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: More on the "evolving" same-sex marriage front
Thursday, April 04, 2013
More on the "evolving" same-sex marriage frontDavid Brooks is turning out to be a moral hero for me. Odd, because I am emphatically not a Republican and not politically conservative, yet he keeps speaking to and for me. His column yesterday about the way that marriage (including gay marriage) limits "freedom"should ring all sorts of bells for those of us who are Augustinian in theology. Augustine's teaching about "free will," so poorly understood by American Christians, arose out of his growing understanding of his bondage to his own desires. Making the shift from "the devices and desires of our own hearts" to God's desires for us requires accepting limits on our vaunted freedom-which-is-not-really-freedom. Hence Augustine's teaching that "to serve is to reign as a king," more memorably paraphrased by the Book of Common Prayer as "whose service is perfect freedom." The paradox here can be heightened by reference to Paul's discussion of slavery to sin in Romans 7:14-25. John 8:34-36 makes exactly the same point. The contrast between slavery and freedom is more striking than that between service and freedom, though in essence they are the same.
Enacting "the freedom we have in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 2:4) in earthly life does indeed lead us to make binding commitments to others, in all sorts of ways, not only in marriage--but the imagery most often employed in Scripture, from Hosea to Ephesians 5:32, of God's unconditional commitment to us is that of marriage.
Here is Brook's column:
Here's an Internet response from "Paul in Lower Manhattan" to Brook's column which neatly expands the thought to suggest the way that restrictions on freedom can actually enhance freedom:
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