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

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

From Ginkwork.net

1) we ask this of everyone, but how do you see (or define) the emerging/postmodern conversation?

I see it as a conversation where those on both sides have troubling listening to one another.

2) we loved your book "mission to oz." who did you see as the audience for that book? and, do you think they got it?

The target audience was definitely those with a more modern mindset. I say more modern because everyone, regardless of age, has been affected by postmodernism. Oz targets those who keep clicking their heals wishing the good old days would return, as if modernism was a good thing. I wanted to tell them to stop whining and open their eyes to the opportunities God has thrown down in front of them. Did they get it? I still hear a lot of whining out there, people complaining about loss of absolutes and how horrible the culture has become. Such talk not only shows they don't understand the present, they also do not understand the past.

3) we keep hearing about "building bridges" so, for those of us who live in oz, how can we speak to those living in kansas?

The best language is love and community. I believe those in Kansas need to see what authenticity and living out the radical demands of Christ look like in the real world. Just like those in Oz, they will immediately shut down if they hear "you're an idiot and you don't understand anything" through either our words or our tone. Of course, there will be those who won't want to listen to anything. But there are others in Kansas who genuinely love the Lord and want to see His kingdom expand. They may not understand all the methods of the emerging church, but they will understand the language of changed lives.

4) who do you see as a "bridge building voice" either in oz, or in kansas

In Kansas, Jim Wilson, author of Future Church, Ministry in a Post-Seeker Age. Jim maps out the landscape of the emerging church for those stuck in either the 50's or the 80's.


5) in the chapter "i saw a potato" you bring out the point that communications is key. what do you see as some of the "wax tadpole" points between moderns and postmoderns?

1. "postmodernism refers to generations." I had this tension with the publisher of Oz. The effects of the shift in culture from modern to postmodern show up in everyone, regardless of age. They may be more concentrated in those under thirty, but people over sixty have also been changed. They just don't want to admit it.

2. "Postmoderns reject absolutes." This seems to be a favorite of those who want to turn back the clock. The truth of the matter is this: absolutes in culture died nearly a century ago. Relativism brought about the holocaust and nuclear weapons.

3. The Bible. Moderns see it like a med student sees a cadaver. By dissecting and principal zing (is that a word?) and turning God's word into "the owner's manual for the soul" or "God's direction book for life" they suck the life out of it. Then they turn it into a book of proofs and evidence of God and wonder why a postmodern world doesn't listen. They're using the Bible in a way God never intended. We must let the story of God speak rather than dicing it up into bite size nuggets. Most people get over eating McNuggets by their fifth birthday. Is it any wonder they reject Bible nuggets?

6) do you think it is possible to bring a modern church into the postmodern/emerging world?

Absolutely. However, too many modern churches think they can make that shift by changing their worship style or adding a new service. The sticking point, as I see it, is the whole modernist worldview along with the extreme selfishness that's imprinted on the DNA of baby boomers. A modern church cannot venture into the emerging world for the purpose of pumping up Sunday morning attendance, but that, sadly, is the goal of most.

7) what do you think are three key things a modern church (because modern churches like things in 3 :) ) can do to reach past the comfort zone and seek out a postmodern/emerging people?

1. Get authentic. Take a long, hard look at the radical nature of Jesus and copy it. Stop equating Christianity with the Republican party, home schooling, and lowering taxes. And lose the whole bigger is better mindset. Instead, churches need to get serious about bringing the passion of Jesus into the real world. Act like Christ followers regardless of the cost. Of course, this is what we've needed in every generation.

2. Get over yourselves. That is, look beyond appearances and see every human being as a unique individual made in the image of God. I have people in my own church who assume my daughter's boyfriend is the culmination of all their worst fears because of his lip ring and the colors he dyes his hair. As if any of that matters.

3. Adopt the mindset of a cross cultural missionary. The point here isn't just the modern/ postmodern tension, but that's the way many see this. Instead, we need churches with people who have a thoroughly biblical worldview. Then they must translate that worldview into the thought forms of the culture.

The difference is this: when a person with modernist worldview (with God thrown in for good measure) thinks cross-culturally, they try to find ways to transform a postmodern into a modern. They see the emerging world as a threat or a disease to be cured. When we go into the culture with a biblical worldview we see the emerging world as a place of opportunity in which to make Christ followers. Every culture ever invented by fallen human beings bears the marks of sin. As Solomon said, Don't long for the good old days, for you don't know if they were any better than today.

any closing thoughts?

My soap box is empty. Thanks for letting me do this. BTW, I have a new book that comes out in a few weeks with TH1NK, Navpress's imprint that targets a postmodern audience. It's called "Greater Than, Unconventional Thoughts on the Infinite God."

Written by Mark Tabb on Wednesday, February 9, 2005, 10:28 PM.
Last modified on Wednesday, February 9, 2005, 10:30 PM.

 

 

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