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 – […]

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, […]