SHAWNEE — Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, will speak at 8 p.m. March 6 at Oklahoma Baptist University as part of the “Glorious Ruin Tour.” The worship event, which is designed to bring a message of hope amid suffering, also will feature Christian musician Jon Neufeld.
The community is invited to attend the Glorious Ruin Tour event free of charge, but tickets are required and available online. All seating is general admission.
The “Glorious Ruin Tour” is named for the book by the same name authored by Tchividjian, senior pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Tchividjian has written several books exploring Christian issues in today's world.
A Florida native, Tchividjian is a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, lecturer of pastoral theology at Knox Theological Seminary and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal.
A graduate of Columbia International University and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla., he is the author of several books including “Jesus + Nothing = Everything” (Crossway) and “Glorious Ruin” (David C. Cook). He travels extensively, speaking at conferences throughout the United States, and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program “Liberate.”
“I am constantly looking for ways to introduce students to the personal nature of God for their lives,” said Dale Griffin, dean of spiritual life at OBU. “I am passionate about wanting them to know how much their heavenly Father loves them, thinks of them, cares for them.”
“In Tullian Tchividjian's ‘Glorious Ruin' tour and book, students will be introduced again to the true and living God who is with us,” Griffin said. “Tullian will not attempt to answer the question of ‘Why suffering?' or the ‘What?' of suffering. While speaking with our students, Tullian will address the ‘Who?' of suffering. Who does God prove Himself to be in your suffering? Tullian's message is fresh and full of conviction. Our students and community will be encouraged and strengthened by Tullian's message of hope: God is with us and for us.”
Contemporary Christian singer Neufeld, 29, is a member of the Christian rock band Starfield, a Canadian Christian music group from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The group has songs and albums that have made the top of music charts in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Neufeld does backup vocals and plays electric guitar with his brother, Tim.