https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-mba4j-7f0668Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 244: Chanukah with Rabbi Cary Kozberg

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Cary Kozberg currently serves as Rabbi at Temple Sholom Springfield Ohio and as the Jewish chaplain at Kensington Place in Columbus, Ohio. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of spirituality and aging and is principal/owner of Side by Side: Life Transitions Coaching for the Later Years, offering pastoral and spiritual help to older adults and their families.

On this special episode of Voices In My Head we talk about a number of Hanukkah related questions, including:

      • What does the holiday of Chanukah celebrate?
      • How is it spelled, Chanukah or Hanukkah?
      • What does the word Chanukah mean?
      • Why does the date of Chanukah seem to change each year?
      • How is Chanukah celebrated?
      • Is Chanukah a major Jewish holiday?
      • Is it mandatory to give gifts on Chanukah?
      • What is a Dreidel?
      • In what order do we light the candles? 
      • …and believe it or not…The Lord’s Prayer

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When you are in the ministry long enough, you see not only great joys and the triumphs, but you also see some of the brightest and most talented pastors and leaders depart from their ministries because of poor ethical decisions.
 
In his book, Ethics in Christian Ministry: A Guide for Pastors and Mentors, Dr. Charles Christian, who holds a PhD in theology and ethics, draws from his experience of 25 years in the pastorate and his experience as a professor of theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary and MidAmerica Nazarene University to take the reader on a journey through the professional and personal life of today’s pastor to provide an overview of the important ways a leader can avoid ethical snares in the context of ministry.
 
It is an honor to have Charles Christian as our featured guest this week on Voices In My Head.
 

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In light of so many things happening in our world, not the least of these being record breaking hurricanes, Rick Lee James takes a few moments to consider DACA in light of Matthew 25. Who are the strangers mentioned by Jesus in this well known parable?

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In the age of nuclear weapons, are Christians to respond with “fire and fury” or “grace and mercy”?

Topics on this episode:

  • President Trump’s Response To North Korea’s threats.

  • North Korea’s Repsonse back to him.

  • Pastor Robert Jeffress response to it all.

  • Bible interpretations.

  • Who are the church Fathers?

  • What do the Church Fathers have to say to us on the matter?

The Fire and Fury of the Empire or the Grace and Mercy of Jesus?

I have to thank my friends at Xenia Church of the Nazarene for using 2 of my songs in their worship services for the first Sunday of Advent 2012 (Advent Hymn and I Lift Up My Eyes).  As a songwriter there are few thrills greater than to have someone else record, perform, or in this case lead worship using your music. Bear in mind, this is a rough mix from their Sunday morning service but in my opinion it still sounds pretty great.

Brannon Hancock is their music pastor and as you can tell from the audio, he is  incredibly talented and a Spirit led song leader.  Gloria, his lovely and talented wife,  is the other vocalist on Advent Hymn.  This might be my favorite Christmas gift this year.  My thanks to everyone at Xenia Nazarene Church for including my songs in your Advent celebration. Make sure to check out their web site at the link below and if you live near Xenia, stop in and worship with them.  They will welcome you with open arms, coffee, donuts, and best of all – the Love of God.

LISTEN HERE: “I Lift Up My Eyes”

LISTEN HERE: “Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing)”

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Matthew Cole

With the release of Marvel’s Avengers Motion picture, Rick has assembled a couple of his Theologian friends to discuss the movie, it’s effect on pop-culture, and premises from the movie that go hand in hand with the work of a Theologian. Rick dives into part two of this topic with Matthew Cole. Matthew is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Lexington Kentucky. He is also the proud husband of Kara, and father to Maebri and Matilyn. In his words, “I am blessed. The grace of God is seen so clearly everyday in the family that I love so dearly, in the ministry which I am privileged to participate, in those who call me friend or pastor, & in the gracious reality, I do not deserve any of it.”

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