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Two Viable Versions of Coping With Abuse

by Tyler Dirks

*These are 2 viable versions of coping with abuse. This is not a comprehensive list of ways to cope, but these are 2 ways of coping that often don’t get published in blog posts or prescribed to victims of abuse. 1. There is a long-time member of our church who has suffered more trauma, injustice, […]

Difficult Shepherding Case

by Tyler Dirks

We have a long-time member of our church who separated himself from the community. He made an impulsive decision to get married to a non-Christian. This ill-advised union led to the birth of 3 sons. Two of the sons were put to death by the Lord because they were wicked. I have often wondered if […]

Good Friday

by Tyler Dirks

Why is it called “GOOD Friday”? At a glance it would seem that we might call this day anything but “GOOD.”  As Jesus of Nazareth sized-up this day, He described it as an episode of unparalleled offense, suffering, and injustice (Mark 12:1-11).  Jesus compares the events of Good Friday to a man who planted a […]

Sex Trafficking, Plagues, & Deportation

by Tyler Dirks

Once upon a time there was a guy who knew God. This guy was close friends with God. God promised this guy unprecedented greatness and support. God would APPEAR to this guy, and this guy would build altars to God and reverently call upon the Name of God. One day this guy got nervous about […]

Not As Important As I Think

by Tyler Dirks

When I was in middle school, Starter Jackets were “mandatory.” It was simply “unacceptable” to be without a Starter Jacket. So you can imagine my alarm when I did not receive a Starter Jacket for Christmas in 7th grade. I had known since October that simply qualifying for the popularity contest was contingent on owning […]

Manipulation?

by Tyler Dirks

ma·nip·u·late| məˈnipyəˌlāt | Handle or control, typically in a skillful manner. Control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly. pres·sure| ˈpreSHər | The use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something. Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal […]

Rejecting God’s Signs & Taking Offense

by Tyler Dirks

We are surrounded by evidence of God’s authority and glory, but we choose to ignore or dismiss the signs. Take 30 seconds right now, and look up at the sky …do you see what’s happening? The sky is proclaiming the work of God’s hands (Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 40:26). Simply imagine the ocean for a moment […]

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 […]

Identity

by Tyler Dirks

I have a strong inclination to protect the lambs of Jesus against prowling wolves who trick people into exchanging their identity in Christ for lesser things. I’m very concerned about the great harm that comes to people when they fixate on anything more than they fixate on the Word of God (a.k.a. Jesus of Nazareth […]

Abuse of Power

by Tyler Dirks

There is A LOT being written about abuse of power these days. I’m sad to say that the stories from Scripture below are hardly ever emphasized. They might be alluded to or mentioned, but typically they are not what we pour ourselves into. Jesus of Nazareth loved and cared for people best by insisting that […]