I married my Jesus Movement sweetheart, Judy, in 1971. Since then, our relationship with the Savior has defined our life.
In that same year, Barry McGuire, an iconic folk/rock musician of our day trusted Christ.
Thirty-nine years later our good God intersected our lives on a great anniversary celebration. Judy and I went to dinner in Old Town Pasadena with Bob and Wendy Noonan. Bob’s a Jesus Movement convert and a great friend. He and Wendy then treated us to seats at Barry McGuire’s “Trippin’ the Sixties” concert.
Trippin’ the Sixties
In the process of writing the book about our revival, the Jesus Movement, Reborn to Be Wild (release date June 2010), I’ve met many of the musicians, including Barry.
Barry’s teamed with John York–originally with the Byrds–and they play the tunes of the 60′s. It’s a killer concert, but what struck me were the stories Barry told about the rock stars of our day and how these songs came about.
Rescued by Jesus
Barry’s heart still breaks over the sixteen friends he lost in the craziness of our lives back then. He, like us, was rescued from all that by the Lord Jesus Christ.
This morning Judy and I had breakfast at our favorite place and talked about how different our lives would have been if Jesus hadn’t run us down and overwhelmed us with His love.
One thing about those of us who consider ourselves Jesus Movement rockers: We have no illusions about our sinfulness. Jesus rescued us from death.