From the monthly archives:

November 2009

Sharing our Stories

by Lon on November 27, 2009

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Walmer Art & Craft Show

by Lon on November 27, 2009


Walmer Road Baptist church has an Art & Craft Show / Sale – It will be hosting local artists (including Carol in our community) with proceeds going towards the walmer center and their neighborhood programs.

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State of the Mosaic Blog

by Lon on November 25, 2009

I just wanted post a few thoughts on why we use this blog

Church is not exclusive to Sundays – While this is not a replacement for real physical daily encounters, this online portal allows for at least some level of interaction outside of our sunday gatherings.

In-depth – Especially for those of you longing to get more into the Scriptures, as we’ve been doing with the Book of Acts this past year, I’ll be posting verse-by-verse reflections through the Gospel of John this next year. This frees us from any time limitations we have in our regular teaching time and allows for deeper reflection.

More contributions – We are a community of many unique voices and anyone in our community is allowed to post to this blog. We believe that every voice matters no matter how divergent the opinions and we want to humbly listen and learn from one another. Comments are even allowed to be anonymous as I personally believe anonymous feedback (if necessary) is better than no feedback at all.

Unique content – Lots of thought provoking images, links, media and news can be channeled here for our community. Churches everywhere are building and releasing great content that a community like ours can now leverage due to technology. Our blog provides a place for this and all sorts of other fun, powerful, inspiring content.

Interactions - I understand not everyone will speak out loud during our sunday gatherings, no matter how open we create it. Those of you who find the written word or sharing of images more conducive to how you’d like to share can also have a space of expression here. Comments from people you might not typically engage with may also be a doorway to deeper real community.

Your own pace – Although we send out weekly emails, having a blog also allows for less spam. You can always check here for up to date real-time information on our community. If it’s too much for you, or don’t care to read a certain post, just skip it! This allows for you to take in as much or little as you’d like from our community without being intrusive. You’re also able share at your own pace as well – Have something you wanted to say during a sunday gathering, but wanted some time to pull your thoughts together? Take your time, reflect, and then post it here as you’d like.

There’s so much more, but these are a few important ones. Let me know what you think.

Btw, thanks goes out to Ian for refreshing our header images.


John 1:6-9

by Lon on November 25, 2009

Continuing our Journey through the Gospel of John

6 There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.7 The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him.8 He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light.9 There was the true light, even the light which lighteth every man, coming into the world.

Several times in the gospels when John the Baptist is mentioned there is always a question of whether he is the Messiah. Here again, a special distinction is made that he himself was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. However, a wonderful truth beneath all of this, is that John spoke and lived in such a way that he reflected ‘light’.

Witness. If you’re going to be a witness, you need to see or experience something first-hand. Not something you heard from a friend or a book. What have you personally been a witness to?

Testify. I see a lot of things every day that I don’t necessarily share about. But when you encounter something or someone that is utterly extraordinary, you won’t be able to help but testify and share.

Light. The passage states that the true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. Here’s the crazy truth, especially as we celebrate Christmas, that light has already come in Christ. And he gives this light to all of humanity. Don’t say you don’t see it anywhere, the whole earth is filled…

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Caring for those who are shut in

by pomankwan on November 23, 2009

This Christmas celebrate the incarnation of Christ through caring for those who are confined indoors due to age and illness.


Dec 19 (Sat) 10:30 am -12:30 pm Christmas Gathering – brunch, games & caroling at Aurora Resthaven Long-term Care Centre

Dec 20 (Sun) 2 -3 pm Christmas Worship at Tendercare Living Centre


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Response: Missional Communities Video

by Philthevoid on November 22, 2009

We are born with perceptions of other people. Stumbling upon the weird and strange outside of our little worlds can be a scary thing to experience. We all fear the unknown…

 I can understand that viewing this video through the lens of a parent might be a bit disturbing at first glance. If I had children, I’m sure I would probably be a bit averse to showing them this video. But if you’d take a chance and look past their tattoos and piercings you will likely hear the bigger message. You will note they are only advocating positivity, the spirit of inclusivity, and the gospel.  These are all things we all hope to achieve as we stumble together under the banner of “mosaic” (a collection of UNIQUE, broken pieces, hoping to unite into something beautiful).

We are all different – but we should all learn to come together… Yes, even with the weirdos.

How could we ever possibly hope to help the beaten and battered, the elderly, mentally-ill, or the homeless if we are afraid of people who look different from us?

I reviewed the video three times and noted 17 actors. Seven of these actors I would classify as “weird “, based on first impressions (ie. Wearing tattoos, face-piercings, or wearing funny orange glasses). I wrote down the names of these seven people and researched if these people were just “actors”. I learned a valuable lesson – don’t judge a book by it’s cover. These actors were more than just weird faces selling a flashy new idea. They are pastors / spiritual leaders who were trained at reputable Christian colleges and universities with inspirational faith journeys to share (along with non-conservative fashion sense).

We ALL have a beautiful story to tell, no matter what we look like.

What I learned about the presenters in the video:

Julie Clawson (Nose-ring)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • Writer, Activist & Mother of two beautiful young children
  • Served as a childrens’ pastor, church planter, teacher

Makeesha Fisher (Nose-ring, tattoo)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • Mother of two young children
  • Executive Director of Generate & Get Born Magazine
  • Co-Leader of Revolution Missional Faith Community in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 15+ years of service in ministry, preaching, church planting

Jay Bakker (Lip-ring, tattoos)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • American Christian Pastor at Revolution Church in Brooklyn, NYC
  •  Son of Jim and Tammy Faye, Minister-turned-TV-hosts who helped start both the Trinity Broadcasting Network and the 700 Club in the 1970’s … (his story is very interesting, with some dark turns, not-suburban perfect, but a life definitely worth learning from. Please read his biography in the “about” section from the link below.)

Mark Scandrette (Orange glasses, like Bono of U2)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • Minister, Writer, and Spiritual Leader for 15 years
  • BS in Applied Pyschology and studied Theology at Bethel Seminary in St.Paul, MN

Phil Shepherd (Big earrings, tattoos)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • Bachelor of Science of Occupational Education in Religion – Wayland Baptist University
  • Master of Divinity – Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor College, Waco TX
  • Pastor and spiritual leader

Shane Claiborne (Earrings, Bees-wax hair)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • Graduate of Eastern University, studied sociology and youth ministry
  • Studied at Princeton Seminary, and studying at Alternative Seminary in Philadelphia
  • Served with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India
  • Served Christians during armed conflict in Rutba, Iraq
  • The Mosaic Baptist Church, North York Life Group – read his book “The Irrisistible Revolution” and shared it with the larger congregation, and are at the cusp of starting our own action inspired by his words

Nadia Bolz-Weber (Nose-ring, Tattoos)

 We are all weird in our own ways. We all dress differently. Some of us wear funny glasses. Some of us wear nothing but black, grey and blue clothing. Some of us have pants that aren’t hemmed properly. Some of us do nothing but eat kraft dinner. Some of us have substance addictions. Some of us mumble when we speak. Some of us play too many video games. Some of us are fearful of the unknown. Some of us are over-confident…

Whatever we might be… it is certain we are all broken people.

That is why we need Christ.  ALL of us.


John 1:1-5

by Lon on November 19, 2009

After spending a large part of the year going through Acts, we’ll begin exploring the Book of John verse by verse for the next while.

If you’d like to be assigned a chunk of scripture to reflect and share from definitely let me know, it’s quite a rich and dense gospel! Feel free to interact/critique/affirm through the comments along the way. You might want to try meditating on the Scriptures itself before reading my reflections.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.

3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

What an obscure introduction to someone completely new to Jesus! However to the Jewish audience this was written to “In the beginning” resounds with echos from Genesis 1:1. John here reveals that in the midst of the epic beginning of all things – the Word – who is later identified as Jesus – was already there.

Jesus – not just some person you see on bumper stickers or chiseled on a cross – but a unique person in all of creation – who was in the beginning with God – and in some mysterious way also described as God.

“Through him all things were made” nothing you see, no matter how broken, torn, bent, or ugly – is without the marks of Jesus somehow etched on him, her, or it. He is the epicenter of “life” – as his followers we ought to be radiating life.

We’re to be stretching out into the darkness, not running from it… in many ways perusing it – Even when rejected, facing failure, and ridiculed – just as we fail to perceive Christ time after time, yet He peruses us with his love.

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Tim Keller – Cultural Transformation

by Lon on November 19, 2009

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