The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community



➿ The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community Free ➶ Author Hugh Halter – E17streets4all.co.uk Written for those who are trying to nurture authentic faith communities and for those who have struggled to retain their faith, The Tangible Kingdom offers theological answers and real life stories th Written for those who are trying to nurture Kingdom: Creating PDF ´ authentic faith communities and for those who have struggled to retain their faith, The Tangible Kingdom offers theological answers and real life stories that demonstrate how the best ancient church practices can re emerge in today s culture, through any church of any size In this remarkable book, Hugh Halter and Matt Smay two missional leaders and church planters outline an innovative model for creating thriving grass roots faith communities.The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community

Hugh Halter is a pastor and popular author Kingdom: Creating PDF ´ of numerous books including Flesh, The Tangible Kingdom, And, Sacrilege, and Primer Hugh and Cheryl are presently enjoying the spoils of empty nest living but love to use their ranch as a haven of celebration, hospitality, and friendship to the lost and least on the south side of Denver.

The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community
  • ebook
  • 224 pages
  • The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community
  • Hugh Halter
  • English
  • 14 May 2018
  • 047043533X

10 thoughts on “The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community

  1. says:

    Halter and Smay s book was an interesting read While I appreciated their warmth for evangelism and authenticity, I have a major point of contention with one of their opening statements In their opening chapter they say, I believe in the church I believe God loves his church, and that he s quite ticked that his bride looks like Fiona the ogre instead of Cameron Diaz It seems to me that the rest of the book and the quest of the authors are to create a church that looks like Cameron Diaz W Halter and Smay s book was an interesting read While I appreciated their warmth for evangelism and authenticity, I have a major point of contention with one of their opening statements In their opening chapter they say, I believe in the church I believe God loves his church, and that he s quite ticked that his bride looks like Fiona the ogre instead of Cameron Diaz It seems to me that the rest of the book and the quest of the authors are to create a church that looks like Cameron Diaz When reading this book I was continually reminded of a quote by St Augustine Augustine in talking about the church once said, The church is a whore, but this whore is also my mother In thinking about Augustine s quote I believe that he portrays the church in a healthy manner The very church itself is composed of sinners that will always fail to meet up to the glorious standards of God The church is not immune from sin nor a perfect utopia here on earth The Christian church will always fail to meet the mark, and always fails in being free from hypocrisy However, it is this very broken, whorish, and unfaithful vessel that God in His grace has called and commissioned to bring forth the Gospel Ephesians 3 20 Through its unfaithfulness, brokenness and hypocrisy God has used the church, the body of believers, as an instrument to proclaim the life changing message of the Gospel Through the lips of sinners God ministers His Word that penetrates hearts, grants faith and imputes assurance Through imperfect people and an imperfect institution God s perfected Gospel has been preserved, ministered and spoken forth to the ends of the earth.If anything, Augustine s quote testifiesabout the faithfulness of God and the power of His Gospel working in the midst of broken man rather than commenting on the church itself If anything, Augustine s quote exposes my sin of putting trust into an unfaithful church rather than the unchanging and faithful message of the Gospel If anything, Augustine s quote is yet another example of God s grace and intense love towards sinful mankind.While I commend Halter and Smay in their missionary zeal I do not believe the answer to missions is to become like Cameron Diaz, for I believe the natural state of the church is Fiona the orge Further, I do not believe the Kingdom of God is found in the tangible events of the church body but is found in the King, Jesus Christ Where the King is, there is the kingdom What makes the church unique and the Gospel so sweet is that Christ would pursue, die and love Fiona

  2. says:

    Reading entirely through The Tangible Kingdom is like eating toast smothered in strawberry habanero jam It s sweet enough to hold your interest to the last bite, yet hot enough to make people regret it the next morning The Tangible Kingdom claims to be a book about re creating the mission of Jesus, his apostles, and the early Christian churches, when, in fact, it s really about creating an intuitively dreamy fad for those who have been disappointed with organized Christian religion in America Reading entirely through The Tangible Kingdom is like eating toast smothered in strawberry habanero jam It s sweet enough to hold your interest to the last bite, yet hot enough to make people regret it the next morning The Tangible Kingdom claims to be a book about re creating the mission of Jesus, his apostles, and the early Christian churches, when, in fact, it s really about creating an intuitively dreamy fad for those who have been disappointed with organized Christian religion in America This is not to say it doesn t make many valid points about, or provide any helpful insights for, reforming ugly habits of American evangelicalism What I am saying is that the incarnational presence portrayed throughout this book isanecdotal than ancient in its presentation This book can be divided roughly into four sections The first section chs 1 5 is about identifying the church s negative impact in society, and it begins with the author s own life experiences, focusing especially upon God s call for him to lead potential God seekers into something new, but not something entirely new This type of new is about a returning Returning to something ancient, something tried, something true and trustworthy Something that has rerouted the legacies of families, nations, kings, and peasantsWhat we re returning to has always been and must still be revolutionary What we need to dig up, recover, and find again is the life of the Kingdom of Jesus community the church p 10 The claim is made that there is a culture war brewing between two camps of Christians, and this book is admittedly bias toward one side p 20 In order to recover the life of churches today, Christians need to start doing things which the Church has not been doing, and stop doing things they have been doing p 12 For example, churches need to stop being like Jerusalem Christians p 19 who view Jesus through their traditions and the literal interpretation of doctrine These types rely too much on sermons that focus on behavior e.g sin and programs to transform people e.g Billy Graham crusades, Promise Keepers, Alpha, etc Instead of holding doctrine so tightly that the life of Jesus gets obscured p 19 , they need to belike the Galilean Christians who engaged the world and interpret ed the Bible through the life of Jesus, focusing especially on the atonement, justice, mercy, love, benevolence, and advocacy for the poor, oppressed, and sinners This, allegedly, will keep people from becoming idolaters of the Bible who prioritize head knowledge over heart life p 20 Church, doctrine, Bible, and keeping hostile people out of the Church must not be the goal of the gospel any Instead the goal of the gospel should be to start identifying ourselves with hostiles , and allow Christ s redemption to flow over all p 31 The second section chs 6 12 is about removing traditional obstacles that get in the way of this healthy reemergence of ancient faith p 38 , especially the problematic postures which offend the status quo of potential god seekers in the world Instead of focusing on communicating a message of truth to the world p 41 , the most important thing is whether or not unbelievers are attracted to embodied truth first, so they can becomewilling to receive the truth later p 41 Christians need to go back to the fringe movement of the pre institutional church i.e before Constantine p 50 which followed the ways of Jesus and practiced the art of not feeling any compulsion to feed people spiritually while still being willing to look after their spiritual formation pp 53 55 Church needs to become what it allegedly once was a people you belonged with instead of a place you went to p 55 , a place that was unique, intriguing, and attractive primarily because it called for inclusion of all people p 70 , advocating love of all people regardless of past mistakes, sexual orientation, or political bias p 88 Instead of arguing philosophy or debating alternative religious viewpoints, Christians should simply live a different story and invite people to observe p 76 so sojourners can feel or see aspects of the gospel lived out p 95 96 The truly missional way is to look like a church on the outside, yet be a place that anyone can come to and not feel any pressure at any level p 116 The third section chs 13 17 is about implementing incarnational habits to live by once the basic obstacles to incarnational mission have been removed The authors offer four neatly alliterated points leaving, listening, living among, and loving without strings Leaving involves replacing Christian activities with time spent building relationships with the surrounding secular culture Listening means regarding no one from a worldly point of view and showing sincere regard toward an individual s experience, background, heritage, through which they process faith and belief Living among means integrating one s self and family into the fabric of society while participating in the natural activities of the culture around you, with whimsical holiness p 136 Loving without strings means blessing others without any coercion, and helping the unlovable feel loved without any catch The fourth section chs 18 21 describes what incarnational community looks like so it can be duplicated successfully throughout future generations It covers the primary spheres of Incarnational Community Communion, Community, and Mission p 148 and some general barriers like mandating a tithe or encouraging weekly corporate worship, p 168 that hinder these spheres from working properly together I think the sweet aspects of the book expose Church life as having a genuine crisis on its hands Secularism does not take the Church seriously, and a significant reason for this is because Christians are often not compassionate and forgiving friends of sinners like Jesus or his apostles Much of their friendship is programmatic at best Even worse, many are obnoxious for God, lording their doctrine over others because in their minds the truth is obnoxious and sinners need their nose stuck in it to remember it well Their benevolence often has strings attached too Christians are often not invested in their own neighbor s welfare, or integrated into the fabric of their own local community, and therefore are not salt and light within it More care is given to believing what is right than doing what is good, which I believe is a soul damning dichotomy this book exposes that.However, I m not convinced that the program espoused in this book truly represents an ancient tradition, which is what really burns the next morning With a mere 42 passing references from Scripture,than half of which are anecdotal or attached to some sloganized eisegesis the most notable one being from John 8 pp 44 45 , the biblical arguments actually seem subversive of some ancient foundation stones, possibly without even knowing it Most subversive, in my mind, was the extremely casual approach toward corporate institutional worship, as though it s really less important to God than sipping a signature coffee blend while listening to a porn addicted sojourner talk about the good old days of high school football Although it is true that Christians ought to embody a deep and sincere sacrificial love for their porn addicted neighbor especially on the Lord s Day they must not forget that corporate institutional worship is a public expression that they are His Body and Bride, and they cheapen His Supper if they exchange it for a pumpkin spice latte and cranberry scone It is wishful thinking to believe, as the book claims, that without ever encouraging sojourners to obey truth, you will usually get them to obey truth p 67

  3. says:

    Halter and Smay are church planters who have formed a very different kind of church in Denver, called Adullam What they have wrestled with are the attractional models of church that often rest on the assumption that people need to believe before they belong Instead, they tell a story of a porous community that includes Sojourners who become relationally connected to the community and see the life of the kingdom incarnated in this community How do these relationships happen Mostly it is becau Halter and Smay are church planters who have formed a very different kind of church in Denver, called Adullam What they have wrestled with are the attractional models of church that often rest on the assumption that people need to believe before they belong Instead, they tell a story of a porous community that includes Sojourners who become relationally connected to the community and see the life of the kingdom incarnated in this community How do these relationships happen Mostly it is because people are actively engaged with others in the world, joining community groups rather than having time tied up in church programs, hanging out at third places like bars and coffee shops instead of huddling in church buildings And what is interesting is that they not so much evangelize as simply live curious lives of pursuing the kingdom that arouses the interest of those around them, who want to check out what this community is about in its villages and Gatherings.Throughout the book, they refer to villages but never really elaborate on what these are As best as I can tell, these are neighborhood or house groups, but it would have been helpful to haveelaboration I couldn t even find the term in the index despite repeated references A very readable narrative of some really good thinking about what the church ought to look like Thanks for lending it, Matt let s talk about it soon

  4. says:

    A MUST READ BOOK Even though I don t agree with Halter and Smay at times I think they go to far in trying to connect with our rebellious and anti Christian culture , their project is worth serious study and consideration They argue and their own ministry has proven that every church should be missional It is the difference between being and inward looking and an outward looking church We should not just try and attract people to our churches we need to go out into our communiti A MUST READ BOOK Even though I don t agree with Halter and Smay at times I think they go to far in trying to connect with our rebellious and anti Christian culture , their project is worth serious study and consideration They argue and their own ministry has proven that every church should be missional It is the difference between being and inward looking and an outward looking church We should not just try and attract people to our churches we need to go out into our communities and bring in the harvest Most of my disagreements lie in the area of culture Halter and Smay show that we need to engage the culture in order I would argue, further, that we need to create a Christian counter culture We don t just want to meet people where they are though that is necessary We need to create an alternative to a culture which is increasingly hostile to God And I don t mean a cheezy Christian culture which simply imitates everything in pop culture, but then slaps a Bible verse on it We need to redeem every area of culture For instance, Halter brews beer in his basement That s the sort of thing we should doof More Christian breweries, and fewer sappy Christian bookstores

  5. says:

    I think all my friends should read The Tangible Kingdom I haven t been this inspired by a Christian book someone still alive in a long time Someone codified many things that we ve been doing a Circle of Hope for over a decade and had enough subtle differences to challenge me This would be good for people trying to lead, trying to have a fresh season walking in the Jesus Way, think that Jesus is cool but churches suck, or are aligned with ideas of community transformation then you will find a I think all my friends should read The Tangible Kingdom I haven t been this inspired by a Christian book someone still alive in a long time Someone codified many things that we ve been doing a Circle of Hope for over a decade and had enough subtle differences to challenge me This would be good for people trying to lead, trying to have a fresh season walking in the Jesus Way, think that Jesus is cool but churches suck, or are aligned with ideas of community transformation then you will find a lot of great stuff here

  6. says:

    Halter and Smay s book was an interesting read While I appreciated their warmth for evangelism and authenticity, I have a major point of contention with one of their opening statements In their opening chapter they say, I believe in the church I believe God loves his church, and that he s quite ticked that his bride looks like Fiona the ogre instead of Cameron Diaz It seems to me that the rest of the book and the quest of the authors are to create a church that looks like Cam Halter and Smay s book was an interesting read While I appreciated their warmth for evangelism and authenticity, I have a major point of contention with one of their opening statements In their opening chapter they say, I believe in the church I believe God loves his church, and that he s quite ticked that his bride looks like Fiona the ogre instead of Cameron Diaz It seems to me that the rest of the book and the quest of the authors are to create a church that looks like Cameron Diaz When reading this book I was continually reminded of a quote by St Augustine Augustine in talking about the church once said, The church is a whore, but this whore is also my mother In thinking about Augustine s quote I believe that he portrays the church in a healthy manner The very church itself is composed of sinners that will always fail to meet up to the glorious standards of God The church is not immune from sin nor a perfect utopia here on earth The Christian church will always fail to meet the mark, and always fails in being free from hypocrisy However, it is this very broken, whorish, and unfaithful vessel that God in His grace has called and commissioned to bring forth the Gospel Ephesians 3 20 Through its unfaithfulness, brokenness and hypocrisy God has used the church, the body of believers, as an instrument to proclaim the life changing message of the Gospel Through the lips of sinners God ministers His Word that penetrates hearts, grants faith and imputes assurance Through imperfect people and an imperfect institution God s perfected Gospel has been preserved, ministered and spoken forth to the ends of the earth.If anything, Augustine s quote testifiesabout the faithfulness of God and the power of His Gospel working in the midst of broken man rather than commenting on the church itself If anything, Augustine s quote exposes my sin of putting trust into an unfaithful church rather than the unchanging and faithful message of the Gospel If anything, Augustine s quote is yet another example of God s grace and intense love towards sinful mankind.While I commend Halter and Smay in their missionary zeal I do not believe the answer to missions is to become like Cameron Diaz, for I believe the natural state of the church is Fiona the orge Further, I do not believe the Kingdom of God is found in the tangible events of the church body but is found in the King, Jesus Christ Where the King is, there is the kingdom What makes the church unique and the Gospel so sweet is that Christ would pursue, die and love Fiona

  7. says:

    Real rating 4.3 stars One of my good friends recommended this to me when I asked about the ministry he was leading I wanted to know how they had built something that everyone wanted to be apart of He suggested this book, and he wasn t wrong The Tangible Kingdom TK is one of the voices of a growing population of people that have had enough of church in the traditional way and mega church way and are looking for somethingorganic The simplest way to put it is that a large portion of c Real rating 4.3 stars One of my good friends recommended this to me when I asked about the ministry he was leading I wanted to know how they had built something that everyone wanted to be apart of He suggested this book, and he wasn t wrong The Tangible Kingdom TK is one of the voices of a growing population of people that have had enough of church in the traditional way and mega church way and are looking for somethingorganic The simplest way to put it is that a large portion of churches are built to be attractional That is, it is designed to make people want to come to you because it is a superior organization it s a church you want to attend TK offers up a different approach, to be incarnational That is, it s a model you want to become and want to bring to people Attractional churches work when people are looking for churches to join, but then tend to become a Christian place for Christian people and not useful to non Christians Incarnational Missional churches work slower but are meant to be Jesus dwell ing among you John 1.14 and becomereal for people uninterested in traditional church If you re going to read this book, make sure you read the whole thing The first few chapters are the authors discussing their issues and problems with their experiences There is little scripture but it is real and raw The reason I took off.7 stars is because while there is scripture and it is often used correctly, there is a lot of anecdotal support for the points throughout the book And at times the scriptures are massaged to make the point of the author None of it is twisted but massaged The rest of the book is in three parts 1 Cultural forces and tendencies that hurt the church 2 The Biblical model explanation of an Incarnational Missional Community 3 Specific Practices of an Incarnational Missional Community.If you are looking for a book that will give you ideas on how to tweak your ministry or make your group 10%connected, this book is not for you If you are looking for a book that will challenge the way you view the mission and practices of the modern day church, if you are looking for something that will help you in an increasingly post Christian world you ve found it

  8. says:

    Our church rarely has special speakers, and so I checked out Hugh Halter on the internet when I heard he would be in our church I was disappointed that I would miss hearing him as his focus appears to be engaging with culture relationally rather than staying within the church walls, and since that resonates with me, I decided I should just read one of his books.I m not sure who his primary audience is for this book I think he is writing to church planters or pastors primarily, encouraging them Our church rarely has special speakers, and so I checked out Hugh Halter on the internet when I heard he would be in our church I was disappointed that I would miss hearing him as his focus appears to be engaging with culture relationally rather than staying within the church walls, and since that resonates with me, I decided I should just read one of his books.I m not sure who his primary audience is for this book I think he is writing to church planters or pastors primarily, encouraging them to re think church, church growth practices, and discipleship I have read those types of books before, and this is very different He tells stories about his own experiences, what worked well and what did not work so well He talks a lot about parties, meeting people, sharing life, laughing, eating, and drinking as a means of developing community Each chapter closes with reflective questions for readers to consider relative to their own experiences in church and their hopes for their churches He lays out some essential purposes of a church community He describes sort of a Venn diagram with community, communion, and mission as equal circles, not separate but interconnected This actually was one of the most interesting concepts to me Some churches privilege community, some privilege communion, and those are normally intertwined, but the idea of mission is often overlooked or put off on its own Halter has given me a lot to think about He has inspired me to havepeople over to my house

  9. says:

    Halter defines the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ well it s the tangible life of God flowing into every nook and cranny of our everyday life Heavenly ways are available in some way here on Earth He draws a comparison between the attractional church and the incarnational church His point is that instead of focusing on a place where people and go hear the message of the gospel, we should focus on creating a people to which others can belong so that they see, feel, experience the Halter defines the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ well it s the tangible life of God flowing into every nook and cranny of our everyday life Heavenly ways are available in some way here on Earth He draws a comparison between the attractional church and the incarnational church His point is that instead of focusing on a place where people and go hear the message of the gospel, we should focus on creating a people to which others can belong so that they see, feel, experience the gospel being lived out Halter s thoughts both affirm and challenge my thinking about how to do church

  10. says:

    What do I say about this book He s blunt He s straightforward Their are times you just want to disagree with him because of how he says it He makes me put on my filtered glasses as I read his work Which in turn made me love this book It made me think, brainstorm, and go on wild theological and philosophical debates in my own head That s what I want out of a book.I didn t agree with everything he said, but I really appreciated his thoughts and beliefs on the Church He should ve backed up What do I say about this book He s blunt He s straightforward Their are times you just want to disagree with him because of how he says it He makes me put on my filtered glasses as I read his work Which in turn made me love this book It made me think, brainstorm, and go on wild theological and philosophical debates in my own head That s what I want out of a book.I didn t agree with everything he said, but I really appreciated his thoughts and beliefs on the Church He should ve backed up his arguments better, but I still had a lot of great takeaways

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