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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Billy Graham’s Rebel Grandson Says Christianity Is for Losers
Comments: ’Ted Turner was exactly right. Christianity IS for losers….’ On Page 103 of New Book

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

CHICAGO, IL (ANS) -- The former rebel grandson of the most well-known evangelist of the 20th century provides his fresh take on one of the Bible’s most famous rebels -- Jonah.

And in his new book, Pastor Tullian Tchividjian agrees with media mogul Ted Turner that "Christianity is for losers."

Tchividjian, grandson of Billy Graham and former drug-using, high school dropout, is now pastor of one of America’s best-known churches --- Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, led by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy for 48 years.

Cover artwork for Surprised by Grace.

In his new book, Tchividjian says that while every day seems to start with another headline story of a celebrity, athlete or politician’s indiscretion, he reminds readers through this ancient story that God relentlessly pursues and forgives the famous, the infamous and the not-so-famous.

“The story of Jonah, one of the Bible’s biggest runaways, is one I can relate to. I ran away from God in every direction possible as a teenager convinced that my way was better. But as is ultimately true in all our stories, God got the last word,” said Tchividjian.

Here are some quotes from Tchividjian's new book that show God’s relentless pursuit of rebels:

“Ted Turner was exactly right. Christianity IS for losers….All of us need to be continually rescued by God…And one expression of God’s amazing grace is that He pursues our rescue even though we cannot do one thing for Him. God doesn’t need you and me to increase His value and esteem.” (Pages 88 and 103)

“The gospel is for the defeated, not the dominant. It’s for those who realize they’re unable to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders -- those who’ve figured out that they’re not gods.” (Page 103)

“…Jonah was God’s project. God comes after Jonah not because he needs Jonah, but because Jonah needs God.” (Page 89)

And some quotes about God’s redemption of the wayward rebel:

“God’s capacity to forgive is greater than our capacity to sin.” (Page 105)

“[God] knew Jonah would run; so why did he ask Jonah to go in the first place?” (Page 89)

“The storm isn’t [a] punishment; it’s an intervention, brought on by God’s affection rather than his anger.” (Page 52)

Published by Crossway and scheduled for release in May 2010, "Surprised by Grace -- God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebel" creatively illustrates that, from 1000 BC to today, God loves, transforms and uses rebels.


Tullian Tchividjian, author of Surprised by Grace, and senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, is available for media interviews.

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