Rich Mullins – 10 Years Home

kinnon —  September 18, 2007 — 2 Comments

Rich MullinsBrant Hansen reminded me of the pain I felt when I heard that Rich Mullins had been killed in a car accident ten years ago, September 19th. I’ve blogged about Rich’s effect on me a number of times.

Brant’s post and the comments therein are a wonderful tribute to the impact of Rich’s life and music on many of us.

These words of Rich’s are particularly appropriate in light of the numerous blog conversations going on about scorn, ridicule and sarcasm.

We are frail
We are fearfully and wonderfully made
Forged in the fires of human passion
Choking on the fumes of selfish rage
And with these our hells and our heavens
So few inches apart
We must be awfully small
And not as strong as we think we are



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to Rich Mullins – 10 Years Home

  1. I remember distinctly sitting at my desk at work that morning, listening to the radio, when it was announced that he had died. I lived in the Dallas area at the time. It was a sad day.

    It happens that just a couple of years later I relocated to eastern Indiana, near Richmond, where Rich Mullins is from. My church hosted the memorial service. It wasn’t his home church, but it was the largest, most accomodating place available at that time. My wife and mother have gotten to know know Rich’s mother through Bible Study Fellowship. He is still lovingly remembered and highly regarded in these parts.

    His music speaks to me with greater clarity and power now than it did when it was 10 years ago.

  2. “Rich Mullins – 10 Years Home”

    Such a concept of Rich is nearly universal among his fans. I find this ironic, given that at the end of his live, my impression is that he himself did not believe that those who die always go straight to heaven. Given his awareness of his own frailty and weakness, I personally doubt whether he thought his trip would be the direct route.

    A friend of mine was Rich’s roommate back in his Cincinnati Bible College days. I always found it funny that he didn’t really like his music after the first album, Zion. It was the only album of Rich’s that he owned, and most fans have never even heard of it.



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