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Jesus Is Better Than Santa

by Tyler Dirks

In my line of work I come across lots of interesting ingredients and culinary combinations that invariably cannot be included in the weekly soul food feast on Sundays. So from time to time I like to take these unutilized portions of sermon prep and offer them as mid-week snacks. Snack time today consists of a […]

The Nurse Who Read Jeremiah

by Tyler Dirks

Someone recently shared a NY Times article with me written by a critical care doctor in NYC. The article basically talks about the fact that many healthcare workers are having a hard time with wanting to care for Covid-19 patients. The doctor who wrote the article said, “I’ve always tried to be a doctor who […]

An Update From Our Session Regarding Covid-19 | March 20th, 2020

by Katie Blumenstein

ECPC Congregation, We pray that this message finds you and your family well. During this unparalleled event in our country, we are continuing to monitor the mounting recommendations and mandates regarding COVID-19 and are striving to find the appropriate cadence for the ECPC family during these events.  In continued accordance with the ever changing local, […]

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, […]