Tribute to Doug Kensrue

“Now that you have been disarmed, we will cross over unharmed!” (by Dustin Kensrue / Thrice ~ “Disarmed”, track 11 on Major/Minor)

Today, I wish to pay tribute to someone who undoubtedly had the greatest influence on Dustin Kensrue, who in turn has greatly impacted many of us.  I’m talking about none other than Dustin’s dad, Doug Kensrue.  Doug was not only the reason for Dustin and Thrice’s success from the very start.  More importantly, it is evident that Doug loved God and loved his family unto the very end.

A few years back, Doug was diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent surgery, to which Dustin quickly attended, leaving behind his band (on tour with Manchester Orchestra) and a host of very understanding fans who swiftly offered prayers.  Needless to say, the tour was cancelled.  No one seemed to mind, in light of the gravity of the situation.

That is, no one, except for Doug Kensrue himself – yes, this man who was fighting for his own life actually thought of others before his own needs!  You will be blessed and in tears after reading this heartfelt message from Doug to Thrice fans (c. April 2010):

I want to say how sorry I am to each of you who have to miss seeing Thrice in concert on account of my health issues. I have been diagnosed with a large brain tumor and things at this point are very unsure and serious. I will be having surgery in the next few days. Both Dustin and his brother Chase were out on tour and returned home for some precious family time. I am blessed to have the most unbelievable family to support and love me through this. Through the years I have met many amazing Thrice fans who are the most wonderful people, as a matter of fact as I was having my CT scan and the technician asked if I was Dustin Kensrue’s dad, and I proudly said Yes!!!! I love all of the guys in this awesome band and am sorry for the fact this is affecting them too. This has been a tough year on all of the guys in Thrice with family heartache, we all thank you for your prayers and good wishes!     -Doug Kensrue

So awesome to read this again – what a blessing!

I am reminded of this comforting Scripture:

“O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (I Corinthians 15:55-57)

Hallelujah!  Death has been completely disarmed because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross!  One day, we too will cross over from this life into the next…unharmed and undeniably in the eternal presence of our Savior!

To Dustin and family: Cherish the memories and the legacy that Doug left behind, and look forward with a smile to that glorious reunion day!

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Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!

“Alleluia!  Christ is risen!” 

Happy Easter!  This is a typical salutation we give one another at church each Resurrection (Easter) Sunday.  Today, we celebrate that Jesus Christ is alive.  Just as He promised, He arose triumphantly from the dead.  In the process, He left an empty tomb and bestowed a fulfilled life to anyone who believes in Him alone for salvation.  If this doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what else will!

A song by Dustin Kensrue‘s worship band, The Modern Post, comes to mind – the title track to their EP Grace Alone.  One of the stanzas is as follows:

By Your blood, I have redemption and salvation.
Lord, You died that I might reap what You have sown.
And You rose that I might be a new creation;
I am born again by grace and grace alone!

There is a wealth of Scriptural treasure in just this stanza alone!  I wish to put our focus on the third line which says, “And You rose that I might be a new creation”.  This brings to mind two well-known biblical passages: Matthew 28:1-7 and II Corinthians 5:17.

  1. Matthew 28:1-7 is the account of the first Easter Sunday, wherein the angel of the Lord rolled the tombstone away and later declared that Jesus rose up from the grave – just like He said He would!  This momentous event was a fulfillment of prophecy and changed world history forever!
  2. II Corinthians 5:17 is the simple declaration that, because of Jesus’ resurrection, anyone who believes in Him is saved and is now “in Christ” – forever!  And being in Christ means God has made you a “new creation”.  Once a sinner, now a saint; once a mocker, now a worshiper; once dead to sin, now alive in Christ Jesus our Lord!

What a blessing this song has been for me personally!  When I need to be reminded of the fundamental truths of the Christian faith, I turn to this song much of the time.  Let’s challenge ourselves and fellow believers to daily celebrate Christ’s resurrection – the day death died, and the event that gave us salvation and our lives true meaning!

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If you loved The Modern Post’s full-band version of “Grace Alone”, you will surely love Dustin’s solo unplugged version below (courtesy of Mars Hill Church)