Thunder – A Lost Rich Mullins Song – (This weekend is the 23rd anniversary of his death)

It’s hard to believe that it has been 23 years since we lost Rich Mullins. In a world full of breathtakingly amazing songwriters, I still think his writing is unparalleled.

I remember where I was on September 19th, 1977. I was at an outdoor music festival in Nashville waiting to hear Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day. Just before Third Day came out to play, the festival promoter announced that Rich Mullins had passed away in a tragic car accident.

Thousands of people who had been pretty rowdy suddenly went silent. It was as if mass mourning had begun. I remember Third Day taking the stage and quietly singing the words, “Oh God, You Are My God, and I will ever praise You…step by step you’ll lead me, and I will follow you all of my days.

After Third Day left the stage, Steven Curtis Chapman took over. He spoke about how Rich’s lyrics were filled with a longing for home and that he would always pour over Rich’s lyrics in the album liners He then dedicated a new song to Rich, and debuted “Not Home Yet”.

Well, Rich is home now, and we are all awaiting resurrection, living in the already and the not yet.

A little over a year ago I had the chance to record and release a Rich Mullins song that never made it onto one of his albums. The song Thunder was co-written by Phil Naish and Lowell Alexander. It probably won’t be remembered in the long list of Rich Mullins most remembered songs, but it will always be special to me for the way it touched my life.

Telling the story of the disruptive Thunderous grace of Jesus through this song has been a real privilege for me. In honor of Rich, and more importantly, in honor of his Savior, I wanted to share Thunder again today.

I’m curious, what are your Rich Mullins memories? Where were you when you heard the news of his passing? How has his music influenced your life?

If you would like to know more about Rich Mullins from one of his close friends, I had a great conversation with Shane Claiborne on my Podcast where he told stories about his friend. I encourage you to give it a listen here.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #234: Shane Claiborne talks about Rich Mullins, Ragamuffins, and Ordinary Radicals

Shane Claiborne is a follower of Jesus and following Jesus has led him on many adventures. Following Jesus has taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek.

Fred Rogers Speaks- Episode 387

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Fred Rogers Speaks- Episode 387

It has been one of those weeks you never thought would come. A house fire at my parents place, sewer backup flooding my own house, migraines, and power outages. Not even to mention the Pandemic, Presidential election craziness, and life as a teacher/online school parent/worship pastor. I needed to hear from a calm voices this week so I brought a dear old friend on the show today, the late great Fred Rogers. Listen in and open your heart to receive calming words of help this week on Voices In My Head. 

 

The majority of this episode originally appeared on my other podcast, Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast.

 

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Welcome To The Neighborhood: Mister Rogers Speaks

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Welcome To The Neighborhood: Mister Rogers Speaks

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This week I’m happy to present the words of Fred Rogers, from in his own lips. Take a few quiet moments to listen and be refreshed by these timeless words of wisdom and kindness.

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Where Goodness Still Grows with guest Amy Peterson- Episode 386

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Where Goodness Still Grows with guest Amy Peterson- Episode 386

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Social media and recent political events have exposed the fault lines that exist within our country and our spiritual communities. The corruption and blind spots of the evangelical church have led to the departure of so many from faith, who cite hypocrisy and partisanship as reasons they can’t stay. Chillingly, many of the virtues that we believed were a central piece of our religious heritage—including kindness, purity, modesty, hospitality, and faithfulness—have been hijacked and used for political or cultural gain.

But all is not lost. My guest today, Author Amy Peterson, wants to reimagine virtue as a tool, not a weapon; as wild, not tame; as embodied, not written. As someone intimately familiar with, fond of, and also deeply critical of the world of conservative evangelicalism, Amy dissects the moral code of American evangelicalism and re-examines what it really means to be faithful in the modern world.

Her latest book, Where Goodness Still Grows, traces the virtues from their original meanings and imagines what it could look like for us to embrace and celebrate them today. Where Goodness Still Grows is more than a book. It is a thoughtful, poetic, and deeply powerful call to reclaim our faith and it’s a book I deeply needed in 2020.

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The Importance of Being Ernest: Justin Lloyd talks about the Life of his uncle, Actor Jim Varney – Episode 385

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The Importance of Being Ernest: Justin Lloyd talks about the Life of his uncle, Actor Jim Varney

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Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ernest p. Worrell, the lovable blue-collar buffoon, was a staple of pop culture in countless commercials, nearly a dozen movies and an award-winning Saturday-morning TV show called, Hey Vern, It’s Ernest. Today, millions of fans still mourn the loss of actor Jim Varney, who portrayed Ernest and who died of cancer at age 50 in the year  2000. In the book The Importance of Being Ernest: The Life of Actor Jim Varney, Jim’s nephew Justin Lloyd has created a comprehensive biography that fans were waiting for. The book traces Jim’s journey from a child in Lexington, Kentucky, with dreams of being a stage and film actor to becoming an iconic entertainment figure. The Importance of Being Ernest has now inspired a forthcoming Documentary about the life of Jim Varney.

Justin Lloyd, the book’s author and nephew of Jim Varney has stopped by for a visit today.

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In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special. 

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Lucas and Evelyn Cortazio – Episode 384

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Lucas and Evelyn Cortazio – Episode 384

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Rooted in Chicago’s Community Christian Church, pastored by Dave Ferguson, Community Music is comprised of worship leaders from the church’s 11 campuses. Led by Brazilian-born husband/wife team Lucas and Evelyn Cortazio since 2013, the collective is closely aligned with NewThing, a church planting network created by Community Christian Church representing more than 3000 congregations internationally. The Cortazios and Community Music lead worship annually at the Exponential Conference, and also host songwriting workshops for worship leaders from across the country and around the world.
 
“Community Music exists to help people find their way back to God by creating a worship culture that goes beyond songs and Sundays,” explains Lucas Cortazio. “This begins at our churches in Chicago, but extends across the globe through our partnership with the NewThing network. Evelyn and I believe our main assignment in this mission is to link worshippers together from all tribes and tongues. We do this by connecting, empowering and creating platforms for other worship leaders to stand on both locally and globally.”

 

COMMUNITY MUSIC ‘ ‘Nothing He Can’t Do’https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTbhKGhTqyE

 

COMMUNITY MUSIC’S ‘NOTHING HE CAN’T DO’ POWERFULLY PROCLAIMS GOD’S SUFFICIENCY: http://www.turningpointpr.com/news/community-musics-nothing-he-cant-do-powerfully-proclaims-gods-sufficiency/    

 

CCM Talks with Lucas & Evelyn Cortazio: https://www.ccmmagazine.com/ccm-cafe/a-conversation-with-community-music/

 

 

 

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In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special. 

The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com.

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What Is Your Name? – Episode 383

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What Is Your Name? – Episode 383

Why are names so significant in who we become and who we aspire to be? 

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I read a couple of passages from an amazing book this week. If you want to find out more about it and Rabbi David Wolpe, click on the picture or link below.

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In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special. 

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Guest Preacher William H. Willimon – Episode 382

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Guest Preacher William H. Willimon – Episode 382

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Today on the podcast, I am pleased to welcome back Dr. William H. Willimon. Dr. Willimon served as the Dean of Duke Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University for two decades. He returned to Duke after serving as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church from 2004 to 2012. He is the author of over 70 books and as you are about to hear today, he is also skilled preacher.

I asked Dr. Willimon back to Voices In My Head today because in July 12th of this year (2020) he preached a sermon at the Washington National Cathedral, and it just really resonated with me. I wanted to give my listeners a chance to hear the sermon, which speaks into our present moment of pandemic, white violence, and unrest and Dr. Willimon graciously agreed to let me share it today.

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In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special. 

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Culture Coaching with Nikki Lerner – Episode 381

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Culture Coaching with Nikki Lerner – Episode 381

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Nikki Lerner is an artist, teacher, speaker, author and 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.   

 

Nikki’s book, Worship Together in Your Church as in Heaven, co-written with Josh Davis, is a practical and foundational resource for pastors and worship leaders of all kinds. It addresses an urgent need in the church today: as our communities become increasingly diverse, how can we offer worship that is authentic and engaging for all of God’s people, including longtime church members? 

 

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In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special. 

The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com.

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