Essentials, released on November 1st.

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #293: ‘Courage, Dear Heart’ Author, Rebecca K. Reynolds

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #293: ‘Courage, Dear Heart’ Author, Rebecca K. Reynolds

November 14, 2018

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #293: 'Courage, Dear Heart' Author, Rebecca K. Reynolds

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Rebecca Reynolds is a humanities instructor in a classical Christian school. Rebecca is the lyricist for Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station. She also writes for award-winning music artist Andrew Peterson's website, The Rabbit Room and sister website Story Warren. She has been a featured speaker at their annual national gatherings Hutchmoot and Inkwell. Her new book is "Courage, Dear Heart: Letters To A Weary World".

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

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

November 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

 

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

www.purposedheartministries.com

 

www.theworshipdoctor.com

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

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

October 31, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 24, 2018

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

October 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

October 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 3, 2018

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

September 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

 

For more from Stanley Hauerwas, visit these links:

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

September 19, 2018

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

  

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

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

 

For more from Denise Pass, visit these links:

Website https://denisepass.com

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

September 12, 2018

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

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Dr. David Dault

Host and Executive Producer of 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

September 5, 2018

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

 

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

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

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

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

August 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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