mosaic nashville

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

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.



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
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

September 13, 2005
The Reception: Saturday - September 17
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
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 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
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




Dan Kimball

dan kimball
vintage faith
from se7en questions

1) What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the emerging church?

I think the biggest overall and subtle challenge right now that comes to my mind is consumerism. For those who have grown up in the church, we really have taught them to view church like they would if they were on the panel of "American Idol". The expectation of performance, the mindset of "what does this church have to offer me?" the way they judge church by how good is the preacher, how good is the music etc. I think we would admit that this is the mentality of most Christians in evangelical churches if we were honest.

I don't blame them, because since they were children we taught them to view church as the place to have "fun" with hyper-kids games and videos, and for youth to view church as the place to get emotionally charged and hyped from songs and energetic rallies and camps which teach Jesus etc. We have brought them to the Christian concerts, fed them into the consumerism of Christian commercialism of T-Shirts, CD's etc. and in many ways have based their Christian experience primarily around these things, with an occasional missions trip to Mexico thrown in. I hyper-exaggerate here, but I have a sinking suspicion if we really think about this, we leaders may be the very ones who had a lot to do with what we are now fighting in our churches in regards to consumerism.

That is why so many churches who even start these age-specific "young adult" services, many times only fuel this more. We teach them also that style of worship is what makes a community. Now they have yet another worship service which caters to their musical taste and personal preferences we now have another generation of Christian consumers. So, I think the great challenge is to be forming new communities of those who understand that the Christian life is really about being a worshipper on a mission, not someone who "goes to church" to have their needs and personal preferences of musical style met. I know that when challenged and when this is discussed among Christians, I see so many who rise to this. But, it takes the leaders of churches or leaders of new churches being formed to cast this vision of a missional community. That to me is the biggest challenge, even greater than the mission itself! I have great optimism about the spiritual openness today among non-Christians. It is the already Christians I think whom are the biggest challenge in a mission like this.

2 What would you say are the key elements to an emerging church (what makes a church "emerging?"), and why?

To me, an emerging church is a church who is redefining the church and our ecclesiology in this emerging post-Christian culture. Praying and thinking through the ramifications of what it means to be the church today. There are a lot of churches just starting now, but so many are still focusing on "the worship service" as the starting point and not thinking through what the church is holistically or even historically. So much of our current church methodology in evangelical churches really only comes from the past 20-50 years. I think we better go way beyond that, and beyond the Reformation too. The Reformation shook things up in a great way, but also set methodological values in place that we still live with today that I think need to change for the emerging church. That is a key element for sure of what I would call an "emerging church" - to be rethinking our ecclesiology for today's culture

Being missional is also an absolute key factor for the emerging church. By being missional, I mean that the core fabric of the church is that we are about being a community of worshippers on a mission. but the mission is not getting people to "got to church", as you cannot go to church. we are the church. The mission is being the church in all we do and all we are, wherever we are and from this we bring kingdom influence to those around us. We should be inviting others to be joining us as followers of Jesus, not inviting them to events where they raise their hands at an altar call. We should be evaluating our success not by numbers, but by what kind of missional disciples we see being shaped by being in our communities of faith.

3 As worship seems to be redefining itself, how do you incorporate the five senses into a worship service at vintage faith church?

I think as we plan for our worship gatherings, we don't necessarily have a list of the five senses and then make a check list of what we are doing to hit them all. It just sort of becomes more a natural outgrowth of planning the worship gatherings through a community rather than one or two leaders. We have about ten people who help design and shape what happens. Each of them brings various perspectives and things they pay attention to. Since we all see worship as being more than just singing, it sort of naturally develops into incorporating the different senses. Some are more in tune with expressing the visual. some musical, some interactive etc. Probably the one sense that is harder to incorporate is the sense of smell. We use candles, we use incense on occasion, but we don't ask each week "what smell can we include?". I think we need to be careful not to be multi-sensory to simply "be multi-sensory". We should be worshipping holistically, and be thinking about that.

4 What do you see as the evolution, (or "de-evolution"), of evangelism in the emerging church?

I think another key element as I just said in the first question, is that emerging churches need to have an urgent sense of mission, and that doesn't mean inviting people to an event with Christian bands where they hear a 20 minute message about sin and going to heaven. I think a key element is redefining the church as a people of God on a mission of bringing others into Kingdom living. If we continue down the road of the "build it and they will come" mentality with all the focus on the weekend worship services as the foundation or an event to invite people to, we are in trouble longer term. A key element is that the leadership understands this and bleeds it, not just staff, but all of the leadership community of the church itself. Being missional is a key element. Teaching that the church is not a place you go to, but something you are is so foundational. If we really grasp that and the people in our church communities grasp that, I think it will radically change how we view evangelism.

5 If you had to - and I know we who are pomo thinkers hate to - what would be the top 3 shifts from a modern church to an emerging church?

hhhmmmm....i am not too good with "top 3" lists....but I would say one critical shift is in leadership. I say this first, because in our church structures there is a blockage for change to occur unless leadership changes. it is the leaders of our churches who will need to move from the one-man hero warrior conqueror CEO to being more of a thinker-architect-shepherd. We desperately need out leaders to be leaders, but do it with more a community attitude. Too long have we seen leadership portrayed as one man, with the charismatic personality, rallying the troops to his vision, leading the way, conquering the mountain. This has been so destructive really when we look back on the aftermath of most of what has occurred with this type of leadership. it is interesting that even with Jim Collins "good to great" thinking in a corporate world, that this type of leader is now being understood as not a good leader. the leadership in the emerging church must take a different approach. the leadership in modern churches who have the money, control and power need to recognize this and allow emerging leaders to grow and experiment and flourish for the emerging church. they need to not hold onto their control and be threatened by change.

that is one. another is what the definition of "church" is. That needs to shift. I already explained this, but the shift of thinking the church is the meeting, and the building to the church is the people on a mission. Some emerging church leaders sadly say these words but are focusing all their time on the "meeting" still. What will this communicate to the people in their churches if we say "the church is the people on a mission" but the leaders spend all their time getting ready for the "meeting"?

a third top one would be a shift from self-dependency to holy spirit dependency. in the modern contemporary church we saw so much figured out with good felt-need programs, preaching, parking lot design etc. that we can almost credit human sociology and psychology for why so many megachurches developed. I know that sounds horrific, but I just wonder...... I think a major shift we need to be thinking about is how we can only be explaining what happens in our churches through the Holy Spirit and that means our dependency in prayer and being on our knees a lot.

6 How important is "image" (meaning pics and art) in the emerging culture?

I think it is pretty recognized that art and the usage of visual is becoming increasingly important in how we learn, how we emotionally are moved, and can be very instrumental in worship. I think we need be very careful we do not neglect the power of Scriptures and the power of spoken word either, but I think if someone is ignoring the way image is influencing our culture and a tool of communication then they are missing an extremely vital part of understanding who emerging generations are.

7 What cores do you believe need to be at the DNA level of an emerging leader?

To be a listener. To be a learner. To be part of a leadership community and not a solo leader. And i think the bottom line is John 15:5...recognizing that apart from Him we can do nothing and Micah 6:8, that we should walk humbly, act justly and love mercy.

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Emerging Church, The
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Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations
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Written by Dan Kimball on Saturday, December 11, 2004, 02:32 PM.
Last modified on Saturday, December 11, 2004, 02:34 PM.



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