Ed. Note: Fleming Rutledge was a Lenten preacher at the Advent in 1994 and 2000; Sarah Condon spoke at our Parish Retreat in 2015. They both spoke at the recent Tenth Anniversary Mockingbird Conference in New York.
For several years now, people have been saying to me, “Sarah, you’ve got to read the Rev. Fleming Rutledge.” And for several years now I’ve politely nodded and thought to myself, “Sure, I’ll add him to the list of ordained dudes whose books I need to read.”
That was, until last year, when I heard about Fleming Rutledge’s latest book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. I googled this Fleming character and much to my surprise, this photo appeared:
I remember gasping aloud and saying with total excitement, “WHOLE UP. HOW COME NONE OF YOU FOOLS TOLD ME FLEMING IS A LADY?!”
I bought The Crucifixion. I loved it. If you haven’t bought it yet, stop reading this trash and Amazon that bizness now.
Here’s the thing: there are not a tremendous number of women out there who will preach about the death and resurrection of Jesus with the boldness, assuredness, and utter orthodoxy of the Rev. Mrs. Fleming Rutledge…