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Three Hours
Sermons for Good Friday
HARDCOVER; Published: 1/15/2019
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7719-2
Price: $ 18.00
96 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5 x 7
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Fresh, contemporary Lenten meditations from one of the master preachers of our day

On Good Friday, March 30, 2018, Fleming Rutledge preached on the Seven Last Words of Jesus at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City. Her seven meditations, delivered over the course of three hours, were met with rave reviews. Printed in full in this volume, these sermons display Rutledge’s usual combination of resolute orthodoxy and pastoral wisdom—at once traditional and fresh.

Miroslav Volf
— author of Exclusion and Embrace
“If you have heard Fleming Rutledge preach, then you don’t need a recommendation for this book. She is simply a great preacher—learned, passionate, and in the best sense provocative. The next best thing to hearing her is reading these compelling addresses.”
Francis Spufford
— author of Unapologetic
“Read this, and be guided by one of the world’s great preachers through the darkest moment of the Christian year—the darkness from which redemption comes.”
Joel C. Daniels
— Associate for Evangelism, St. Thomas Fifth Avenue
“Few people are able to match Fleming Rutledge in her masterful unfolding of the world-shattering consequences of Christ’s death on the cross. These sermons on Christ’s final words are the work of a Spirit-filled preacher who has spent years deeply contemplating the mystery of our redemption. They were spectacular to hear, and their publication is a gift to the Church universal and a cause for celebration.”
Winn Collier
— pastor of All Souls Charlottesville and author of Love Big, Be Well
“Near the desk where I write words for Sunday’s pulpit sits a volume of Fleming Rutledge’s sermons. She reminds me what exactly it is I’m supposed to be doing whenever I open up the Scriptures to God’s people. Three Hours will sit there as well, prodding me with the scandal and wildness of the Cross, with Good Friday’s terror and hope. This is the Jesus powerful enough to rescue us.”
Presbyterian Outlook
"In this remarkable set of brief sermons on the traditional seven last words of Jesus, Fleming Rutledge muses that it may be the culmination of her preaching life. . . . Rutledge’s gift is the skill to do this without ever losing focus on the main subject of Jesus’ saving death. Jesus’ mother and the beloved disciple meet at the foot of the cross. Here we gain insight into the nature of the community of Christ’s disciples born in this tender encounter that goes far beyond sentimental notion of family."
The Expository Times
“This collection of sermons is insightful and fascinating for scholars and lay readers alike, particularly for those who want to reflect more deeply on the last words of Jesus on the cross. The language is beautiful and, although concise, the sermon content is rich and edifying theologically as well as pastorally.”
The Living Church
“This book does exactly what it sets out to do: move the cross back to the center of Holy Week, to the center of our devotion, and to the center of our lives, so we might understand afresh what the love of God is actually all about.”