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That Happened! [excerpts from the life of Samson]

by Tyler Dirks

The angel of the Lord appeared to Samson’s mom and said to her, “Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.” Samson’s dad said to the angel of the Lord, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?” And […]

10101 Workday

by Tyler Dirks

1 Thessalonians 2:8 says, “Being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” One of the best ways to deepen friendships, galvanize fellowship, and fortify our familial bond in Christ is through gathering […]

Willy Wonka

by Tyler Dirks

Here’s what you need to appreciate about Willy Wonka… He is a stronghold for the oppressed (Psalm 9:9). Willy prioritizes the redemption of persecuted peoples, like the Oompa-Loompas. The Oompa-Loompas faced terrible hardships and peril in Loompaland (nothing but thick jungles infested by the most dangerous beasts in the world – – – > hornswoggles […]

The Best Book On Preaching

by Tyler Dirks

Is “Telling the Truth: The Gospel As Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale” by Frederick Buechner. Fred says that the Gospel is “the fairy tale that is too good not to be true.” [Selah] Fred says that the truth is “high and wild and holy, but preachers often reduce homiletics to apologetics. Preachers exchange the fairy-tale […]

How To Do Evangelism

by Tyler Dirks

It’s on the list of things you know you should be doing, but it’s awkward and scary. Telling people about what God has done in human history, and how God has invaded your life typically feels forced and uncomfortable. But I’m about to make your evangelism work much much easier! Simply start by asking anyone […]