Turn Down The Volume

It has been a while since I last wrote poetry. Here is a recent piece. It is short. Too many tears Please, turn down the volume on the pain

24. April 2015 by Justin Buzzard
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Easter 2015 At Garden City

We enjoyed a celebratory Easter at Garden City. It was our biggest Sunday yet as a church. Our favorite thing to celebrate as a church is baptism, people going public with their faith in Jesus. This Easter we heard powerful … Continue reading

08. April 2015 by Justin Buzzard
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2 Ways to Take Good Care of Your Heart

The older you get, the more life beats you up. The betrayal, unmet dreams and expectations, painful surprises, loss, and death—it hurts. This pain is what causes many people to shut down their hearts. You are surrounded today by people … Continue reading

18. March 2015 by Justin Buzzard
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Switching to a 5 Day Work Week

6 Day Work Week Since starting Garden City Church 3.5 years ago I’ve worked a 6 day work week, working Sunday-Friday and taking a restful sabbath every Saturday. When starting the church, my wife and I understood and committed to … Continue reading

16. March 2015 by Justin Buzzard
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How To Use A Cell Phone Basket And Enjoy Your Friends

On Tuesday we held our quarterly Garden City staff/elder/spouse bonding dinner. I collected everyone’s cell phones in a basket. The three life-giving hours we spent together flew by. We feasted, talked, laughed, and made memories. Not once did somebody check … Continue reading

26. February 2015 by Justin Buzzard
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Sabbatical

This summer my family and I are taking a sabbatical. You could help me with my sabbatical in two ways, location and wisdom: 1. Location We aren’t yet sure where we’re going to go for this sabbatical. We have a … Continue reading

18. February 2015 by Justin Buzzard
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One Year Ago My Mom Died (Or, This Blurry Year Has Been A Lesson In The Life of My Heart)

  February 7th. This date meant nothing to me, now it creates tears. One year ago my mom died. Or, to put it another way: 365 blurry days ago I lost my mommy—the person on the planet I’ve never not … Continue reading

07. February 2015 by Justin Buzzard
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15 Life-Giving Habits to Cultivate As a Church Planter/Pastor

About a year ago I gave a talk in Nashville for Church Planting Leadership Fellowship. The theme of the event was Alpha Cities and my talk, rooted in my book Why Cities Matter, was about 15 life-giving habits/priorities for church … Continue reading

08. January 2015 by Justin Buzzard
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Preaching That Connects With People’s Stories

Moody Publishers recently asked me to write 350 words to pastors about preaching, story, and non-Christians. What follows is what I wrote for their newsletter.   Everybody in your city has a story. Preaching is your opportunity to share the … Continue reading

05. January 2015 by Justin Buzzard
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Best Books of 2014

Here is my Best Books of 2014 list, in no particular order. This isn’t a list of books published in 2014. This list is of the books I read in 2014 that I enjoyed/benefited from the most. Click here for … Continue reading

15. December 2014 by Justin Buzzard
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