Tullian Tchividjian used to be a happily married man, noted author, traveling speaker and successful pastor of a large church that had a school and seminary. But it all came crashing down in 2015, and he admits he eventually became suicidal. Even this grandson of evangelist Billy Graham failed tests that humans face in this broken world, but he now shares bountiful examples of how God met him in his darkest places.


William Graham Tullian Tchividjian is the former senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also is the grandson of evangelist Billy Graham. Tchividjian has begun talking about crawling out of his own personal hell of the past two years. 

 

Tullian Tchividjian used to be a happily married man, noted author, traveling speaker and successful pastor of a large church that had a school and seminary. But it all came crashing down in 2015, and he admits he eventually became suicidal. Even this grandson of evangelist Billy Graham failed tests that humans face in this broken world, but he now shares bountiful examples of how God met him in his darkest places.


"Life went from feeling like a fairy tale to feeling like a violent tragedy," said Tchividjian, who added he faced thousands of losses, including close friendships, financial stability, purpose, confidence in God's goodness, hope, joy, opportunity and life as he knew it.


William Graham Tullian Tchividjian is the former senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A graduate of Columbia International University, where he earned a degree in philosophy, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, where he earned his Master of Divinity, he  also authored seven books. During his time at Coral Ridge, Tchividjian founded LIBERATE-a ministry that sought to "connect God's inexhaustible grace to an exhausted world" through conferences, a website, a daily radio program and a weekly TV broadcast.


"But as shocking and painful as all these losses were, my instinctive response shocked me even more:  the rage, the blame-shifting, the thirst for revenge, the bitter arrogance, the self-justified resentment, the dark self-righteousness, the control-hungry manipulation, the deluded rationalization, the deep selfishness, the perverted sense of entitlement," he said.
"Maybe these disgusting things which flowed from my depths with such natural ease shouldn't have shocked me. After all, I was well known for talking about my own messed-upness, talking openly about my sin and selfishness, my faults and fears, my pride and pains."


Tchividjian said he never pretended to have it all together.


"In fact, one of the reasons people listened to my sermons and read my books and came out to hear me speak when I was traveling is because I was honest about my brokenness and the amazing grace of God that covers us at our worst. I was known for saying that God loves bad people because bad people are all that there are. So I knew I was bad. I just didn't know I was THAT bad."

 

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Posted by Azania Phillips Friday, September 30, 2016 11:11:00 AM

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