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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 […]

Walking by Faith Through Suffering

by Tyler Dirks

I’ll admit it …I like John Piper. To be perfectly honest I agree with JP about a lot of things. I will not attempt to veil the fact that I regularly listen to the Ask Pastor John Podcast. Moreover, I will not deny that I found the most recent episode of the APJP to be […]

Ready to Die [nunc dimittis]

by Tyler Dirks

Well, it’s Christmas time! And of course that means we’re all ready to die. Right?   Christmas time and death? …What do these have in common? What is Tyler talking about? Has he gone cray cray?   …Has Tyler been overly-influenced by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)? Is Tyler denouncing the consumerism commercialism […]

Love & Obedience

by Tyler Dirks

Do you like Science Fiction (why or why not)?  What do you make of Spiritual Warfare (what comes  to mind when you hear the words “Spiritual Warfare“?  How do you understand the premise and particulars of spiritual warfare?).  If you’re keen on developing a better understanding of The Great War, and if you fancy Science […]

Dear Wormwood

by Tyler Dirks

It’s been a long time since the last blog post here on the ECPC website.  I know that all of you faithful blog readers have been going through withdrawals, but alas – here is a fresh blog post! Disclaimer:  blogging is not my “unique ability” (at least I don’t think it is …but one can […]

Is Everything Political?

by Tyler Dirks

Article written by Denis Haack (Ransom Fellowship)   In Our Only World (2015), Wendell Berry argues that people must be careful to resist the temptation of politicization: the habit of mind that tends to reduce all of life to the political. “We must reject the idea—promoted by politicians, commentators, and various experts,” Berry says, “that […]

#denial #desensitized

by Tyler Dirks

She loved to gossip, and she was good at it.  She was quite masterful when it came to the art of hearsay – the delicate procedures of simultaneously striving to please people while besmirching people were now second-nature to her.  And “the best part” was that she was blissfully unaware of the devastating relational wreckage […]

Lamentation

by Tyler Dirks

Lamentation flows from a heart of humility.   Lamentation is a form of worshiping the only True & Living God, and an indispensable means of maturing in our trust of Him.   Problem – – – > we have zero humility.  We have buckets ‘o plenty, and storage units galore, and train cars by the […]

Christian Liberty [Part II]: Free to Need Christ and Each Other

by Tyler Dirks

There is a lady who knows a great deal about neediness, desperate dependence, reliance, and what it actually looks like to receive the Kingdom of God LIKE A CHILD (Mark 10:15).  For her, it’s not mere head knowledge – it’s experiential knowledge; she is a woman who has not only recognized her neediness, but relishes […]

Christian Liberty [Part I]

by Tyler Dirks

Love Constraining To Obedience by William Cowper To see the Law by Christ fulfilled, To hear His pardoning voice, Changes a slave into a child And duty into choice. 1. No strength of nature can suffice To serve the Lord aright And what she has, she misapplies, For want of clearer light. To see the […]