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: Shooting little children
Friday, December 14, 2012
Shooting little childrenI went immediately this morning to the Wikipedia entry for the Dunblane, Scotland massacre (1996) -- eighteen five- and six-year-olds and their teacher, dead by gunshot. The gunman shot himself when he had finished.
The United Kingdom took action against guns after this event. Here is a link to a news release this morning from England's Daily Mail:
Be sure to scroll down to the photo of the children of Dunblane. That tells the story.
How long, O Lord, will it be until the United States comes to its senses? The gun lobby suggested, after the movie-house massacre in Aurora, Colorado, that if there had been people packing handguns in the theater, the killer might have been stopped. Yeah, sure. Let's arm all our elementary school teachers and give them police training and send them out to the shooting range every weekend for target practice.
Unfortunately, Newtown will not be a good case study because Connecticut has strict gun laws, and the guns used by Adam Lanza were legally owned by his mother and were registered.
P.S. Andy Murray, the tennis player, was a pupil in the Dunblane school on that terrible day and remembers hiding under a desk. Maybe he will come to help the surviving children in Newtown.
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