The fellow walked back toward where the man stood. Closer now, he saw the man had a few days’ growth of beard and two or three small bags beside him.

A red sports car had pulled up and the driver, a woman, was talking to the man. She left as the fellow approached and another car drove up. This driver, also a woman, handed the man a grocery bag with fruit and other foodstuffs.

The fellow walked over to the man and learned he was from Nashville, on his way to North Carolina where he hoped to "just make a new start." He, like many others, had slept under an interstate bridge the night before. The man said he was 34 years old.

"What I really need right now is a place to clean up," the man said, seeming somewhat embarrassed by his appearance.

The fellow asked, "What about one of the missions?"

The man said while the missions are run by "good people," sometimes ruffians are encountered and on one occasion he even had his shoes stolen.


The Buzz Trexler Experience of the Reckless, Radical Love of God


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About Buzz Trexler

Buzz is a married father of two, managing editor for print/online at The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times and pastors Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa, TN. He is a 1981 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he is a member of the Mass Communications Department Hall of Fame.


Inside you will find a collection of columns penned by Buzz on topics ranging from the death of Rich Mullins, to his battle with Hepatitis C, to asking the question, "Does God have a sense of humor."

CCM Interviews

Buzz talks with those who, as the late Larry Norman would say, "rock the flock." His interviews range from members of Audio Adrenaline, Newsboys, Jars of Clay and Third Day, to David Crowder and more.


Follow Buzz as he travels with Vine International on two different medical misison trips to Guatemala, as well as one with Volunteer Medical Mission. In 1999, he also went to Estonia with a Volunteers in Mission team.

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