Posts by Tyler Dirks

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Engaging Triggers in Marriage

by Tyler Dirks

@ some point in 2021 (perhaps February) ECPC will host a simple, yet substantive, marriage retreat. Here’s a little PREVIEW. “Normalizing the fact that triggers are going to be there, everyone is going to experience them and you can’t avoid them, they happen, I think can also help mitigate a little bit of shame that […]

Secret Service

by Tyler Dirks

A few weeks ago I visited a friend. It was an enjoyable visit. A few hours after the visit I suddenly found myself inexplicably wondering if I had said anything offensive. I analyzed the conversation and quickly determined that nothing was out of the ordinary. However, I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that perhaps my […]

Jesus Has Questions

by Tyler Dirks

I was chatting with Noah Schnee yesterday, and I asked him if he’d read anything good recently. He said that he just finished a book called “Exodus.” He said that Act One was thrilling, but the Second Act was tediously crammed with technical minutiae. For instance, here’s an excerpt from chapter XXVII, “You shall make […]

Propaganda Is Thoughtful

by Tyler Dirks

Most of the time I like to listen to audiobooks or podcasts when I run. However, from time to time I prefer music; and this morning the music was made by an artist named Jason Petty (a.k.a. Propaganda). I invite you to savor some of his lyrics – – – > I don’t why, still […]

Γαλατία

by Tyler Dirks

I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering, “What was it like in Galatia 1,978 years ago?” You’re pondering the question, “What did people in the ancient highlands of modern-day Turkey consider to be ‘important’?” It just so happens that this morning I was reading a first century letter written to people in Galatia! As it […]

East of Eden [Chapter 34]

by Tyler Dirks

My wife gets car sick. However, for some reason if she’s behind the wheel the motion malady is held at bay. So when she declared herself driver on a recent expedition to Mt. Mitchell, I knew that my fate as reader had been sealed. My wife’s pastor has been badgering her to read East of […]

Why The Rooster?

by Tyler Dirks

ECPC’s emblem is a rooster clinging to a cross. This image does not originate with us; though we have modified it with the help a local Charlotte artist name Matt Stevens, this logo was gifted to us by our sister church City Pres (PCA) in Oklahoma City. The image itself is ancient; the substance and savoriness […]

Sing Through Days Sorrow

by Tyler Dirks

God is teaching me about lamentation these days (both educationally and experientially). I have discovered that the typical default settings for humans are: anxiety, anger, and apathy; none of which are healthy, and all of which God works to eclipse and supplant with the edification of lamentation. When confronted with confusing and cumbersome realities humans […]

Woman With A Disabling Spirit for 18 Years [Luke 13:11]

by Tyler Dirks

Imagine there is a woman in your community who has been afflicted with a disabling spirit for 18 years. This woman is bound by Satan, she is chronically suffering a condition that burdens her to be bent over all the time; she hasn’t been able to straighten her back or stand upright for almost 2 […]

Learn to do good, seek justice, and correct oppression (Isaiah 1:17)

by Tyler Dirks

In 2016 the following was approved by the PCA General Assembly by a vote of 861-123, with 23 abstentions: That Overture 43 be answered in the affirmative, as amended; and answer all racial reconciliation overtures with reference to this action: Therefore be it resolved, that the 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America […]