We’re Doing It Again

In the last year we have released three music videos from my album, “Hymns, Prayer, and Invitations“. These videos have been warmly received by thousands of people on social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. I’m excited to say that this coming Wednesday, August 16th, I’ll be releasing a new music video for the song, “More Than The Watchman (Psalm 130)”.

It’s always exciting for me to share a new project but this video in particular means a great deal to me beyond the music itself. With this new video we are hoping to bring a fresh look at the global refugee crisis.

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (www.NCM.org) has graciously allowed us to use footage from their recent work with refugees from Syria and other parts of the world. The footage is beautifully shot and I think it tells their story better than a thousand words can say. In spite of that, let me briefly try.

There are currently more than 11 million who have been displaced, and 5 million who are living as refugees outside their home country. The men, women, and children that you will see in this music video have fled from their homes due to violence and persecution. With your help, we can share their story and do our best to make a difference in their lives.

Before You read this next part, let me be clear, I am not asking you for money.

However,I do need your help. I have invested more than two months of my income to create this project and I don’t want it to go to waste.

Videos like these are meant to be seen and heard. I’m asking you to help me make that happen, and your support is key.

What Am I Asking Of You?

I’m glad you asked.

Will you help me share this video when it releases on Wednesday?

You will be able to find it on these sites:

Here are some answers to questions you may have for me:

Where Should I Share It?

  • Your Facebook Page.
  • Facebook Groups.
  • Your Blog Sites.
  • On Twitter (tag @RickLeeJames and the hash tag #Refugees when you post)
  • On Tumblr
  • Stumbleupon
  • Reddit
  • Digg
  • Talk about it on your podcasts (I’m happy to make a guest appearance).

How often should I share it?

  • As often as you like. The more we share it over the first few weeks the more visibility it will have. Once a day would be ideal.

What Should I say when I share?

When you share the video link on Wednesday, an added comment like this would be wonderful to add to your post:

  • Together we can help millions of refugees who have been forced from their homes by violence and war. #Refugees @RickLeeJames

Can I Donate Money To Help With The Cost If I Want?

Together we can do so much to help.

My Sincerest Thanks,

Rick Lee James

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Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 218 – The Poor You Will Always Have With You.

https://youtu.be/hp_2a8fwKbc

Special thanks to Jessica Valle for taking these pictures of our music video shoot at the Dayton Arcade on July 15th, 2017. More Than The Watchman (Psalm 130).

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.

Voices In My Head Podcast Home Page

 

LISTEN NOW: https://rickleejames.podbean.com/e/voices-in-my-head-podcast-205-wiith-stephen-tobolowsky/?token=dd8834904f6cc49d97522da84db7a368

My guest on this episode of Voices In My Head is Stephen Tobolowsky. Stephen is one of the leading character actors in film today. USA Today listed Stephen as the 9th most frequently seen actor in movies; he has appeared over 200 movies and television shows. See here for credits.

He is best known for playing Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, Sammy Jankis in Memento, Werner Brandes in Sneakers, Happy Chapman in Garfield, and Mr. Bates in Freaky Friday.  On television, he played Tor Ekland on Seinfeld, Hugo Jarry on Deadwood, Bob Bishop on Heroes,  Sandy Ryerson on Glee and Stu Beggs on Californication. He is currently on screen in Silicon Valley and The Goldbergs.  Stephen will also appear in Netflix’s new series by Norman Lear, One Day at a Time (a new generation remake!); season 2 starts filming in June.

He wrote and performed Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party and The Primary Instinct, and wrote True Stories with David Byrne and Beth Henley.

His podcast with David Chen “The Tobolowsky Files” is available at Slashfilm.com and on iTunes, and also previously broadcast on KUOW 94.9 in Seattle, on WFPL in Louisville, KY and many stations through Public Radio International (PRI).*

His first book of stories, The Dangerous Animals Club, is published by Simon & Schuster September 25, 2012.  His second book, My Adventures with God, is now available everywhere, also published by Simon & Schuster.

Fun Facts:

He performed with Stevie Ray Vaughn when Stevie was 14 and cut the first songs Stevie ever performed.

*David Chen’s update on /Film: Public Radio International Announces a New Radio Show Based on The Tobolowsky Files.

For the last 10 years, Stephen has taught Classes in Improv and Comedy offered through Kalmenson & Kalmenson.

If you are wondering where you might have seen him, Stephen’s many television and film credits are listed here: Stephen Tobolowsky at IMDb

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