A Brick in the Valley


Dennis Rainey Interviews Tchividjian
February 27, 2008, 11:21 pm
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Dennis Rainey is going to interview  Tullian Tchividjian, (See also faces to watch in 2008) tomorrow (2/28/8) and Friday (2/29/8) on the radio; you can check for local station times here: Family Life Radio.    

I think you should listen. . . .Michelle Blood told us in a comment how to do this:

To hear these broadcasts, go to http://www.familylife.com. At the very top, click on Listen to the Broadcast. To hear yesterday’s pgm, click on Past Broadcasts in left side bar. Then Click on the title “The Making of the Prodigal.” As long as you have Windows Player or Real Audio, you should be able to hear it.

Let me say at the onset, I have never met Tullian in person.  My primary exposure to him is through his book, his blog, and the interview I pointed to here given in conjunction with D. James Kennedy’s ministry. 

But, I would strongly encourage our church family to listen to the Family Life Radio broadcast if they have a chance.  Here’s why.

  1. Tullian was a prodigal.  He grew up in a Christian home but rebelled against God.  Many of you are concerned about a family member and you can learn and be encouraged by Tullian’s story.  In my years as a pastor, some of the most hurting people I have pastored are Christians with rebellious or indifferent children.  This is a hopeful story.
  2. Tullian warns against false assurance.  I have previously blogged that my greatest fear as a pastor is for people who think they are believers but are not.  His book, Do I Know God?: Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship helps people understand the proper basis for assurance.
  3. Tullian goes deep theologically.  He studied at RTS.  Theologically, he is heavily influenced by John Frame, Cornelius Van Til, and other great thinkers.  Whether or not you have read them, they are some of the best evangelical minds.
  4. But, he is also a pastor.  Tullian is regularly involved in shepherding a flock.  We so need pastors who go deep but are involved in lives to write and speak.
  5. Tullian is currently writing a book on how Christians should relate to culture.  Like Mike Wittmer’s book and that of Wolters (see Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview)and others, Tullian stresses continuity between this space and history and the New Earth.  This material is foundational to a balanced worldview and to bringing our faith to bear on how we view creation, work, and our relationship with culture. 
  6. Tullian is Billy Graham’s grandson.  I grew up watching Billy Graham crusades.  Remember when you would turn on the television and he would be somewhere in the world preaching?  Remember, George Beverly Shea singing?  So, all that evangelical heritage is behind Tullian – – yet, he has worked so hard to grow in theological depth.  In fact, someday I want to interview Tullian about how he sees the strands of his deeply Reformed theology, and his grandfather’s evangelism, coming together.  In posts like this one, I think I see the influence of his grandfather in a positive way. 

The interview with Tullian will be limited in duration.  I don’t know what they’ll talk about besides Tullian’s prodigal story.  But, I’m confident that if you take the time to listen, you will learn, be encouraged, and have a better idea how to serve and pray for those you love who are not walking with Christ today.

Click here for Tullian’s invitation to listen to the interview.

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4 Comments so far
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Chris,
Could you tell how I can hear this interview. I have tried to log onto Family Life Radio but am not able to contect.
Thank you,
Sandy

Comment by Steve and Sandy

I couldn’t get it to work either. And, I think we already missed today’s broadcast here in Northern Illinois.

Comment by cdbrauns

To hear these broadcasts, go to http://www.familylife.com. At the very top, click on Listen to the Broadcast. To hear yesterday’s pgm, click on Past Broadcasts in left side bar. Then Click on the title “The Making of the Prodigal.” As long as you have Windows Player or Real Audio, you should be able to hear it.

Comment by Michelle Blood

Thank you Michelle.

Comment by cdbrauns




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