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

O Come Emmanuel devotional

A song devotional based on the song O Come Emmanuel, written by Craig Borlase - WeAreWorship

When Funny Doesn't Equal Happy and Public Doesn't Equal Private

Yesterday's news of the passing of Robin Williams - like so much of death - is too much for many of us to fully comprehend. It leaves us asking questions, knowing that any answers we piece together will be too...

This Time Tomorrow

This time tomorrow - if not already - you’ll need no reminding whatsoever of how hectic this time of year is. If you’re a parent, church leader or in any way conscious, doing nothing is not exactly an option at Christmas. And yet, it’s at the heart of the Christmas story...

Free Songs

with chords, lyrics and MP3