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The Tangible Kingdom

When the friend who recommended reading The Tangible Kingdom asked me how I liked it, I said, "It's missional church served with a lot of beer."

My statement came from the authors/village leaders' strategy of living out their kingdom life in what they call "incarnational community." This meant to them spending time where people hang out and joining them in normal celebrations and gatherings in order to build intentional relationships-something more Christ followers need to be about.

Halter and Smay are practitioners, and that is what I like about their work. It is built on how they live out their mission and vision week in and week out as Adullam, a church in Denver. Little theory, much practice.

My favorite chapter title is "The 1,700-year Wedgie," the best description of the institutionalization of the church I've read.

I like the book because it parallels much of what Steve Pate and I wrote about in Evangelism Where You Live. (Chalice, 2008) Al…