Fleming Rutledge is a preacher and teacher known throughout the US, Canada, and parts of the UK. She is the author of eight books, all from Eerdmans Publishing. Her most recent book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, is the product of the work of a lifetime and is being described as a new classic on the subject.
One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, she served for fourteen years on the clergy staff at Grace Church on Lower Broadway at Tenth Street, New York City.
Fleming and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2009 and have two daughters and two grandchildren. She is a native of Franklin, Virginia.
Ruminations: June 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Blog with bite, says Christianity TodayThis isn't really a Rumination but a bit of shameless self-promotion because Christianity Today has hailed www.generousorthodoxy.org as "a blog with bite." They especially liked the ones about 1) Pan's Labyrinth, 2) entrenched racism among evangelicals in the light of the Wilberforce movie, and 3) (more predictably) the importance of not ignoring the theme of judgment in the proclamation of the good news. It's nice to know that somebody's reading.
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Thursday, June 21, 2007
What, Advent already?Well, to be sure, it's a long green season before Advent, but as Karl Barth writes (as best I can recall his words while away from my library), what other season does the church live in but that of Advent? In a review of the book that was hailed in these Ruminations long before Oprah chose it, Janet Maslin writes about Cormac McCarthy's The Road:
Somehow Mr. McCarthy is able to hold firm to his pessimism while allowing the reader to see beyond it...Although The Road is entirely unsentimental, it gives father and son a memory to keep them moving, even if it is the memory of how and why the boy's mother chose to die...she gave up and took a bullet...
The mother's suicide is one more reason for astonishment at Mr. McCarthy's final gesture here: an embrace of faith in the face of no hope whatsoever. Coming as it does after such intense moments of desperation, this faith is even more of a leap than it might be in a more forgiving story. It adds immeasurably to the staying power of a book that is simple yet mysterious...The Road offers nothing in the way of escape or comfort. But its fearless wisdom is more indelible than reassurance could ever be.
--The New York Times, 9/25/06.
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