Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #166_things Not Seen With David Dault

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This episode of Voices In My Head is actually an episode of another podcast titled, Things Not Seen. David Dault is the host of the show and back on March 26th when my latest album released, David was kind enough to feature me as the guest on his program. I really think you are going to enjoy our conversation. Things Not Seen is a nationally syndicated radio show and podcast that serves as a ministry of the Sunday Evening Club. Find our more about Things Not Seen and my new album (Hymns, Prayers,and Invitations) at this link. http://www.thingsnotseenradio.com/2016/2016/4/27/1605-new-tunes-for-beloved-words-rick-lee-james.html#.V4Min1KTLhW

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #153: Worship Band Workshop (Live from The Empower The Church Conference)

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #153: Worship Band Workshop (Live from The Empower The Church Conference)

This week’s episode of Voices In My Head was recorded live at the Empower the Church conference at Lima Community Church of the Nazarene in Lima Ohio on Saturday October 24th

This episode is a training workshop for people who play in bands and covers the following:

* improving your timing
* thinking like an arranger
* band dynamics and tempo
* guitar vs. piano driven songs
* creating an atmosphere of worship
* Styles and different ways of playing

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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.

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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.

Two Great Guests On The Voices In My Head Podcast This Week: David Morrell and Matt Litton

I get two record two episodes of The Voices In My Head Podcast this week.

On Monday I chat with David Morrell and on Thursday I welcome Matt Litton back to the show.

About David Morrell:
David Morrell is the critically author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl). An Edgar and Anthony finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing, discusses what he has learned in his more than four decades as an author. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

About Matt Litton:
Matt Litton is an author, editorialist, ghostwriter and editor. A former “award-winning” educator, he has written about faith, culture, books and sports for numerous publications including: The Dallas Morning News, The Huffington Post, CNN.com Religion Blog, Christianity Today, Catalyst Leader, Busted Halo and Relevant.com. Matt assists authors with content development, ghostwriting and editing for books, blogs, and magazine articles. He also helps organizations create engaging teaching or coaching materials.

Matt has a passion for writing stories. He enjoys helping authors, organizations and ministries craft narratives that effectively communicate the message of their own lives and missions in more potent and lasting ways. He fundamentally believes that powerful stories can change lives and affect positive and enduring change in our world.

Matt is author of several of his own books including: Dream Again by Isaiah Austin (with Matt Litton), The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives Through the Power of Story, and Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy.

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

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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.

http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Enns/e/B001IOFH9Q/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1435162477&sr=8-2-ent

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Does Worship Have an Audience?

For too long in our worship services we have seen the congregation as the audience. In recent years a new emphasis has directed us away from that kind of thinking by helping us to see God as the audience and the congregation as performers for Him. While this metaphor has changed the course of the conversation and helped us to use new language, like referring to the stage as a platform, I don’t think the metaphor has been carried far enough.

The more I reflect on worship in the house of God, the more I want to completely abandon that idea that there is an audience at all. When it comes to worship, maybe there is no audience. Audiences tend to be spectators but they don’t usually contribute to the what is happening in the show they are watching. If it’s a movie, the audience pays their money then they sit back and let the performers on screen do the work. At church we often plunk down our tithe and let the people on the platform do the work.

While I believe the metaphor of seeing God as the audience and His people as the performers is better for helping congregational members to engage more in worship, I still think we can do better. A passive spectator is the furthest thing from what Christianity means when it uses the word God.  God is not a passive spectator and neither should His people be, after all, liturgy is the work of the people.

The Christian faith has always affirmed a Creator God who is active in His creation, all of His creation.  God is not an academic pursuit for us, God is our source of life who draws near to us, reveals Himself to us, intervenes in our lives, changes us, disrupts our days, dies for us, resurrects for us, and just won’t leave us alone even if we want Him to. You can run from yourself but you can’t run from God.

In worship we remember together, we retell the story, we share a meal, and we commune with God. He isn’t an outsider to our worship, He is the host who is drawing us in, welcoming us, and has the table prepared for His family to dine together. Even outsiders, non-believers, are active participants in worship because we believe God is present to them as well, calling them and drawing them to Himself, weaving them into His story, usually against their will and often against their long held beliefs.
Even so, God is a relentless pursuer who loves us too much to leave us alone. Worship is not meant to be  judged by what type of an emotional experience we had anymore than a family dinner gathering should be judged by the emotional experience it evokes. We gather together because we are family and God is having us over to His house for a meal.
Family gatherings can be rough. We don’t always see eye to eye. Sometimes we are an embarrassment to our family and they are an embarrassment to us but often they are the only strength we have and are a great source of life. Say what you want about family, good, bad, or ugly, they will always be your family. The Father is calling us to the table and I think this may be a more helpful way for us to see Him in our worship than to see Him as a grand spectator.
Worship is not a show as much as it is a family gathering. Come to worship this Sunday and participate in the story of God, with God, and with the congregation. Come worship this active God who is even more present than we are as we gather together. He is the Father, the host, and we are His children called into His home to dine.

Episode #133_Out of the Depths LIVE from M15

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Lecture 1964 (Excerpt)

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We can no longer afford to worship the God of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate.

Love is the key to the solution of the problems of the world. Here and there an individual or group dares to love, and rises to the majestic heights of moral maturity. So in a real sense this is a great time to be alive. Therefore, I am not yet discouraged about the future…granted that we face a world crisis which leaves us standing so often amid the surging murmur of life’s restless sea.

But every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark confused world the kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.

—From Dr. King’s Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1964

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #132 – Renovating Holiness with Joshua Broward

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This week’s guest, Joshua Broward is the co-editor (with Thomas J. Oord) and compiler of a new book called Renovating Holiness which releases January 17th and can be pre-ordered at

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Younger leaders around the world are approaching holiness with new eyes, new vision, and a burning passion to help the Church engage the mission of our holy God.  Renovating Holiness brings together the stories of 100 plus leaders from more than 30 nations to point towards the continuing movement of God’s Spirit in a new world, offering their thoughts on how the Church of the Nazarene can rethink it’s history, it’s doctrine, and it’s practices to be more effective in the 21st century. Rick Lee James is one of the contributors to this book and proudly welcomes Joshua to his Podcast for a discussion on holiness renovated.

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