Tullian Tchividjian|8:35 am CT


LIBERATE 2013 is a little less than 4 months away.

Last year we launched our first annual LIBERATE conference. Just over 1000 people from 31 states and 3 countries gathered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to hear Mike Horton, David Zahl, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Paul Tripp, Rod Rosenbladt, Darrin Patrick, Scotty Smith, and me join our voices in saying that “while our sin reaches far, God’s grace reaches farther.”

This year we’ve taken it up a notch. We’ve asked Bryan Chapell, Elyse Fitzpatick, Mark Galli, Ray Ortlund, David Zahl, Paul Tripp, Sally Lloyd-Jones, Steve Brown, Tony Merida, Paul Zahl, and the White Horse Inn crew to join me in dissecting what “Grace in Practice” looks like by considering grace in the Christian life, personal failure, families, the church, pop-culture, and more. I’m also excited to announce that my friends Shane and Shane will be leading worship.

The lineup is amazing and we’ve made it super affordable (see for yourself). I promise you, it’ll be a three day grace-fest like none other.

Register today for the best prices. All the info you need is here.

You can watch all of the LIBERATE 2012 plenary talks here.

Below is my opening talk.

See you at LIBERATE 2013.

Tullian Tchividjian | LIBERATE 2012 | Grace Liberates from Coral Ridge | LIBERATE on Vimeo.


  1. I hope you have a great conference.

    I would love to see you tackle (at one of these conferences) the subject of “free-will”. And how that errant doctrine has people on a never ending spirituality/ladder-climbing project.

    I believe it to be at the root of most of the problems in Evangelicalism. As Rod R. about it. I think he would agree with me.


  2. This explains it better than I, and it was Luther’s rediscovery at the time of the Reformation:


    It’s difficult for many, but crucial for a proper understanding of the Word alone, by grace alone, through faith, alone.


  3. The minister is thus tempted in the same way that Lucifer was originally tempted. The minister receives blessing from God in order to feed the people with the Word of God. When the people are blessed they give thanks and praise to God, and they often give it to and through the minister. There is a terrible temptation to take a commission from this worship and to stand in the presence of the people as “lords over God’s heritage,” to use the phrase of the Apostle Peter (I Peter 5:3). Only the man — and he may well be a young man, though not a young convert — who is seasoned with the grace of God can take of the things of God and minister them to the people without presuming to speak from himself instead of from God; and only such a man can lead the worship of the people to God without presumptuously assuming for himself a part of the worship
    which belongs only and entirely to God. Donald Grey Barnhouse “the invisable war” …

  4. Greetings Tullian,
    Great message. Here’s another “But” you said you always listen for the buts and usually their tainted. But here’s a very positive “But” from the book Sifted. “BUT I HAVE PRAYED FOR YOU, SIMON …”. But is a mustard-seed word—a tiny container of plutonium that, effectively deployed, can produce the kind of impact that leaves behind a mushroom cloud. In linguistic terms, but is a “coordinating conjunction”—when Jesus uses it here with Peter it functions as a spotlight that, formally, “indicates a contrast or exception.”1 Does it ever. But, of course, we’ve seen some pretty nuclear buts indicating “contrasts and exceptions” thrown around in history…. Marilyn Monroe famously proclaimed, “I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best…Jesus launches when He uses “but” with Peter threatens to destroy His best friend’s fundamental trust in His kindness. Peter’s expectation, just like ours, is that Jesus is his advocate, not his enemy.So this but is an earthquake, akin to advising an innocent man on death row, “Your lawyers have pursued every avenue of appeal, but …” Jesus is contrasting everything He’s said before with everything He’s about to say. And there is no bigger demarcation in history.Jesus’ but is brutal. And it’s jolting, at first, to see “brutal” used in any descriptive way with God. I know this. But I’ve used “brutal” not for its shock value. There is an aspect of God’s behavior—as described in the Bible and experienced in our lives—that we can translate only as “brutal.” Like many other words we use to describe our experience of God, it’s not really true, but it’s accurate.There is a palpable tension (or tautness) in the micron between Jesus’ “but” and His revelation that “I have prayed for you.” He is going to let a hard, sifting thing happen to Peter, but He will be fervently “for” him in the midst of it.it never ceases to amaze me how God speaks to me through comparison or paralleling things you speak about through things I’m presently reading or have read, constantly, and I think this is really unique that a little word like “But” of all that was said would in it’s perfect place and time reveal this.

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