"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)
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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.
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.
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.
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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
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).
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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:
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:
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
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.
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
On this episode of Voices In My Head I am joined by Pastor Dave Dooley of Kenton Ohio. Dave has an amazing story to tell about a miracle God recently worked the life of His church. You really need to hear this story of how God provides.
This episode of voices in my head was once again recorded on the road while I was out on to her. This is a prayer episode, in fact I will be leading you in prayer in this episode using the morning prayer guide from Brian Zahnd's book, water to wine. I hope you will take time and pray along with me whether you are driving, working out, or whatever you may be doing while listening to a podcast.
Lieutenant General Sir John Glubb in his essay "The Fate of Empires", examined the life cycle of empires and found remarkable similarities between them all. (Guess which age we are in). That's what this episode is all about as I drive from Ohio to West Virginia podcasting as I go from gig to gig.
This episode was recorded on the road after a viewing of the movie, Suicide Squad. I share my thoughts on the film and tell about seven news both for the podcast and for me professionally as a musician. This episode was recorded completely from my iPhone as a way of experimenting with new recording software. I hope you enjoy it.
Find more at this link: https://rickleejames.com/2016/07/26/a-guide-how-do-we-pray-for-our-enemies/
On Tuesday, July 26th, an 84 year old priest, Father Jacques Hamel, was murdered in cold blood while he was leading a mass in France. He was forced to his knees before his throat was slit all while being videotaped. How marred the image of God must be in the people who do things like that, one of them a 19 year old.
Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). He also said, “Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27–28).
So how do we pray for enemies like this? How do we possibly love them like Jesus taught us?
Maybe we try praying the Lord's Prayer for them.
Our Father in heaven, we pray that our enemies would be converted by your hallowed, holy, sacred name.
We pray that your Kingdom would come upon our enemies and Your will would be done in them and to them. Let this happen on earth before they have to stand before your heavenly throne in judgment.
Give them as little or as much provision as is needed to drive them unto you and to beg for forgiveness of their trespasses. Do the same for us until we have prayed to a place where we are able to forgive them, lest we be accountable in Your judgement.
Lead them away from the path of temptation and deliver them from this evil that has overcome them, because Lord, Your Kingdom is the only Kingdom with power, authority, and glory.
As we pray this for our enemies we pray it for ourselves as well. Lord, have mercy, Christ have mercy.
In our lives and especially in our deaths, may the love of Jesus be seen in us by everyone, especially our enemies who need Your love so desperately.
Our lives are yours Lord, and with our final breath, help us to tell our enemies, "God loves You and what the enemy has intended for evil, our God will work for good."
This episode of Voices In My Head is actually an episode of another podcast titled, Things Not Seen. David Dault is the host of the show and back on March 26th when my latest album released, David was kind enough to feature me as the guest on his program. I really think you are going to enjoy our conversation. Things Not Seen is a nationally syndicated radio show and podcast that serves as a ministry of the Sunday Evening Club. Find our more about Things Not Seen and my new album (Hymns, Prayers,and Invitations) at this link. http://www.thingsnotseenradio.com/2016/2016/4/27/1605-new-tunes-for-beloved-words-rick-lee-james.html#.V4Min1KTLhW
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It was a real honor for me to be able to sit down and have a conversation with Church of the Nazarene General Superintendent emeritus, Dr. Jesse Middendorf. He has been a hero and mentor of mine from afar for many years and I think you will really enjoy our conversation on ministry, piloting airplanes, and the great hope that we have for the world. This episode was recorded on location at Mount Vernon Nazarene University for the 2016 Pastors and Leaders Conference, otherwise known as PALCON.
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This episode is sponsored by Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations, the new worship album from Rick Lee James
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On this episode of Voices In My Head I had the privilege of sitting down for a conversation with a truly awesome lady, Latifah Phillips.
Latifah Phillips, aka Moda Spira, has a long resume that includes time as a solo artist and work with Page CXVI, a band that reinterprets traditional hymns, the indie rock band Autumn Film and Sola-Mi, an experimental trio. She has produced albums for indie artists, including A Boy & His Kite, helping them place “Cover Your Tracks” on the soundtrack for Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part II. Her songs have been featured on One Tree Hill, The Gates, Lifetime Films and the film The House at the End of the Street. She’s also composed incidental music for MTV and E! Moda Spira is her return to solo performing. She plans to support the album with selected dates, both alone and with multi-media pop up shows, featuring video, dancers, live painting and other surprises.
“Moda Spira is my first solo venture in ten years,” Phillips says. “The songs are all dear to me, so I gave myself permission to be vulnerable. If you’re feeling down and lost, this record will let you know that you’re not alone and help you to keep moving forward.”
Historically, The Lord's Supper has been viewed as the sustaining meal of the believer. John Wesley was innovative and his belief that the Eucharist was also an opportunity to invite people to conversion? Drawing up on historical context while looking at our modern-day setting, this workshop will examine the Lord supper and how it is an invitation to the kingdom of God.
St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) is the release date for the latest album by Rick Lee James titled Hymns, Prayers and Invitations.
This episode of Voices In My Head is a St. Patrick's Day special. It's message I preached on Sunday Morning March 13th, 2016 at First Church of the Nazarene in Springfield Ohio. It was my pleasure to share about the life and legacy of St. Patrick and how God used him in incredible ways to change the world. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
This week week Brandon Sipes of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries joins the show again to talk to us about his recent trip to Croatia and his work with refugees there. He also shares practical ways that we can help displaced families all over the world. An important episode with a good friend.
My guest this week on the Voices In My Head Podcast is Pastor, Author, and Mountain Climber Brian Zahnd. Brian is the Lead Pastor of Word of Life Church on St. Joseph, Missouri and has written several books including A Farewell To Mars, Beauty Will Save The World, and Unconditional. His latest book, Water To Wine: Some of My Story, tells his story of disenchantment with pop Christianity and his search for a more substantive faith. www.BrianZahnd.com
|Michael Poteet is our guest this week on the Voices In My Head Podcast as we discuss the culture of fear that is so prevalent in our current climate. To guide our duscussion we take a look back at an episode of the Twilight Zone, Season 1, Episode 22. The title of the episode: The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street.
The classic TV show begins with this opening narration:
This week on Voices In My Head, Andrew Peterson drops in to talk about playing on the Grand Ole' Opry, writing novels, and his latest record, The Burning Edge of Dawn.
Brandon Sipes returns at long last to discuss the problem of fear in our culture, the refugee crisis, and how we can intentionally live as people of hope.
The latest episode of Voices In My Head is part of a special Podcast Crossover Event!
Voices In My Head is proud to be banding together with other podcasts in the crossover nexus, linked together by a single theme, which was pretty easy considering the season, CHRISTMAS!
Since it’s the Christmas season, participating members of the Crossover Nexus are recording episodes that are geeky, faith-y, and holiday season-y!
On Episode #156, 'Voices In My Head' crosses over with the 'Untold Podcast' and it's host, Nathan James Norman. Together we discuss one of the greatest crossovers of all time, When Superman met Santa in Claus in DC Comics Presents #67. We also talk about art, faith, and literature and a whole lot more on this SUPER-SIZE ANNUAL ISSUE of a Podcast.
Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God and What Does He Want From Us? is the new book written by Andrew Greer (http://www.andrew-greer.com) and Ginny Owens (http://ginnyowens.com). Ginny and Andrew are both my guests on the latest episode of Voice In My Head, the Rick Lee James Podcast. Together we talk about the relational aspects of God, Christmas music, New EP's TV tapings, songwriting and even an Alaskan Cruise that Ginny and Andrew will be a part of in 2016.
I also make a final plea to pre-order my new CD "Hymns, Prayers' and Invitations" which is due to release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick's Day). This new album features a song that Andrew Greer and I wrote together called 'The Invitation'.
Ginny and Andrew are both wonderful people and interesting guests so sit back, stick in an earbud, and listen to the latest episode of Voices In My Head, the official Rick Lee James Podcast.
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This episode of the Voices In My Head Podcast was recorded live at the Empower the Church conference in Lima Ohio on Saturday October 24th, 2015. This workshop on spiritual formation deals with the following:
Leading worship requires just as much practice as playing an instrument, learning to sing, and writing music does. This goes not only for the worship leader, but it also applies to the other singers and musicians on your team. In order to do our calling well, it requires practice. As the leader of a worship team in a church I have found that one of my most challenging tasks is not just teaching the congregation to worship, but teaching our musicians to worship. This workshop will focus on the practice of intentional spiritual growth in your praise band members as a regular part of your practice times. Practicing the presence of God together is as essential as practicing your music together.
Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #153: Worship Band Workshop (Live from The Empower The Church Conference)
Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #153: Worship Band Workshop (Live from The Empower The Church Conference)
This week's episode of Voices In My Head was recorded live at the Empower the Church conference at Lima Community Church of the Nazarene in Lima Ohio on Saturday October 24th
This episode is a training workshop for people who play in bands and covers the following:
What a treat it was to have Dr. Walter Brueggemann on the Voices In My Head Podcast. We had such a great discussion talking about theology, music, and where we will go if we die tonight. This episode was recorded on location at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Cincinnati Ohio on Wednesday September 30th.
Episode #151 - Futureboy Nick Flora on the Voices In My Head Podcast with Rick Lee James
FUTUREBOY, is the first of 3 new EP's coming your way from one of our favorite artists, Nick Flora. He joined the Podcast this week to talk about his new record, Pancakes, and artisty as a Christian versus Christian artistry. It's a great new record and a great new show. Make sure to listen all the way to the end for a bonus clip.
This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast, http://www.mikalatos.com/p/welcome-to-mikalatoscom.htmljoins us to talk about his latest book, Into The Fray.
Into the Fray, is an exploration of the book of Acts in a modern-day setting. It's about church, the Holy Spirit, and the importance of story in God's plan for the world.
While the title suggests a raunchy read, this rich and soulful novel is actually a rather well-done coming-of-age story steeped in wanderlust and whimsy that at times recalls The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and at others a tamer On the Road. The story begins in 1936 as 19-year-old Tobias is thumbing his way from Remus, Mich., to his uncle's farm in Glen Rose, Tex., to find a hidden bag of money, after his father, a Baptist pastor, drunkenly slams his car into the church and is removed from the parsonage. The author does an excellent job in making well-charted territory (riding the rails; scavenged campfire meals under the stars) seem vibrant and new. Snippets of scripture, Southern spirituals, and folk ballads lend context and flavor to the text. Most impressive are the jangly dialogue and the characters' distinctive voices, which are authentic and earthy but not remotely hoary. When Tobias finally arrives at his uncle's, the surprises that await him are more than enough to keep his—and readers'—interests piqued."
DISCLAIMER: While this is not a dirty podcast, the topic of this week's conversation may not be appropriate for younger ears as we do acknowledge that there is such a thing as sex and that teenage boys think about it. Use your discretion.
This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast I'm joined by author Matt Litton as we discuss the works of Harper Lee, both 'To Kill A Mockingbird' as well as the newly released 'Go Set A Watchman'. This is one great show that you don't want to miss. Visit www.MattLitton.com to find out all about Matt Litton's books and schedule.
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I invite you to pray along with me this week on this special episode of The Voices My Head Podcast as I lead us through a Morning Daily Prayer Rite of the Orthodox Church. Click the link below to follow along with the prayer.
This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast, Peter Enns joins us to talk about his latest book and we discuss 10 things he wishes everyone knew about the Bible. You can buy all of Peter's book on Amazon through this link.