Rich Mullins Tribute

Everyone has their favorite authors, writers, muscians, or creative types. Topping my list of singer song writers is Rich Mullins.His music was profound (having or showing great knowledge or insight) and what he said at almost all of his concerts left the audience astounded because of the wisdom and humor. Rich Mullins lived his Christianity out loud. He was authentic and shared his struggles openly and honestly.

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of his death. Below is the article that appears on Christianity Today…

“Contemporary Christian singer Rich Mullins, 41, was killed in a traffic accident September 19 near Lostant, Illinois, en route to a benefit concert in Wichita, Kansas, where he lived.

His Jeep went out of control on Interstate 39, and he was thrown out of the vehicle onto the pavement, then run over by a tractor-trailer truck. Mullins, whose “Awesome God” became an instant praise and worship standard in 1988, had recorded nine albums in the past 11 years.

Mullins, a native of Richmond, Indiana, wrote more than 90 songs, including number-one Christian chart hits such as “Hold Me Jesus,” “My One Thing,” and “While the Nations Rage.” He also composed “Sing Your Praise to the Lord,” recorded by Amy Grant.

In the past nine years, Mullins worked with Compassion International, concentrating in the last three years on teaching music to Native American students on a Navajo reservation.

He was an incredible muscian who wrote spiritually penetrating lyrics who was discovered before he wanted to be famous. I’m not sure he ever wanted to me the superstar. At an award ceremony where he was being honored, he was not in the audience. He was among the caterers serving food. He left Nashville at the height of his career to teach children on a Navajo reservation. In short, what he was searching for could not be found in the life of the rich and famous.

If you have time, consider listening to this tribute that collects many parts of Rich Mullins life weaves them together in a beautiful tribute.

For a complete list of his writings, songs, etc., you should visit

Rich Mullins Tribute Special

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There was even a movie made of his life. Ragamuffin from Color Green Films is another resource to learn about the life and music of Rich Mullins.

Rich Mullins Quotes

  • We do not find happiness by being assertive. We don’t find happiness by running over people because we see what we want and they are in the way of that happiness so we either abandon them or we smash them. The Scriptures don’t teach us to be assertive. The Scriptures teach us—and this is remarkable—the Scriptures teach us to be submissive. This is not a popular idea.
  • Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won’t also cost you yours.
  • It’s so funny being a Christian musician. It always scares me when people think so highly of Christian music, Contemporary Christian music especially. Because I kinda go, I know a lot of us, and we don’t know jack about anything. Not that I don’t want you to buy our records and come to our concerts. I sure do. But you should come for entertainment. If you really want spiritual nourishment, you should go to church…you should read the Scriptures.
  • I’m all the time being asked by people, ‘How do ya feel closer to God.’ And I kinda always want to say ‘I don’t know.’ When I read the lives of most of the great saints they didn’t necessarily feel very close to God. When I read the Psalms I get the feeling like David and the other Psalmists felt quite far away from God for most of the time. Closeness to God is not about feelings, closeness to God is about obedience… I don’t know how you feel close to God. And no one I know that seems to be close to God knows anything about those feelings either. I know if we obey occasionally the feeling follows, not always, but occasionally. I know that if we disobey we don’t have a shot at it.
  • Bear in mind, children, that they listen to you because you are kids—not because you are right. That’s how our Father listens to us … We never understand what we’re praying, and God, in His mercy, does not answer our prayers according to our understanding, but according to His wisdom.
  • We are not saved because we’re good. We’re good because we’re saved.
  • I think it’s very hard to allow God to break us. I think it’s very hard to be broken. And I think that who the Lord loves He chastens, and that if we’ll never be broken we’ll never be saved. And that God doesn’t break us because He hates us, or because He’s angry at us, but we have to be broken, just like you have to break a horse.
  • Don’t try to get even, don’t waste a lot of time trying to get even with each other. Because you never really do. Our ancestors thought if they ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, that they would be like God. The truth was, not only did they not find out good from evil, but they also were unable to know God after that. Not only were they unable to know God, they were unable to know each other. Not only were they unable to know each other, they were unable to know themselves. And that is our, that is our heritage, folks.
  • So go out and live real good and I promise you’ll get beat up real bad. But, in a little while after you’re dead, you’ll be rotted away anyway. It’s not gonna matter if you have a few scars. It will matter if you didn’t live.
  • The Bible is not a book for the faint of heart — it is a book full of all the greed and glory and violence and tenderness and sex and betrayal that benefits mankind. It is not the collection of pretty little anecdotes mouthed by pious little church mice — it does not so much nibble at our shoe leather as it cuts to the heart and splits the marrow from the bone. It does not give us answers fitted to our small-minded questions, but truth that goes beyond what we even know to ask.
  • We were given the Scriptures to humble us into realizing that God is right, and the rest of us are just guessing.