Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #272: A History of Christian Worship Part One – Jewish Roots

This week begins part one of a ten part series on the History of Christian Worship.

Join me on this journey through the ancient faith as we track how the church’s worship pratices have changed over the centuries.


Rick Lee James


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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #271: Build Your Multicultural Ministry Super Power with Nikki Lerner

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Nikki Lerner is an artist, a teacher, a speaker, an author and a culture coach helping others engage with one another relationally and across culture lines.  Her passion is to see people come to an understanding of one another through music and conversation and learn to remain human with each other.  Today we’re going to discuss the Multicultural Worship Leaders Network 2018 Conference which will be happening in Abingdon Maryland this November 1st and 2nd.


Multicultural Worship Leaders Network 2018 Conference in Abingdon, MD on November 1 & 2.  The MWLN exists to equip, inspire, resource, and network church leaders to become highly effective in ministering cross-culturally.     


Our times require courageous leadership from the Body of Christ as a community who is unafraid to step into the deep waters of true reconciliation and intentional multicultural ministry.  We want to equip YOU to continue to do that.   


Cost & Schedule

Individual Rates:

  • Early Bird (through June 8) : $135
  • Regular (June 9 through August 31) : $175
  • Full Price (starting September 1) : $200

Group/Team Rates (5 or more people):

  • Early Bird (through June 8) : $125
  • Regular (June 9 through August 31) : $155
  • Full Price (starting September 1) : $180

Conference Sign-in will begin at 8:00 AM on Thursday, November 1. The conference will run from 9 AM-5 PM on Thursday, and from 9 AM-4 PM on Friday. A formal schedule will be announced closer to the conference date.


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Coming Soon: Rick Lee James new album – THUNDER

This week I found a great article by Jonathan Aigner on called Not Just A Good Feeling: What Mister Rogers Can Teach Us About Worship. On this episode of Voices In My Head I share selections from the article and expand on them with soem of my own thoughts on the benefits of authentic, faithful and consistent worship practices.


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My guest on this episode of Voices In My Head is Crowd Music’s Founder and CEO, Mike Castronovo. 

Crowd Music is an Industry Renovator that values music and realizes that today’s music creators are being robbed of their intellectual properties.

Mike wasn’t looking to start a music company, but on January 22, 2014 he read a piece in the Wall Street Journal that opened his eyes to a massive problem.  He learned the current music industry wasn’t fairly compensating those who actually create the music we enjoy, which ultimately hurts all of us as music listeners and fans in the long run.  The more he dove in to trying to understand the problem, the more he was amazed that nobody had come up with a viable solution that would work for everyone.

A lifetime guitarist and songwriter himself, Mike was still far enough outside the industry that he was able to take a different perspective. He imagined how the music business could be changed in a way that would benefit everyone. And so Crowd Music was born.


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This week I welcome back my old friend and co-writer, Randy Cox to the show. As a Song Consulant, Randy is helping to shape the music of a whole new generation in some beautiful ways which you will hear abut on today’s show.

Randy Cox has published or represented songs which have appeared on over 80,000,000 recordings. Print products, including those songs have sold millions of choral collections, musicals, anthems, etc. In the late ‘70s, Randy began his music publishing career in Nashville. Starting at Paragon Music with Bill Gaither, Ronn Huff and Bob MacKenzie, Randy soon discovered and developed the early writing career of Michael W. Smith, Gary Chapman and others. He also received the company’s Dove Award for Song of The Year “He’s Alive.”

Over the past 7 years, he has produced over 400 Choral, instrumental and children’s recordings. Randy’s new focus on writing lyrics/composing now includes pieces published by Lorenz, Hope, Choristers Guild, Hal Leonard, Word, LifeWay, St. James Press, Lillenas, Brentwood/Benson, Prism, Alfred and others.

Currently, Randy is a Consultant for the music publishing division of LifeWay Worship Resources (Southern Baptist Convention), working with songwriters, songs and developing opportunities for LifeWay Songs to the Church, recording artist and for other outlets on an international scale.

ASCAP, BMI, SESAC Publisher of the Year. Dove Award winner. Music Publishing Leader for 36 years. Producer of artists and choral products. Composer, lyricist, arranger. Committed to the Church and the mission of Christ’s message to the world.

In May of 2018 I participated in a small forum with attendees  of Lexington Calvary Church of the Nazarene on Worship As Spiritual Formation.
This was a fun show podcast to record because of all of the ages of people involved in the conversation. I hope you enjoy the discussion from Pastors, Theologians, laypeople, and even some toddlers who were present. It was a great time and I think you can hear that in this episode.

Matthew Cole is a Pastor, an adjunct theology professor at Asbury University, and a great friend. He is also one of th emost gifted preachers I have ever had the privilege of hearing. Today I wanted to feature a sermon from a service I did with Matthew at his church in Lexington Kentucky at Calvary Church of the Nazarene. We end the sermon with a live version of “The Invitation” being sung while communion is recieved by the congregation. It’s a beautiful time of worship.

For those of you coming this week to Nashville to join us, I can’twait to see you, meet you, and watch as God brings us all together to listen, teach and be encouraged. The Worship Leader Magazine staff has been covering this event in prayer and I know they have worked very hard to make this an event that is beneficial for the Kingdom Of God.

I would love to meet many of you while the event is happening. Look for me at Brothers McClurg/Old Bear Records Table Monday night, at the UTR Media showcase on Tuesday, and around Trevecca’s campus Monday through Wednesday.

If you want to reach out, feel free to tweet me @RickLeeJames or email me at

Let’s hang out!


Rick Lee James

Voices In My Head Productions LLC

There are few spiritual masters who have touched my life in the way that the late Thomas Merton has. His book, “Life and Holiness” is one of the finest books on holiness that I have ever read. This is a short podcast today but I hope it will be a meaningful one that gives space to contempate as well as some prayerful guidance. If you have never read a book by Thomas Merton, maybe this will provide you with some motivation to do so. I promise you, it will be good for your soul.


Rick Lee James

Life and Holiness 
by Thomas Merton 
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New Album Update

I wanted to give you a quick update about the progress of the new album. Two months ago I started crowdfunding to raise money to pay for the recording costs for the new album.

Total costs to pay for the remaining unpaid studio time, mixing, and mastering of the album came to $10,200.

Last night the crowdfunding campaign ended. All total we’ve raised $5360, which means I’ll be paying $4840 out of pocket to pay for recording costs.

So where does that leave us?

I’ve decided to go ahead with making the album in spite of being short of funds. So many of you have given so generously and have shown such enthusiasm for this new music that I feel like there is no other choice.

It might take a little longer to make the album than I originally though since the money I was raising did not cover the costs of printing the CD. Distributing, marketing, or any other if the many expenses involved in making then album. This makes the financial burden much greater, but I’m committed to doing whatever it takes to get the album made.

Thank you to all of who who have helped by spreading the word about the new album. Thank you to all of you who have donated money so generously and sacrificially. Thank you for all to all of you who pre-ordered the album.

From here we will trust God to provide and I’ll keep working to bring it to you.

Podcast News

I’ve been working very hard to bring some great guests to my podcast, Voices In My Head.

In the past year I’ve welcomed amazing like William Willimon, Tim Madigan, Shane Claiborne, Stephen Tobolowsky, Science Mike McHargue, Andrew Peterson, and many more.

We’ve had conversations on music, Worship, Ethics, Sexual and Racial Equality, Islam, Judaism, and much more. The podcast listener community keeps growing and the feedback I’ve been getting has been very encouraging. I just wanted to take a moment to recommend that you give the show a listen and leave some feedback on iTunes. I think you will be glad that you did.

Escape To The Lake


Escape To The Lake 2018 is coming July 19-21 to Cedar Lake, IN. It’s UTR Media’s flagship event and a one-of-a-kind retreat bringing music makers and music lovers together to be spiritually, emotionally, & musically refreshed. It is an amazing time of friendship, food, laughter, learning… and of course gourmet music. We are looking forward to live music & sessions with Me (Rick Lee James) Andrew Osenga, Christa Wells, Nick Flora, Royce Lovett, Caroline Cobb, Brothers McClurg, Taylor Leonhardt, The Mosleys, Adam Whipple, Dave Trout, and over a half-dozen others artists to be revealed soon.

UTR Media also will host the 4th annual ETTL Songwriters’ Bootcamp on July 18-19. A team of world class professional songwriting mentors will help you hone your craft at any level of songwriting (beginner, hobby, church, professional). And ALL are welcome for this optional add-on experience… including those who don’t write songs but just want to ease drop on the creative process and soak in the amazing conversations.

Plus you’ll be able to enjoy our “Epic In The Round” concert on July 18th.

Come and join us!


Rick Lee James

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