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instead of instagram

by Tyler Dirks

Our primary conversation partner tends to be our phone. Doomscrolling. Social media binging. Fox News fretting. CNN hysteria. NPR self-righteousness and victimizationism. Etc. We need to limit our conversations with these outlets. They are toxic. They are not constructive. They do not cultivate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness, or self-control. We cannot […]

God Insists

by Tyler Dirks

Remember that time John was stuck in prison and he sent his friends to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” Or what about that time when the disciples of John came to Jesus, and asked Him, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your […]

G.E.T.

by Tyler Dirks

‘Operation Athens’ is in the works for 2023. In preparation for this mission the question must be begged: Why go to Greece? Certainly, the deployed ECPC operatives will exercise their unique abilities, special skills, and general helpfulness in Athens. However, the primary purposes of the mission are as follows: 1. GLIMPSE our future. America has […]

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 […]

Forgiveness

by Tyler Dirks

“When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases. But pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. […]

True Reverence & Training Worth Doing

by Tyler Dirks

If someone asked you, “What are the ‘irreverent, silly myths,’ Paul’s talking about in 1 Timothy 4?” what would you say? What do you think Jesus would say? It seems like Jesus would say, “Paul is referring to the myth of self-sufficiency.” …Jesus was regularly getting into altercations with pompous religious types who propagated and […]

Making The Best Use of the Time

by Tyler Dirks

A close friend of mine has been telling me my whole life, “Make the best use of the time, because the days are evil. …Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer […]

Elisha & Miraculous Stuff

by Tyler Dirks

Water problem solved. 42 disrespectful small boys ripped apart by 2 she-bears. Music, water, and Moab. Oil in vessels to save 2 sons from slavery. A baby son for an old wealthy couple. Resurrection of wealthy family’s son. Remedied the death stew. Food multiplication. Curing an extremely high-ranking, and oppressive, Syrian military official of leprosy. […]

Coping With Stress

by Tyler Dirks

Have you ever been stressed out? Some of you have stressful jobs. Many moments where you’re barely hitting your deadlines; and it feels like you’re always on the brink of burning out. Some folks are swimming in stress because they all-of-a-sudden find themselves navigating increased financial obligations. Some of you are stressed because you recently […]

Tithe: Part II

by Tyler Dirks

When I was nine years old I wanted to give my mom a present.  It wasn’t out of a sense of compulsion.  It wasn’t her birthday.  It wasn’t Mother’s Day.  I simply wanted to give her a present because I loved her.  I was thankful for who she was, and how she loved me.  Both […]