Kevin Burrell

Kevin Burrell is a pastor, husband, and father in Charlotte, NC who writes about birds and faith in his spare time at In recent years his pastoral responsibilities have begun to include an increasing number of “Hey, what bird is this?” inquiries.

Rich Mullins, The Sparrow-Watcher

By Kevin Burrell

My mother wept when Elvis died. I was an eight-year-old kid watching a woman shed tears for a person she’d never met, and frankly, it didn’t compute. I couldn’t fathom that a person’s life and lyrics could possibly reach through a needle on a vinyl record and find resonance with total strangers.

It was only when Rich Mullins died, twenty-five years ago today, that I finally understood.

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