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: Finally, a discussion of the central issue in "Zero Dark Thirty"
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Finally, a discussion of the central issue in "Zero Dark Thirty"Please, everybody, do read this by Samuel G. Freedman, who seems to be splitting the "On Religion" weekly feature in The New York Times with Mark Oppenheimer. To my knowledge, no one else in the mainstream NYC media, not the Times, not the WSJ, and particularly not WNYC (the otherwise estimable NYC NPR station) has caught on to this all-important theological angle (The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books have done better, somewhat obliquely).
The Roman Catholic journalist, academic, and serious theological thinker Peter Steifels wrote "On Religion" for years. He and I admired each other from afar, and I was desolate when he retired from writing it. But I must admit that these two more recent columnists, presumably both Jewish, are doing a very good job. I haven't caught either one of them in any egregious misunderstandings of Christianity--though to be sure they are not covering it in real depth.
For years (literally) I have been pestering Brian Lehrer, the superstar of WNYC, to interview George Hunsinger and he has ignored the request (though he has always responded courteously). Hunsinger and David Gushee, both quoted by Freedman, were prominent in a powerful anti-torture conference held in Princeton in 2006. At that conference, I preached a sermon (at Trinity Church) which was part of the conference. The sermon and all the addresses were later published by Eerdmans in a volume called Torture is a Moral Issue. My sermon can be found here:
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