Posts by Tyler Dirks

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Brazen Courageous Joy

by Tyler Dirks

Sometimes joy seems impertinent. Once upon a time there was a king who wished to transport something infinitely powerful, and exceedingly lethal to mortals. The king failed to adhere to, and abide by, the particular protocol necessary to ensure the safety of the community while moving the mortally perilous object. The negligence of the king […]

What We Must Have From Our Leaders

by Tyler Dirks

Last night the elders of ECPC examined two men for offices of ordained leadership in the church. I woke with the following question writ bold in my imagination, “What must we have from our leaders?” In 1779 a man thoroughly acquainted with his personal, specific, and substantive evils and wretchedness wrote the following poem – […]

Heed

by Tyler Dirks

We often hear song lyrics, but fail to heed the story being told. I remember working as a prep cook in the kitchen at Kappa Kappa Gamma in Manhattan KS, and my boss Liz loved to listen to Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, and Melissa Etheridge while we worked. One time we were listening to the […]

This Is Us

by Tyler Dirks

Disclaimer: I have personally seen zero episodes of Dan Fogelman’s American television drama “This Is Us.” But a rabbi friend of mine named Ray is a big fan of the show, and he talks about it all the time. He recently told me about an episode where a father is perpetually telling his daughter how […]

Never Defend Yourself

by Tyler Dirks

You know those moments when you’re out to lunch with a friend at a Vietnamese restaurant and you get to talking about your compulsive tendencies of being defensive and combative, and then your friend reminds you of how an older, wiser, mutual friend is always harping on the vital importance of never defending yourself? Well […]

Self-Esteemism vs. Sanctification

by Tyler Dirks

Clothes for Christmas. It happens every year. I’m not opposed to receiving clothes for Christmas (though I will candidly confess that I generally prefer Nerf products), however clothing often arouses a vain pestering pressure to become preoccupied with self-image. Cosmetic commodities and considerations can quickly devolve into fretful seasons of superficiality and self-absorption. For instance, […]

Why Men Get Angry

by Tyler Dirks

Fear of failure. That’s why men are so angry all the time. Men are constantly striving to protect themselves from being perceived as a failure. Why is dad so anal and OCD about stuff? Why is Mr. so and so always grumpy and grouchy? Why is he so critical and negative? Why is that guy jaded, […]

What Are the Parsons Working On These Days?

by Tyler Dirks

Of course there are various odds and ends to any and all callings and endeavors, and these sundry miscellaneous bits and pieces of the work week can be interesting in their own right …but what sort of Emphatic Pastoral Ponderings does the Holy Spirit have the parsons of ECPC working on these days? Pastor Ginn […]

Unhurried

by Tyler Dirks

As many of you know – I regularly partake of a publication called Critique. Please visit their website (click the word “Critique” in the previous sentence) and donate money to them so that I can keep receiving their publications cheap of charge. Why do I like Critique? I am lousy at unhurriedness, and the folks […]

No Fear of Man

by Tyler Dirks

Once upon a time there was a group of important, powerful, and well-groomed men who believed in Jesus, but for fear of pretentious religious performers – they hid their fascination and agreement with Jesus. They were “sensibly concerned” with the risks of being ostracized and shunned by the jury of their peers (for they loved […]