If there was a model of the modern day itinerant preacher it might well be Brennan Manning. This alcoholic , ex-priest, divorced wanderer might seem to be an odd role model.
Henri Nouwen talks about the Wounded Healer and Brennan was exactly that. He was deeply wounded himself but his words touched many and some of those who listened started down new roads towards healing .
I recently read his memoir- All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir. When you finish it you come to know a bit about this man who struggled throughout his life with the question of his own worthiness in the eyes of Jesus. He preached on the topic of grace with a passion few could touch.
Here is a quote from an article Phillip Yancey wrote about his friend and below a small clip of his preaching.
“To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark,” Brennan wrote. “In admitting my shadow side, I learn who I am and what God’s grace means.” He joined an accountability group called “Notorious Sinners,” which had mixed success in holding him accountable. “In Love’s service, only wounded soldiers can serve,” Brennan also wrote, in Abba’s Child.
“Do you believe that the God of Jesus loves you beyond worthiness and unworthiness, beyond fidelity and infidelity—that he loves you in the morning sun and in the evening rain—that he loves you when your intellect denies it, your emotions refuse it, your whole being rejects it. Do you believe that God loves without condition or reservation and loves you this moment as you are and not as you should be.” ― Brennan Manning, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir