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Cheap law

By Dave Henning / July 27, 2014

As Tullian Tchividjian concludes Chapter 4 of One Way Love, he cites J. Gresham Machen’s counterintuitive statement that “a low ( or cheap) view of the law always produces legalism; a high view of the law makes a person a seeker after grace.”  Pastor Tchividjian then contrast the two views. A low view of the Law: […]

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Increased grace

By Dave Henning / July 26, 2014

“Sin is not canceled by lawful living, for no person is able to live up to the law.  Nothing can take away sin but the grace of God.”- Martin Luther Tullian Tchividjian (One Way Love) concluded in the last post that fight, flight, and appeasement don’t work, at least not in the long run.  Fighters […]

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Fight, flight, and appeasement

By Dave Henning / July 25, 2014

In Chapter 4 (“I Fought the Law- and the Law Won”) of One Way Love, author Tullian Tchividjian revisits his earlier statement that when we lay down the law, exercise control, or offer “constructive” criticism, it’s an illusion to believe that real change will happen: “The law may have the power to instruct and expose, […]

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Addicted to law?

By Dave Henning / July 24, 2014

“The law could promise life to me, if my obedience perfect be.”- Ralph Erskine (Scottish clergyman, 1685-1752) “If you want to make people mad, preach the law.  If you want to make them really, really mad, preach grace.”- Dr. Doug Kelly, Tullian’s theology professor Tullian Tchividjian expands his discussion of judgment in Chapter 3 of […]

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Big-L or little-l law

By Dave Henning / July 23, 2014

In Chapter 3 of One Way Love, Pastor Tullian Tchividjian quotes Martin Luther’s characterization of the Law as “a voice that man can never stop in his life.”  The Law has a power of its own: it accuses.  Whether we consciously realize it or not, judgment and expectation are the root cause of much of […]

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The law of capability

By Dave Henning / July 22, 2014

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”- Galatians 5:1 Tullian Tchividjian begins Chapter 3 (“Confessions of a Perfomancist”) of One Way Love with a discussion of the negative, even vicious, demands of performancism.  Performancism is a world in which successes aren’t really […]

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Addiction to control

By Dave Henning / July 21, 2014

As Tullian Tchividjian concludes Chapter 2 of One Way Love, he boldly states that a major goal of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, especially Matthew 5:17-48, is to clearly emphasize that whatever we think our greatest sin is, in reality it is much worse.  Jesus equates action with motivation, so that any attempts at self-salvation […]

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Righteous Behavior Motivation

By Dave Henning / July 20, 2014

“The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do  the right deed for the wrong reason.”- T. S. Eliot, “Murder in the Cathedral” Pastor Tullian Tchividjian continues Chapter 2 of One Way Love with a discussion of ethical behaviorism, a term psychologists use to describe a schema that exclusively defines a person’s righteousness in terms […]

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Rebellion vs. conformity

By Dave Henning / July 19, 2014

In Chapter 2 of One Way Love, Tullian Tchividjian continues his discussion of the story of the prodigal son by noting that the parable is more than a beautiful story of God’s one-way love: “it’s a beautiful picture of God’s one-way love for an unloving and actively hostile person.”  Yet, as Pastor Tchividjian asserts, the […]

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Grace or condemnation

By Dave Henning / July 18, 2014

Pastor Tullian Tchividjian (One Way Love) follows his discussion of The Parable of Two Sons with a tale of two very different lunches he had with concerned family friends, one before and one after he had been kicked out of the house at age sixteen. The first family friend read Tullian the riot act.  However, […]

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Crime and punishment

By Dave Henning / July 17, 2014

Then his master summoned him and said to him, “You wicked servant!  I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.  And should you not have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?”- The Unforgiving Servant, Matthew 18:32-33 In Chapter 2 (“How I Almost Killed My Mother”) of […]

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Grace, grace, and less grace

By Dave Henning / July 16, 2014

Pastor Tullian Tchividjian concludes Chapter 1 of One Way Love with the assertion that we often resist grace, even though it is beautiful and lifesaving.  By nature, he notes, we’re suspicious of promises that seem too good to be true. Tullian states that we resist grace because: 1.  even if we’re able to accept God’s […]

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