I don't know if you enjoy listening to modern Christian music, the type of foot-stomping, soul-driven music that reaches deep into the heart.
I began listening to Christian music like this in the late 1970s and early 1980s when it was a new thing.
At some point in the 1980s, I began to hear songs on the radio which were written by Rich Mullins. I also enjoyed listening to other songs that I didn't know were written by Rich Mullins, like Sing Your Praise to the Lord, recorded by Amy Grant. Eventually, his group was named Rich Mullins and A Ragamuffin Band, and their biggest hit was the famous song, Awesome God. Rich Mullins was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) on April 29, 2014.
Maybe you remember this song? Rich Mullins didn't think it was the best song he had written, but Christians loved it:
Several months before my oldest daughter was born in 1997, Rich Mullins suddenly passed away. We were shocked; we had worshiped with his music for many years at this point in time. We'd even seen him in concert and appreciated his deep love for Jesus Christ. He was the kind of man who wasn't an "entertainer" on stage; he felt it was important to talk to the audience and share the love of Christ in each concert. He was a man of meaningful quotes. Here's one of them:
I recently had the opportunity to view the new DVD movie about Rich Mullins' life: Ragamuffin. Rich's brother, Dave Mullins, felt it was important for people to understand Rich's life and ministry.
I can honestly say that this is one of the best movies I've seen in a l-o-n-g time. Truly, Ragamuffin gave us all a lot to think about when it finished. This is not an "everything turns out fine in the end" type of movie.
Rich Mullins was a man whose life was filled with torment, much of it stemming from his childhood with a father who was too stern and couldn't figure out how to say "I love you" to his son, Rich.
Over and over again, I wanted to shake Rich's father by the shoulders and say, "Don't you know what you are doing to your son by acting like this?"
Rich struggled his entire life with trying to comprehend God's love as a heavenly Father toward himself. Toward the end of his life, he begins to figure this out and make peace with his father, but I don't want to spoil all of the movie for you.
If you've been wary of a lot of Christian movies and DVDs because of the lack of professionalism in so many of them, Ragamuffin is different. Very different. The acting, cinematography, music - everything is done incredibly well. We will be watching this movie again...and there are quite a few Christian DVDs that I'll only watch once because the acting is poor, or the music is quite pitiful, or the cinematography just isn't right.
Ragamuffin has it right.
***I would caution families that this movie (rated PG-13) does contain several swear words as well as many scenes of people smoking and drinking. However, this content is not just thrown into the film to glorify this behavior. It is merely showing the type of life that Rich Mullins experienced.
The new DVD, Ragamuffin, has just been released, and the soundtrack will be in stores on July 22nd. Fans of Christian music will want to own this one because it features Jars Of Clay, Derek Webb, Sidewalk Prophets, Audrey Assad, Leigh Nash, and more! As a bonus, the CD will include two NEW, original, never-before heard songs from Rich Mullins that were recorded in the early 1970's.
Ragamuffin is officially available in stores at WalMart on Blu-Ray and DVD, and online here at Walmart.com. Pick up a copy or buy a few copies to give to the ragamuffins in your life or those who need to be reminded of the love of God. You can also get the movie digitally on iTunes and Amazon.
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