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Yet there is perhaps no more controversial figure in contemporary Christian music history than Rich Mullins, and the history of the song makes little sense unless considered as a piece of his larger oeuvre. Neither story can be told without also telling the story of Mullins himself.
As such, it is no stranger to controversy; recently a colleague used it as an example of the generally poor quality of lyrics in contemporary worship music. There has even been controversy about the nature of the controversy of the song. He was truly writing for the ragamuffin, the guy out there that loves avant-garde music Michael Blanton, Interview with author.
What inspired you to write a song like that? Indeed, the man was quite eccentric. Born on a small farm in rural Indiana inhe grew up attending a Friends Quaker church with his mother, and he exhibited a unique outlook on life that countenanced creativity as a chief virtue. As a young adult, Mullins dabbled in evangelicalism, but never seems to have been entirely comfortable in that tradition—as evidenced by his later interviews Staub,for example.
During his career as a recording artist, Mullins met laicized Roman Catholic priest and author Brennan Manning, and the two began a long friendship. Francis of Assisi, Mullins began exploring Roman Catholicism, and he had completed the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults at the time of his death in an automobile accident in As a response, he set up a board of directors for his finances and had his checks sent to his lawyer, who then distributed the funds as the board directed.
Mullins accepted only the average median salary for a laborer in the U. Shane Claiborne cites an encounter with Mullins at Wheaton College as a profound, life-changing event that set him on the course to radical discipleship Irresistible Revolution As is often true of the work of touring musicians, a song will incubate for several weeks, months, or even years, before it coheres into something recognizable to the writer.
Much of this self-critique seems centered on the triumphalism of the chorus and the poor poetry of the verses. Anthony D. Blanton, Interview with Author, April 5, His research focuses on musical activity and human flourishing in the context of Christian communities.
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