Posted by Craig Borlase on 15 April 2013

This last weekend started with the news that Brennan Manning - author, speaker and cheerleader for ‘the furious love of God’ - has died. It had been a long illness and a slow descent, but the truth about Manning is that even in the prime of his life, he was aware of the frayed nature of humanity.

That didn’t make him morbid or morose. It made him real and it made him brave. Take a look and a listen to him hurtling through the story of The Giving Tree and you’ll hear a man who understands both the extent of human brokenness and the overpowering love of God.

There’s a lyric by Leonard Cohen that seems to fit so well with Manning’s life and work:

“Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.”

All of which makes me wonder: in these days of proclamation and pitch perfect presentation, could the world of worship make room for more voices like Manning’s? Are you hearing any?

 

More like this

Of Mohawks, Denim Shorts and Tennis Tournaments: What Andre Agassi can teach us about failure

Andre Agassi - that Vegas-hustling, chest-hair-waxing, grand-slam-winning - champion is a perfect case study for a blog on worship. Don’t believe me? Read on. Admittedly, it’s hard to get much inspiration out of that that My Little Pony-hair, his flirtation with...

the Friday Pickle - are we ready to learn from Mandela?

Following the death of the Nobel Prize winner, a few thoughts spring to mind...

Little Acorns: Great Works All Have to Start Somewhere...

Jackie Pullinger has worked alongside drug addicts and gang members in Hong Kong's infamous Walled City, putting herself in great danger and seeing God move in miraculous ways. You could be forgiven for thinking that her life is a little different from our own, but turn the clock back and there's a challenge we can all respond to.

Free Songs

with chords, lyrics and MP3