Freedom Praise Band


 Just finished watching, 'Ragamuffin', the story of Christian Singer/Songwriter Rich Mullins, who died in an auto accident in 1997.  Of course, I immediately pulled out all my Rich Mullins cd's to listen to his amazing songs.  I can remember being heavily influenced by his music; his extraordinary command of the English language.  For me, he had a unique way of presenting the Gospel of Christ and I so admired that.  I remember somebody once telling me that one of my songs ('Emmaus Lane') reminded him of a song that Rich Mullins would me, that was the ultimate compliment for a songwriter!

The movie was very powerful; it told of his struggles and weaknesses and depicted a man that though burdened with so much pain still had a heart and a yearning for God.  Though I don't think he was the most popular figure in Nashville while he lived there in the 1990's, his incredible songs found their way to the likes of Amy Grant and other major players in the CCM industry.  He had no interest in the music 'business' or the fame/fortune that came with it.  The movie told of how he insisted that his accountant give him only a meager salary to live on, while donating the rest to charities. 

The Ragamuffin Gospel

A book by Brennan Manning that speaks about God's amazing grace and His relentless love for us all.

The Ragamuffin Gospel was written for the bedraggled, beat-up, and burnt-out.

It is for the sorely burdened who are still shifting the heavy suitcase from one hand to the other.

It is for the wobbly and weak-kneed who know they don't have it altogether and are too proud to accept the handout of God's amazing grace.

It is for inconsistent, unsteady disciples whose cheese is falling off their cracker.

It is for poor, weak, sinful men and women with hereditary faults and limited talents.

It is for earthen vessels who shuffle along on feet of clay.

It is for the bent and the bruised who feel that their lives are a grave disappointment to God.

It is for smart people who know they are stupid and honest disciples who admit they are scalawags.

The Ragamuffin Gospel is a book for anyone who has grown weary and discouraged along the Way.