1. My wife and I finished watching Ragamuffin, the movie about Rich Mullins last night. It’s a unique experience to watch a movie made about someone you have actually talked with. It’s not a great movie. But it’s good enough to do the job it set out to do. It made me miss him more than ever.
2. The St. Louis Cardinals’ pitchers and catchers report today and that makes all the difference on this Thursday.
3. I can remember the sadness when I heard rich Mullins had passed away and then thinking how it was just like him to go early.
4. One of the more telling points of our consumerism is our pickiness and snobbery surrounding what we eat and drink. Christians should be neither.
5. The first Rich Mullins song I remember latching onto was “Growing Young.” To this day I cannot sing along without being moved to the point of having to only listen.
6. I’ve named my fantasy baseball team “The Trench Arts.” Trench Art was art created by soldiers during WWII while in the “trenches.” they used mortars and helmets and spent shells. It helped get them through. To survive. It’s a weak analogy. But I need something of the sort to survive my weekdays.
7. I can’t remember the last time I had pizza. (hangs head)
8. I still have the copy of “a liturgy, a legacy and a ragamuffin band” I bought in 1993 in Auburn, AL.
9. Wait, I had pizza on Saturday. (wipes brow)
10. My wife’s first reaction after watching the movie about Rich Mullins was to start reading Brennan Manning’s A Ragamuffin Gospel, which is about as good a result as could be imagined.