Rich Mullins: A Man I Wish I Knew

I often talk about how much my life has been influenced by the life and words of the late Rich Mullins. Rich wrote many songs you may know, like “Awesome God,” “Hold Me, Jesus,” and “Sometimes by Step.” At Bible study tonight I talked about how Rich Mullins gave his life fully to the service of God. Here’s a clip worth watching that gives you a glimpse of a man I wish knew. He died in a car accident a few weeks after this concert.

Who has influenced you? Are there any Christian brothers or sisters who have died that you wish you had known?

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4 Comments to “Rich Mullins: A Man I Wish I Knew”

  1. Jim L. Says:

    This was really cool. Thanks for sharing with us. Rich seemed like a really good guy. I’m glad there is footage of him.

  2. James Mariam Says:

    One of the things I love about how Rich Mullins was how he approached the musical gift God had given him. Mullins gave the profits he received from the sale of his albums and money from his concerts to his church and charity organizations and then he simply lived off of a normal pastor’s salary from his church.

    This is probably my favorite song by him:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tpq4MoRVV4

  3. Lydia Mariam Says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’m a huge Rich Mullins fan. My favorite album by him is “A Liturgy A Legacy and A Ragamuffin Band”.

  4. Pamela Richards Says:

    James, I agree with you about Richard’s philanthopy, or as he preferred to think of it, simplicity. It was admirable for so many reasons. First and foremost, it demonstrated the giving nature of Christ. Second, it gave his ministry powerful credibility as a man who lived his faith and didn’t just talk about it. Third, it benefited those causes he believed in–which gave him great joy. And in addition to all this (he told me himself, but not in the exact words), the cap on his income allowed him to thumb his nose at the Nashville music-making machine. Tensions between artists and commercial enterprises never fail. If you are an artist, you understand the amazing freedom this choice gave Richard to create work that was motivated by Spirit, not money.

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