>Ministry of Introduction

>So a couple Bible quizzers drop by, one of them asks what I think of Brennan Manning and “The Ragamuffin Gospel,” I explain to her what I think of the book (mostly positive, by the way)…and then say that Manning was a major influence in Rich Mullins’ life.

She has a blank look on her face. So I ask, “You don’t know who Rich was?” “No.”

“He wrote tremendous songs that were unlike most contemporary stuff today…it didn’t simply entertain, was doctrinally sound, and often convicted rather than comforted, sort of like Keith Green.”

You guessed it. The poor girl (a senior in high school) didn’t know who Keith was either.

So I quickly went to youtube and pulled down a Mullins song “Faith Without Works” and got this version:

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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