Stories too Small to Satisfy

A Conversation with Justin Buzzard

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“Everyone is believing some kind of story to make sense of their life,” Justin Buzzard observes, “but only the biblical story is big enough to make sense of all the beauty and the brokenness we see in this world.”

How’s your story treating you?

Buzzard, pastor of Garden City Church in Silicon Valley, California, sat down with Mark Mellinger to explore the pursuit of satisfaction and the provision of a Savior in light of his latest book, The Big Story: How the Bible Makes Sense Out of Life (Moody, 2013) [excerpt].

For sinful humans, living on the basis of the Bible’s plotline—God, creation, rebellion, rescue, home—is much easier said than done. As a result, Buzzard says, even believers are prone to embracing secular storylines. But of course, such counterfeit substitutes only leave us bankrupt and empty. It isn’t that sex, money, and success are bad things; they’re just not made to bear the weight of our souls.

“Jesus Christ is the great disrupter,” Buzzard explains. “Because he loves us, he messes with our lives and pulls us out of the false stories in which we find ourselves.”

Watch the full seven-minute video to hear Buzzard discuss his hope for Silicon Valley, when hunger dwarfs suspicion, and more.