theirs is the kingdomThis past week, I gathered with the CEO’s of 7 other mission organizations to pray, reflect, brainstorm, and dream. One of the many outcomes was a book that will force you to reexamine your attitudes toward the urban poor. To uncover any possible bias you might have, just read, “Theirs Is the Kingdom: Celebrating the Gospel in Urban America.” In it, the author of “Toxic Charity” reflects on his decision to move into a high crime area of Atlanta intending to bring Christ’s message into the ghetto. He was surprised, however, to discover what he termed “a spiritual life already flowering in the city’s urban soil.” It forced him “to reexamine the deepest parts of his own soul,” confronting his own patronizing, materialistic attitudes. Check it out today:

(Thanks to Doug Priest for the recommendation.)