Posts by Tyler Dirks

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Imaginatively Inhabit

by Tyler Dirks

Fact: It is the year 2017. Fact: God has Authored me to exist in the year 2017. Therefore, I must personally come to terms with these facts. I must grasp ‘the reality’ of the world in which I have been placed. I must get with the times. I need to make decisions and do things in […]

Use Your Imagination

by Tyler Dirks

My word for 2017 is “Imagination.” I am increasingly convinced that we (the human race in the 21st century) have an atrophied imagination. We are invited to endure as seeing Him who is invisible, and we are told that though we have not seen Him, we love Him. Though we do not now see Him, we […]

Stories of Subversion

by Tyler Dirks

The Author and Maker SEZ to submit to the people whom He has ordained, assigned, and positioned in authority over us. The Maker SEZ, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and […]

Something Unpopular Remains To Be Dealt With…

by Tyler Dirks

One of the most widely-revered thinkers of the 20th century is a man by the name of Clive Staples Lewis. I have personally met humans from a variety of Christian denominations and world religions who enthusiastically embrace and enjoy his work. I marvel at this. Because Clive Lewis is not a man who avoids controversial […]

How We Evaluate Missionaries

by Tyler Dirks

Every community on the planet supports missionaries. On the most basic level, everyone deeply approves of something, and there is an inescapable desire to advocate for, and convert others to, the same set of beliefs. Some have clearly defined criteria for evaluating whether or not they will endorse and support someone, while others take a […]

Practical, Relevant, Vital

by Tyler Dirks

It can be fun to traffic in the abstract, but sooner or later I want something that’s actually going to make an impact. So here it is – – – > the most practical, relevant, and vital thing you must do every day: *The daily reading, pondering, praying through, tasting and digesting the Word of […]

Plague of Meat

by Tyler Dirks

Quail carcasses everywhere. A day’s walk in any direction …3 feet of quail corpses as far as the eye can see. Envision it. See it in your mind’s eye till you start to smell the sea of meat …hold it fast in your imagination till you can practically feel the wilting feathers being pressed underfoot […]

The Power to Love Others: Who Pays?

by Tyler Dirks

She had A LOT of work to do! She rose early (pre-sunrise). She zombie-lurched to the bathroom. Her husband had installed a light switch sensor so that she didn’t have to mess around attempting to locate the tiny torture lever furnished to expose her waking wretchedness. Light burst upon the scene and exploded all around […]

Who’s The Worst?

by Tyler Dirks

Once upon a time a perfect man walked the earth. He recruited to Himself some extremely imperfect followers. He was always feeding them humble pie, but somehow they habitually managed to conjure up arguments about “their own greatness.” In fact, they would often have debates with one another about which one of them was the […]

Be Present

by Tyler Dirks

As all of you know, I am a fan Jason Petty’s poetic work in general, and this particular composition registers acutely – causing me to consider one of the most pervasive, personal, and pastoral concerns of our epoch. SIMPLY PUT – – – > YOU ARE ADDICTED TO YOUR PHONE, AND IT’S HURTING YOUR FAMILY.  […]