9.15.2021

Ep 87: Harmony Smith Vineyard Worship Leader, Songwriter, and Pastor


Harmony Smith is the Director of Worship for the Vineyard Movement in the UK & Ireland where she encourages, raises up, and trains worship and music leaders. She also co-pastors Belfast City Church with her husband Andy. She joins PostConsumer Reports to discuss her song "You Have Our Yes," specifically how people in Ireland and America might wrestle with its lyrics differently and the responsibility that church worship leaders have to not only lead people to God but also challenge them to love their neighbors as themselves. From her bio: "Harmony is a worshiper, songwriter and pastor whose heart is all about seeing people connect with Jesus in a lifestyle of worship. This passion is particularly clear in her songs, which can be found on several Vineyard UK & Ireland worship albums, including Creator, Spirit Burn, The Feast and most recently, Legacy – Live from Ireland. She has also just released ‘You Have Our Yes’ a call to unity in the face of increasing division, chaos and distraction, inviting the people of God to offer their 'yes' and their full allegiance to Jesus."

You can watch the music video for "You Have Our Yes," featuring  Marc James and Cathy Burton HERE and stream or download the other music heard on this episode at Vineyard's Bandcamp page, or any place you stream music. 

Harmony interviewed political theologian Stephen Backhouse, who Chris produces the Tent Theology podcast with, on the Vineyard UK podcast, which you can watch HERE or listen to HERE. Stephen's thoughts were a partial inspiration for "You Have Our Yes," and he was also an early guest on PostConsumer Reports.

You can download the chord chart and lyrics to "You Have Our Yes," Here, or find other worship resources at:  //www.vineyardchurches.org.uk

Ep 87: Harmony Smith Vineyard Worship Leader, Songwriter, and Pastor


Harmony Smith is the Director of Worship for the Vineyard Movement in the UK & Ireland where she encourages, raises up, and trains worship and music leaders. She also co-pastors Belfast City Church with her husband Andy. She joins PostConsumer Reports to discuss her song "You Have Our Yes," how people in Ireland and America might wrestle with its lyrics differently, and the responsibility that church worship leaders have to not only lead people to God but also challenge them to love their neighbors as themselves.


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8.17.2021

Ep 86: Singer-songwriter Adam Whipple on his Basement Apartment EP


Adam Whipple is a singer-songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee who has just released his new EP Basement Apartment, which is available on all streaming platforms (Soundcloud, Apple, Spotify). You can discover more about Adam and his work at his website (https://www.adamwhipple.com/), which includes visual and video art, and read his prose and poetry and Foundling House, a writing community (https://www.foundlinghouse.com/). Our conversation covers the songs on the new EP, being a bi-vocational artist, and the tensions of creating art in this strange season we are all living in.



5.27.2021

Ep 85: Singer-songwriter Rick Lee James


Episode 85 features and interview with Rick Lee James, a singer-songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, and music pastor. He joined PostConsumer Reports to discuss his songwriting and recording process, the struggle to lead church music during the time of COVID (when we are not singing together), being able to authentically address people's pain through worship music, and his Mister Rogers podcast "Welcome to the Neighborhood." Rick has a podcast of his own, "Voices in My Head," which has had numerous guests over the years, including an interview with Chris discussing his 12 days of Christmas book. A couple of months ago Rick was a guest on one of Chris's other podcasts "Between the Songs" discussing "Thunder," an early Rich Mullins song he recorded for his album of the same name. Rick is releasing some new music over the coming months, so be on the lookout for it.

You can purchase or stream his music and discover more about him at:
https://www.rickleejames.com/
https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/

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4.29.2021

Ep 84: Jonathan Hodges of Bomethius on his new album Seasons of Limbo


Thanks to his mother, Jonathan Hodges learned to not take himself too seriously from an early age, even to the extent of coming up with the esoteric alter ego name Bomethius when it came time for him to begin composing and performing his music. Jonathan plays violin, guitar, piano, and is even known to whistle a fine tune. His new album is called Seasons of Limbo and features songs about pursuing love and friendship in the time of COVID, tornadoes in major metropolitan areas, and the ever allusive pursuit of finding true community.

Our far-reaching conversation dives into how he came to record an album with his uncle, muses on David Bentley Hart and Kierkegaard, ponders how to navigate the crisis moments of one's life, and dares to ask whether the Poet will ever be allowed by God to fulfill the role God created them for.

You can find the music of Bomethius at his website: http://www.bomethius.com/

On Bandcamp: https://bomethius.bandcamp.com/

Or wherever you stream music.

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3.12.2021

Ep. 83: Blair Masters—Keyboardist and Composer


An interview with Nashville musician, keyboardist, and composer Blair Masters. Blair has played on numerous albums over the years, from Newsboys, Amy Grant, Charlie Peacock, Rich Mullins, Margaret Becker, Steven Curtis Chapman and yeah, even Barry Manilow, Andy Williams, and Megadeth. He's also the touring keyboardist for Garth Brooks and has composed and recorded music for a number television shows. Our talk focuses on the span of his career and gives an in-depth look into the music of his band Dogs of Peace.


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3.11.2021

Ep 83: Blair Masters—Keyboardist, Composer, and Dogs of Peace Member



Episode 83 features an interview with Nashville musician, keyboardist, and composer Blair Masters. Blair has played on numerous albums over the years, from Newsboys, Amy Grant, Charlie Peacock, Rich Mullins, Margaret Becker, Steven Curtis Chapman and yeah, even Barry Manilow, Andy Williams, and Megadeth. He's also the touring and recording keyboardist for Garth Brooks and has composed and recorded music for a number television shows. Our talk focuses on the span of his career and gives an in-depth look into the music of his band Dogs of Peace, who he is in with Gordon Kennedy, Jimmy Lee Sloas, and John Hammond. They latest album Heel is available for streaming everywhere or purchase here. He's also in Tim Akers & The Smoking Section and a Tom Petty cover band called The Petty Junkies. You can find a fuller list of his recording credentials here.



There have been a number of PostConsumer episodes and articles featuring that relate to Blair's work:

12.24.2020

New Christmas Music and Serving Others Through Lula

 

This episode features info about Chris's new EP of Christmas music "Let Nothing You Dismay" as well as about Lula (https://www.lulapeoria.com/) a nonprofit in Peoria, Illinois that feeds, clothes, and offers care to those without housing and living on the streets. All proceeds from the EP, available on Bandcamp at: https://chrismarchand.bandcamp.com/album/let-nothing-you-dismay, will go to support Lula. The talk on serving others at Christmas is an excerpt from Tent Theology (https://tent-talks.simplecast.com/), another podcast Chris has been helping produce this year.

You can listen to the episodes here: New Christmas Music and Serving Others Through Lula


Last year I put out a book on the 12 Days of Christmas. If you are interested in the history and traditions surrounding the holiday (and how to incorporate them into your life) the book can be purchased through all these stores:
Amazon
Christian Book Distributors
Wipf and Stock
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
Faithlife
Cokesbury
Lagron Miller (Roman Catholic book, gift, and vestment store in Peoria, Illinois)
Thrift Books



Other related podcast episodes on Christmas:

12.23.2020

New Christmas Music and Serving Others Through Lula


This episode features info about Chris's new EP of Christmas music "Let Nothing You Dismay" as well as about Lula, a nonprofit in Peoria, Illinois that feeds, clothes, and offers care to those without housing and living on the streets. All proceeds from the EP will go to support Lula. The talk on serving others at Christmas is an excerpt from Tent Theology, another podcast Chris has been helping produce this year.


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7.31.2020

Ep 82: Christmas in July & a New Podcast

Episode 82 of the podcast features a talk I gave at Living Waters Church in Peoria, Illinois in 2019 about my book Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas. I spoke about how Pentecostals have their own version of Advent, about the quirky saints days after Christmas day, and about some of the challenges in attempting to celebrate Christmas as an extended holiday rather than one day.

This episode also features an excerpt from Tent Theology, a new podcast that I am helping to produce and am a cohost on. Please give it a listen. The aim of what we are doing is to help renew the social and political imagination of Christians by following in the way of Jesus. Political theologian Dr. Stephen Backhouse is the main host, and he was a guest on the podcast a few years ago, where we discussed his biography of Soren Kierkegaard. Backhouse also has a ministry named Tent Theology which aims to help the Church engage with and learn theology from within their own congregation.
Here are all the places where you can purchase my book: 
Amazon
Christian Book Distributors
Wipf and Stock
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
Faithlife
Cokesbury
Lagron Miller (Roman Catholic book, gift, and vestment store in Peoria, Illinois)
Thrift Books





Other related podcast episodes on Christmas:
Ep 79: Blair E. Clark and the Artwork for the 12 Days of Christmas
Ep 79: Dr. Michael Ward on C.S. Lewis, Paganism, and Christmas
Ep 71: Happy Pagan Christmas!
Ep 72: The 12 Days of Christmas, New Years, and Epiphany