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

Preaching to the Postmodern Choir by Eutychus Bailey
by Eutychus Bailey

(Editors Note: The following article was written on 2 March 2044 by Eutychus Bailey, author and former North American pastor. Because of amazingly quick internet access and the exponential growth of micro-processing speeds, we are now able to publish this column forty years before it was actually written.This gives us the chance to get an unknowingly futurist perspective on where things are heading from this pragmatist writer observing his own times.)

2 MARCH 2044 Eutychus Report:
PREACHING TO THE POMO CHOIR

Many of us now laugh at ourselves when we look back at the last 40 years of ministry. Near the turn of the century all the postmodern stuff was really hot. It was so foreign to the generations that came before us that we spent a lot of time talking to ourselves and to them about it. Now, for sure we needed to flesh out what it meant. I think we might have been too confused to really take it to the streets much because we were so freshly running away from the Evangelical Epilogue (or were we running away from its multi-colored foam mic covers, I forget?) But there was a real sense that for about a decade we were mostly preaching to the Pomo choir.

Here's what we were preaching to the choir:

1) IT'S NOT ABOUT DOING CHURCH, IT'S ABOUT BEING THE CHURCH

We taught that much of the way people thought of following Christ was about doing church. It was too often about certain actions (legalism) that qualified you as in and others as out. We justly strove to be the church in a real and authentic way instead. Unfortunately, for a long time we were preaching this more forcefully to other postmodern leaders on web-sites and at conferences than to ourselves. It took a while for us to fully teach this to our OWN churches. We found it was a lot harder for the church to be the church than it was for us to re-fashion our vision around the idea of being the church. But eventually we did change our focus from preaching this self-evident but somehow lost truth to the choir (for being so linear and logical Modernity still made little common sense to us). We started to bring it to our communities and that's when the real change started happening. Or you might say it started when we ourselves as leaders started to be the church instead of just doing church.

2) IT'S NOT ABOUT GOING TO A SERVICE, IT'S ABOUT A LIFE OF SERVICE

This was a huge shift for people back in the day, believe it or not. At one time there was a general sense that church was not only a place (church building) but also that it was the thing that happened on Sunday. Again, very justly we early postmodern leaders cried out regarding this violation of holistic ecclesiology. But most of our crying early on went again to the choir. And unfortunately we still spent most of our time on that thing that happened on Sunday. We changed their names from services to worship gatherings which was such a key term change. Our glossary was right on. But the life of service we were to be living out from Monday through Saturday didnt receive as much emphasis in our time as it should have early on. We still spent the majority of our time on crafting a worship experience for our pomo audience. The other serving stuff took a back seat because of the tyranny of the urgent. Sundays and Saturday nights came every week and we had to deliver. That delivery still had so much of the service baggage in it but we didn't pick up on it very quickly. It took us a while to teach old dogs (ourselves) new tricks.

3) IT'S NOT ABOUT POINTING THE WAY TO JESUS, IT'S ABOUT LIVING THE WAY OF JESUS

We felt as though evangelism was totally messed up in the Modern Church. We felt that the idea of targeting post-Christians or disillusioned generations was contrary to pomo sensibilities. We thought evangelistic programs or evangelistic events were wholly inauthentic. We were right. Especially when you consider that the Modern Church was much better at pointing the way to Jesus than living the way of Jesus. Unfortunately, we started out by doing neither. Too often we were lured by the limelight of cultural relativity and we began to live the way of culture. The counter-cultural Way of following Jesus that is so well-developed in our mid-century church was still in its infancy. And the early postmodern church wasnt all that counter-cultural. It didn't set trends much it mostly followed them. Becoming trendy didnt have the negative bite to Christians that it does today in 2044. Many of us sort of liked being trendy and forgot to forge past being in the world to the not of it part. But we figured this one out eventually, and people really began to live in a counter-cultural Way. The Way of Jesus that is.

4) IT'S NOT ABOUT THE POWER OF POSITION, IT'S ABOUT THE POWER OF STORIES

The church of Modernity seemed to be completely focused on power. Power got things done. Those that had it were to be envied. Those that didn't had to get out of the way. We, of course, were NOT in power in those days. None of us had stations of real positional influence. We didn't care, obviously. Instead of chasing after power our whole lives as our fathers and grandfathers did we simply turned the value system on its head. Power was evil. Power was the problem. Power was to be released, not grasped. This sounded much more like Jesus to us. And it was and is. We felt like the only real power for the church was the power of stories. Our stories counted. The stories of those around us. The Grand Story of God. These held power. But our stories often lacked spiritual vitality in those days, and we didn't know many of the stories of the post-Christian pomo people around us either. Perhaps we were too busy formulating our ideas to get away from updating our blogs and actually chat with someone across the street. Perhaps we became so focused on the idea of story that we forgot our own story and why Jesus meant so much to us personally. But eventually we figured this one out too. We started to live the story, and tell it, and find it out in others. And we realized we had marginalized the Redemption Story too much in our re-designed worship gatherings. We re-discovered its centrality and that returned us to the true power of story in our churches.

I'm glad we rebounded from our preaching to the choir season as postmodern Christ-followers about 35 years ago. I suppose we were only human, and we found out like so many before us that preaching what we should do to those already mostly convinced was easier than really living it. Of course, our preaching was on blogs and discussion boards and at conferences. But it was preaching and screaming to the choir none-the less. We called it an emerging conversation back then.

Written by by Eutychus Bailey on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, 10:32 PM.
Last modified on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, 10:40 PM.

 

 

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