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    Following the Call

    Living the Sermon on the Mount Together

    Richard Rohr, Madeleine L'Engle, and others.

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    Fifty-two readings to spark weekly group discussion on putting Jesus’ most central teachings into practice.

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    About The Book

    Jesus’ most famous teaching, the Sermon on the Mount, possesses an irresistible quality. Who hasn’t felt stirred and unsettled after reading these words, which get to the root of the human condition?

    This follow-up to the acclaimed collection Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People taps an even broader array of sources, bringing together prophetic voices from every era and a range of traditions to consider the repercussions of these essential words.

    More than a commentary or devotional, this book is designed to be read together with others, to inspire communities of faith to discuss what it might look like to put Jesus’ teachings into practice today.

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    About The Authors

    Eberhard Arnold

    Eberhard Arnold (1883–1935), a German theologian, was co-founder of the Bruderhof and the founding editor of Plough. Read More

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Unwilling to allow the church to compromise its most fundamental beliefs in the face of Nazism, Dietrich Bonhoeffer worked tirelessly to keep the true spirit of the church alive in Germany. His resistance cost him his life. Read More

    C. S. Lewis

    C. S. Lewis, a British novelist, poet, and Christian apologist, has been called one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Read More

    Dorothy Day

    Dorothy Day was an American journalist and founder of the Catholic Worker movement. Day devoted her life to defending the downtrodden and serving Christ by serving the poor. Read More

    Leo Tolstoy

    Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) has been hailed by other literary giants as one of the world’s greatest writers. He is best known for his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Read More

    N. T. Wright

    A leading bible scholar and former Anglican bishop, N.T. Wright is professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews. Read More

    Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, pacifist, poet, and bestselling author, was a leading spiritual voice of his generation. Read More

    Charles E. Moore

    Charles E. Moore is a writer and contributing editor to Plough. He is a member of the Bruderhof, an intentional community movement based on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Read More

    Wendell Berry

    Wendell Berry is an American novelist, poet, essayist, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. Read More

    Meister Eckhart

    Famous as a mystic after his death, in life Meister Eckhart (ca. 1260–1328) was a noted scholar and active administrator, serving as a Dominican provincial and teaching at the University of Paris. Read More

    Mother Teresa

    Mother Teresa (1910–1997) founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity and dedicated her life to serving the poor of India. Read More

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and activist. Read More

    Hannah Whitall Smith

    Hannah Whitall Smith (1832–1911), was an American Christian reformer and preacher who wrote the bestselling The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life. Read More


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    Table of Contents

    Part I: Kingdom Character

    (Matthew 5:1–16)

    1. Master Teacher
    E. Stanley Jones, Henri J. M. Nouwen

    2. Good News
    Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

    3. Foolish Wisdom
    Virginia Stem Owens, Frederick Buechner, John Dear

    4. Blessedness
    James C. Howell, Kathy Escobar, Francis of Assisi

    5. Poverty of Spirit
    Philip Yancey, Eberhard Arnold, Dorothy Day

    6. Mourning
    Nicholas Wolterstorff, Rabindranath Tagore, Frederica Mathewes-Green

    7. The Meek 
    John Chrysostom, Elisabeth Elliot, Richard Rohr, Teresa of Ávila

    8. Hungry and Thirsty
    William Barclay

    9. The Merciful
    Charles E. Moore, Leo Tolstoy

    10. Purity of Heart
    Irenaeus, Søren Kierkegaard, Thomas Merton, Brennan Manning

    11. Peacemaking
    John Dear, Thomas Merton, Peter Kreeft

    12. Persecution
    Jerome, Gene L. Davenport, Óscar Romero, Jeanne DeCelles

    13. Salt and Light
    Charles E. Moore, Jane Tyson Clement, John R. W. Stott

    Part II: Kingdom Commands

    (Matthew 5:17–48)

    14. The Law
    Barbara Brown Taylor, Jen Wilkin, Addison Hodges Hart, Jürgen Moltmann

    15. The Greater Righteousness
    Leo Tolstoy, Oswald Chambers

    16. Anger 
    Dallas Willard, Augustine of Hippo, Francis de Sales, William Blake

    17. Right Worship
    F. B. Meyer, Henri J. M. Nouwen, George MacDonald

    18. Sexual Purity
    J. Heinrich Arnold, Francis Chan

    19. Marriage
    Johann Christoph Arnold, David Fleer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    20. Truthfulness
    Peter Riedemann, Scot McKnight, Francis de Sales, Eberhard Arnold, Thomas Merton

    21. Nonresistance
    Giovanni Papini, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Harry Emerson Fosdick, Howard Thurman

    22. Overcoming Evil
    E. Stanley Jones, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr.

    23. Love of Enemy
    Martin Luther King Jr., Helmut Thielicke, Nikolaj Velimirović

    24. Perfect Love
    Addison Hodges Hart, Jürgen Moltmann, Chiara Lubich

    Part III: Kingdom Devotion

    (Matthew 6:1–18)

    25. From the Heart
    Sinclair Ferguson, Abraham Joshua Heschel, John Flavel

    26. When You Give
    Leo Tolstoy, John Chrysostom, Mother Teresa

    27. When You Pray
    Karl Barth, Daniel M. Doriani, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Madeleine L’Engle, Amy Carmichael, Mother Teresa

    28. The Father Knows
    Martin Luther, Helmut Thielicke, Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

    29. Teach Us to Pray
    Andrew Murray, Elton Trueblood, Pope Benedict XVI

    30. Our Father
    Cyprian of Carthage, N. T. Wright, Hannah Whitall Smith, Teresa of Ávila, Dom Hélder Câmara

    31. God’s Name
    William H. Willimon and Stanley Hauerwas, Alfred Delp, Leonardo Boff

    32. God’s Kingdom
    Eberhard Arnold, Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

    33. God’s Will
    Meister Eckhart, Robert McAfee Brown, François Fénelon, Chiara Lubich

    34. Daily Bread
    Gregory of Nyssa, Leonardo Boff, F. B. Meyer

    35. Forgive Us
    M. Scott Peck, Philip Graham Ryken, Frederica Mathewes-Green

    36. As We Forgive
    Horace Bushnell, Dorothy L. Sayers, C. S. Lewis

    37. Temptation
    Charles H. Spurgeon, Thomas à Kempis, N. T. Wright

    38. Deliver Us
    Earl F. Palmer, Pope Benedict XVI, Romano Guardini

    Part IV: Kingdom Priorities

    (Matthew 6:19–7:28)

    39. Lasting Treasures
    John Wesley, Basil the Great, Clement of Alexandria, A. W. Tozer

    40. The Good Eye
    Timothy Keller

    41. God or Mammon
    Eberhard Arnold, Jacques Ellul, David Bentley Hart

    42. Beyond Worry 
    Madame Guyon, Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Clarence Jordan, Christina Rossetti, Howard Thurman

    43. God’s Kingdom First
    Leonhard Ragaz, Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

    44. Judging Others
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anthony de Mello, Christena Cleveland, Roy Hession

    45. Casting Pearls
    Dallas Willard, Jacques Ellul

    46. Ask, Seek, Knock
    Andrew Murray

    47. The Golden Rule
    Roger L. Shinn, John Wesley, Leo Tolstoy

    48. Two Ways
    The Didache, C. S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Shepherd of Hermas

    49. False Prophets
    Scot McKnight, John R. W. Stott, Gene L. Davenport, Basilea Schlink

    50. Lord, Lord
    George MacDonald, Wendell Berry

    51. Building on Rock
    Jarrett Banks, Oswald Chambers

    52. Our Final Authority
    Søren Kierkegaard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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