rest assured, if the red hot chili peppers weren’t on the super bowl tonight, they would still be somewhere with their shirts off.
ok here goes. 19 years ago today, rich mullins died. he has always been the picture of disruption inside the institutional church to me. my old band caedmon's call all but started due to his music & we had the privilege of spending some time with him the few years before his death. one occasion was documented on a video we made of his song we had covered on our first record, documented here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-ao51_UT7U (i am unbearably young and self-conscious on camera, but am risking the embarrassment for the occasion.) another time was at the cornerstone festival in 97, when rich & i sang that same song together, documented here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzElgba4ONM (again, unbearably young & awkward. apologies.) it’s so strange to revisit these moments 19+ years later, all that’s so different in the world, my world. but, i’ll leave you with this. rich mullins, as best as i can remember him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQnFU5JvuWY not sure what of these words i still believe today, but i’m still deeply resonant with them, with rich. i do know that i desperately miss this man, his voice, and his fierce, fearless, and disruptive kindness.
if you go to church today and don’t find it to be a place that loves & accepts sinners, rest assured you won’t find jesus there either