Christianity Today talks to Tullian Tchividjian about the fallout from the Coral Ridge/New City merger and his new book, Jesus + Nothing = Everything:
What was your initial reaction to the resistance?
Well, we expected it. But it’s one thing to talk about war and another to be a soldier on the ground when the bullets are flying. It was hard. It was the first time in my life where I was leading a church where I knew many people didn’t like me. . . . It was tremendously uncomfortable coming to worship every Sunday morning during that time not knowing who liked you and who hated you. There were people in the choir who, when I would stand up to preach, would get up and walk out. People would sit in the front row and just stare me down as I preached. It was extremely uncomfortable. People would grab me in the hallway between services and say, “You’re ruining this church, and I’m going to do everything I can to stop you.” I would come out to my car and it would be keyed. Some people would stop at nothing to intimidate.
They put petitions on car windows during the worship service. They started an anonymous blog, which was very painful. Here we were trying to build consensus and there’s this anonymous blog fueling rumors and lies. The blog almost ruined my wife’s life. Anonymous letters were sent out to the entire congregation with accusations and character assassinations. It was absolutely terrible
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Ministry: Brothers, We Are Not Gate Agents
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In Case You Missed It
Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:
Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Terrible Danger of Trusting Your Faith, but Not Jesus
Union with Christ and the Provision of the Spirit by Nate Palmer
Joel R. Beeke: The Enormous Cost of Grace