Walter Brueggemann with Rick Lee James on the Voices In My Head Podcast: Episode #152

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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.

Walter Brueggemann To Guest on Voices In My Head Podcast and Other News

September 2015

I hope your September is off to a great start. It’s been a while since I wrote one of these so I thought I should give you some big news.

I am so excited to announce that Dr. Walter Brueggemann will be joining me on September 11th as my guest on Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast). Brueggemann is widely considered one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades and has greatly influenced my own thinking.

If you would like to submit a question or comment for me to share with Dr. Brueggemann on September 11th, please email them to

We’ve already got some great ones and are only sharing the best ones so put your thinking caps on.

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On September 22nd I will be heading back into the recording studio in Nashville Tennessee to finish my new record titled Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations. I’ve been recording extra guitar parts for the album from my home in Ohio and the record is really cooking along now. We still are about $1000 short on funds so if you want to pre-order the record, thus helping to fund the production, you can do so at

On October 24th I’ll be leading worship and teaching some worship related seminars with Jonathan Burkey at Lima Community Church of the Nazarene in Lima Ohio. You can get more information about this great event at


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On September 14th I will be leading a songwriting seminar on the campus of Cedarville University for students in the worship arts course of study. I’m really excited about the chance to join these great students once a month to help them grow in their craft for the service of the church
October 11-13th I have been invited to the campus of Olivet Nazarene University, just outside of Chicago Illinois, to participate in a conversation about worship for the center of faith and culture with other leaders for the Church of the Nazarene. This time together will allow a sustained dialogue concerning worship from a Wesleyan/Nazarene theological perspective, exploring the faithful exercize of worship leadership. Our hope it to move toward a sharedunderstanding and language concerning worship in the Church of the Nazarene

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #148: The Dirty Parts of the Bible with Sam Torode

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My guest this week on the Voices In My Head Podcast is Sam Torode. Sam is a writer, a visual artist, and a singer living in in Nashville, Tennessee. On his Father’s side of the family, Sam is related to Henry David Thoreau and on his mother’s side are Texas farmers, preachers, outlaws, banjo players, and Cherokee Indians.
His novel “The Dirty Parts of the Bible,” reflects both sides, combining religious/philosophical exploration with an epic journey to Texas to reclaim his defrocked minister father’s fortune. Sam’s writing has been compared to Mark Twain, Sue Monk Kidd, and Flannery O’Connor
Publisher’s Weekly gave this really glowing review to “Dirty Parts of the Bible”

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.

The Maasai Creed

i just needed to read this again. Maybe you do too.

The Maasai Creed 

Composed in 1960 by the Maasai people in east Africa.

We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created Man and wanted Man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the Earth. We have known this High God in darkness, and now we know Him in the light. God promised in the book of His word, the Bible, that He would save the world and all the nations and tribes.

We believe that God made good His promise by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left His home and was always on safari doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and man, showing the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by his people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He lay buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch him, and on the third day, He rose from the grave. He ascended to the skies. He is the Lord.

We believe that all our sins are forgiven through Him. All who have faith in Him must be sorry for their sins, be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God, live the rules of love and share the bread together in love, to announce the Good News to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for Him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.

Abortion: Does The Church Really Have A Better Alternative?

So what can the church offer to a woman who is facing the difficult decision of how to handle an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy? This is one of the best responses I’ve come across. In my opinion the church has little to no right to condemn abortions if it isn’t willing to offer difficult alternatives like the one below.

William Wilmon describes hearing an African-American pastor’s response to the grim reality of teen pregnancy in his book, “What’s Right With The Church”. Here is an excerpt from Willimon’s book, and it is beautifully sacramental:

“We have young girls who have this happen to them. I have a 14-year-old in my congregation who had a baby last month. We are going to baptize the child next Sunday, “he added.

“Do you really think that she is capable of raising a little baby?” Another minister asked.

“Of course not, “he replied. “No 14-year-old is capable of raising a baby. For that matter, not many 30-year-olds are qualified. Babies are too difficult for any one person to raise by herself. “

“So what do you do with babies? “They asked.

“Well, we baptize them so that we all raise them together. In the case of that 14-year-old, we have given her baby to a retired couple who have enough time and enough wisdom to raise children. They can raise the mama along with her baby. That’s the way we do it. “

Here is a link where you can buy Bishop Willimon's book,

Here is a link where you can buy Bishop Willimon’s book, “What’s Right With The Church” on

Voices In My Head Podcast #142: Peter Enns – The Bible Tells Me So


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.

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Judge Me

It seems like everyone is always railing against being judged in our society but our social media is set up in such a way that proves we all want to be judged, otherwise we wouldn’t be on Facebook and Instagram. The issue isn’t that we don’t want to be judged, it’s that we don’t want to be judged negatively. The interesting thing to me about this is that historically, judgment for Christians is something positive. St. Patrick’s breastplate prayer speaks of the sweet well done of judgment hour made possible through the work of Christ. What wonderful news that we are judged as worthy of being loved because we have been created, pursued, died for by one who loves us so dearly. When the one who is judging you is made up of love unbounded and judgment is not something to fear, it is something to be embraced. May we all be like Christ in our judgments, viewing others from the perspective of love.