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Be Holy

by Tyler Dirks

I was having breakfast with Carlos at Sunrise Restaurant this morning. And I was like, “So what you got going on these days?” And he was like, “I’m going to the mountains with my comrades to consider how to be holy, for God is holy (1 Peter 1:16).” And I asked, “What misconceptions come to […]

Whatever He Pleases, He Does

by Tyler Dirks

And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord;    my horn is exalted in the Lord.My mouth derides my enemies,    because I rejoice in your salvation. [*What does your heart exult in? What do you deride BECAUSE of the joy of your salvation?] “There is none holy like the Lord:    for there is none besides you;    there […]

What’s Next for ECPC (2021)?

by Tyler Dirks

The best thing about ECPC has always been fellowship (with God, and with one another). The foundation, framework, and wholistic flavoring of our fellowship with God is found in simply sitting on the floor at Jesus’ feet and listening to Him tell stories (Luke 10:39, 42). And our shared obsession with the stories of Jesus […]

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 […]

Plague of Meat

by Tyler Dirks

Quail carcasses everywhere. A day’s walk in any direction …3 feet of quail corpses as far as the eye can see. Envision it. See it in your mind’s eye till you start to smell the sea of meat …hold it fast in your imagination till you can practically feel the wilting feathers being pressed underfoot […]

Racial Reconciliation

by Tyler Dirks

Yesterday I studied the Bible with a man who doesn’t (physically) look like me. We are both of the same race (the human race), but our ethnicity is different. Also, our life experiences and cultures are a bit different. As we talked about what we see God saying to us in Scripture – our interpretations […]

Can’t Wait For Cake

by Tyler Dirks

Yesterday our Father gathered His family together, and He said, “the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” These Words were originally given to our ancestor Habakkuk regarding God’s promise to send […]

I Decided to Know Nothing Except…

by Tyler Dirks

I long for sweet simplicity. Hillary. Trump. Capitalism. Welfare. Political Correctness. Media Insanity. Lots and lots and lots of talking and emotion and mobs when there ought to be listening and curiosity and asking – in the words of Mr. Fox – “What’s the subtext here?” I hunger and thirst for stability and clarity and […]