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: September 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
The spiritual wisdom of Donald TrumpI tore this out of the New York Times one day this week and forgot to note the date. I won't take the time to look it up. Here's the salient portion:
Mr. Trump, observes the writer of the article, is not in favor of the time-honored virtue of self-reflection. He once told Time magazine, "When you start studying yourself too deeply, you start seeing things that maybe you don't want to see."
Somehow I doubt if Mr. Trump has the slightest idea that, in one sentence, he has defined the human condition.
It's the opposite of New Age spiritual thinking where we are urged to go inside and find that place of peace in our inner core. When John Calvin taught what has unfortunately become known as "total depravity," he never meant that the human person is totally depraved in the sense that we would mean today. He meant, rather, that there was no pristine component of the self that was untouched by the Powers of Sin and Death.
The Donald states that he "goes to church" and is a Presbyterian (he used to attend Marble Collegiate, actually). He receives "the little wine,"he says, and eats "the little cracker." But he has stated recently that he can't think of anything he needed to be forgiven for. I wonder if he'd grown up with the Episcopal General Confession ("we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts") it would have made any difference. Probably not. But at least he has said this one true thing, even if he doesn't realize it.
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