Brian Ollman died unexpectedly last week at the age of 40. I didn’t know the man. I’d never heard of him until reading the Tall Skinny Kiwi’s remembrance of him but he sounds like he an intriguing person.
One time, as a guest creative director for a “multi-media worship installation,” in Austin, Texas, he went around the city collecting garbage and dirt, brought it into the church sanctuary, spread it on the floor with bread and cheap wine and invited the participants to remove their shoes and sit in the mess to have communion—a representation of God “coming into our messiness to lift us up and animate us.”
He once blocked the regular entrance to a church so that all had to file through a back door in an awkward place, symbolising the words of Jesus, “Enter through the narrow gate.”
Tall Skinny Kiwi describes him as “an amazingly creative, spiritual, emotional, crazy guy.” I would have loved to experience some of his out-of-the-box-ness. What fresh ways to illustrate God and his truths! Thank you God for such leaders who aren’t afraid to be different.