A Tribute to Keith Green

Keith Gordon Green (October 21, 1953 – July 28, 1982) was an American contemporary Christian music pianist, singer, and songwriter originally from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. Beyond his music, Green is best known for his strong devotion to Christian evangelism and challenging others to the same.

Oh, Lord You’re Beautiful (Live)
Create In Me A Clean Heart
Holy, Holy, Holy
My Eyes Are Dry
There Is A Redeemer

Gone To Be With Jesus

“On July 28, 1982, there was a small plane crash and Keith went home to be with Jesus. The crash also took the life of his three-year-old son Josiah, and his two year old daughter, Bethany. Melody was home with their one year old, Rebekah, and was also six weeks pregnant with their fourth child, Rachel. Keith was only 28 years old.

“Although Keith is now with Jesus, his life and ministry is still making a huge impact around the world. His songs and passionate delivery are still changing lives. His writings are translated into many languages. Keith once said, “When I die I just want to be remembered as a Christian.” It’s safe to say he reached his goal, and perhaps, a bit more.

“Keith Green was simply a man of conviction. When his convictions led him to an eternally worthy object in the person of Jesus he sold all that he had—ambitions, possessions, and dreams—to possess His love. In so doing he became a man of devotion. He also became a man remembered, and still missed, by millions around the world.”

~ Excerpt from Keith Green Bio: Courtesy of Last Days Ministries ~

“I repent of ever having recorded one single song and ever having performed one concert if my music, and more importantly —  my life — has not provoked you into godly jealousy, or to sell out more completely to Jesus!”  

— Keith Green —

11 thoughts on “A Tribute to Keith Green

  1. I remember we saw Keith at the Agape Farm in Pennsylvania. I think it was 1980 and he played just after Andre Crouch. He began by rebuking everyone who was responding to Andre in a way that was almost idolatrous due to his great fame and popularity at the time. His music was powerful but he compared his piano to a hammer. He said it was just the tool that God had given him to do the job he was called to do. Keith was just a couple of years older than I was and yet here he is gone from the scene so many years ago and I am retired and living a fairly easy life in Florida. What a challenge he left us to do all we can for our master Jesus Christ. Our Lord is worthy of our best efforts no matter the cost. I want to thank you for posting this reminder of Keith and of the message he brought of no compromise, honesty and passionate love for Jesus. Have a blessed day. I will be re-blogging this on my site.

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    • I never had the honor of seeing Keith before his death. I wish I would have. I love the conviction in his songs and his straightforward message not just to non-Christians, but also to Christians. I don’t find it very surprising that he started out his concert that way. We need that boldness today.

      I had not yet become a Christian when Keith died, and I hadn’t even discovered his music yet. But I love listening to it because it convicts my heart to do more, to speak out more, and to revere and love God more.

      Thanks for the reblog. God bless.


  2. Reblogged this on praise2worshipdotnet and commented:
    When I read this post I was reminded of the powerful impact Keith Green and Last Days Ministry had on our lives. We need a return to the kind of honest and sold out for Jesus lifestyle in our megachurches (including mine) today. We have programs for just about everything and Jesus is definitely still present and active but there power and intensity of the reality of the transforming love of Christ seems diluted and we are missing out on the very best of God wants for us as His children. May you be blessed as you read and listen.

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  3. Hi Dee! Thanks for liking my post on Unshakable Hope so I could check out your blog. I read a few of them, and really enjoy your writing. Bill & I loved Keith Green. We still listened to his songs up until he passed over to his eternal home. His songs actually convicted you to want to change. Thanks for taking the time to comment on our daughter’s recent post. God bless you in 2022!

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    • Hi Mary! So good to hear from you. I hope you’re doing well. I completely agree with you about Keith Green, so convicting. He’s always been one of my favorites for that reason. I’m so glad you stopped by, but I have to apologize for the condition of my blog. I’ve been largely absent. It’s not that I have nothing to say, because I have so much on my heart and mind. But for some reason, I’ve lost the will to write it down. I have notes everywhere on things I want to write, but I can’t seem to translate them into a post. Hopefully 2022 will be different in that regard. Blessing to you too, sweet sister. Please feel free to drop by now and then. 💜

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  4. Praying God will move on your heart this year to write what He wants you to write. He sees your desire and heart to want to give Him glory. Don’t quit. Keep writing.

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