Sad News: Larry Norman

larry-norman.jpg A message on the Solid Rock website from Charles Norman, Larry’s brother:

Our friend and my wonderful brother Larry passed away at 2:45 Sunday morning. Kristin and I were with him, holding his hands and sitting in bed with him when his heart finally slowed to a stop. We spent this past week laughing, singing, and praying with him, and all the while he had us taking notes on new song ideas and instructions on how to continue his ministry and art.

I’ve mentioned Larry Norman several times here in the past, including a couple of years back when he stopped touring. For those feeling nostalgic and wanting to hear a great interview with Father Larry himself, Drew Marshall interviewed him in September 2006; a great 2-hour interview that captures the man in all his essential Larry-ness. Now he’s humming The Tune with a heavenly choir.

Frank Viola meets Drew Marshall

drewmarshall2008.jpg Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices I’m busily preparing my review of Pagan Christianity; I’ve got a couple chapters left to read, but already I can tell that my draft post is going to get split up into a brief series, as many have done. This morning though, I took a break from reading the book and listened to Drew Marshall interview Frank Viola (listen online or download). I’m glad I did, as it paints a slightly different portrait of Frank and of the book — or what he’s trying to say through it. I was asked for a thought on it Sunday evening and I suggested that although I would agree with most of what it says, it’s full of pejorative language that I found unhelpful, and wasn’t sure yet if I’d be recommending it. You’ll have to come back for my further thoughts. Others have opined already, including Robbymac, the iMonk, and Bob Hyatt rounding out a few of the loudest “nay’s” with Kingdom (nee Emerging) Grace summing up a more balanced view from her series. Oh, and there’s more from Darryl Dash with links to others. People are definitely buzzing. The thing I appreciated about the Drew Marshall interview is that Frank doesn’t come off quite so strongly opposed to just about everything we do… he sounds more balanced or less… uh, “bombastic,” to use someone else’s word, on air than in print. If you’ve reacted strongly to the book, the podcast might be worth a listen. More thoughts to follow.