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Tullian Tchividjian Christian Blog and Commentary

Beyond Typecasting

  • Tullian Tchividjian
    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.
  • 2008 Dec 27
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I was thinking this morning about how we tend to think of one another in terms of categories: he’s rich, she’s poor; she’s pretty, he’s ugly; she’s smart, he’s dumb; he’s black, she’s white. We typecast people. That’s how we know how to deal with them. We respond one way to someone if they’re rich and another way to someone if they’re poor. We approach different people according to the socio-economic, cultural, or racial category we’ve placed them in. Of course, this dehumanizes people as it fails to grasp that all of us are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

This is why I love the story of Jesus calming the storm in Matthew 8:27. After this miraculous event, his amazed disciples say to one another, “What manner of man is this that even the wind and sea obey him?” They had no category for Jesus. He was beyond typecasting. He transcends every barrier that separates us from one another—and he intends for his body, the church, to follow suit.