The Tangible Kingdom
The Tangible Kingdom, by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, is a call to creating incarnational church communities. The authors call Jesus followers to return to the practices of ancient church by building authentic relationships in our communities that naturally evolve into churches. Recalling their experiences at establishing a church from scratch, Halter and Smay state, “We start with their assumptions, their experiences, their worldviews, their emotions. When we start there, everything changes: our posture with people, our livelihood, what we do with our spare time, who we spent our time with, how we structure the fabric of our lives.” Readers are challenged to engage into culture with a “whimsical holiness”, defined as interacting in the culture “with ease, humor, love, and holiness without being swayed away from clear biblical boundaries.” Halter and Smay encourage churches to become incarnational by focusing on growing and equipping people to become missionaries, instead of getting caught up in numbers. I highly recommend reading The Tangible Kingdom. It is certainly a breath of fresh air!