In a sense this post is long overdue, but credits are almost inevitably boring, and so I put it off as long as I could. The closet truth is that Sojourner's Song is not quite as original as it looks.
The title comes from a song from Christian folk artist Buddy Greene, I Don't Belong:
I don't belong / And I'm going someday / Home to my own native land / I don't belong / And it seems like I hear / The sound of a "welcome home" band / I don't belong / I'm a foreigner here / Singing a sojourner's song / I've always known / This place ain't home / And I don't belong
I don't listen to his music that much any more, but he was a strong formative influence on my earlier musical development, and the phrase captured my desired theme for the blog perfectly.
But we have another unsolved puzzle: what on earth is a ragamuffin, anyway? It seems to call up questionable images of begrimed, barefoot street urchins. What happened to "kings and priests"?
Growing up in the context of middle-class Christianity, it's sometimes harder to understand the social dynamics of the faith. Relating to the world as ragamuffins, beggars telling other beggars where to find bread, is a perspective that I find helpful; it slices through my personality in a painful and penetrating way.
I owe the whole concept to Rich Mullins, who in turn owes it to Brennan Manning, author of The Ragamuffin Gospel and Rich's spiritual mentor and director. Manning's book puts it well, describing ragamuffins as "the smart people who know they are stupid... the honest disciples who admit they are scalawags."
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