Airline Stories, continued …

October 3rd, 2008

It was back in the days right after the demise of communism and the advent of the “new” Russia, and I was schedule for a flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

In those days throughout the Eastern Bloc, domestic flights were from different airports than international air traffic, and the Moscow domestic airport was reminiscent of a Greyhound bus station in an American inner-city …grimy, dirty, horrible sanitation, with all sorts of sleazy characters hanging out.  And nothing was computerized.  Flight manifests, passenger lists, and reservations were all done manually.

As we were checking in for the flight – which meant having our names crossed off of a list – I had a large bag that needed to be checked through.  As the porter was taking the bag away from the counter, I noticed to my horror the bright red tag that had been attached to it read: “CALCUTTA.”

I dove for the bag, saying “Nyet, Nyet, Nyet!  Sankt Petersburg!”  Nyet, Calcutta!”

He shrugged his shoulders, and responded in broken English, “Sorry, sir.  All we have today.” When I arrived in St. Petersburg, the bag was there.  Go figure.

That tag still sits in my desk drawer, a visual reminder that no matter how crummy it gets on most of the airlines in the present day, not much can compare with the residue of Karl Marx’s influence on aviation.


September 22nd, 2008

Well, it’s time to re-engage.

I’ve taken a much needed break from posting and am ready as we move into the remaining months of 2008, to begin anew.  I hope to keep the conversations here fresh, creative, and provocative (in a sanctified kind of way).

Thanks for sticking your head under-the-iceberg and being a part!


July 30th, 2008

Well, we had an earthquake in Southern California, the epicenter not far from home. We shook! A few things fell off some shelves in our house and broke, but no damage beyond that.

Shortly afterwards, I got a call from the leader of the CRM team in Beirut, checking on us to see that all was OK. His observation was the best: “At least we don’t die in Beirut of natural causes!”

Flying Fears

July 29th, 2008

This week, a hole blew out in the underbelly of a Quantas 747 over the Pacific. For anyone who does a considerable amount of flying, we all harbor those “what if” fears about what could happen on an airplane. Apart from the catastrophic, my shortlist includes:

1. Using the lavatory, my passport falls out of my shirt pocket into the toilet and I have to retrieve it, no matter what the ramifications.

2. Stuck in a window seat on the last row of the plane, next to a 300 lb person who snores.

3. At 35,000 feet, eating one of a couple of foods to which I am deadly allergic, beginning an anaphylacic reaction, and having to stab myself with an EpiPen (spring loaded injection).

4. Trapped on a 19 hour, full flight to Asia in a seat that does not recline.

5. Flying Aeroflot transatlantic, or anywhere for that matter.

6. Being a British Airways customer and losing luggage in the bowels of one of their new terminals at Heathrow.

7. Finding out what ingredients are really in those hard bread rolls that get served in plastic wrapping.

8. Sitting next to a baby with colic on a pan-oceanic flight when the parents are too tired to care.

9. Flying Northwest in the winter and being stuck on a runway for 12 hours.

10. Severe turbulence and no barf bags.

Telling the truth in the UK

July 12th, 2008


I spent part of yesterday with a insightful missiologist who lives here in the UK. He is not some young, radical, grenade-throwing deconstructionist, rather a respected, older (than me) mission expert with extensive experience in church planting movements and particularly ministry in the Islamic world.

His comments about Christianity in England, and about Europe at large, were jolting. His observations sobering. Here are a few gems, or bombshells depending, on one’s perspective:

“In Europe as a whole, little can be done missionally with the existing, institutional church. It’s over.

At the same time, there is no use criticizing the existing institutional church. It is a good “holding tank” for modern people who are believers.

The existing church is helpless in relating to the culture around it with spiritual reality and relevance. Take for example, the Alpha course. Only 5% of the people converted through it are in the church 5 years later. 85% converted through it have had previous contact with the church. But only 8% of England is made up of such 1st or 2nd generation Christians. 92% is 2nd generation “pagan.” That means that 92% can’t even understand what the church is talking about.

The church in England, of all persuasions, has no idea how to converse with people outside its doors. The institution here is fortressed. Christendom is hunkered down in the bunkers.

The Celtic model is a good model for Europe. Small, apostolic communities which were a blessing to the community but were “outside” of the existing social structure.

Being non-conformist is not esteemed in England. For things to start outside of the box, they need to be started by people outside of the box and by people who are willing to be persecuted.

People with apostolic gifting plant new vineyards and don’t stop and become winemakers.

The Christian movement in Britian does not know how to stand up in the face of radical Islam. To do so will need a dramatic realignment within the culture and within the family. Instead, most Christians are terrified of Muslims.

Of the 20-25 initiatives I am aware that are actively attempting to minister among Muslims in London, all are church-based and none are effective.

Statistically, 2015 to 2020 is the tipping point where Muslim influence will be predominant in Europe.

Modernity in Europe is absolutely entrenched in the institutional expressions of church. Europe doesn’t need a new reformation. We need a whole new expression of the Kingdom of God in the West that embraces community and family, where individuals are important but not more important than the group.”

James Choung

July 10th, 2008


I’ve tried most of it over the years …all the formulaic versions of how to communicate the good news of Jesus to those around me. And most of it simply doesn’t work anymore here in the West in the secularized post-modernity of our culture.

But this book is different. It captures the essence of the biblical message in a way that is refreshingly authentic. And it’s just not theory or idealized theology. It connects deeply with real people not afraid to grapple with real issues and how the Jesus of the bible relates to both.

A couple years ago, I saw the basic concepts of the book scribbled on a piece of paper when having lunch with James. It’s great to see what he has tested and experienced so thoroughly in his ministry with students in San Diego is now available in this new volume.

It is a book for those who want to live out, in word in deed, the good news of Jesus with integrity and intellectual honesty. It is a practical and profoundly biblical approach to communicating God’s “big story” in a way that authentically connects with the realities of the world around us.

Only in the Local Church?

July 5th, 2008


I continue to be amazed at the number of people whose paths I come across who have mistakenly been led to believe that if God is calling them toward some form of ministry, doing it in or connected to a local church is their only legitimate option.

It is sad to see such a truncated, warped ecclesiology hold back what could be a wave of highly committed, gifted, apostolic leaders. I am grieved at the wounds that are inflicted by such a view of the Church that is so biblically, theologically, historically and missiologically deficient.

Conversely, it is amazing when the “lights go on” for such leaders, particularly those who are thrashing around trying to find a structure into which they can fit. Too many get stuck in the unfortunate cul-de-sac of local church supremacy.

One of my greater joys is blowing out their limited understanding of where God’s calling can be accomplished, expanding the scope of what he could do with their lives, and helping these men and women find the right venues where they can break out of their shells and soar.

As in every age of the Christian movement, apostolic people need apostolic structures if their contribution to God’s kingdom purposes are to be fulfilled.

Developmental Narcisscim

July 2nd, 2008


In the arena of leadership development and training, there is a subtle trap that one can all too easily fall into. It is the dark side of something very good. I have grown to call it “developmental narcissism.”

Developmental narcissism is when some wonderful concepts get twisted ever so slightly so that the focus becomes inordinately self-centered. It’s all about me …my fulfillment, my calling, my purpose, my ultimate contribution, my life plan, my role, my gifts, natural abilities and acquired skills, my values, my vision, my ministry, my, my, my….

The wheels come off of healthy leadership development and it morphs into developmental narcissism when:

One forgets that never in all of redemptive history does God raise up a leader for the leader’s sake . It’s always for the sake of God’s people.

One fails to realize that leadership is an entrusted commodity. Those who have it are only stewards of a God-given responsibility.

One mutes Luke 9:23 and the fact that the cross is still a cross.

Developmental narcissism means that a healthy developmental mindset and self-care are hijacked and subtly used to justify selfishness and self-absorption. It is a spiritualized form of individualism. I’ve heard it from the lips of leaders I have respected and it sounds something like:
“I need to make this decision, leave this role, turn down this responsibility, take this job that pays better, etc… because I have to be true to myself. If I am going to accomplish my calling, I have to do this. I come first.”

While it may be hard to admit, developmental narcissism is all about the world rotating around me.

From Beirut

June 29th, 2008


Patty and I are in Beirut. We just finished helping lead a 2-day workshop for leaders based on Hugh Halter and Matt Smay’s excellent volume, The Tangible Kingdom. Hugh was with us and was the primary presenter.

Serving the Church in this region to move toward a more missional, incarnational posture is a significant challenge. It has been a sobering time. As we have been here, some of the comments we have heard include:

“Throughout the past 50 years, the church in the Middle East has imported models from the West, particularly the U.S., and we’re coming to the realization that these models have failed.”

“I left the church I am a part of here in Beirut because I came to be convinced that God wouldn’t give his Son for this.”

“Christians are supposed to only have close relationships with other Christians. If we relate to others, it is only to preach repentance and faith in Christ to them.”

“I don’t think we should relate to others outside of the church because we may loose our faith …it is dangerous and risky.”

“If I have an problem with God, I can always go to him and work it out. But heaven help me if I have a problem with a pastor. I am just expected to salute and obey.”

Of course, there are bright spots in this setting and these statements don’t reflect the totality of the context. But overall, the Christian movement, particularly that portion of the movement that is represented by the traditional, institutional church, oozes pathology. This is particularly discouraging because of the strategic nature of the region. The stakes are high.

Apostolic Gifting

June 19th, 2008


I just received a newsletter from some CRM folks who have been faithfully working in an obscure, difficult setting in Southeast Asia for the past 14 years. They have made a phenomenal contribution to God’s Kingdom purposes in their context. Who they are and what they have done is truly extraordinary. These are apostolic, pioneering types who genuinely get their thrills by going where most normal people would dare to tread.

In the newsletter, there was one paragraph which was a stellar description of what apostolic gifting is all about. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. They wrote:

“When we arrived in this country, it was a good time and place for pioneering type people. Our personality, skills and gifting are very useful when things are broken down and not yet built. We are the ‘MacGyver’ types who live with a Leatherman Multi-Tool on our belt, a roll of wire and duct tape, and a Mag-Lite close at hand for when things break or go bad.

We travel with our two favorite books in double layer ziplock bags; a Thinline Bible and a Field Medical “What to do when it all goes wrong” Manual. We don’t need traffic laws, and can drive anything from bicycles to tractors and have fun. Beds are fine, and hammocks are better (no bedbugs) and all we need is enough water to scrub the crud off once a day. We like good food, but are fine eating other interesting stuff. Life is good in the the ambiguity zone.”

That is apostolic gifting! God give us more.

Making it Hard to Lead

June 16th, 2008


Most of the evidence points to the fact that the more formal education that is required for those who lead God’s people, the more detrimental it is to the vitality and the growth of the movements they serve.

Yet it is amazing to see the criteria that institutional, traditional churches continue to require of potential leaders. Of course the most common justification for all the educational and evaluative hoops “clergy” have to jump through before being credentialed is that such a system maintains quality, which is in reality an absurd argument. What actually happens is that such requirements exclude entrepreneurial, visionary men and women and only attracts leaders who can endure such stifling pathways to eventual responsibility. He or she who plods wins.

Such ecclesiastical pathways have been built around the untenable assumption that academic ability = spiritual leadership.

These systems –regardless of the confession or the tradition – are mostly about control and conformity. If existing leaders had to jump through such hoops and pay their dues as they were moving up in the system, better be sure that any young, aspiring leaders have to do the same. What a waste.

Anti-organizational Bias

June 14th, 2008
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It seems fashionable today in missional circles to exhibit an anti-organizational bias. “Organization” and “structure” have become dirty words and smack of institutionalization, bureaucracy, hierarchy and modernity.

Even around CRM, we’ve been striving to purge “corporate” language and replace it with nomenclature that resonates with words and concepts that are non-business like, non-controlling and egalitarian. But I wonder, at times, if all of this neo-organic trendiness is inadvertently throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

It is an innate part of the human condition to organize. As every student in sociology 101 knows, human beings always bring structure to their relationships. There is not a movement throughout the 2000 years of the history of Christianity, no matter how spiritually vibrant or well-intended, that did not organize itself in one way or the other if it was to be fruitful and sustainable.

A powerful case study is the comparison of George Whitfield (1717-1740; above left) and John Wesley (1703-1791 above right).

Whitefield was the best-known preacher and one of the most widely known personalities in public life throughout England and America in the 18th century. He traveled through all of the colonies drawing enormous crowds and was one of the most recognized public figures in America before George Washington. Benjamin Franklin listened to him (without sharing his convictions) in Philadelphia and was astounded that his voice could be heard by tens of thousands at one time. He preached over 18,000 times and crossed the Atlantic seven times to itinerate in the colonies and was of the first to ever preach to slaves. Along with Wesley, he is credited as the co-founder of the Methodist movement.

Wesley, while also a speaker, focused on the organizational structure of the movement. He gave it shape and form through the infamous Methodist societies, classes and bands with their intense accountability and discipline. He was the organizational genius behind the movement.

It is bad history to devalue Whitefield’s contribution. His leadership was inspirational. But when it comes to the depth of social influence and sustainability of the movement, Whitefield doesn’t come close to the long-term impact of John Wesley. At the end of the day, effective organization won out.

Any movement, no matter how dynamic or how infused it may be with the power and the presence of the Triune God, is not sustainable without organization. Effective structure is essential.

What happens is that the organization that evolves to serve the movement invariably outlives the original movement, and what’s left is a shell that is powerless and impotent. But that inevitability is no excuse to write off the necessity of structure without which the immediate becomes transitory and even less is sustainable for the future.

St. Marylebone

June 12th, 2008


After stumbling onto Charles Wesley’s grave, we dropped into the parish church to which this graveyard originally belonged.

If its walls could talk ….

The same year Wesley died, a young baby was baptized here who grew up to be the poet, Lord Byron. Elizabeth and Robert Browning were married here. Francis Bacon was a parishioner. Lord Nelson worshiped in this place. And Charles Dickens used it as a backdrop for some of his writing, particularly David Copperfield.

But it was also a sober reminder that past glories don’t necessarily impact the present. What is left is a building that is more of a museum and only a mere shadow of its enormous prominence and past influence on the social order. Long gone are the days when it was regularly filled to its 3-4000 person capacity and the Christendom that it represented reigned.

I can’t help but wonder what lessons may be here for the American mega-church, particularly that social hegomony and size are fleeting.

The Hidden Mr. Wesley

June 11th, 2008

Yesterday, Patty and I were returning from a lunch with a couple in the Marylebone area of central London.

We noticed a very small, shaded urban park on Marylebone High Street and took a detour through it, discovering it to be part of an old church graveyard. And there in one corner, we came across this monument which was over the grave of Charles Wesley.

I think I was stunned by its obscurity. And awed by the thousands who pass it daily in this major shopping area who have no earthly idea of who lies six feet under.

Along with brother, John who was the organizational genius, Charles helped bring into being the Methodist movement. He was the creator of a new epoch of religious music (sometimes called “hymns of the human school”) which, through easy melodies, words and style, made worship accessible to the unlearned masses and the illiterate.

While John provided the intellectual and theological firepower for the movement, Charles provided the emotional fuel by creating music that had an irresistible appeal through such songs as: Jesus, Lover of My Soul; Hark the Herald Angels Sing; Love Divine All Loves Excelling; and Christ the Lord is Risen Today.

What a remarkable legacy and what obscurity in death.

When it’s rough …

June 9th, 2008


This morning in London, I carved out some significant time to be with God.

During an unusual time of worship, God spoke on a variety of themes, but one which was powerful came through some old, simple lyrics, Part the Waters, on a Selah album:

When I think I’m going under, part the waters Lord.
When I feel the waves around me, calm the seas.

When I cry for help, oh hear me Lord, and hold out your hand.
Touch my life, still the raging storm in me.

Make it so, Father of all creation.

Back to Camden

June 2nd, 2008


“Rush hour Camden seethes with human beings like an old rat corpse seethes with maggots. Though rush hour on the Northern Line remains the true sardine experience, the line is on the whole better than its reputation suggests. Anyway, if you get really fed up with it you can do the sensible thing (ecologically and financially) and get a bicycle.” – Stuck in London Tour Guide

We arrived in the UK —living in the London borough of Camden— and will be here through the end of July. So I did the sensible thing yesterday. I bought a bike.

34 Years Ago

May 27th, 2008


I’ve journaled for many years. Today, I happened to pull off the shelf one of my earliest volumes and came across an entry in 1974, shortly before graduating from college. I wrote …

I have some fears on leaving college:

1. I fear loosing my idealism. Being out “in the real world” seems like it can produce narrow conservatism because of a constricted worldview.

2. Instead of being a critic of society and culture, I am fearful I would become a defender of it. I’m afraid of the encroachment of the world’s cultural values and that they would take over instead of maintaining a biblical perspective.

3. I fear clinging to security and particularly to money, and loosing a pilgrim mentality.

4. I fear loosing the excitement, freshness and looseness of being young and identifying with my generation in their 20s.

5. I fear not being able to be a “radical” for Jesus, i.e. capitulating to bourgeois complacency.

6. I fear intellectual stagnation and ceasing to learn and think.

It’s a sobering checklist and causes me to pause and evaluate how I’ve done over these past three decades. But what’s more sobering is the fact that all of these are still very real concerns and they have not been mitigated by 34 years.

Looking for Community

May 25th, 2008


“I don’t look for community. My responsibility is to be community to those whom God brings across my path.” – Sherwood Lingenfelter

At the most recent meeting of the CRM-US Board in San Francisco, I shared dinner across a platter of Ethiopian food with Sherwood Lingenfelter, the provost at Fuller Seminary whose wife, Judy, serves on our board.

We got into a discussion about “community” and because Sherwood has a book coming out soon on the topic, I was fascinated by his observations. This was one of the notable take-away lines that doesn’t need any commentary.


(Leading Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership)

Politics and God

May 22nd, 2008


As we enter into a heated political season in the U.S., a passage, written by Richard John Neuhaus in the 1981 founding statement of the Institute on Religion and Democracy is an appropriate and powerful reminder:

“Jesus Christ is Lord.

That is the first and final assertion Christians make about all of reality, including politics. Believers now assert by faith what one day will be manifest to the sight of all: every earthly sovereignty is subordinate to the sovereignty of Jesus Christ.

The Church is the bearer of that claim. Because the Church is pledged to the Kingdom proclaimed by Jesus, it must maintain a critical distance from all the kingdoms of the world, whether actual or proposed.

Christians betray their Lord if, in theory or practice, they equate the Kingdom of God with any political, social, or economic order of this passing time. At best, such orders permit the proclamation of the gospel of the Kingdom and approximate, in small part, the freedom, peace, and justice for which we hope”

Leadership and “Community”

May 21st, 2008


There is a perception, which has existed throughout Christian history in various forms and expressions, that the best form of decision-making exists when the “community” together determines the mind of God.

Such an egalitarian view has obvious strengths and there is truth to such a perspective. It has served as a much needed corrective to authoritative, dictatorial leadership and hierarchical structures that have thwarted God’s plans and purposes. Democratic theory is based, to a degree, on the concept that better decisions can be made when multiple eyes are brought to bear on an issue. And if we take seriously the concept of human depravity, the checks and balances of those around us can provide necessary adjustments to the limited and perhaps skewed perspective of one individual.

In modern leadership theory, much to do is also made about “goal ownership” and the importance of everyone “owning” the goals and direction of a group. Giving everyone the chance to feel good about a decision and to believe that their voice has been heard certainly makes the carrying out of any decision easier. Also, in cultures where democratic values are in the warp and woof of the value system, there is often a deep-seated sense of entitlement that everyone should have a say, regardless of role, responsibility, or giftedness.

On the other hand, communal decision-making also has its weaknesses. It can evolve, as DeTocqueville so eloquently pointed out, into the “tyranny of the majority.” Just because the community believes something or decides a particular way, does not make that decision right. Nor does it insure the presence of the Spirit of God in the process or the outcome.

Shirley Jackson’s sobering play, The Lottery, comes to mind where a small town American community ritually selects one of its citizens every year for stoning in order to insure a good harvest. Or on a larger scale, we see that democratically choosing leaders does not insure a moral or right decision. Adolph Hitler, who was democratically elected , is a good case in point. Communal decision-making does not necessarily equate with good decision-making and can descend into group grope.

One unsettling aspect of communal decision-making is the fact that in certain forms, it can neuter the biblical gift of leadership and see leadership as primarily a facilitative function. Anyone who attempts to lead is simply the “facilitator-in-chief.” True leadership is abdicated to the group and in some modern and increasingly postmodern settings, this abdication is justified as “good process.”

Gibbs and Bolger in their book Emerging Churches, devote an entire chapter to this issue and how one of the characteristics of many emerging churches is “leading as a body.” This is clearly a reaction to the hierarchical and controlling models of leadership all too characteristic of modernity, which of course are anathema to “...many younger leaders who represent a culture of networking, permission giving, and empowerment.”

What is unfortunate is that in embracing “leading as a body” as these authors describe it, the proverbial baby may be thrown out with the bathwater. Such a reaction guts the legitimate exercise of the gift of leadership and leaves it impotent. When “all are welcome at the leadership table,” those with the gift of leadership are dis-empowered. It is a misconception that genuine servant leadership, when framed by kingdom values, must always be expressed by democratic, egalitarian, and consensual process. That’s hard to justify theologically, biblically, or sociologically and the final result is no leadership at all. In the end, genuine community is the real loser.

Leadership When God is Silent

May 16th, 2008


Bobby Clinton observes that most leaders invariably hit a time, usually in mid-career, when they confront a “faith challenge” and ask questions such as: “Is God really real? Does he do what he says? Can he be trusted?”

“I do not have hard data on this just intuitive insight from observing leaders over the years and anecdotal confirmation along the way as I deal with leaders. But Biblically I teach it from Habakkuk. Habakkuk is a typical leader who faced a faith challenge mid-career. Habakkuk is a core book for me from which I teach on this notion of a faith challenge.

…teach on this to leaders in CRM as you inspire them to stay with it and respond positively to God’s faith challenges that come their way.”

I’ve seen this spiritual dynamic in the lives of others and I’ve experienced it myself. I saw it from a distance with John Wimber when his British colleague and friend, David Watson was dying. I’ve heard it described by personal friends and colleagues.

And of course, Mother Teresa’s spiritual pain, which was revealed so transparently last year in Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, is a riveting example of this dynamic where she was quoted as saying:

“… as for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great, that I look and do not see, — listen and do not hear — the tongue moves [in prayer] but does not speak … I want you to pray for me — that I let Him have [a] free hand.”

In all these experiences, Clinton is right that the ancient words of Habakkuk speak with contemporary relevance:

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
Though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
Though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Tangible Kingdom Video

May 13th, 2008

Not Spiritual Enough?

May 12th, 2008


CRM-US is looking for a new VP for Finance.

Because it is predominantly an administrative role, the person doesn’t have to raise all their financial support. In fact, all we ask is that they generate ¼ of their need via gifts from friends, family and churches who believe in them and their call to such an essential missionary function. We subsidize the other three-quarters.

We recently approached a reputable, well-known head-hunting firm in California to see if we could employ them to undertake a search for this position. They turned us down. The reason?

“ … doing a search where someone raises their own support is in conflict with our goal of presenting four excellent candidates. It takes a special person who trusts the Lord enough to raise their own support…and to find [such]candidates is just too tough a search for us to take on.

While we really respect those in service to the Lord who raise their own support; it take a much deeper spirituality in one sense for someone to do that.”

I guess our option is to accept someone with less spirituality. Not.

Emerging Leaders

May 10th, 2008


Each year since 1998, I have tried to pull together what I’ve grown to call a “Leadership Mentoring Group” made up of guys in their 20s and early 30s.

These are men who are usually grappling with issues related to calling and what God wants to do with their lives. Most believe they are headed into some form of vocational ministry. We meet one evening a month for several months.

This is the latest group that wrapped up this week.

They read through several books such as Clinton’s Making of a Leader and Connecting, and we process a lot of leadership and spiritual formation stuff together. The end game is coming out with a sense of personal calling.

When I look at this group, the caliber is remarkable. They have the potential to affect the nations for the sake of Jesus and his Kingdom presence. Dominus, planto is sic!

Tangible Kingdom

May 9th, 2008


A must read.

This book, written by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay who lead CRM’s Missio team in Denver, (published by Josey-Bass and available on, is a challenge to the Christian movement to live out its missional, incarnational calling. It is illustrated with loads of personal experiences from Hugh and Matt’s own journeys as practitioners.

Tangible Kingdom captures the reality of missionality in a moving, practical way.