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The Bible and the New York Times - Fleming Rutledge

The Bible and the New York Times

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Published: July 1999
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Foreword by William H. Willimon This collection of vividly illustrative sermons by a leading contemporary Episcopalian preacher eloquently heralds the Christian call to faith in the face of modern challenges. Widely known for their up-to-the-minute relevance to modern life, the sermons of Fleming Rutledge are always out on the edge, challenging the boundaries of contemporary thought and experience. No issue is too threatening, no event too shocking, no question too impertinent to be addressed. Following Karl Barth's dictum that sermons should be written with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other, Rutledge weaves the changing events of the daily news together with the unchanging rhythms of the church seasons. Her book leads readers through the liturgical year, from All Saints to Pentecost, showing how the biblical story intersects with our own stories.

Will D. Campbell "How quaint! A preacher so revolutionary as to be heard by many as reactionary. But those who have ears to hear . . . "Annie Dillard "This is beautiful, powerful, literary writing. Fleming Rutledge writes as a person who knows she is dying, speaking to other dying people, determined not to enrage by triviality."The Bible Today "Noted evangelical preacher Fleming Rutledge collects here a number of her sermons that have a thoughtful and strong spirit. She takes seriously the biblical message and delves deeply into the text, all the while relating the biblical message to contemporary experience. Preachers may find here some good inspiration for their own work, while most readers will appreciate these sermons as solid spiritual reading."The Christian Century "When sermons are lifted from the pulpit . . . and put into a book, they can easily lose their impact. Fleming Rutledge's sermons do not. They carry into print the fervor and reverence that inform her spoken words. Read thoughtfully, they possess what Eugene Peterson calls a 'subversive' quality: they get into one's heart and mind and change one from within. What is most distinctive about these sermons is their preoccupation with the holiness of God. . . With disarming matter-of-factness, Rutledge preaches as if nothing could be more crucial than our coming to grips with the reality that 'God is holy, and we are not.' The sermons are also distinguished by their bright clarity. . . Well phrased and carefully written, they make for engaging reading. With a wonderful combination of humility and irony, Rutledge presents the sermon as a meeting place for the holiness of Almighty God and the varied hopes and fears of humanity. . . Preaching as eloquent, incisive and passionate as hers cultivates and builds hope that, in the words of Handel's"Messiah," 'the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of God, and of his Christ."The Covenant Companion "Carefully crafted, theologically sound, and literate. . . The sermons read very well as, in effect, a collection of essays. They show that preaching is alive and well in the Episcopal Church."Episcopal Life "Well-written, easy to read and wise."" Will D. Campbell "How quaint! A preacher so revolutionary as to be heard by many as reactionary. But those who have ears to hear . . . " Annie Dillard "This is beautiful, powerful, literary writing. Fleming Rutledge writes as a person who knows she is dying, speaking to other dying people, determined not to enrage by triviality." The Bible Today "Noted evangelical preacher Fleming Rutledge collects here a number of her sermons that have a thoughtful and strong spirit. She takes seriously the biblical message and delves deeply into the text, all the while relating the biblical message to contemporary experience. Preachers may find here some good inspiration for their own work, while most readers will appreciate these sermons as solid spiritual reading." The Christian Century "When sermons are lifted from the pulpit . . . and put into a book, they can easily lose their impact. Fleming Rutledge's sermons do not. They carry into print the fervor and reverence that inform her spoken words. Read thoughtfully, they possess what Eugene Peterson calls a 'subversive' quality: they get into one's heart and mind and change one from within. What is most distinctive about these sermons is their preoccupation with the holiness of God. . . With disarming matter-of-factness, Rutledge preaches as if nothing could be more crucial than our coming to grips with the reality that 'God is holy, and we are not.' The sermons are also distinguished by their bright clarity. . . Well phrased and carefully written, they make for engaging reading. With a wonderful combination of humility and irony, Rutledge presents the sermon as a meeting place for the holiness of Almighty God and the varied hopes and fears of humanity. . . Preaching as eloquent, incisive and passionate as hers cultivates and builds hope that, in the words of Handel's"Messiah," 'the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of God, and of his Christ." The Covenant Companion "Carefully crafted, theologically sound, and literate. . . The sermons read very well as, in effect, a collection of essays. They show that preaching is alive and well in the Episcopal Church." Episcopal Life "Well-written, easy to read and wise.""

Foreword
The New Form of Speech: St. John's, Salisbury, Connecticut
Michaelmas: What the Angel Said? Salisbury
All Saints: Apocryphal or Real? St. John's, Essex, Connecticut
Thanksgiving Day: The Thankful Life: Trinity, Lime Rock, Connecticut
Advent I: Advent Begins in the Dark: Salisbury
Advent II: A People Prepared: Essex
Advent III: The Master and the Best Man: Grace Church, New York City
Advent IV: The Bisecting Messenger: Grace Church
Christmas Eve: The Magical Kingdom: Christ's Church, Rye, New York
Christmas II: Monsters at the Manger: Grace Church
Epiphany: Who Are Those Magi? Salisbury
Epiphany II: The Bottomless Glass: St. John's, Washington, Connecticut
The Presentation (Candlemas): The Meeting of the Lord: Salisbury
Last Epiphany: The Love Olympics Go to Jerusalem: Trinity Church, Boston
Ash Wednesday: The Ash Wednesday Privilege: Salisbury
Lent I: Noah's Ark: Salisbury
Lent II: The Strange World of Abraham: Salisbury
Lent III: Rules of the Freedom Game: Salisbury
Lent IV: Exiled into Babylon: Salisbury
Lent V: The New Covenant: Salisbury
Palm Sunday: His Dereliction, Our Deliverance: Christ's Church, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Easter Day: Strange Ending, Unthinkable Beginning: Salisbury
Easter II: Believing Without Seeing: All Saints Chapel, Sewanee, Tennessee
Easter III: Hear! See! Touch! Salisbury
Ascension Day: Ascension Day in Pretoria: Grace Church
Easter VII: Faith Overcomes the World: Grace Church
Pentecost: The Apostolic Flame: Salisbury
Trinity Sunday: The Multicultural Good News: Grace Church
Ordinary Time (Sundays after Pentecost): Saved! Salisbury
Saved for What? Salisbury
The Words of Eternal Life: St. Andrew's Dune Church, Southampton, New
Affliction, with Joy: Salisbury
Clint's Got It: St. Paul's, Richmond, Virginia
How to Dress for a Wedding: Salisbury
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ISBN: 9780802847010
ISBN-10: 0802847013
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: July 1999
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Type: New edition