But For the Grace of God: Tullian Tchividjian and a Better Gospel Through Guilt

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Image from video screenshot.On Sunday night, Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian (mega-)Church, resigned because of a recent affair. In fact, he explained that his affair was a response of sorts to his wife's previous affair, though I'm sure there's a lot more to it than that. In any case, Tullian is a famous pastor, author, and speaker who has devoted his public work to a single topic: Grace.After his resignation Sunday, he tweeted … [Read more...]

3 Characteristics of Authentic Forgiveness (Sans Denial)

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When navigating the topic of abuse and harm in the church, it's easy to trip up on the Christian principles of grace, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Really, it can seem difficult to hold onto the importance of safety, justice, and healing for victims of abuse and harm while also holding tightly to the gospel, because the gospel seems to level the playing field (we're all sinners) and offer a universal promise (grace and forgiveness for even the chief of sinners). How then can we make a dis … [Read more...]

Five Problems With Grace

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I know, I know. If there is anything sacred in the American church today, especially among younger, post-evangelical, and charismatic Christians, it would be the concept of grace.While the neo-Calvinists certainly talk about grace - doctrines of grace, irresistible grace, saving grace, common grace, etc. - they are often not so gracious, you know, to people who don't agree with them about homosexuality and hell (the latter being the place where those who don't fit their idea of grace end … [Read more...]


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