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.
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.
WHAT IS IT?
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 VoicesInRicksHead@Gmail.com
We’ve already got some great ones and are only sharing the best ones so put your thinking caps on.
For an archive of our past podcasts go to www.rickleejames.com/podcast
FINISHING THE NEW RECORD
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 www.GoFundMe.com/Hymns.
EMPOWERING THE CHURCH
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 www.nwonaz.org.
IN STORES NOW
BACK TO SCHOOL
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
OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
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
This might sound strange, but I had a very clear God moment while washing the dishes recently.
We had just eaten a delicious supper, pizza in fact, I mean what is better than that? We ate it on the back deck outside in nearly perfect weather conditions.
As I took the dishes inside and started drawing the water to wash them after the meal, my iPhone stopped playing the podcast I was listening to. Rather than hit play again I just decided to wash the dishes in silence.
I listened prayerfully as I washed. I thought about how hard some of the cheese was to clean off certain dishes. Minutes before these dishes held cheesy, gooey, saucy pizza that just slopped all over; a beautiful thing.
Now it was dried, caked on, and needed to be washed off, scrubbed off even.
It struck me how like those dishes we are. Dishes are simply a delivery system for the food we eat. If food is what sustains us in life, then dishes are serving the gift of life to us. If we are people who believe in a loving God, and I do, then our daily task, like a plate, is to carry the feast of God’s love to others. We are not God, and we can’t give life ourselves, we simply are used to carry the feast to hungry people so that they may be nourished.
Even though our dirty dishes were not engaged in an evil activity by feeding us, they still got dirty. It’s not like I slopped mud on the plates, I served delicious pizza on them, and it was great. Even so, even after their noble service of feeding the hungry, our plates were in need of cleansing.
We don’t have to be doing evil things to need cleansing. Even in doing good each day, we will see at the end of the day that we have a real need to be cleansed again. I don’t know why we can’t stay clean, we just can’t. Most of us need a shower every day or we will stink. It’s not because we’ve done something evil to get dirty, it’s just who we are. We need daily, regular cleansing.
I was washing good dishes. They are nothing fancy, but we keep them clean every day and they get the job done. After each use we wash them and they are made ready to serve the feast again.
Everybody and everything gets dirty; preachers, worship leaders, ushers, board members, and congregants who are faithful to worship every week. No matter how clean we think we are, like dishes, we need the cleansing of Christ in our lives.
Next time you do the dishes, be reminded that if these dishes, which are not evil, need cleansing after every use, then how much more do we daily need to surrender ourselves to God for the cleansing? We daily have need return to our God given humanity, which only He can bring us. He creates us, recreates us, cleanses us, and says of us, “it is good”.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.”
Episode #150 of the Voices In My Head Podcast features 2015 Dove Award nominees who have been on or associated with the show.
This week’s show features:
About A Mile
All Sons & Daughters
Randall Goodgame (Slugs & Bugs)
Its a great show celebrating 150 episodes by spotlighting some of the most talented guests we’ve been privileged to have on the show.
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. “
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This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast our special guest is
New York Times Bestselling Author, David Morrell.
About David Morrell:
In 1972, David Morrell published his debut novel about a veteran with PTSD who returned home from the Vietnam war, bringing the war home with him. The name of this groundbreaking novel is First Blood. It was called “the father of the modern action novel,” and was widely and enthusiastically reviewed. It was also taught in high schools and colleges. It became a 1982 film, starring Sylvester Stallone, and led to a series of films about Rambo, who joined the ranks of the top five internationally recognized thriller icons: Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, James Bond, and Harry Potter.
Eventually wearying of two professions, Morrell gave up his academic tenure in order to write full time. Shortly after, tragedy struck theMorrell family, as David’s fifteen-year-old son Matthew was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and died in 1987, a loss that haunts not only Morrell’s life but his work, as in his memoir about Matthew, Fireflies, and his novel Desperate Measures, whose main character lost a son.
In 2007 after 40 years of novels, honors, and awards David Morrell was able to add comic book writer to his resume, writing the acclaimed mini-series turned Graphic Novel, Captain America: The Chosen. Since then he has also written stories for The Amazing Spider-Man as well as the Savage Wolverine.