About a Ragamuffin

This post is going to be short, sweet & to the point (I hope ūüėČ )–I have a movie recommendation to share with you. This past weekend, I finally watched¬†Ragamuffin: The True Story of Rich Mullins.¬†For those of you not familiar with the movie, here’s the trailer:

For those not familiar with Rich Mullins…

“He was a prophet and a poet and a beggar, more comfortable¬†with the homeless than the wealthy, more in love with¬†Jesus than religion, more interested in the music than the¬†song. He felt too much, and held too much. He searched¬†desperately his whole life for a way to belong down here,¬†but he never did. He was just passing through.” ~Ragamuffinthemovie.com

I was introduced to the work of Rich Mullins during the 1990’s while I was working on my undergraduate degree at Milligan College. I was familiar with a couple of his more mainstream Christian songs (Awesome God, Sing Your Praise to the Lord,¬†&¬†Sometimes by Step) from church camp, worship services & weekly college chapel services, but that was really all I knew of him, until one of my best friends loaned me his copies of¬†The World as Best as I Remember It Volume 1¬†and¬†The World as Best as I Remember It Volume 2¬†(if I remember correctly, he actually bought me copies of those albums so he could get his back–they’re that good).¬†¬†The lyrics of these songs resonated deeply with me¬†as this was the first time I had heard such honesty & transparency about what it truly meant to follow Christ–it’s about love. The heart of Christianity is not about a set of unattainable standards, it’s not the number of church committees we head or the number of classes we teach, & it’s definitely NOT about judging others; the heart of the Christian faith is love.

Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to see Rich Mullins in concert. He was scheduled to perform at my college in November of 1997, but was killed in a car crash in September of that year–I still have my unused tickets & a concert flier. His music & message continues to be a powerful inspiration in my life & in the lives of so many others — what an incredible legacy!

Whether you’ve heard of Rich Mullins or not,¬†Ragamuffin: The True Story of Rich Mullins is a must-see.

I leave you with one of my favorite Rich Mullins songs (I have MANY, MANY favorites):