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Cru. Confu. Conceit. Child. Charge. Childlike.

by Tyler Dirks

Question: did Jesus strive to keep a low profile? Answer: yes (Mark 9:30). Question: why is Jesus always trying to keep a low profile? Answer: because Jesus is determined to be crucified, and he knows that once he explicitly tells the crowds what he’s about, they will murder him (see John 6:60-61); and Jesus isn’t […]

“Stop Dating My Mother!”

by Tyler Dirks

Remember that episode of The Office when Michael dates Pam’s mom? Remember how it drives Pam bonkers? Remember how the tension builds and eventually boils over in the break room when Pam yells at Michael, “Stop dating my mother!” And Michael says, “You know what? I’m gonna start dating her even harder.” Here’s the clip. […]

יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל*repost

by Tyler Dirks

Let’s think about the motion picture Nacho Libre. The film is loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta (“Friar Storm”, a.k.a. Rev. Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez), a real-life Mexican Catholic priest who had a 23-year career as a masked luchador and competed in order to support the orphanage he directed. There are a few things […]

what went down at Keilah

by Tyler Dirks

We had been through some tough stuff leading up to the Keilah incident. In fact, we’d been navigating formidable stuff our whole lives. We were the like people who came from Nazareth! We were the public school kids! We were a society of distressed, indebted, bitter souls. There were approx. 600 of us. And at […]

Paul’s Predicament

by Tyler Dirks

Here’s what Paul said to the church community in Corinth, “I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith. For I made […]

Excerpts From The Gospel of Mark

by Tyler Dirks

I briskly traversed through the Gospel of Mark this morning. I normally progress ploddingly through the Γέγραπται, but sometimes it’s helpful to conduct a sprightly trot through a gospel in order to obtain a better sense of the surplus and sundry instances of Jesus offending people. It is absolutely vital that we come to grips […]

The Movie Trailer for 1 Samuel 18

by Tyler Dirks

Imagine the movie trailer for 1 Samuel 18. It would be epic! Here’s what it would entail: Stout friendship (like Frodo & Sam)! Selflessness and sacrifice (like Spock in Star Trek 2, “The Wrath Of Kahn”)! Intense battle scenes (like “The Last of the Mohicans” and “The Battle Of Thermopylae #300”)! Dancing women brandishing tambourines […]

Do We Trust Eliashib?

by Tyler Dirks

Eliashib is the first guy mentioned in the wall rebuild, in the days of Nehemiah. He and his priestly brothers risked their lives to build the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem at an extremely perilous moment in Israel’s history. And the crazy thing is, most people would be hasty (and probably pretty sloppy) if they had […]

The Most Creative Person In The World

by Tyler Dirks

I was recently asked to create something (anything) ex nihilo (out of nothing). I couldn’t do it. In order to create anything, I require pre-existing matter and materials (even I myself require Someone else to create me!). There is only one person in the world who can create ex nihilo …the Holy Spirit. He is […]

M. Poppins

by Tyler Dirks

Let’s talk about Mary. Mary the earthly mother of Jesus? No doubt she’s a fascinating lady, and I would love to chat about her at some point in the future (e.g. What did she especially remember about her encounter with Gabriel? What was the biggest fight she and Joseph ever got in? What are 3 […]