2017 CT Book of the Year

2017 Book of the Year

2017 CT Book of the Year

Crucifixion Book CoverCongratulations to Fleming Rutledge.

Christianity Today has named 'The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ' as it's 2017 Book of the Year. We are so thrilled to have Fleming as the keynote speaker at the Lent Day we are running in conjunction with Diocese at the Church of the Good Samaritan on March 25, 2017.

The cross has been the perennial symbol of the Christian Church (well, perhaps ever since it took over from the fish) and has defined the central point of Christ's story and the central point of the liturgical year.

In Corinth, Paul resolved to know nothing 'but Christ crucified'. In this epic work, Fleming Rutledge helps us make sense of the cross of Christ - within it's own time, within the world we live in and in the context of the faith we have in Christ.

Christianity Today were clearly impressed!

Here are some of the things they had to say about her book:

Fleming Rutledge has always had a reputation for bold, relentlessly scriptural, and Cross-centered preaching. In this book, the work of a lifetime, she pulls back the lid on the deep well of exegetical, theological, and spiritual reflection that has nourished her ministry. This book is a classic in the making, one that will go on nurturing gospel-rich preaching for decades to come.

Wesley Hill, assistant professor of biblical studies, Trinity School for Ministry

Read an excerpt from The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge, Christianity Today’s 2017 Book of the Year.

The Crucifixion is restorative. It restores the centrality of the Cross of Christ to everything in the world. Rutledge provides a robust and winsome attempt at a cruciform understanding of evil. She magnifies the excruciating first-century realities behind ‘suffered under Pontus Pilate’ and relates them to the present-day realities of moral evil, massive tragedies, and global suffering. The book demonstrates that Christ’s death and descent into hell powerfully and sufficiently addresses both the longings and atrocities of our fallen world.

Eric Redmond, assistant professor, Moody Bible Institute

The Cross of Jesus Christ is the confounding heart of ‘beautiful orthodoxy’—confounding because, as Rutledge shows so powerfully, crucifixion itself is so ugly we cannot truly bear it. And yet, as she builds her case for the unique significance of Jesus’ death, insisting that we take into account the full breadth of biblical images and metaphors that interpret it, the full scope of our lostness and God’s goodness comes into view. Among this book’s many great gifts is its insistence on the power of Sin (which Rutledge capitalizes) in everything from individual lives to whole societies—and thus on the singular power of God, who alone can secure our rescue. This is a magnificent summary of a life’s work preaching the radical gospel of grace, and it deserves to shape the church’s proclamation for generations to come.

Andy Crouch, CT executive editor, author of Strong and Weak