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: June 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
A Norman Rockwell scene at the door of Mother Emanuel AME church, only it's not posed
My husband and I know the story of this authentic, snapped-on-the-run, unposed photograph. A church we sometimes attend supports several missionaries. One of them is the Rev. Dimas Salaberrios, the founding pastor of Infinity Church in the Bronx near Yankee Stadium. There are a number of connections between Infinity and Mother Emanuel, so when nine people gathered for Bible study were gunned down, Pastor Dimas and a team of people drove down to Charleston immediately to offer support to the community. Pastor Dimas and his wife Tiffany have three daughters. The little girl seeking admission from the dignified usher is their youngest, Skylar. The photos was taken just prior to one of the funerals at the church after the massacre.
Two weeks later, the team from Infinity was still in South Carolina, ministering to the members of the rural black church that was burned for the second time in twenty years, the first time by men dressed as the Ku Klux Klan. (The second time, just after the Mother Emanuel massacre, seems to have been a lightning strike.)
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Christians making a Christlike differenceFor many years now, Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times has been tirelessly promoting the selfless efforts of Christian missionaries in the most challenging parts of the world. Every few months or so, he will write a column about someone he's met who is serving Christ in areas that most of us would not dream even of visiting, let alone giving our lives to.
His most recent story is about Dr. Tom Catena, a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, NY. He is the only doctor permanently based in the Nuba Mountains in the far south of Sudan. The photograph accompanying the article shows Dr. Tom holding the hand of a person with leprosy. "He's Jesus Christ," says a Muslim chieftain.
Kristof was brought up Lutheran, but says he is not now a believer. Yet he continues to make these Christian missionaries and aid workers visible to us, highlighting their Christian faith.
Here's the link:
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Saturday, June 27, 2015
The Confederate flagA blog post (in my Ruminations) is in the works about the killings at the AME church in Charleston, but it isn't finished yet. In the meantime here is a good article from The State newspaper in Columbia, SC, from the Episcopal Bishop of Upper South Carolina:
This has weight, because the State Capitol with its Confederate flag is in full view, directly across the street, from Trinity Cathedral and the Bishop's office.
A sermon preached three days after the terrible event is on the home page of this website, on the right side bar (scroll down).
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