Follow Me

Ivan J. Kauffman Follow Me: A History of Christian Intentionality New Monastic Library: Resources for Radical Discipleship Book 4, Lutterworth Press, 2009)

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“From the very beginning some Christians have wanted to go all the way. Rather than asking, “What must I do to be a Christian?” they have asked, “What can I do to be more Christian?” These highly intentional Christians have had an impact on the development of both Christianity and western civilisation that has been completely out of proportion to their numbers. Their greatest impact has come through communities of like-minded believers – whether of lay evangelicals or of celibate monastics – formed upon a common desire to live more intentional Christian lives. This probing work tells the story of these communities, both monastic and lay. It is a story that, though often overlooked, is both inspiring and instructive. Above all it is a story that opens the way for greater understanding between two groups of Christians who have long been estranged – Protestant evangelicals and Catholic monastics.”

Contents:

Part I: Monastic Intentionality

From Anthony to Benedict

From Martin to Tours to Cluny

From Bernard of Claivaux to Martin Luther

The Monastic Legacy

Part II: Evangelical Intentionality

From Jerusalem to the Millennium

From the Peace of God to the Reformation

From the Anabaptists to the Baptists

The Evangelical Legacy

Ivan J. Kauffman grew up in one of the oldest surviving lay evangelical communities, the Amish Mennonites. Educated as both a Mennonite and a Catholic he has been active in Mennonite-Catholic dialogues from their beginnings in the 1980s, and was a founder of the North American grassroots Mennonite Catholic dialogue, Bridgefolk. He identifies himself as a Mennonite Catholic.

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