World is poorer, but Heaven's Rich-er ...

"There's people been talking/They say they're worried about my soul

Well, I'm here to tell you I'll keep rocking/Til I'm sure it's my time to roll …"

"Elijah," Rich Mullins

By Frank "Buzz" Trexler
For The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times
Sept. 26, 1997

It is a normal, hectic Sunday morning:

"Better make one final e-mail run to make sure the team hasn’t changed anything in the service," I told myself. Planning worship services by e-mail has its benefits but also dangers, one of which is the feeling that you turn things around on a dime.

The first Oogerling (Mark Heard newsgroup) e-mail startled me:

"My sister-in-law in Dallas says that a local station, KLTY, has been reporting all day that Rich Mullins has died in a car accident."


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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