The Forgiveness Business

The church is not in the world to teach sinners how to straighten up and fly right. That’s the world’s business; and on the whole it does a fairly competent—even gleefully aggressive—job of it. The church is supposed to be in the forgiveness business. Its job in filling pulpits is to find derelict nobodies…

A Tale of Two Lunches

I was sixteen when my parents kicked me out of the house. What started out as run-of-the-mill adolescent rebellion in my early teens had, over the course of a few short years, blossomed into a black hole of disrespect and self-centeredness that was consuming the entire family. I would lie when…

Broken Christmas

Growing up, I loved Christmas. It was, by far, my favorite time of year. I loved the presents and the music and the lights and the chaos and the traditions and the decorations and the shopping and the Christmas movies and the food. I loved it all. But more than anything, I loved being with my…

It’s OK to Admit that You’re Not OK

If you’ve made a mess of your life (like I have), then you probably struggle with a lot of guilt, shame, and regret (like I do). And if you’re a parent (like I am) and the mess you’ve made has hurt your kids (like mine did), then the guilt, shame, and regret you probably feel is often paralyzing (like mine is)…

We are More than the Skeletons in Our Closets

Want to do something that people really love? Commit an act of infamy. It doesn’t have to be a mind-boggling evil. Something run-of-the-mill will do. It just needs to be simple, scandalous, and public knowledge. Think Monica Lewinski. Why? Infamy allows us the opportunity to hone one of our favorite skills: to shrink a 343-page life story…

Do We Really Mean It?

I’ve been mulling over 1 Timothy 1:15. “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the chief of sinners.” If you are in the ministry and have watched colleague after colleague “bite the dust” for sins that may well have been of their own…

Punk’d by Love

During a radio interview a few years ago, my interviewer told me the following story which gets to the heart of how love produces what the law demands, but cannot deliver. One summer this man (the interviewer) was a camp counselor, and one of his responsibilities was to go around with another counselor and check…

But God…

Whatever bad stuff you may have read or heard about me, whether it is true or false, this I can tell you for sure: I am way worse than anyone knows. In fact, I am certain that if all my sins (thoughts, words, and deeds) over the last four decades were broadcast universally, the only person who would still love…

My ONLY Hope: A Prayer of Confession

A word from Tullian: Week after week our Pastor, Pat Thurmer, stands up during the Worship Service and leads the congregation in a Prayer of Confession. He will be allowing me to print them here weekly so that all of you who can’t be there with us on Sunday mornings can benefit from them as much as we do…

A Word from Tullian’s Pastor

I first met Tullian back in 2012 at the first LIBERATE Conference he hosted in Fort Lauderdale. Each year we would bring a large group from our small church over from the southwest coast of Florida to the southeast coast of Florida to take in the Good News that was so effectively delivered there…