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"We need the church because it contains the truth (found in the creeds), because it has the songs that teach us about the faith (found in the hymns), and because we need to hear the Word of God, which according to Romans 10, is the means of the faith (found in the Bible). For some, like Rich [Mullins], it also offers us the body and blood of Christ, the spiritual nourishment needed to sustain life. But there is something more we need: we need to see Christ in one another.

God works through many means to reach us, but His primary means is through each other. We carry Christ to one another. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer explained and Rich believed, I need the Christ that is in you, and you need the Christ that is in me. We need each other."

- from Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven

bought here in america yesterday. will be watching the dvd soon.

update: okay, so i didn't know that the percussion on "screen door" consisted solely of the cup game [play at speed, in quicktime, on loop, to get the idea]. i love that he made a song about a highly debated passage of the bible, and set it to a silly party game. also, i'm now fascinated with the dulcimer. i shall somehow attempt to learn the instrument before i die.

and to think: all the songs that have gone unwritten since 1997.

and i believe that what i believe
is what makes me what i am
i did not make it, no it is making me
it is the very truth of God
and not the invention of any man...
Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2005 at 09:51PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments5 Comments

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i have a dulcimer...and dulcimer books. i need strings, though.
Jul 4, 2005 at 12:54PM | Unregistered Commentergeoff
ooo... nice. no strings, at all? or you just need new ones?
Jul 4, 2005 at 02:08PM | Registered Commentermdog
Rich is one of my heros. I'll have to borrow that book from you when you're done. One of my favorite quotations from Rich is,

ā€œChristianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.... I think I would rather live on the verge of falling and let my security be in the all-sufficiency of the grace of God than to live in some pietistic illusion of moral excellence....ā€

I read this in a friend's blog in January, and it was a healthy reminder at the time of the things that are really important.
Jul 5, 2005 at 09:11AM | Unregistered Commenterjared
i think it has two or three strings on it (it can take four) but they are very old and rusty...so the whole thing (dulcimer & strings) sits on top of my book shelf. it looks pretty nice, up there.

i have access to another dulcimer, much nicer and more freshly strung than mine, if i ever feel the urge to play around with it. i have learned, and you can probably attest to this, that no stringed instrument seems too difficult to figure out, after having already figured out the guitar and the bass. the concepts are still the same...it just makes a different noise.

also, you should check out chelsea hindenbach. she's a fantastic appalachian mountain dulcimer player. she plays open stage at donkey, a lot, and just had her first solo show, on 24 june. watch for any of her future shows. you will not be disappointed.
Jul 5, 2005 at 01:52PM | Unregistered Commentergeoff
actually, jared, i don't have the book... that was from the book excerpt found on the here in america website [linked in my main entry]. i didn't even know who rich mullins was when he died; but the more i learn about his life, the more i appreciate him.

yes, yes... i like the different noise. i'll have to check out ms. hindenbach sometime.
Jul 5, 2005 at 04:09PM | Registered Commentermdog

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