This week marked the end of the 2017 General Assembly for the Church of the Nazarene, held every four years in Indianapolis Indiana.
I had the privilege of being on two different panels at the Spirit and Truth mini conference while at General Assembly. The conference was sponsored by Nazarene Theological Seminary and the NNU Wesley Society.
In the links below you will find the recordings from both sessions, also featuring Andrea Garcia and Brannon Hancock.
Brannon Hancock and Andrew Garcia join Rick Lee James for a conversation on worship in the context of small, medium, and large churches.
Rick Lee James and Brannon Hancock present Hymn Adaptation and Modernization.
- Listen to all episodes of Voices In My Head featuring Paul Baloche, Walter Brueggemann, Brian Zahnd, Brandon Sipes, Andrew Peterson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jason Gray, Michael Card and many, many more.
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Psalms and Songs has now released! In LifeWay Christian Stores Everywhere. Here’s a quick video we recorded live at the Lifeway Christian Store in Centerville Ohio on the day of release.
Psalms and Songs, a Lifeway Christian Store Exclusive album, releases on Tuesday June 20th. I’m more than excited to have a song featured on this wonderful 12 song compilation. Make sure you check it out at your local Lifeway Store or order it online.
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Rick Lee James
I’m grateful to CCLI for featuring two more of my songs, published by Lifeway Worship. Two more of my music videos were just added to CCLI TV today. Special thanks to the directors of the two videos, Rick Stull (Christ Is Lord) and Jason Elam (The Invitation). This makes the third song from ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ to be featured by CCLI.
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We hope you can join us in Indianapolis for Spirit and Truth on June 23rd. Come for an afternoon of conversation and learning about the gift of communal worship in the local church from educators, musicians, and worship pastors. Our gathering will include a panel of worship leaders and some practical workshops to help equip and encourage pastors and laity in their local church. The cost is $20.
12:30 PM Registration / check-in
1:00 PM Greeting / Opening
1:30 PM Plenary
2:30 PM Workshop 1
3:30 PM Workshop 2
4:30 PM Closing Plenary: Panel discussion
This event is being co-sponsored by the Wesley Center at Northwest Nazarene University and the Center for Pastoral Leadership at Nazarene Theological Seminary.
For further questions contact Brent Peterson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dana Preuch (email@example.com)
Register today: Registration
Rick Lee James Music Featured on Exclusive Lifeway Christian Store Release —
I’m excited to announce that on June 20th a new album called “Psalms and Songs” will be released exclusively to Lifeway Christian Stores nationwide. The album will feature music by Rick Lee James (a.k.a. me) as well as several other artists. Make sure to visit your local Lifeway Christian Stores to pick up a copy. I’d love to have pictures of you with the new album in from of your local Lifeway Store posted to social media to help us celebrate. Thank you Lifeway for including me on this new worship album.
Rick Lee James
Worship leaders, lead today like you expect something to happen. It’s Pentecost, it’s Jubilee. If your church is dull today, that’s not the Holy Spirit’s fault. The gospel is never dull and of all days, it won’t be dull today. It’s the birthday of the church!
Terrorists won’t keep us from our worship, in fact, our worship reveals them as the phonies they are. The Holy Spirit is more powerful than any bomb they could ever think of detonating.
Karl Barth said, “The church must not allow itself to become dull, nor its services dark and gloomy. It must be claimed by, and proclaim the lordship of God…rather than the lordship of the devil or capitalism or communism or human folly and wickedness in general.”
Dullness is the gift of the Devil, not the Holy Spirit. At the first Pentecost of the Church everybody thought the believers were drunk because they were partying so hard and calling everybody from every nation to join in. If the Holy Spirit is leading, it won’t be boring, and it won’t leave anyone out.
For the love of God, lead your people well today. It’s Pentecost, it’s Jubilee. Slaves are set free, sins are forgiven, the Holy Spirit is poured out in our hearts! Hallelujah! He is Risen!
Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations is on hearnow.