The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis and Life in the Kingdomby Jamie Arpin-Ricci
So begins the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' great message to everyone with ears to hear. St. Francis of Assisi heard its message and challenged the church and empire of his day by ordering his life around it--giving up his power, wealth and privileges; claiming the poor and powerful alike as his brothers and sisters; and loving
Blessed are the poor in spirit . . .
So begins the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' great message to everyone with ears to hear. St. Francis of Assisi heard its message and challenged the church and empire of his day by ordering his life around it--giving up his power, wealth and privileges; claiming the poor and powerful alike as his brothers and sisters; and loving Islamic neighbors even as his church and state waged war on them.
Centuries later, Jamie Arpin-Ricci and his friends and neighbors in the new monastic community of Little Flowers in urban Winnipeg likewise heard Jesus' message and ordered their lives around it. This book is Jamie's field report, offering surprising insights about what life together in the spirit of Jesus' teachings offers us, and what it demands of us.
The sermon still rings out today, offering perplexing encouragement and at times daunting challenges to us and our neighbors. Will you hear what Jesus has to say?
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What People are Saying About This
Jon M. Sweeney, author of The St. Francis Prayer Book and Light in the Dark Ages: The Friendship of Francis and Clare of Assisi
Christine D. Pohl, Ph.D., professor of social ethics, Asbury Theological Seminary
Kent Annan, author of After Shock and Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle
Shane Claiborne, author, activist and recovering sinner, www.thesimpleway.org
Christine Sine, executive director, Mustard Seed Associates
Sean Gladding, author of The Story of God, the Story of Us
Albert Haase, O.F.M., author of This Sacred Moment, Living the Lord's Prayer and Coming Home to Your True Self
Ian Morgan Cron, author, Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale and Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir . . . of Sorts
Brad Jersak, author of Can You Hear Me? Tuning In to the God Who Speaks
Stuart Murray Williams, Anabaptist Network, United Kingdom
J. R. Woodward, cofounder of Kairos LA and the Ecclesia Network, and author of ViralHope
Dewi Hughes, theological advisor, Tearfund, and author of Power and Poverty
Tony Campolo, Eastern University
Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University, and author, One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Followand The King Jesus Gospel
Richard Twiss, Sicangu Lakota, president, Wiconi International
Phileena Heuertz, international director, Word Made Flesh, and author of Pilgrimage of a Soul
Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence
Adam S. McHugh, author of Introverts in the Church
Cam Roxburgh, National Director of Forge Missional Training Network, Canada
Meet the Author
Jamie Arpin-Ricci is an urban missionary, pastor, church planter and writer living in Winnipeg's inner-city West End neighborhood. He is founding codirector of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Urban Ministries Winnipeg with his wife, Kim.
He has served with YWAM in Canada since 1994, bringing him to eleven nations. Arpin-Ricci is also an active blogger as well as founder and pastor of Little Flowers Community, a missional church plant that is a partnership between YWAM and the Mennonite Church Manitoba.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (M.Div., Duke Divinity School) is director of the School for Conversion in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a member of the Rutba House new monastic community. He is the author of To Baghdad and Beyond and coauthor of Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism. He is also the coeditor of School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism. Catch up with him at newmonasticism.org.
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