Posts by Tyler Dirks

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Run Forest Run

by Tyler Dirks

Forest Gump ran for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hrs. Whenever you think about Forest Gump you can envisage: The guy who ran to collect Jonathan’s arrows (1 Samuel 20:36). Ahimaaz (2 Samuel 18). Running into battle (Psalm 18:29). The sun …running its daily course with joy; like a bridegroom (Psalm 19:5). […]

That Happened! [excerpts from the life of Samson continued]

by Tyler Dirks

Warning, excerpts from Samson’s life contain large quantities of inappropriocity. Proceed with caution. So you remember how Samson had the hots for a lady in Timnah, and they got hitched; and then Samson stormed off during the wedding reception because he was angry with some fellas over a gambling fiasco? Well, after Samson cooled-off a […]

Attending Church(es): The Screwtape Letters [Chapter XVI]

by Tyler Dirks

I was listening to The Screwtape Letters on Hoopla while driving to climb with Will this morning. I found the 16th letter to be particularly constructive, so now I share it with you: My dear Wormwood, You mentioned casually in your last letter that the patient has continued to attend one church, and one only, […]

That Happened! [excerpts from the life of Samson]

by Tyler Dirks

The angel of the Lord appeared to Samson’s mom and said to her, “Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.” Samson’s dad said to the angel of the Lord, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?” And […]

Good Deed Crimes

by Tyler Dirks

Arthur saw a guy panhandling on the median in between Little Caesar’s Pizza and Autobell. Arthur pulled into a gas station, got out of his car, and walked over to the guy on the median. Arthur said, “Hey man, I’m Arthur. What’s your name?” The panhandler said, “James.” Arthur said, “I have something I need […]

‘Eid Milad Majid’ (عيد ميلاد مجيد)

by Tyler Dirks

It’s Christmas time! And you know what that means!? We must ponder God’s promises to Egypt! Every Christmas we are compelled by The Holy Spirit to imaginatively immerse ourselves in the scene where Joseph & Mary receive wealthy astrologically-obsessed guests, who have traveled for months to worship their toddler. These wealthy Eastern Astrologers lavish extravagant […]

Making The Familiar Strange

by Tyler Dirks

Don’t be LAZY when it comes to imaginatively immersing yourself in the chronicles of Christmas. Imaginatively inhabit these real-life scenarios – – – > Genesis 3:8-15; Genesis 22:15-17; Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Isaiah 11:1-4, 6-9; Luke 2:8-16; Matthew 2:1-12; Revelation 12:1-6, 13-17; & John 1:1-14. Receive and relish what you’ve allowed to become ‘prosaically familiar’ and […]

Be Like Birds

by Tyler Dirks

G.K. Chesterton said, “People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. But the fact is, there never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy.”   We are infatuated with “the praise & attention of man.” We anchor our identity and our sense of meaning […]

The Next Series

by Tyler Dirks

G.K. Chesterton said, “People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. But the fact is, there never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy.” The same could be said for the church. In 1 & 2 Thessalonians we are assailed with perilous and electrifying […]

E8

by Tyler Dirks

The king texts his scribes. The scribes show up lickety-split. The Queen of Persia’s cousin dictates a new edict to the royal scribes. The edict is addressed to the satraps, the governors, and the officials of all the provinces of Persia (spanning from India to Ethiopia …127 provinces). And each province is addressed in its […]