Posts from April 2023

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Disappointment & Joy

by Tyler Dirks

I have always hated disappointment. I live as if man’s chief end is to avoid disappointment at all costs. My intuitive belief is that joy and disappointment are completely at odds with one another, and thus I am compelled to develop robust systems of defense against disappointment. For example, the devil prowls the earth like […]

Books That Really Do Something To You

by Tyler Dirks

I have a rock climbing buddy named Roth who loves to read. As we’ve ‘talked books’ he’s mentioned that certain books ‘really do something to him.’ There are hilarious books, riveting books, inspiring books, intriguing books, ruminative books, etc. But then there are books that intimately impact you, and convert you to a cause, and […]

Curing Lukewarmness

by Tyler Dirks

Carrie & I were on a walk yesterday and we crossed paths with our neighbor (and ECPC regular attender) Jacob. We stopped to chat with Jacob and his buddies for a few minutes, and Jacob asked, “How do I avoid being a lukewarm Christian?” How should we answer Jacob’s question? Let’s start by rejecting any […]

A Point Of Emphasis For Fyodor

by Tyler Dirks

“The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.” – The Brothers Karamazov [Fyodor Dostoevsky] Tyler’s commentary… truth is often disdained and dismissed in […]

Abba Says, “Steward the mystery of My mercy.”

by Tyler Dirks

I was chatting with my friend Peter this morning, and he said, “I aim to stir up your sincere mind by way of reminder.” And I was like, “Why do you talk like that? Why don’t you simply say, ‘I wanna remind you of something’?” And Peter said, “Don’t be cheeky. Just listen.” So I […]

Redeeming The Foul Forest

by Tyler Dirks

I once was the proud owner of a forest. The formation of my forest came about quite naturally, for it was a forest of egotism. When it comes to egomania I’ve always been a natural – I don’t even have to try …it’s effortless! Every square inch of my self-serving sanctuary grew up naturally …no […]