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The Society of the Weak

by Tyler Dirks

A group of men asked their Maker, “Which one of us is the most spectacular, the most relevant, and the most important?” The Maker put a uncredentialed, unimpressive, feeble child in their midst and said, “Unless you repent, and become like this child, you will never be great.” The Maker went on to explain to […]

Jesus bids you to follow Him (even Monday-Saturday)

by Tyler Dirks

I’m reading a book by Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper called, “Faith Mapping,” and on page 162 they share an insight from Dallas Willard …and I think we need to absorb it and ask God to Author and Perfect it in the body of ECPC. In our culture, and among Christians as well, Jesus Christ […]

Early Church Fathers

by Tyler Dirks

I’m currently reading a book by Rankin Wilbourne entitled “Union With Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God.” Rankin keeps quoting the early church fathers as a way of calling attention to the emphasis on union with Christ in Scripture and in the souls of those who are obsessed with Scripture. As I absorb […]

Easter Means… Your Evils Are Forgiven.

by Tyler Dirks

Tomorrow Jesus stoops to wash my feet. Friday Jesus drinks the wrath. Jesus is adamant about my atonement and my adoption. Sunday Jesus rises from the grave so that He can eternally enjoy the oneness with me that He purchased 3 days prior. It is true. It is staggering …God loves His enemies and does […]

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 […]

The People We Love Who Reject Joy

by Tyler Dirks

How are we supposed to feel about the people we love, who are not interested in personally repenting and relying entirely on Jesus (like the woman in Mark 14:3ff)? How are we supposed to react to the people we care about, who say, “I don’t need to read the Bible or regularly examine myself as […]

Advocate

by Tyler Dirks

Someone recently reminded me that advocacy is a big deal to God [1 Jn. 2:1; Prov. 31:8-9; Heb. 8:1-2]. As in all things, there are good ways to go about advocating, and there are bad ways to go about it. The bad versions of advocacy are those efforts founded upon, and fueled by arrogance, anger, […]

Scared of Evangelism

by Tyler Dirks

About a month ago I watched a documentary called “The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young.” Ever since I saw it, I’ve been telling people about it. Unsolicited, out-of-nowhere, I will ask people, “Have you ever heard of the Barkley Marathons…?” Whether or not people want to hear about it is beside the […]

How To Handle A Legalist

by Tyler Dirks

“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he […]

An Errand to the World’s Edge

by Tyler Dirks

My family & I recently listened to “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” on audiobook. For a variety of reasons, this scene where King Caspian extends an exclusive & privileged invitation to select men to join him on a dangerous mission to the world’s edge resonated with me. Please read & enjoy… At this point […]