Academy of Parish Clergy 2015 Reference Book of the Year
the apostle Paul boldly proclaimed "Christ crucified" as the heart of the
gospel, Fleming Rutledge notes that preaching about the cross of Christ is
remarkably neglected in most churches today. In this book Rutledge addresses the
issues and controversies that have caused pastors to speak of the cross only in
the most general, bland terms, precluding a full understanding and embrace of
the gospel by their congregations.
Countering our contemporary tendency to bypass Jesus' crucifixion, Rutledge in these pages examines in depth all the various themes and motifs used by the New Testament evangelists and apostolic writers to explain the meaning of the cross of Christ. She mines the classical writings of the Church Fathers, the medieval scholastics, and the Reformers as well as more recent scholarship, while bringing them all into contemporary context.
Widely known for her preaching, Rutledge seeks to encourage preachers, teachers, and anyone else interested in what Christians believe to be the central event of world history.