Bernard Tam

About Bernard Tam

Bernard is a coffee enthusiast, neighbourhood connector and one of the pastors at The Living Room Church in Midtown, Toronto. Regularly you can find Bernard at local specialty coffee shops learning to be present in the neighbourhood while enjoying every sip of local roasted coffee. He is also one of the cohost of the Canadian Asian Missional Podcast - a conversation that engages with the movements of the Canadian Asian Church.

Reimagining Out of a Church of Us Vs. Them

By |2020-05-07T17:28:43-04:00May 8th, 2020|Blog, Book review, Canadian Culture, Church, Theological reflection|

This blog post is a reflection in response to the book The Church of Us vs. Them by David Fitch. Read Bernard Tam's book review here. Borrowing from Soren Kierkegaard titled book, Either/Or, I feel like I want to do a follow-up post on the review of The Church of Us Vs.

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Sitting in the Middle

By |2020-04-06T14:52:57-04:00April 6th, 2020|Blog, COVID19, Lent, Lent 2020|

Has there been such a time as this, where the whole world is halted by an invisible force? School, businesses, sports events, entertainment and malls have all come to a close. There are so many fears, concerns and uncertainties. And yet the world has never been closer; globalization leads us into such a strange intimate

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A Narrative of Bridge Building

By |2019-02-08T16:18:10-05:00February 11th, 2019|Blog, Church Planting, Contributor Profiles|

We want to introduce you to the New Leaf Blog contributors by giving them a chance for them to share their story. Sharing today, Bernard Tam. It is often weird having to write about yourself; to paint a narrative that would best help others know who you are. If you know me well you

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Advent – Christmas Eve

By |2018-12-23T23:38:51-05:00December 24th, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

The first Christmas Eve must have been quite uneventful. Although for generations the Israelites had been waiting on the arrival of The Messiah, we recognize that on the first Christmas Jesus was born silently in Nazareth.

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Lessons From My “Quasi-Christian Maybe Agnostic Post-Evangelical Humanist” Friend

By |2017-10-11T14:03:11-04:00October 11th, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture, Nones & Dones, Stories|

About six months ago I was at a coffee shop waiting for my friend, Helen Mo, who was studying at The University of Toronto taking a PhD. in religious studies. Her focus was on the topic of the identity of the second generation Chinese Christians in Toronto. My friend’s study stems from her own journey as someone

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From THIS IS to WHAT IF

By |2017-04-24T10:30:24-04:00April 21st, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting|

Recently I was at a coffee shop in Toronto, Ontario. My friends and I struck up a conversation with one of the barista. He was explaining to us how important it is for the coffee shops (and the coffee industry as a whole) to keep on learning, growing and evolving. The barista used an analogy

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