Lots & Lots of Insecure Conversations & Concerns

by Tyler Dirks

What fuels “they argued with one another about who was the greatest” ? [Mk. 9:34] What’s the deal with our indignation and chronic discontentment with others – for basically being rampantly insecure and selfish just like us? [Mk. 10:41] How do we manage to daily deceive ourselves into believing that somehow our anger and insults […]

The Secret Life of the Church

by Tyler Dirks

What’s really going on in the church? What are the subterranean happenings of the ekklesia?         Well, if you really want to know …we are harboring an insurrectionist. He is an extremely powerful and subversive person operating in enemy occupied territory. He has won us to His cause, and made us members […]

Have You Ceased to Cherish This?

by Tyler Dirks

I recently heard from an old friend about the following scenario – – – > A suave guy showed up in our community. Everyone was immediately drawn to him. He was good looking, outgoing, hospitable, easy to talk to, articulate, and he even spoke of how “he’s not perfect” and how he “needs the grace […]

Folly & Friendship

by Tyler Dirks

I was recently talking with a good and trustworthy friend of mine, and he was telling me about a challenging relational situation he’s been dealing with. It is abundantly clear that my friend genuinely loves the individual he’s having problems with, and while it is true that love covers a multitude of sins, an inescapable […]

Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Katia

by Tyler Dirks

According to the dictionary on my computer – deluge means: “a great quantity of something arriving at the same time.” Certain seasons of life sometimes feel like this – – – > a deluge of difficulties, disturbances, and dilemmas. It’s kind of like 2017’s hurricane season – a series of heavy-duty hurricanes in quick succession. […]

Preaching the Unsearchable Riches of Christ With or Without Man’s Praise

by Tyler Dirks

On Sunday a retired pastor told me a story about a time when he was rebuked by a member of his congregation for being a “painfully bad preacher.” The retired pastor then scheduled a meeting with the Holy Spirit who used this traumatic confrontation to expose his idolatrous lust for man’s empty praise. The Holy […]

Mark XII: Begging Better Than Boasting

by Tyler Dirks

The Marvelous Thing The Lord Did 1And He began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. 2 When the season came, he sent a servant […]

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 […]