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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 […]

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 […]

Violent Grace

by Tyler Dirks

I subscribe to a magazine called Critique (A Ransom Fellowship Publication).  I heartily commend it to you.  I find it to be thoughtful, edifying, challenging, and insightful.  Even when I disagree with the editor the clashes are still constructive (iron sharpens iron).  I have been exposed to some of the most robust and enriching authors, […]

Renown Reasonableness

by Tyler Dirks

8 years prior he had been the least self-controlled person she had ever encountered.  However, now he was renown for being reasonable.  Where was this reasonableness coming from?  Like most root systems, the one giving rise to his composure was not visible, and thus she was mired (at least for the moment) in a mystery.  […]

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

by Tyler Dirks

I recommend this book – – – > Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing   I recommend this book to adults and children, to those who are single and those who are married, to people who have children and people who don’t, the young and the elderly, the rich and the poor, the healthy and […]

Panicked

by Tyler Dirks

How could this happen!?  How could he – of all people – fall away?  This is appalling!  Such wretched and tawdry pests!  And who knows this better than him!?  Who is more intimately acquainted with their sordid doctrines than he is!?  And he defects!?!  He decides to join their ranks!  Of course I’m panicked!!!  If […]