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You can listen to Noah Filipiak’s “Behind the Curtain” Podcast interview with James Gardin on the Podbean Player below or you can subscribe to all “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast episodes on iTunes. (Podcast listening tip: use the podcasts app on your smartphone and listen while driving, doing chores, or working out)


Noah Filipiak interviews James Gardin’s about overcoming rejection and persevering in the music industry.  About what it’s like to get a song on ESPN and how to handle the insecurities.  James explains what his message is as a Christian artist, and last but not least freestyles about Noah’s hometown of Oconomowoc!

Connect with James on social media:

On Facebook

On Twitter

On Instagram

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Noah Filipiak interviews Derek Webb about his career change from hit CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) band Caedman’s Call to his solo career.  The focus of the interview centers around how to be real as a ministry leader who is in the spotlight with a public persona.  Derek’s lyrics are known for being transparent, agitating and vulnerable, yet he shares how he didn’t have close friends he was vulnerable with until very recently when he was left with no choice.  Derek and Noah discuss this common problem among ministry leaders and what can be done about it.

You can listen to Noah’s interview with Derek Webb below via the Podbean Player or you can subscribe to all “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast episodes on iTunes

Connect with Derek on Twitter and Facebook (longtime Webb fans will enjoy the hilarious “Old Derek Webb” Twitter handle as well… “you know, the one that never did anything controversial.”)

www.derekwebb.com – Check out tons of free music from Derek, videos, and more

Derek is also the co-founder of Noisetrade, a revolutionary tribe-building platform where artists and authors post free music and books for download.  www.noisetrade.com

From the interview, here is the RelevantMagazine.com article (copied from Derek’s Facebook page) entitled “Derek Webb: On Failure, Liturgy and New Years”

Blog posts I’ve done on politics, inspired by Derek’s song “Savior on Capitol Hill”: The Idol of Politics, 4 Reasons to Disdain the Political Election Season

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A cup of dirt my 4-year-old brought home from “Garden Club” sits on my kitchen window sill.

The transparent plastic gives all in the house a crystal clear view to this small sample of earth.

Three tablespoons of water a week, that’s what this cup of dirt needs.

Just three tablespoons of water poured onto dirt and absolute magic unfolds.

Three tablespoons of water into some dirt.  Included is a bulb, invisible to the eye while nestled into dirt’s darkness.

A bulb.  A seed.  Like the acorn you kick down the street.  Like one of millions of maple helicopters that descend from the sky. Continue Reading…

at a crossroads behind the curtain ministry podcast noah filipiakEpisode #6 of “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast is here!

Recording artist Jessa Anderson and I talk about the tension in the Christian music industry between making good music with good theology, how all of life’s struggles can’t be fixed in a 3 and half minute song with a pretty bow at the end of it, and the lure of writing in a way that will get you on the radio.  We talk about the depression and anxiety ministry leaders face and how our churches and Christian music need to give more exposure to these darker sides of our faith walk.  If you are a music fan of any kind, are a ministry leader, or want to know how to better support your ministry leaders, this is a great episode for you.

Here’s where you can listen to my interview with Jessa:

Please subscribe via iTunes, which you can do here: applepodcasticon https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/atacrossroads.net-behind-curtain/id973462875 –if you like what you hear, it’d be awesome if you could leave a positive rating and review on iTunes.

You can also listen and/or follow on Podbean here: podbeanlogo http://noahfilipiak.podbean.com

Find Jessa Online:

www.JessaAnderson.com – purchase music, find Jessa’s social networks, read lyrics, tour dates, blog, and more

Resources mentioned in the episode:

Tim Keller’s blog

 

AtaPodcastEpisode #3 of “Behind the Curtain” is here!

(If you missed them, check out episode 1 with pastor / author Ken Wytsma and episode 2 with author Ted Kluck)

In episode 3, we are interviewing Mike Morter, co-founder of the band Churchill:

Churchill’s hit single “Change” was released in 2012. The Change EP reached #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and the hit single reached #17 on the Alternative Songs chart.

Mike Morter

Mike Morter

Churchill toured Europe with Pink, played on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and performed in the US with The Fray, Florence and the Machine, One Republic, Philip Phillips, Sarah Bareilles, Imagine Dragons and more.

Mike and I talk about fame, being a celebrity, being around celebrities, touring, pressure, always being asked “What’s next?,” how Jesus and our identity in Christ can get muddled in all that, and the insecurities that go with the ups and downs of the industry.

You can purchase Churchill’s music on iTunes and can also listen to much of it for free on the band’s SoundCloud page.

Here’s where you can listen to my interview with Mike:

Please subscribe via iTunes, which you can do here: applepodcasticon https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/atacrossroads.net-behind-curtain/id973462875 –if you like what you hear, it’d be awesome if you could leave a positive rating and review on iTunes.

You can also listen and/or follow on Podbean here: podbeanlogo http://noahfilipiak.podbean.com/

zachary bartels

Zachary Bartels

Preview of Upcoming “Behind the Curtain” Episode:

I’ll be interviewing Zachary Bartels, author of Playing Saint, 42 Months Dry and the upcoming (releasing July 7th) The Last Con.  Zach is a Christian fiction author as well as a pastor.  He and I will discuss the tension between the publishing industry’s mandate to promote yourself with the need as a pastor to not promote yourself and to promote Jesus instead!  It will be a great interview you won’t want to miss.

Zach is a great author.  His books are funny, clever, edgy, and page-turning as well as spiritually insightful and subtly convicting.  I strongly encourage checking out his writing.  He also co-hosts The Gut Check Press podcast with author Ted Kluck, which you can listen to here.