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William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A Florida native, Tullian is also the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. A graduate of Columbia International University (philosophy) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando (M.Div.), Tullian has authored a number of books including Jesus + Nothing = Everything (Crossway). He travels extensively, speaking at conferences throughout the U.S., and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program LIBERATE. As a respected pastor, author, and speaker, Tullian is singularly and passionately devoted to seeing people set free by the radical, amazing power of God's grace. When he is not reading, studying, preaching, or writing, Tullian enjoys being with people and relaxing with his wife, Kim, and their three children—Gabe, Nate, and Genna. He loves the beach, loves to exercise, and when he has time, he loves to surf.
Law And Gospel: Part 4

God’s good law reveals our desperation; God’s good gospel reveals our deliverer. We are in constant need of both.

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  • April 26, 2012 |
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Law And Gospel: Part 3

Recovering the distinction between law and gospel is THE answer to the church rediscovering the gospel in our day

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  • April 16, 2012 |
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Law And Gospel: Part 2

If we are going to understand the Bible rightly, we have to be able to distinguish properly between God’s two words: law and gospel.

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  • April 04, 2012 |
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Law And Gospel: Part 1

Virtually the whole of the scriptures and the understanding of the entire Christian life depends upon the true understanding of the law and the gospel. (Martin Luther)

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  • March 28, 2012 |
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My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

If the truth of being justified by Christ alone (not by our works) is lost, then all Christian truths are lost.

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  • March 13, 2012 |
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More, Not Less

However deep and wide you think the freedom offered to sinners in the gospel is–it’s more, not less.

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  • March 07, 2012 |
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What Does It Mean To Be Biblically Balanced?

I contend that to be “Biblically balanced” is NOT to allot equal airtime to every Biblical theme... (read more)

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  • February 21, 2012 |
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Religion and the Gospel

People often say, "I Hate Religion But Love Jesus." But, in the Bible, is the word “religion” ever opposed to the gospel? Or, is the main idea of “religion” opposed to the main idea of the gospel?

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  • February 07, 2012 |
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Are Christians Totally Depraved?

This is an important question, not simply a theological question...

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  • February 03, 2012 |
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Might As Well Face It, You’re Addicted To Law

If there’s something we hate more than being told what to do, it’s being told that we can’t do anything, that we can’t earn anything–that we’re helpless, weak, and needy.

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  • January 10, 2012 |
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The Gift Of Self-Forgetfulness

The way many of us think about sanctification is, well…not very sanctified. In fact, it’s terribly narcissistic. We spend too much time thinking about how we’re doing, if we’re growing, whether we’re doing it right or not.

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  • December 05, 2011 |
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That Burned-Over Place

The law is like the brush-fire. I cannot escape it. But if I stand in the burned-over place, where law has already burned its way through, then I will not get hurt.

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  • November 11, 2011 |
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Then I Will Go With You

I close my book Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels with a story (not sure if this really happened or is simply parabolic) from Civil War days before America’s slaves were freed, about a northerner who went to a slave auction and purchased a young slave girl. As they walked away from the auction, the man turned to the girl and told her, “You’re free.”

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  • October 17, 2011 |
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The End Of Control Is The Beginning Of Freedom

Parents and preachers have such a hard time with grace–trust me, I know. I’m both a parent and a preacher). We understand conditions. Conditionality makes sense. Unconditionality on the other hand is incomprehensible to us.

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  • October 11, 2011 |
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Luther On Law

Ok, get ready to do some real thinking here. What follows is heavy theological lifting. I asked my friend Jono Linebaugh to weigh in on the recent discussion about Law and Gospel. His thinking is solid. His nuances are crucial. He adds serious depth to this ongoing conversation. Much food for thought here.

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  • September 16, 2011 |
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Our New And Exalted Identity

When most of us stop long enough to consider what establishes our identity, what really makes us who we are, many of us act as if the answer to this consideration is “our performance.”

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  • September 16, 2011 |
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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

When you understand that your significance, security, and identity are all anchored in Christ, you don’t have to win—you’re free to lose. And nothing in this broken world can beat a person who isn’t afraid to lose! You’ll be free to say crazy, risky, counterintuitive stuff like, “To live is Christ and to die is gain”!

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  • September 08, 2011 |
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Interview With My Theological Yoda: Part One

The nature of the gospel, the role and purpose of God’s law, the relationship between justification, sanctification and union with Christ, and how all of this impacts preaching and the life of the Christian—these important issues I recently discussed with my theological “Yoda,” Mike Horton recently (read more)…

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  • August 24, 2011 |
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You’re Free To Stay Put

Martin Luther was once approached by a man who enthusiastically announced that he’d recently become a Christian. Wanting desperately to serve the Lord, he asked Luther, “What should I do now?” As if to say, should he become a minister or perhaps a traveling evangelist. A monk, perhaps.

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  • August 08, 2011 |
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The Present Power Of Christ’s Justifying Work

Here's a great quote from Richard Lovelace that addresses a daily problem that Christians face: failing to realize the present power of Christ’s justifying work on our behalf. This quote is worth reading over and over again...

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  • August 02, 2011 |
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