Theirs is the Kingdom

by Robert D. Lupton

Why This Book Matters

Bob Lupton, perhaps better than anyone else, helps us to see how we have blinders on when it comes to seeing God at work in the inner-city. He unpacks our prejudice and our unwitting ineffectiveness not by being preachy but by sharing his own stories from his friends and neighbors. He helps to change our perspective of the poor from being “objects of our ministry” to being fellow-subjects of the Kingdom.


Written in a series of vignettes, the chapters in this book range from less than a page, to two or three at most. Since the topics range around issues of materialism, prejudice, poverty, race, and the link, the book is more of a devotional than a clearly outlined pattern that leads from A to Z. What about family violence? When is giving Christmas gifts to kids in the city done poorly? Who are the “truly worthy poor”? What is efficiency and what is welfare? These and many similar topics are wrestled with in a very accessible manner.

Chapter worth the price of the book

Foxes Have Holes. In which the author demonstrates that we take for granted our warm showers, comfortable beds, our cars and our indignity toward others.

Quote: “The world is urbanizing. The city is our opportunity to see firsthand how God is doing his creative work in our day. It is both fearful and wonderful, an invitation to death and incomparable life. And it is ours to discovver.” (from the Afterward)

In you liked this book you may want to consider

And You Call Yourself A Christian: Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life by Dr. Robert Lupton

Restoring At Risk Communities: Doing it Together and Doing it Right by John Perkins, editor.

Real Hope in Chicago by Dr. Wayne Gordon.