Jesus + Nothing = Everything is the equation that Tullian Tchividjian took away from a year of great trial and turmoil. He describes the bitter divisions that soured the beginning of his pastorate at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and the personal anchor that he found in the overwhelming power of the gospel. The book of Colossians forms the basis of Tchividjian’s call for Christians to rediscover the gospel and continually reorient their lives around Jesus and only Jesus.
Tchividjian insists that many who assume they understand the gospel fail to actually apply its riches to their lives. He takes particular aim at self-righteousness, which motivates moral behavior by fear and guilt. In contrast, the gospel of grace, with the radical freedom that it brings, provides the only sustainable motivation for Christians. This book delves into the profound theological truths of the gospel, yet the message is intensely practical—Tchividjian sounds the call for believers to lean hard on Christ in every area of every day.
I don’t know about you, but I find that every now and then, I need to take a break from fiction and dive into some non-fiction. I’ve been looking forward to this book since the day I found out it was coming! In fact, I had even pre-ordered it at Borders many months ago before the chain closed. So, I was saddened when they cancelled my order as the liquidation process began. But I digress….
Tullian Tchividjian is a Pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, and is one of Billy Graham’s grandsons. He is charismatic and contemporary in his approach to the pulpit. There was even fuss from some over his refusal to wear the traditional Pastoral robes. His own life story is one that includes rebellion, and he’ll be the first to tell you that he’s a Prodigal and a sinner in need of grace. But he’ll remind you in this book (and even on Twitter!) that we all need grace. But only grace. We shouldn’t beat ourselves up trying to be perfect to win God’s favor. Nor do we need to. If we look at what grace really means, we’ll find freedom and live more abundantly.I can’t wait to read this book! I follow Pastor Tullian on Twitter and have seen some of his sermons on this topic, so I know it will be rewarding.