Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Richly Blessed

Having spent several days discussing Evangelical Catholics with a guy named Rich, I suppose this would be a nice time for a little tribute to an "almost" Evangelical Catholic named Rich ...



Rich Mullins was reported by some to have been within days of formally converting to Catholicism when he died in a car accident in September 1997. He'd long been fascinated with the Catholic church--St Francis of Assisi was among his personal heroes--and he had attended Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) courses. Others who knew him well wonder if he really would have gone through with it, as it would have alienated his largely Protestant audiences.

Rich is singing the Eternal Song now, and we are poorer for his absence here on earth. Perhaps it was merciful that he was taken home while he was yet formally "unclaimed" by any church, as his wonderful music is free to live on unencumbered by the controversy, and continues to edify sincere Protestant and Catholic believers alike.

The song "Creed" celebrates the Apostles Creed, which has faded from much of the Protestant memory, sadly.

I particularly admire his skill with the hammer dulcimer, which seems like it would take an awful lot of dexterity to play.

3 comments:

  1. I did not know that about Rich Mullins. Thank you for your tribute to him. You are probably right . . . the music he left witrh us is unencumbered by labels. This is a good thing.

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  2. ooops. I don't know how it happened, but I left that comment in my wife's name. I was logged onto her google account and the computer didn't recognize my face while I sat right in front of it.

    Stupid computers.

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  3. Ha -- that never happens to me. ;)

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