I'm blogging semi-live live from the Jacksonville Pastor's Conference and it's the first time I've heard Tullian Tchividjian speak. Here's one thing for certain about Tullian: he's passionate and clear about one thing—the gospel. And for Tullian the good news isn't first and foremost about what we do; it's about what Christ has already done for us. It's not about trying harder and doing more; it's about trusting Jesus who already told us, "It is finished!"
It's easy to track with Tullian because he leads the major leagues of preaching with more tweetable quotes per minute than any other preacher. (That's not a criticism or a compliment; it's just the way Tullian communicates. On the plus side, it sure makes his messages comprehensible and memorable.) For instance, consider these quotable, tweetable Tullian-statements:
• "The fire to do for Jesus comes from being soaked in the fuel of what's been done [by Christ]."
• "The only way to set our people free is if we [the preachers] have already been set free."
• "For far too long preachers have been addicted to moral renovation."
• "Based on a lot of American preaching you'd think God's primary goal is not worship but behavior modification."
• "Antinomianism doesn't flow from too much grace, but from too little grace."
• "The evangelical church is filled with a ton of Christless Christianity."
•And my favorite: "Preachers have become prodigious in providing practical to-do lists instead of lifting up Christ's finished work."
I was personally stirred by Tullian's clear focus on grace. Like Tullian, I could go back through my sermon archives and find example after depressing example of graceless, moralistic, try-harder-you-spiritual-sluggard messages. I get tired just thinking about ...