The Happiness of Wholehearted Christianity
Tullian TchividjianWilliam 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.
- 2009 Apr 02
I apologize for being so slow to post new stuff this week. It’s been a very, very busy week. In fact, I told a friend of mine today that I’m still trying to figure out how to properly adjust to the pace of my new life. Anyway, I will do my best to post more frequently in the days ahead.
In the meantime, however, I wanted to re-post this quote from Ray Ortlund that I have read over and over again. Reading this again reminded me that God never uses people who love safety more than sacrifice. The world desperately needs more God-saturated, happy, on-fire, lay-down-your-life followers of Jesus who understand that God plus nothing equals everything and that everything minus God equals nothing:
There is only one way to live: all-out, go-for-broke, risk-taking, pedal-to-the-metal, ferociously joyful and grateful enthusiasm for the Lord Jesus Christ. Halfway Christianity is the most miserable existence of all. Halfway Christians know enough to feel guilty about themselves but haven’t gone far enough to get happy in Christ. Wholehearted Christianity is very happy.