The Undoing of Death: Sermons for Holy Week and Easter

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2002 - Religion - 360 pages
Heralded as one of today's finest preachers by such figures as Thomas Long, Ellen Charry, Annie Dillard, and Peter J. Gomes, Fleming Rutledge has repeatedly turned out collections of sermons that not only become best-sellers but also touch readers deeply.

With The Undoing of Death Rutledge has done it once more. Representing twenty-five years of Holy Week and Easter preaching, this volume offers a wide-ranging vision of the cross and resurrection that incorporates the biblical themes of sacrifice for sin, vicarious suffering, victory over evil and death, and the new creation arising out of eternal love.

Divided into seven sections that move readers through Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Good Friday to Easter and on through Eastertide, these well-crafted sermons consistently display Rutledge's unique ability to bridge the message of the ancient biblical texts with the distinct needs of our contemporary world. Whether read by preachers or by general readers seeking soul-nourishing wisdom on the central event of the Christian faith, The Undoing of Death will be a volume to turn to again and again.

 

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Contents

The Tears of Palm Sunday
3
The New World Order
11
Lead Us to Calvary
18
A Procession of Fools
26
The Kings Ransom
39
The Messiah Comes to His Temple
48
The Lamb of God
58
Lord Not My Feet Only
69
The Stealth Bomber
167
Darkness at Noonday
177
The Temple Veil
183
The Open Tombs
188
The Hour of Glory
197
The Great Exchange
205
The Crucifixion of SelfHelp
215
A Cross at Ground Zero
225

Night of Shame Night of Glory
78
The Lord Looked at Peter
87
The Man with No Trousers
101
Shame and Spitting
107
Scapegoat and Sacrifice
112
The Common Criminal
116
Somebody Has Got to Pay
121
The Accursed Messiah
126
The Heart That Broke
133
Despised and Rejected
141
God Made Jesus to Be Sin
148
Outside the Camp
153
Not Bad But Good
157
The Curse and the Substitution
162
Midnight in the Kingdom of Death
235
Face to Face Hand in Hand
241
Beyond Possibility
251
Recognizing Jesus
260
The Undoing of Death
271
Out of Our Control
280
Refreshment Time
289
Low Sunday or High Sunday?
299
My Taste Was Me
307
The Peace from Somewhere Else
314
It Aint Necessarily So
322
The Hidden Pathway to Joy
329
Endnotes
337
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Fleming Rutledge, having been a parish priest for more than two decades in New York City and its environs, is now engaged in a nationwide ministry of preaching and teaching. Her other best-selling books have been widely acclaimed across denominational boundaries and have established her reputation as one of America's finest preachers.

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