Posts from August 2023

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Family Drama & Dysfunction

by Tyler Dirks

The church is a dysfunctional family. There is no escaping some degree of drama. Drama and dysfunction are like bad weather. You can build houses and structures that keep the elements out, but the weather is still battering the house, and you yourself cannot always avoid it (e.g. like when you are coming home from […]


by Tyler Dirks

The best sermon ever preached didn’t happen in a sanctuary …it happened on a mountainside (Matthew 5:1). Jesus loved being on mountains (Matthew 14:23; 15:29: 17:1; 28:16). Mountains are metaphors for the most edifying experiences of life. The rigors of acclimatizing to altitude, the perseverance required to hike, the problem solving required to climb, the […]

Grown Up “Greatness”

by Tyler Dirks

What makes someone truly great? What is the zenith of wisdom and maturity? Who should we esteem and celebrate as the most distinguished and exemplary people on the planet? Or to put it another way… what if God Himself were to appoint a group of people to positions of prominence and authority? What should they […]


by Tyler Dirks

Who is on your TOP 5 list of people you’d like to grab a beer with and chat? Rahab the prostitute is on my TOP 5 list! And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the […]