There’s a movie making the rounds that tells the posthumous story of Christian musician Rich Mullins. “Who is Rich Mullins?” Think John the Baptist + Billy Joel. He used his amazing piano skills to say provocative (yet God-honoring) things. If you’ve ever heard the song Step by Step (Oh God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you…) then you have certainly been influenced by Rich.
I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard that he had died. I mean no disrespect when I make the following comparison: Rich Mullins was the John F. Kennedy of the Evangelical sub-culture. People remember where and when they were when they got the news. And, like Kennedy, Rich’s legacy lives on.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I do have a bunch of Mullins media (books, VHS tapes, lyrics) on loan from a friend of mine who knew him. Rich was one of a kind, and we lost him way too early. Like Billy Joel, he knew his way around the piano. Like John the Baptist, he offended religious people and prepared the way for Jesus.