Well, it’s been just over 10 years since Rich Mullins died in a car crash on a backroad in Illinois. I was attending a concert at Messiah College with Geoff Moore and the Distance about a week after the accident, and Geoff was telling stories about Rich, before shocking us all by telling us of his passing.
At the time, I wasn’t a fan of Rich Mullins, though I liked a few of his songs. It wasn’t until after he died that started to learn what he was about by visiting sites like Calling Out Your Name and eventually reading his biography. Though I had actually heard Brennan Manning before, it was Rich that really brought Manning to my attention. More recently, I have gotten into G.K. Chesteron, and now understand why Chersterton was one of Rich’s favorite authors.
Rich didn’t follow the crowd. He followed his heart, said what he thought, and really wanted to follow Jesus. He questioned, and wondered, and towards the end of his life, he was all about the love of God and loving others. And that is what I love about him.
If you’d like to read a great post that summarizes Rich’s life and beliefs really well, head on over to Relevant Magazine: Remembering Rich Mullins.