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Pastor Buzz Trexler's blog for God's people in The Meadow.

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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

"Is this heaven?"

I've spent a few hours over the past couple of days in a most unique setting called the People Against Poverty and Apathy (P.A.P.A.) Festival.

As I write this, there are a couple of hundred people or so camping together on a farm in Greenback, Tennessee. Why? Because they are the family of God, and they each have an idea of what it really means to live in Christian community.

They've come from all over -- New Jersey, Kentucky, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and beyond -- and many of them live in modern monastic communities with names like Camden House, the Nehemiah Project, New Jerusalem, and The Simple Way.

As I walked around the hillsides, there was a sweet spirit hovering and the feeling of having been transported to another time and place -- a time of oceanside baptisms and a place where Jesus Freaks wandered about, spreading love and sharing peanut butter sandwiches.

I was reminded of the movie "Field of Dreams," and the scene where Ray Cansella's ghost dad has made his first visit to the Field. He turns and looks and asks Ray, "Is this heaven?" Ray replies, "No, this is Iowa."

Is that farm in Greenback heaven?

No, but it could be a glimpse of what Christian community could be here.

Grace and peace ...