Imaginatively Inhabit

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Joe Moe Dan & Dumbledore

by Tyler Dirks

We want things to “make sense.” We attempt to force people, decisions, and incidents into simplistic categories of “black” and “white”; “appropriate” and “inappropriate”; “abuse” and “care.” But then we read the most authoritative and active account of history and we find that people, decisions, and incidents are complicated, messy, and mysterious. For instance, once […]

The Nitty-Gritty of the Great Commission

by Tyler Dirks

Perhaps the most famous chapters in Scripture. Matthew 28 and Luke 24. The Marys visit the tomb of Jesus and find it empty! There’s an earthquake, an angel, and Jesus Himself – all converging to commission Christ’s followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Trinity, and […]

Dogs

by Tyler Dirks

To obtain maximum appreciation of this analogy you will need to partake of Wes Anderson’s 2018 film Isle of Dogs. If you haven’t already seen this film, it is heartily suggested that you (a) postpone your reading of this correspondence, cancel your plans for the next 1h 41m, watch the film, and then resume reading; […]

What Do We Do With Balaam?

by Tyler Dirks

If you press into the details of Balaam’s story, and if you operate with stouthearted integrity; then you will find yourself imaginatively inhabiting the complicated and highly nuanced realities of the world in Balaam’s day. And you will invariably be immersed in the tension of: a healthy distrust of fallible humans, and a holy delight […]

Bemidbar [דבר] Chapter 14

by Tyler Dirks

People were hysterical. Everyone was upset. The entire community turned against the leaders. They brought charges against them. The accusations were serious. Attempted murder, child abuse, gross misconduct that made 400 years of slavery look “pleasant.” In fact, there was serious talk of electing new leaders who would escort the nation back into bondage. The […]

Saved Sinners Will Judge Angels

by Tyler Dirks

“You have to admit, it’s difficult to make sense of this plan.” “Absolutely! I dare say it’s impossible to make ‘SENSE’ of it. We’re not dealing with something designed to accommodate our comprehension, but rather we are dealing with a mystery.” “So, you’re in favor of this plan?” “Absolutely! I love it!” “But you admit […]

Stay Engaged Forever?

by Tyler Dirks

John was a matchmaker maniac! John was instrumental in Kirche and Joshua getting engaged! As Kirche and Joshua coordinated with the wedding planner and met with their premarital counselor, Kirche started to wonder if the engagement perhaps needed to be prolonged. As she got into the thick of wedding planning, she realized that there were […]

intermission [the HE>I roadmap]

by Tyler Dirks

PROLOGUE. John said, “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away […]

Don’t Follow John (Part II)

by Tyler Dirks

Jesus was enjoying time with His friends at a house party. Some Pharisee folks were monitoring Jesus, and they were upset with Him for attending this party. Why you ask? That’s a good question. It seems like, if Jesus attends a party, then there is absolutely no way to condemn Him, because He’s perfect. But […]

Don’t Follow John (Part I)

by Tyler Dirks

The thing you gotta know about John was that …he was a sensation! All kinds of people from Judea and all the region about the Jordan River were flocking to John, and they were hanging on his every word and confessing their sins to him and being baptized by him! Really try to imagine the […]