Podcast Episode #39: Brian Zahnd

Brian Zahnd, author of Beauty Will Save The World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity

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I’m pleased to welcome Pastor, author, and mountaineer, Brian Zahnd back to the Podcast this week to discuss his latest book, “Beauty Will Save The World”.  Here’s a synopsis of the book from Brian’s web site:

“Brian Zahnd  issues a challenge to Christians to discover new vitality through reenvisioning, reimagining and reforming the church according to the pattern of the cruciform.For thousands of years artists, sages, philosophers, and theologians have connected the beautiful and the sacred and identified art with our longing for God. Now we live in a day when pragmatism and utilitarian “morals” have largely displaced beauty as a value. The church is no exception–even salvation is commonly viewed in a scientific and mechanistic manner and presented as a plan, system, or formula. We have technology, convenience, security, and a measure of prosperity, but where is the beauty?In “Beauty Will Save the World,” Brian Zahnd presents the argument that this loss of beauty as a principal value has been disastrous for Western culture–and especially for the church. The full message of the beauty of the gospel has been replaced by our desires to satisfy our material needs, to empirically prove our faith, and to establish a Caesar-style kingdom in our world. Exactly those things that Christ was tempted with–and rejected–in the wilderness.Zahnd shows that by following the teachings of the Beatitudes, the church can become a viable alternative to current-day political, commercial, and religious power and can actually achieve what these powers promise to provide but fail to deliver. Using stories from the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and from his own life, he teaches us to stay on the journey to discover the kingdom of God in a fuller, richer way.”  You can order Beauty Will Save The World at Amazon.com and at Barnes&Noble.com.

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Podcast Episode #38: Jeff Pinkleton and the Gathering

The Gathering of Greater Springfield director Jeff
Pinkleton (right) with former basketball star and
now broadcaster Clark Kellogg at a recent event
with The Gathering.

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Jeff Pinkleton is a long time friend of mine who lives in Springfield Ohio.  He knows everyone in this city, and everyone knows him.  I’m only exaggerating a little bit.  He’s one of the most outgoing ministry heads in our city and has a passion for connecting people and helping them build solid godly relationships.  This suits him perfectly for his jab as the executive director for the Gathering of Miami Valley. The Gathering is a special spiritual movement among men in the US. Removed from any denominational setting, The Gathering has been a point of connection for many spiritually flat or disinterested men caught in the pressures of contemporary life.  It’s a vital, much needed ministry to men, challenging them to step up as spiritual leaders.  Your going to love hearing what Jeff has to say on today’s episode of the Voices In My Head Podcast.

Voices In My Head is a Podcast dedicated to covering things like comics, movies, books, music and various other things that get stuck in the head of pop culture, but with a Theological lens. Listen to it on Podbean.comStitcherThe Rick Lee James Mobile AppiTunesReverbnation.com, and FacebookRick Lee James Official Web Site is www.RickLeeJames.com. To leave a voice message comment for Voices In My Head call (937) 505-0162. Get Rick’s music on iTunes and at CDBaby.com. Email can be sent to RLJames29@yahoo.com. You can also watch Rick Lee James music videos on YouTube.  You can also follow us on Twitter at VoicesInMyHeadP.

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An Invitation, Not A Kidnapping

In an election season, each side seems to shout their agenda at the other, and no one shouts louder than the religious right.  Most of the time I feel like they are the religious wrong, yet they assume that since I’m a Christian that I’m on their side.  I don’t mean just me, they assume all who profess Christianity are on board with their fear tactics and their rallying cry to “take America Back”, whatever that means.  Perhaps they want to take it back to England. If they really wanted the way of Jesus, they might want to “take America back to the Native Americans.  It’s too bad the Native Americans didn’t have a border patrol and tough immigration laws to keep them “safe” from illegal aliens.  I wonder how often they have longed to take America back as they live in the squalor that we forced them into. Make no mistake about it, we didn’t start as a Christian nation.  We started as a group of illegal aliens who came in and committed mass genocide on the people who were here before us.  

Trying to force Christianity on non-believers is kind of like forcing a feast on a person who isn’t hungry. When Christians insist that non-believers must eat their feast, shouting at them them all the reasons that their feast is the best thing for them, and that they need to get rid of the food at their own table, it doesn’t make the non-believer any more hungry for the things of Christ. If Christians were to throw a burlap sack over the non-believers head, bind his hands and feet, and then force him to sit at the feast table, it should be no surprise that the non-believer will have no appetite for the food being forced upon him.
I’m convinced that the, “take America back for Jesus” attitude is not only dangerous, it’s Un-Christian. The United States are not the Kingdom of God, they never have been and never will be. I agree with Pastor Brian Zahnd that Christianity may need to die out in this country so that it can be born again and grow up in a healthy manner. Christians do believe in resurrection after all and sometimes things need to die so that they can be reborn.

We receive an invitation from Christ to a generous feast. We don’t take it by force or force it upon anyone. Grace and mercy are free gifts offered to all. To be “called” by God is to be invited. (Look it up in the Greek, that’s how it translates in the New Testament).  The call (invitation) from God is a call to become “saints” in His Kingdom. The kingdom of God stops being the kingdom of God when it is forced upon others. Force-feeding your guests is not in the spirit of a proper invitation.

“Saints” are not moral exemplars who climbed the highest mountain and swam the deepest seas. They are the ones who heard the call (the invitation) and showed up for the feast.  “Saints” are simply the ones who have accepted the invitation to the feast. Also, “saints” serve the feast to others at the pleasure of their King. It’s never the King’s pleasure to gag His guests.

So if you’re a Christian, simply live a life that makes people hungry and thirsty for the good things of God. Love each other. Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you. Forgive and forgive again. Keep setting the table even if it ends up being empty. Share the feast. If you’re a Democrat, reach out to and love Republicans. If you’re a Republican, reach out and love Democrats. Stop trying to force feed each other because that only makes a person gag. Invite, share, and partake together. Love without end.

And for heaven’s sake, let’s have some faith that Christ reigns…currently even…right now!!!  That won’t change, even if Hitler gets elected president. I caution you though, if you are a believer, you should probably stop embracing partisan politics and start embracing the politics of the Kingdom of God. If you don’t know what God’s politics are, you can find them in Matthew 5-7. I invite you to read it.

Rick Lee James News

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What an exciting year this has been and it’s not even over yet.  Since January I’ve had the privilege to work with Michael CardJason GrayAndrew PetersonAndrew OsengaBrian ZahndSara GrovesEddie KirklandTripp York, Brannon Hancock, and many other great people on my weekly Podcast, Voices In My Head.

In May I officially became a “real” songwriter with the offer of a publishing contract withLifeway Worship.

In August an article I wrote was published inWorship Leader Magazine called, “Billy Joel Taught Me How To Pray”.

In September I recorded my first live album/DVD at the Clifton Opera House (To Be Released Soon).

I also played music for a number of camps, spoke in lots of venues, and played a bunch of concerts.  The best news of all is that I found out I am going to be a father.  Little Alexander Grayson James is scheduled to arrive around January 17th, 2013.

With that in mind, knowing that I will need all the bookings I can get with a new mouth to feed, I wanted to let you know that I am currently scheduling concerts for the upcoming year.  With the upcoming release of my first live DVD, “Basement Psalms” I’m putting a Psalms tour together in several different venues in 2013.  If you are interested in hosting a leg of the Psalms tour simply send me an Email and we can work out the details together.  I don’t want money to be an issue so if you feel you can’t afford it or have never hosted a concert before, never fear, because I have some steps for you that can help make your event painless.

Finally, I just wanted to remind you that I’m holding over my $4.99 album sale atCDBaby.com since the holidays are quickly approaching and I don’t want to break your bank.

Well, I guess that’s about it for now.  If you haven’t had a chance to hear my podcast yet, why not check it out over at www.VoicesInMyHeadPodcast.com, or better yet, download it on iTunes.  Thank you for all your love and support.

Blessings,
Rick Lee James

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Podcast Episode #37 with Guest: Eddie Kirkland

Eddie Kirkland

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I was really blessed to have a conversation with Eddie Kirkland for this week’s Podcast.  Eddie is a talented songwriter and worship leader who has a great story to tell. He is featured in featured the current issue of Worship Leader Magazine for his amazing new album titled, “Kings and Queens”.  It’s one of the best Christian albums I’ve heard in a very long time, and that’s saying a lot considering that I’ve just heard friend of the show, Andrew Peterson‘s new album.  I found Eddie Kirkland not only to be one of the most talented songwriters and singers on the scene today, but he is also a genuinely kind and engaging person who after only a few minutes together makes you feel like you’ve known him for years.  It’s my honor to feature Eddie on today’s episode of Voices In My Head Podcast.

Also, this week only, you can get a free download of the Voices IN My Head Podcast theme song, “If You Hear His Voice Today” from my friends over at itickets.com and Christianhappenings.com.    Plus, on today’s show I will tell you about my experience last week recording my first every LIVE album, Basement Psalms.  Basement Psalms will be released in the near future as a CD and DVD and I can’t wait to share the details with you on today’s episode.

Voices In My Head is a Podcast dedicated to covering things like comics, movies, books, music and various other things that get stuck in the head of pop culture, but with a Theological lens. Listen to it on Podbean.comStitcherThe Rick Lee James Mobile AppiTunesReverbnation.com, and FacebookRick Lee James Official Web Site is www.RickLeeJames.com. To leave a voice message comment for Voices In My Head call (937) 505-0162. Get Rick’s music on iTunes and at CDBaby.com. Email can be sent to RLJames29@yahoo.com. You can also watch Rick Lee James music videos on YouTube.  You can also follow us on Twitter at VoicesInMyHeadP.

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Basement Psalms: That’s A Wrap

Basement Psalms Is A Wrap

I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate all of you who came to my concert taping of Basement Psalms at the Clifton Opera House last night. We are hoping that the the DVD/CD will be ready for release early in the new year. To Jon Finney, Rick Stull and Media ExplosionBrannon Hancock, Brad Phipps,Jordan Wood and the girls from Emmanuel ChoirBrenda Walter and the Clifton Opera House staff,  all the camera runners, Karen Eversole, Cindy Sandlin and every person in the audience: there is absolutely no way this could have been pulled off without you. Thanks you so much for your help in making this DVD what it will be when it is released. You made it special and I can’t wait to share the release with you all.

Blessings,

Rick lee James