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.
Discerning God's Work In The World: Tips From The Times For Preachers: The state of marriage today
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The state of marriage todayWhatever one may think about same-sex unions, a letter to The New York Times (November 7) from Mitch Kohn in LA has got to be a wake-up call. If the churches were half as intentional about strengthening traditional marriage as they are about homosexuality, we would not look so foolish and ineffectual in the eyes of secular society.
Here is the main body of Mitch Kohn's letter:
Straight people are allowed to marry and divorce multiple times. They can get drunk and get married in the middle of the night in Las Vegas by going to a drive-through chapel. They can get on a show like “The Bachelor” and sell themselves on national television to find a spouse.
But somehow my 25-year relationship with my partner is a threat to the “sanctity” of the institution of marriage.
Seems to me I remember a little popular song from the fifties with the line, "One man, one wife, one love, through life..." Is it still possible to hold up this ideal? (My husband and I celebrate our fiftieth anniversary next year -- an occasion for humble thanksgiving.)
The only thing I am presently able to say in public about the various issues concerning homosexual orientation is that we do not yet know the mind of Christ on this, and I have written a lengthy piece which is posted on this site.
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