Posts by Tyler Dirks

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Don’t Follow John (Part I)

by Tyler Dirks

The thing you gotta know about John was that …he was a sensation! All kinds of people from Judea and all the region about the Jordan River were flocking to John, and they were hanging on his every word and confessing their sins to him and being baptized by him! Really try to imagine the […]

Forgiveness

by Tyler Dirks

“When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases. But pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. […]

Your Secret Life

by Tyler Dirks

“When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Jesus of Nazareth Use the space below to write or doodle the details of your secret life:

Jesus Said What!?

by Tyler Dirks

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” [seems like Putin is ‘inheriting the earth’] “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” [seems like the merciful get taken advantage of] “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my […]

True Reverence & Training Worth Doing

by Tyler Dirks

If someone asked you, “What are the ‘irreverent, silly myths,’ Paul’s talking about in 1 Timothy 4?” what would you say? What do you think Jesus would say? It seems like Jesus would say, “Paul is referring to the myth of self-sufficiency.” …Jesus was regularly getting into altercations with pompous religious types who propagated and […]

It’s Fun to Fight Consumerism

by Tyler Dirks

The other day my friend said to me, “I notice that you’re always talking about the tragedy of consumerism, and you seem to be deeply disappointed with people treating church as a commodity.” I said, “Yeah, that’s accurate.” So then we launched into a conversation about whether or not the Minimalism Movement was the solution […]

Singing & Submission

by Tyler Dirks

The other day my friend Brian asked me, “How do you know if a community is filled with the Holy Spirit?” I said, “Speaking in tongues, signs & wonders, shouting, clapping, and wild dancing!” Brian said, “mmmm.” “What do you mean ‘mmmm’?” I asked. Brian said, “How do you address people in ECLT?” I was […]

The Eccentric Rabbi

by Tyler Dirks

Once upon a time some theologians asked an eccentric rabbi to do a miracle. The eccentric rabbi claimed to be God, so it’s understandable that the theologians wanted to see some kind of confirmation. But the thing is, the eccentric rabbi had already done lots of miracles, and the theologians had proved to be unsatisfiable. […]

Screwtape Letter #15

by Tyler Dirks

Our life group has been percolating on, and navigating, the reality of spiritual warfare (see Ephesians 6:10-11; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; 1 Peter 5:8-9; James 4:7; Colossians 1:13-14; John 16:33; 1 Corinthians 10:13), and we recently discussed Screwtape Letter #9. The discussion was lively and constructive, and I decided that it would be […]

Screwtape Letter #14

by Tyler Dirks

Our life group has been percolating on, and navigating, the reality of spiritual warfare (see Ephesians 6:10-11; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; 1 Peter 5:8-9; James 4:7; Colossians 1:13-14; John 16:33; 1 Corinthians 10:13), and we recently discussed Screwtape Letter #9. The discussion was lively and constructive, and I decided that it would be […]