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Judah, son of Leah (Part I)

by Tyler Dirks

The instinct to keep the shameful details of my story hidden was very strong. On some level, the decision to reveal the truth was (and is) a mystery to me. Certainly, there are moments when I wish people didn’t know; there are those who criticize and cast scorn, but even in receiving the contempt of […]

The Power of Humility

by Tyler Dirks

The older I get the more I see how hard it is for humans to get along. We fought with our siblings and neighborhood kids growing up, and we thought we’d outgrow our self-serving assumptions and temper tantrums …but as adults we are arguably worse! At least when we were kids we genuinely believed we […]

Expertise vrs. Wisdom

by Tyler Dirks

Excepts from “Expertise v. Wisdom” by Denis Haack We live, it seems to me, in a world infatuated with experts, overwhelmed with knowledge and data, and glad it is all only a click or two away. Wisdom, on the other hand, seems to have receded into the background. For most of human history when people […]

No Christian Is An Only Child

by Tyler Dirks

“Whether we like it or not, the moment we confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we are at the same time a member of the church. Even if we do not permit our name to be placed on a church roll, or decline to identify ourselves with a particular congregation. Even if we […]

Disturbed By Jesus

by Tyler Dirks

I’ve noticed that people are easily unsettled. We are concerned, bothered, offended, and disturbed by the people around us. The statements and comments made by coworkers, fellow church members, neighbors, and instagram followers pierce our hearts and weigh heavy on our minds. Clearly we have not lost the capacity to care deeply about, and become […]

Ethan The Ezrahite

by Tyler Dirks

Imagine you are Ethan the Ezrahite (author of the final poem in Book III of the Psalms). …Ethan – that famous sage in the entourage of wise men – along with Heman, Calcol, and Darba – in the days of King David and King Solomon. This Ezrahite saw firsthand the glory of the Davidic empire! […]

The Bible Project

by Jason Piteo

With the new year upon us, and the likelihood that many are embarking on the journey of whatever Bible-reading plan they’ve chosen for the year, I’d like to share with you a resource, The Bible Project, which I’ve found to be very helpful. Props to Brandon for originally suggesting their YouTube videos to me a […]

What Does It Mean To Be Above Reproach?

by Tyler Dirks

The story of Above Reproach is related to the story of Integrity …in fact, they might even be the same person in slightly different outfits; or slightly different colognes on the same body – but with both outfits being objectively pleasing to God’s eye, and both aromas pleasing in God’s nostrils. |inˈtegritē| is the quality […]

Sometimes Sinclair…

by Tyler Dirks

…Writes blogs for Ligonier, and Tyler simply copy & pastes it into the ECPC blog: Just when you are about to finish one of the letters from the Apostle Paul, he hits you between the eyes with a one-liner that tells you how well he understands your Christian life. Have you ever experienced this? Take […]

Pray For Your Church Leaders!

by Tyler Dirks

Today I received a text message from an ordained PCA officer (a deacon to be specific). Though we have certainly had our differences, I must say that I found his message edifying. Here’s the message: “I want to hate my sins more than I hate the sins of others who sin differently than I do.” […]