Thank you for your interest in hosting Tullian Tchvidjian and his book tour based on his upcoming new release Glorious Ruin by David C. Cook.
There are only a few guarantees in life, and the R.E.M. song “Everybody Hurts” articulates one of the most pronounced. We all suffer. Pain is unavoidable. And it’s not a question of if but when. It can take the form of a sudden catastrophe such as the news of a brain tumor or it can be something more ordinary like a strained relationship that never seems to get easier, dragging on in a kind of dull ache. Sometimes the source is obvious and sometimes it is hidden, such as the slow-boiling anxiety or depression that haunt us even in our happiest moments. Whatever your experience, whatever variety of pain you’re most familiar with, the truth remains: each of us suffers in some way, every single day.
Sadly, the ways in which we cope with pain, loss, and tragedy often make the problems worse. Perhaps we roll up our sleeves and get down to the business of fixing things (and people!). Or maybe we succumb to the can-do, optimism of our surrounding culture, put on a happy face, and try to think positive.
Tullian’s message of Glorious Ruin avoids the typical mistakes we make when we try to deal with the pain in our lives. He shows that we don’t need answers and explanations as much as we need God’s presence in and through suffering. For sufferers, one thing is beautifully and abundantly true: God’s chief concern in your pain is to be with you and be himself for you. The good news of the Gospel is not ultimately a defense from pain, it is the message of God’s rescue throughpain. In other words, our ruin may not ultimately spell our undoing. It may in fact spell the beginning of freedom.
These evenings with Tullian will be limited to 8 – 12 cities between September 11 and November 15, 2012.
Qualifications a church must meet in order to be considered to host:
- 1. Believe strongly in the message and willing to pray and promote strongly throughout your city.
- 2. Church facility that seats at least 1000.
- 3. Willingness to share this message to both believers in your city as well as non-believers. We believe as CS Lewis said, “Pain is God’s megaphone to awaken a deaf soul” and struggle has a great way of opening all of hearts and minds.
- 4. If you meet these requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 5. Thanks again for your interest in Tullian and his new book. We will be releasing all of the latest tour updates, like dates/cities/bands that will be appearing through Pastor Tullian’s twitter. If you are not already following him on twitter, you can find him @pastortullian.
Tullian Tchvidjian & The Glorious Ruin Tour brought to you by The Hub and David C. Cook.