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The Job of the Ordained Guys

by Tyler Dirks

Ordained leaders should joyfully embody the emphasis of 2 Corinthians 8:1-11; AND they should PUT POSITIVE PRESSURE on all the diákonos/followers of Jesus to SERVE as unordained / unofficial / informal INITIATIVE-TAKERS and bonafide laborers. In 2 Corinthians 8:1-11, the Apostle (i.e. ordained leader) Paul is NOT primarily taking responsibility for the work that needs […]

The Confederacy of the Humbled

by Tyler Dirks

I just finished listening to “A Gentleman In Moscow” last week. Then, this week, my buddy mentioned the quote below from “A Gentleman In Moscow“. So I take it as a sign that I’m supposed to copy and paste the quote on the ECPC blog —> The Confederacy of the Humbled is a close-knit brotherhood […]

She-bears

by Tyler Dirks

Read 2 Kings 2:23-25. Then imagine asking Jesus of Nazareth, “What’s your interpretation and application of this anecdote?” (Luke 2:46-47; 24:27). ::: Elisha was traveling to the house of God He encountered a jeering small boy squad 42 they numbered Then the She-bears lumbered And upon the small boys they gnawed A limerick based on […]

Bonhoeffer Quote [Life Together]

by Tyler Dirks

“It may be that Christians, notwithstanding corporate worship, common prayer, and all their fellowship in service, may still be left to their loneliness. The final break-through to fellowship does not occur, because, though they have fellowship with one another as believers and as devout people, they do not have fellowship as the undevout, as sinners. […]

Good Quotes From AGIM

by Tyler Dirks

I’m listening to “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Here are some excellent excerpts from the book – – – > what matters in life is not whether we receive a round of applause; what matters is whether we have the courage to venture forth despite the uncertainty of acclaim. Alexander Rostov was neither […]

He’s Where!?

by Tyler Dirks

Edwardo had often wondered, “Where is God?” Edwardo would lay in his bed at night and wish that God would tangibly come hug him and tuck him in (it seemed a fatherly thing for God to do, and a childlike thing for Edwardo to want). Every night Edwardo yearned for it, and wondered “Where is […]

Notes From Gene’s Bio

by Tyler Dirks

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I’m listening to Eugene Peterson’s authorized biography. Here are some paraphrased excerpts from the book: The temptation to be “an expert” is relentless. He began to notice a latent messianic complex, where he was drawn to locate the emotional problems of people and then “FIX THEM EFFICIENTLY.” […]

Rabbi No No

by Tyler Dirks

Once upon a time there was a community of rabbis. Like all communities, they had their way of doing things. They had long standing traditions and rules. For example: [Rule #1] All rabbis must invest the majority of their time at the synagogue or temple (because this is where serious God stuff gets accomplished). [Rule […]

Spiritual Guidance & Maturity

by Tyler Dirks

These days I’m listening to Winn Collier’s book “A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson.” I am increasingly enamored with the value system promoted via Eugene’s story, and I’m exceedingly convinced that Eugene’s approach to pastoral work, and to simply being human, is richly compatible with the emphatic commendation of […]

Some JHP Quotations

by Tyler Dirks

“Yet, unbelief doesn’t see God as the ultimate good. So it can’t see sin as the ultimate evil. It instead sees sin as a good thing and thus God’s commands as a stumbling block to joy. In believing the devil, I didn’t need a pentagram pendant to wear, neither did I need to memorize a […]