mosaic nashville
CONTENTS

What Dan Said to the Guy in the T-Shirt
by: Dan Kimball

A Learned to Learner Litany of Transformation?
by: Leonard Sweet

Preaching to the Postmodern Choir by Eutychus Bailey
by: by Eutychus Bailey

I 'sinned' to see Billy Graham
by: By Dan Kimball

Two questions unbelievers often ask about the resurrection
by: Lee Strobel

24 Transtions for moving into the 21st Century
by: by Leonard Sweet

The Relationship Driven Church (Warning: This Is Not A Program)
by: John 0'Keefe

The Bible for Missing People
by: By Neil Tibbot

God, a friend, and a good cup of coffee
by: Gary Morgan

How do you see the emerging/postmodern conversation?
by: Mark Tabb

Ministry of Presence
by: Jared R. Mackey

The Missional Church
by: TIm Keller

SE7EN QUESTIONS
by: Dan Kimball

The Church
by: Andrea Johnston

who is Jesus?
by: John O'Keefe

 

 

This section will include posts from the mosaic community and others who have thoughts on all sorts of things.

 

NEWS

August 15, 2006
new sunday conversation a·wak·en·ing
a·wak·en·ing is about people who sense God's calling on their lives, it?s about a community with dreams, it?s about a community exploring what God might want to do in and through them, it?s about rearrangement, it?s about stretching, it?s about beginning for some and growing for others. Join us over the next few months as we explore the movement of God as told in the book of Acts. Join us as Mosaic continues to open ourselves up to God and allows God to shape and change us. Join us as we experience an ACT of?a·wak·en·ing

May 23, 2006
Mosaic Sabbatical Week
Sabbaticals in today's world refer to an extended time completely away from one's normal work.
Sabbatical comes from the word Sabbath. If we look at the Biblical roots of the Sabbath, we see that it means the day of rest. But the intention was to not only rest the body and the mind, but also to refresh our souls.
Beginning May 28th after our morning worship gathering until June 4 we will have no schedule events, in hopes to rest the body, the mind, and the soul.
So prepare yourself and determine what you need to shift your thinking from the normal schedule to sabbatical. Without this mindset rearrangement, it will be difficult to achieve the goals that you've set. Take the time to get your mind and our soul ready.
And may your sabbatical week be a time of refreshment for your mind, your body and your soul. Enjoy the week and we will see you next Sunday.

Thoughts and ideas- from Your Vacation as a True Sabbatical by Jeff Cornwall Director of the Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship Bio/Vita

March 13, 2006
threads the conversation
threads: the values from the ancient scriptures that are at the core of God's story and at the core of who Mosaic desires to be as a community of Jesus followers.
these are the essentials that are woven into all we are and all we are becoming ? both as individuals and as a whole. They shape us as followers of Jesus, defining our role in the movement of God. This is who we are. These are non-negotiables that we hold to, that we strive for. They become the rhythms that we live by.
Mission. Love. Design. Relevance. Surrender.
So, join us over the next few weeks as we explore, experience, and engage in the conversation, threads.

January 12, 2006
Community Groups Begin (check out the schedule and Join one)

Mosaic will be a church of "people", not a "place" you go to. For us, the point is not just "going to a church," but being church in our daily lives and everyday interactions with others. At mosaic, commonLIFE in Christ starts @ home and among friends.

Thus community groups gather in homes, but also in other kinds of spaces. Some groups meet in coffeehouses and some in parks. The spaces vary, but the purpose is the same: small groups of people gathering to share life, tell stories, eat meals, pray, serve and grow together in Jesus Christ.

So, join a community group and invest in others.

January 3, 2006
New Sunday Conversation "30 Days"

Morgan Spurlock, creator of the documentary, ?Super Size Me? and the Fx original series, ?30 Days?, makes this statement about his television series, ?My goal with this series is just to plant the seeds that will hopefully inspire you to seek out more information or act to make a change in your own community. So get involved, make a difference, change the world ... in the end it's up to you.?
Over the next 30 days we long to do the same, to dive into conversations about the stories of those in scripture who have placed themselves into the shoes of others, the cultures of others, the lands of others and the lives of others. Our hope is that we may be convinced to act, to seek out, to get involved, to make a change, to follow in the ways of Jesus.
So for the next 30 days join us as we live in someone else?s shoes?.In the end it?s up to you.

December 22, 2005
Christmas Worship Gathering
December 23 Christmas Worship Gathering O' Come let us adore Him Friday 7:00 PM at the Anchor 629 Third Ave South 37210 Nashville, TN This year we'll celebrate Christmas with Carols, lots of Candles and Communion.

November 10, 2005
the ride continues
the ride continues,
the word is out,
yes, we are moving.
on december 4, 2005 to
629 third avenue south in downtown n?ville

On Sunday, December 4 we will be gathering at a new location, 629 Third Avenue South in Downtown Nashville. This location is the gathering place of The Anchor Fellowship http://theanchorfellowship.com.
The Anchor Fellowship Church has graciously allowed us to lease their facilities for Sunday gatherings, a few additional community gatherings a month, storage, and band practice. We continually thank the Lord and the Anchor fFllowship for paving the way for this new location.

So, pass the word and stay tuned for more information, and continue to do life with God and others.

November 7, 2005
The Building at McGavock
It was just a few months ago when we stated we will be moving into a new location at 1525 McGavock St. for our worship gathering. We were excited and felt it was where we needed to be for the time being. However, it is time to move again, we received a notice along with other the tenants of the building stating the building must be vacated by December 31, 2005. We are not exactly sure what is gong to happen to the building but we believe it is going to become a parking lot.
So, we are on the search again, for a venue in which we can gather together, eat meals together, and do life together.
Please be in pray for a new place to do life together. We have always stated that Church is a people not a place?may our actions continue to represent our words. Pass the word and stay tuned for more information about when a move will take place.
In the mean time the people of mosaic still do life all over including a building at 1525 McGavock st. ?. See you there.

September 25, 2005
Our role in foster care
Family Matters "Potluck and special speaker Sunday, September 25th after the service" MeLisa Hovind a foster parent will share from her experience (she became a foster parent at 21 and would've started earlier but that was the age minimum), and then Sharon Zinzow will discuss the ways we can be involved in helping out foster care. We will address service projects and a future meeting date. So come to listen and eat as we discover how God could utilize the community of Mosaic within the foster care system. For more information contact Sharon at Sharon.Zinzow@state.tn.us

September 13, 2005
THE RECEPTION WEEKEND
The Reception: Saturday - September 17
7:00pm
A party to celebrate the coming together of our community
At The Virtual Factory Stage & The Garage
1525 McGavock Street Nashville, TN 37203
Live music- food -Childcare will be provided

Picnic In the Park: Sunday - September 18
11:00am
This is our weekend gathering
We will gather at Centennial Park to wrap up the reception weekend. Bring your lunch, a blanket and a Frisbee and we will provide the drinks

For more information please see www.mosaicnashville.org or call 473-6485.

July 22, 2005
The Merge
It is here, merge week and It is going to be great!
The dates of July 26th picnic in the park & July 31st, our merge Sunday are fast approaching. I am excited about the God given opportunity to do life together. I continue to be blown away by the beautiful fit of vision and values from each community of faith. Thanks to all, for the conversations, questions and prayers, GOD IS GOOD. Let our days ahead be a time for our community to being formed into the image of Christ for the sake of others.

July 26 Picnic at the Park
July 31 Merge Sunday

June 23, 2005
NEW LOCATION
SUNDAY June 26 we will be moving into a new location for our worship gathering located at 1525 McGavock St.
This is not a permanent location as of yet, but it will be our home for the next phase of our life.
Pass the word and stay tuned for more information.

June 13, 2005
**Merge Ahead**
Dear Mosaic Community,
The decision has been made and the news is out, Mosaic is about to experience a blessed expansion! Mosaic Nashville and Mosaic are coming together to further our shared mission and vision. Thanks to all for the conversations, prayers and questions, it is great doing life together Gary



Mosaic Sabbatical Week:
Sabbaticals in today's world refer to an extended time completely away from one's normal work.
Sabbatical comes from the word Sabbath. If we look at the Biblical roots of the Sabbath, we see that it means the day of rest. But the intention was to not only rest the body and the mind, but also to refresh our souls.
Beginning May 28th after our morning worship gathering until June 4 we will have no schedule events, in hopes to rest the body, the mind, and the soul.
So prepare yourself and determine what you need to shift your thinking from the normal schedule to sabbatical. Without this mindset rearrangement, it will be difficult to achieve the goals that you've set. Take the time to get your mind and our soul ready.
And may your sabbatical week be a time of refreshment for your mind, your body and your soul. Enjoy the week and we will see you next Sunday.
Thoughts and ideas from Your Vacation as a True Sabbatical Jeff Cornwall Director of the Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship Bio/Vita

 

 

THOUGHTS

who is Jesus?
John O'Keefe

in mark, Jesus asks a question to peter, one of his students, that we all seek to find resolution to today; "who do people say I am?" peter, playing it safe, answers with what others think first. but, that's not what jesus wants to know. so he puts peter on the spot one more time. this time jesus is a bit more direct, "who do you say I am?" you see, jesus did not want peter to answer with the company line; jesus wanted peter to see for himself and develop his own way of seeing who jesus was.

today, jesus could look at any one and ask, "in a world of bio-diversity, cultural-diversity, and ethical-diversity, who do you say I am? in a world of individualism, commercialism and a long list of "other-isms" who do you say I am? in a world or ramped hunger, violent behavior and wanted pain,who do you say I am? in a world of single parents, broken homes and children giving birth to children, who do you say I am? in a world defined by product recognition, catchy slogans and designer jeans, who do you say I am?

many people over the ages have answered this question in many different way. peter, when confronted with the question had to answered in the truth he knew, "you are the messiah, the christ, the son of the living God." wow, talk about a powerful set of words - the son of God, God in the flesh - this seems so hard for us to come to grips with today. is this because of our skeptical nature? no, i don't think so - i believe it is because we have cause to doubt.

when we look around we see the fall of our heroes - those we hold in high regard have proven to be less then worthy - our religious leaders have affairs and become centered on money, or preach what they do not practice; our politicians steal, cheat and lie and claim they do so for our benefit, yet they get rich; our teachers have improper relationships with children and our family units are falling apart. when we see those who demand our respect, (mainly due to their position), show nothing worthy of our respect, we are lost. when we demand transparency in our leaders, and only see fogged windows and clogged pipes, what are we to believe? how are we to believe that this jesus can be any different then the rest? is he truly the salvation of humanity - after all, those who follow Him are not exactly worth modeling; and how can we believe in perfection in this world? the questions are many, and the reality to palpable to ignore. so, who is this jesus and what is he all about? most important, should i follow him?

some basic facts:

name: jesus, in greek; joshua, in hebrew (pronounced, "ya-shoe-a") keep in mind that the letter "j" is not part of the greek or hebrew alphabet. the actual letter in the beginning of the names is "i." his name gives it away - it means 'anointed Savior.' the name "jesus" is actually an "english" understanding of his true name - joshua.

dates: from 0 to 35 ad - exact dates are not known, some give the birth at year 4ce, others at 6ce, and still others as early as the year 0. some give the date of his "death" at 32ce and other 33ad, while some go as high as 36ce. (the birth of jesus was so dramatic and life changing, we restarted the calendar at his birth)

conditions at birth: born into social scandal with huge question marks over the legitimacy of his birth (luke 2:5-7 states that joseph and mary were not married at the time of jesus' birth, only "engaged to be married"), jesus was the eldest child (one of several) of a jewish carpenter and mary, his teenage mother who was still a virgin! he was born into poverty, and as tradition has it, his earthly father, joseph, died when jesus was young, leaving mary to raise jesus and his brothers and sister alone and with income problems. while a great deal of his early life is based totally on tradition and no proof, we do know a great deal about the last three to four years of his life and active ministry. he was born in a time when political and social turmoil were the norm.

religion: jesus was born into a jewish family, he was jewish. in fact, jesus would be considered a "good jew" because he obeyed all feast days, and was seen at the temple on may occasions.

early life: he was born in the tiny village of bethlehem, raised in small town nazareth, he also spent many years of his youth living in egypt. many of the early years of his life are covered in mystery and there is no record of where he was and what he did. (some "non-canonical" scriptures do give some information, but they are questionable at best.)

ministry: jesus spent his whole ministry wandering as a preacher and miracle worker in the israeli deserts, towns and countryside, particularly around galilee, judea and samaria. he was a faithful jew, he went up to the big city of jerusalem for the main feasts and festivals, and to stop over with his growing band of friends and followers. it was on a hill outside jerusalem's city walls where he died violently at the hands of the romans.

what he is: we say "what he is," because jesus is alive for us today, and we know that sounds strange because we speak of his death and he is not walking around today. jesus lived a perfect life, communicating love, peace and freedom to everyone from all generations, past, present and future. we believe that jesus is alive and well today and living in the hearts of all people who decide to make the commitment and become a "follower of the way."

the personality of jesus:

he is radical: he violated almost all of the religious traditions of his day. he touched the "unclean," the unwanted, the unacceptable, and ministered to their needs. he argued with the religious leaders of his day condemning them for their strict adherence to the law, and their legalistic view of a meaningful relationship with God - jesus intentions was not to form a new religion, but rather for us to form a radical relationship with God. he was deemed a rebel and a no-good trouble-maker who simply wanted to change things with out thinking - sound like someone you know?

he is transparent: jesus was who he was, and he did not pretend to be something he was not; and he made no bones about it. he stood his ground, and did not waiver to please the desires of others - he spoke the words God gave him, and he was sure of the power of those words. he was happy with who he was, and he did not care if others did not like what he had to say, he said it anyway - sound like something you want?

he is transforming: he healed those who were sick in body, mind or spirit - he even was known to raise the dead! (a few times). He hung out with all kinds of people, and built special relationships with the group of 12, called disciples (6 unemployed, one tax collector and 5 day labors) - those who chose to believe in him and follow him in a new way of thinking - to eventually called "christianity." he was a friend who would do anything for a friend - sound like something you need?

he is tribal: jesus had family, a mother, brothers and sisters. he even had extended family, aunts, uncles, cousins and grand parents - yet he expanded his "family view" to include friends and strangers. he strived with the "big picture." to love everyone, even the unlovable, to accept everyone, even the unacceptable - to be tribal in nature and direction - for jesus, water is thinker then blood. he welcomed many people into his community. in fact, he was quoted and saying that anyone who follows him would be considered a family member - sound like something you need?

he is honest and safe: he gave people a sense of belonging and value, and never demanded them to do anything. he brought meaning and purpose to everyday life and living and connected no strings to the adventure we call life. no person, no matter who they were or where they came from, were deemed beyond his friendship, love and care. sound like something you want?

he is not status quo: jesus, because of his radical nature, became extremely unpopular with the political, the institutional establishment, and the religious rulers of his day. as a result of this unpopularity jesus ended up being convicted of false charges, tried by a prejudiced jury, condemned by a cowardly judge, tortured and beaten beyond all recognition, and killed as an innocent man by the cruelest means known possible - crucifixion. sound like someone you know?

he is not dead: surprise !!!! he was crucified, dead (he didn't stay dead !!!!) and buried in a tomb borrowed from a rich friend (yes, he had rich friends - remember, he loved everyone) and guarded by a few roman soldiers. yet, many witnesses (over 500) testify that he rose from the dead and was seen again walking and talking with people. some even touched him physically, and eat with him; he was no ghost - he really was alive and well in human flesh. remember this, the rock was not moved so jesus could get out of the tomb, the rock was moved for us to enter. sound like something you need?

he is timeless: people through all generations of time and history have not only believed the story of who jesus was (and is) and what he did, but they have also experienced him in real, transforming grace, first hand. they have discovered, what a great many have discovered, that he is as real, relevant and alive. this generation is no exception, none at all. what he has to say speaks to us, befriends us, guides us, heals our brokenness and pain, and intervenes in our lives just as he did when he was on earth and always has done. his touch is real and timeless. sound like something you need?

he is God in the flesh: i know, it's hard to believe, but just because it's hard to believe does not make it "unbelievable." after all, i have never seen a billion dollars, yet i believe a billion dollars is real. if you desire to have the heart of a rebel, to be transparent, and to be accepted for who you are, not what others desire you to be, then may i suggest you look deeper into the claims of christianity. because it is something we all can use!

if you desire to know more about jesus the christ may we suggest you "get connected" to a group of people who will take the time to share with you their personal experiences with God and their faith walk. get hooked in, and if you need help getting hooked-in drop us an email - we will be happy to help you develop a true and lasting relationship with jesus christ - no matter where you are right now - and truly no strings attached - no hidden agenda.

Written by John O'Keefe on Friday, October 3, 2003, 05:00 PM.
Last modified on Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 09:37 AM.

 

 

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