Need for Music…

A professor at seminary got me interested in a blog done by Dick Staub. He writes about different elements of culture and creativity and interaction between the church and the world we live in. This morning, I was reading this post about the Necessity of Music. He has some great quotes from Rich Mullins.

In a letter to his label, he once wrote,

I want to be involved as much as possible in church work. I want to work in settings that are specifically designed to challenge people, to encourage people to seek their life in Christ. I would like not only to sing but to teach…to “hang out” with people, to be accessible, to model faith [to] them, to be with people, not as a performer, but as a practitioner of the faith.

I saw Mullins ‘perform’ a few times, but after reading that I know why I never felt comfortable calling it a performance. He didn’t perform with his music, he worshipped His Creator through it and drew the audience into participation in worship as well. Another time Mullins said,

You don’t write because the world needs your music; you write because you need to make order, to organize things.

Just the other day, I was talking to a former student (who is a musician) about some music I’d written several years ago. We’d used the songs in worship there in Auburn and at camp, and I’ve used a few of the songs out here as well. But she asked me about what I’d written lately…

Not much. Somewhere in our move a year and a half ago, I misplaced the box where I kept my creativity. (I think I left it next to the one full of security and confidence.) I’ve missed it. Thanks Megan for challenging me to unpack that box again… I needed it.

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