Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God and What Does He Want From Us? is the new book written by Andrew Greer (http://www.andrew-greer.com) and Ginny Owens (http://ginnyowens.com). Ginny and Andrew are both my guests on the latest episode of Voice In My Head, the Rick Lee James Podcast. Together we talk about the relational aspects of God, Christmas music, New EP’s TV tapings, songwriting and even an Alaskan Cruise that Ginny and Andrew will be a part of in 2016.
I also make a final plea to pre-order my new CD “Hymns, Prayers’ and Invitations” which is due to release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). This new album features a song that Andrew Greer and I wrote together called ‘The Invitation’.
Ginny and Andrew are both wonderful people and interesting guests so sit back, stick in an earbud, and listen to the latest episode of Voices In My Head, the official Rick Lee James Podcast.
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.
In addition to being Rambo’s creator, David Morrell also holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa where he taught from 1970 to 1986. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fraternity of the Stone, and The League of Night and Fog.
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.
This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast I’m joined by the talented Randall Goodgame. He has written songs for Veggie Tales, Caedmon’s Call, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, and Eric Peters. He is also a frequent collaborator of Andrew Peterson, including the 2006 music album, Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies. From this album, the song You Can Always Come Home was featured on the Veggie Tales’ The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s (2007). He and his wife live in Nashville Tennessee with their three kids and a dog. ( schnoodle)
You can support the new Slugs and Bugs Sing The Bible Record at this web site. http://www.slugsandbugs.com/
This week on the Voices in my Head Podcast I am joined by Matt Anderson of the Sci- Fi Christian Podcast. We talk about Spider-man and the themes of “Power” and “Responsibility” while revisiting a classic Stan Lee and Steve Ditko storyline of the Amazing Spider-Man, The Master Planner!!!
Since 2010, KHK (Kids Helping Kids) has performed in over 80 events! They were blessed to open for such well known Christian artists and some Dove award recipients such as The Newsboys, FFH, Jason Gray, John G. Elliott, Jo Vogels, flyfaith, and yours truly, Rick Lee James. God has big plans for these kids and it was my privilege to have them, as well as their founders John and Karen Flaugher, on the Voices In My Head Podcast This week. KHK’s new record, Keep Him King, is available everywhere online including CDBABY.
This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast, Andrew Peterson returns. Since we are so close to the Easter Season we talk a lot about his classic record, Resurrection Letters Volume 2. It was great to record this episode on location in Nashville at the Rabbit Room’s North Wind Manor. There’s a little something for everyone here. Great music and great conversation with a great artist, Andrew Peterson.
Since I close chapter three of the book by talking about St. Patrick I wanted to share the entire chapter as a celebration of his life and legacy. I hope you enjoy it. The book can be purchased from Amazon.com at this link.
Simply click on the picture below to read Chapter 3 – St. Patrick and Psalm 42
“So proud to be part of this new book examining holiness for a new generation.” -Rick Lee James
Thomas Jay Oord and Josh Broward have published a book exploring what holiness means today. Renovating Holiness is comprised of more than 100 essays written by Millennial and Xer leaders in the Church of the Nazarene. Book contributors live on various continents, and they express the message of holiness in fresh, contextually relevant, and winsome ways.
The 2015 SacraSage Press book portrays holiness through the eyes of a new generation of Christians. “We have much to appreciate about the past,” says co-editor Oord. “But today holiness looks significantly different than it did 100, 50, or even 20 years ago. We need fresh articulations of what it means to be holy.”
“We have inherited a doctrine of sanctification that our grandparents built,” says co-editor Broward. “But their language doesn’t work in today’s world. And their thought structures feel cramped. Renovation is a must.”
Contributors to Renovating Holiness includes reflect various ethnicities, genders, and geographical locations. Contributors hail from more than 30 countries, and they represent the greatest diversity of Nazarenes ever included in one book.
Millennial and Xer essayists describe the holy life in conversation with scripture, cultures, and traditions. The book calls for changes in how we proclaim and live lives of holiness in the contemporary world.
“The reexamination of biblical holiness is the right and responsibility of the church in every generation,” says Church of the Nazarene General Superintendent emeritus, Jim L. Bond. “I commend Oord and Broward whose work can mark the beginning of this much needed discourse.”
Renovating Holiness can be purchased at renovatingholiness.com or on Amazon in print and electronic formats. Leaders in the Church of the Nazarene are encouraged to use the book to spark conversations among those they lead. A free group study guide is available, and discounts are given bulk orders.
Thomas Jay Oord is professor of theology at Northwest Nazarene University. He is the author of more than 20 books, a prominent theologian of love, and leader of various academic and popular projects exploring the most important questions of life.
Josh Broward is a pastor developing missional communities at Duneland Community Church of the Nazarene, an activist fighting human trafficking with Free The Girls, and adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University.