Item description for Theirs Is the Kingdom: Celebrating the Gospel in Urban America by Robert D. Lupton...
Overview Timely, informative reflections on the relationship between poverty and Christianity, the responsibilities of the haves and have-nots, and the lessons Christians can learn from the poor.
Publishers Description "A gripping discovery of God's grace where we least expect to find it--in the decaying core of the city." --Ronald A. Nikkel, president, Prison Fellowship International
"The story of Lupton's ministry is one of the most inspiring in America. Those of us who are trying to accomplish something of value in urban settings look to him and his co-workers as models." --Tony Campolo, author of Stories That Feed Your Soul
Urban ministry activist Robert Lupton moved into a high crime area of Atlanta intending to bring Christ's message into the ghetto--but his humbling discovery of a spiritual life already flowering in the city's urban soil forces the minister to reexamine the deepest parts of his own soul, confronting his own patronizing, materialistic attitudes and the biases he himself held against the urban poor.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.12" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.36" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 11, 2011
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0060653078 ISBN13 9780060653071
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More About Robert D. Lupton
Robert Lupton has invested nearly forty years in inner city Atlanta. He is a Christian community developer, an entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Through Family Consultation Service Urban Ministries, which he directs, he has developed three mixed-income subdivisions, organized two multiracial congregations, started many businesses, created housing for hundreds of families, and initiated a wide variety of human services. He earned a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia. He speaks at conferences and churches across the nation, and consults with similar missions.
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Thought Provoking But Hard to Pull Together Dec 16, 2006
"Take no thought for tomorrow...don't worry about what you will eat or wear...don't lay up treasures here...give your coat...share your bread." It is not very sound financial advice and it definitely runs counter to Western values, but sadly it even runs counter to many Christian church's values. Robert Lupton has many years of experience running a ministry in urban Atlanta and this experience has given him valuable insight not only in how to minister to the urban poor, but also on much of Jesus' teachings. Though much of the book focuses on the American inner city, I found much of what Lupton wrote applicable to cross-cultural ministry here in the Philippines. Lupton often struggled in his ministry because of his economic status and the ever important perceptions that the people he ministered to had toward him and his family. Is it hypocritical to be in a higher economic class? While Robert Lupton and his family didn't worry about food and health, many others in the area he was working in did worry about such basic necessities. How does a Christian handle this sort of thing? Give it all away? I don't believe the Bible provides any clear cut answers, but the quotes at the top of this review show that maybe our values as Christians today are different than the values of Christ, the head of the Church. If nothing else, this book shows the importance of the poor and the special place in God's heart for the poor.
The book is written in an interesting style, there are nine parts with several short sections in each part. Often these sections were only 2 pages in length, which made for easy reading. But I found it hard to pull everything together, to make sense of what the author was trying to say. Non-fiction books should make its thesis and supporting points clear and understandable, but this book does not. Overall the book was worth the read if you can get past the unusual, scattered writing style.
most authentic form of Christianity Apr 23, 2006
By far the best book i've ever read! (and i have read a tons!)
this is a work of compasionate and wise genius. about how to be fully human and truly live out Christ call to an incarnational minstry among the poor. the lessons learned here apply to every area of life and all walks of life. writen in very down to earth language yet extremly deep and rich in content. not one word wasted. it does a great job of stripping all the western trappings that have been placed on the Christian faith and separating the american way of life from the way of life Christ lived and has created and invites us to live out amongts people. a true labor of love!
Full of thought provoking depth and compassion Mar 16, 2006
I would highly recommend this for anyone who is considering the commission of Jesus to journey together in life. Lupton, by simply retelling his own urban experiences, relays profound insights about living the Christian life, and especially practicing ministry. It is helpful when thinking about urban ministry, but would apply to any setting.
Theirs is the Kingdom Mar 10, 2006
Easy read. It shows you that God's grace is everywhere, even where you least expect it!
Wonderful glimpse of the Kingdom May 25, 2005
This book is fantastic. Bob Lupton gets to the heart of what the Kingdom is really like - something easily forgotten by affluent Christians in America like myself. Although I am currently a seminary student and regularly reading big, old books on theology, this little book absolutely stands out as one that has changed my thinking, and given me a more Christ-centered view of the world and the way Christians should see the world. Thank you Bob.