Episode 201: So You Want To Host A Podcast

March 31, 2017

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

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

March 24, 2017

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

Bio for Cary Kozberg

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

March 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Gauntlet Press: https://www.gauntletpress.com/product/stars-eyes-love-affair-books-movies-music-3/



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

February 22, 2017

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

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

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

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


The Invitation


Words and music by Rick Lee James and Andrew Greer


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

- See more at: http://www.lifewayworship.com/findAndBuy/songPage/TheInvitation?versionId=93906&searchString=The%20Invitation#add-info

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

February 16, 2017

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


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


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

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

February 9, 2017

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

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

January 31, 2017

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


Rick Lee James

Episode #194 - Joy and Sorrow Meet with Weston Skaggs

January 23, 2017



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

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


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


Find out more at www.westonskaggsmusic.com

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

January 16, 2017

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

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

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


Science Mike

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

January 9, 2017

My guest today on Voices In My Head is Troy Bronsink

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


Find out more about The Hive:


Troy Bronsink's Web site:




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

January 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Episode 190 - Karl Barth Christmas Day Sermon 1918

December 18, 2016

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

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

December 12, 2016

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


The Christmas Club
by Bill Harley

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



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




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

December 9, 2016

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

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

December 8, 2016

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


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


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


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

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

November 26, 2016


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

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #185_Ian Zumback

November 16, 2016

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


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



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

November 12, 2016

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

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

October 25, 2016

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

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

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

October 17, 2016

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

Podcast #181: Walter Brueggemann Returns

October 13, 2016

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

Podcast 180 - The Brothers McClurg Anthony Hoisington

October 6, 2016

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

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

September 30, 2016

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

Brandon Sipes is program coordinator for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.

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

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

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

September 26, 2016


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

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

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

September 19, 2016


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


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

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

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

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

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

September 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

Rick Lee James

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

September 14, 2016

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

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

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

September 11, 2016

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

Voices In My Head Podcast #173: Guest Michael Logen

August 31, 2016

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

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

Podcast Episode 172: Brian L Powell

August 26, 2016

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

Podcast Episode 171: Dave Dooley

August 17, 2016

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.

Podcast episode 170: praying on the road

August 9, 2016

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.

Podcast episode 169: the life cycle of empires

August 6, 2016

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.

Episode 168: Opening For Crowder, Suicide Squad, and other news

August 5, 2016

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.

Podcast Episode #167: Praying For Our Enemies

July 27, 2016

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."

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #166_Things Not Seen With David Dault

July 10, 2016

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Listen On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/voices-in-my-head/id494097807?mt=2

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

Buy The New Album: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AQPXPQ4?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01AQPXPQ4&linkCode=as2&linkId=L4JAJ4PCUQIN6MI7&redirect=true&ref_=as_li_tl&tag=thingsnotseen-20

Episode #165_Dr. Jesse Middendorf

June 4, 2016

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.

For more information visit www.RickLeeJames.com

This episode is sponsored by Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations, the new worship album from Rick Lee James
ALBUM WEB SITE: www.RickLeeJames.com/Hymnbook

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Episode #164: Moda Spira

May 18, 2016


Moda Spira What You Need Music Video: https://youtu.be/2KAdQyN8gUM

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 HillThe 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.”


Episode#163 - Eucharist As Invitation

April 24, 2016

 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.

Episode #162: Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations St. Patrick’s Day Album Release Special

March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) is the release date for the latest album by Rick Lee James titled Hymns, Prayers and Invitations

Welcome to the Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations St. Patrick's Day Album Release Special. On this show you can hear some of every track on Rick's new album and hear stories behind the songs.

To buy the album, song sheets, vocal and band tracks, and more visit http://www.RickLeeJames.com/hymnbook


St. Patrick’s Day Podcast Special

March 14, 2016

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!

Episode #161 - Brandon Sipes and NCM

March 10, 2016

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.

Water To Wine With Brian Zahnd: Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #160

February 23, 2016

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 

Episode #159: The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street with Guest Michael Poteet

February 20, 2016
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:

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Maple Street, U.S.A. Late summer. A tree-lined little world of front porch gliders, barbecues, the laughter of children and the bell of an ice cream vendor. At the sound of the roar and the flash of light, it will be precisely 6:43 p.m. on Maple Street. This is Maple Street on a late Saturday afternoon. Maple Street – in the last calm and reflective moment – before the monsters came.

Episode #158_Andrew Peterson

February 10, 2016

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.




Episode #157: Brandon Sipes and the Culture of Fear

January 16, 2016

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. 

Episode #156: Superman meets Santa Claus (The Untold Podcast Christmas Crossover)

December 11, 2015

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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.


Podcast Episode #155: Guests Ginny Owens and Andrew Greer

November 20, 2015


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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.

Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God and What Does He Want From Us? can be purchased here: http://www.lifeway.com/Product/transcending-mysteries-who-is-god-and-what-does-he-want-from-us-P005729670

Ginny Owens Online Store: http://ginnyowens.com/shop

Andrew Greer Online Store: http://andrewgreer.bigcartel.com

Pre-Order Rick Lee James Record (Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations):http://www.GoFundMe.com/Hymns

Episode #154: Spirituality and the Praise Band (The Practice of Worship)

October 26, 2015

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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)

October 26, 2015

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:

* improving your timing
* thinking like an arranger
* band dynamics and tempo
* guitar vs. piano driven songs 
* creating an atmosphere of worship
* Styles and different ways of playing

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