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Ragamuffin

A few days ago Jan and I went to a Christian store.  No, not a store where you can buy Christians, but a store that specializes in Christian products, whatever that means.

I ran across the movie Ragamuffin.  It is a movie about the life of Rich Mullins.  Having been a fan of Rich’s for decades now, I had been looking forward to seeing this movie for a while.  We had the opportunity to see Rich in concert a couple of times in the early 90’s.  In fact, I was trying to buy tickets to another of his concerts when I heard the news of his death.

Ragamuffin details how Rich grew up.  He didn’t quite fit in with his family.  Rich wasn’t wired for the farm life he grew up in.  His dad especially didn’t understand him.  He was more of a dreamer, creative and musician.  He also wanted to pursue God in a way that his family didn’t quite get.

Despite his pursuit of God, life wasn’t easy for Rich.  Relationships did not come easy to him.  He loved a girl who eventually rejected him for another.  He didn’t like the trappings of the riches and fame that came with his music career.  Eventually he lived on only the average worker’s salary, giving the rest away.

Rich had plenty of other struggles.  He smoked and drank to excess.  He wrestled with plenty of demons  However, these never kept him from pursuing the Lord.

One of the things Rich always mentioned in his concerts was that he was just an entertainer.  He always encouraged people to go the Church for love and to find Christ.

Whether or not you were a fan of Rich Mullins, I recommend Ragamuffin to you.  It’s messy.  It doesn’t end happily.  It’s one of the more realistic “Christian” movies I have seen.

Were you a fan of Rich Mullins?  Have you seen or will you see this movie?

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  1. March 9, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Sorry. Never was a fan of his. I probably won’t.

  2. robshep
    March 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I’ve never heard of this one. I’ll have to check it out. I liked his music.

    • March 10, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      It doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but it’s raw and honest.

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