Posts from April 2024

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Notes From Gene’s Bio

by Tyler Dirks

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I’m listening to Eugene Peterson’s authorized biography. Here are some paraphrased excerpts from the book: The temptation to be “an expert” is relentless. He began to notice a latent messianic complex, where he was drawn to locate the emotional problems of people and then “FIX THEM EFFICIENTLY.” […]

Rabbi No No

by Tyler Dirks

Once upon a time there was a community of rabbis. Like all communities, they had their way of doing things. They had long standing traditions and rules. For example: [Rule #1] All rabbis must invest the majority of their time at the synagogue or temple (because this is where serious God stuff gets accomplished). [Rule […]

Spiritual Guidance & Maturity

by Tyler Dirks

These days I’m listening to Winn Collier’s book “A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson.” I am increasingly enamored with the value system promoted via Eugene’s story, and I’m exceedingly convinced that Eugene’s approach to pastoral work, and to simply being human, is richly compatible with the emphatic commendation of […]

Some JHP Quotations

by Tyler Dirks

“Yet, unbelief doesn’t see God as the ultimate good. So it can’t see sin as the ultimate evil. It instead sees sin as a good thing and thus God’s commands as a stumbling block to joy. In believing the devil, I didn’t need a pentagram pendant to wear, neither did I need to memorize a […]

Cringe… Cherish

by Tyler Dirks

I have recommended the book “How To Stay Married” (by Harrison Scott Key) to lots of people. Approximately half(ish) of these people say, “I don’t like it!” My theory about why some people don’t like it, is because it makes us feel the way we’re supposed to feel with we read Scripture …uncomfortable and unsettled. […]

“prayers” v. prayers

by Tyler Dirks

Presbyterians love to pray. Arms outstretched from the roof of the world, great wizardly sleeves of those Genevan robes. Eyes wrenched closed, the rhetoric as high as the pulpits; stuffed with well-worn clauses: Lord of lords, and true and living God, and Thy Kingdom come. One of my issues with our grand old waspy church […]

Helping People

by Tyler Dirks

Just finished listening to Daisy Jones & The Six on audiobook. There are a couple of quotes that really hit me as I listened to this book. Here they are: Daisy: “I was caught in a world of my own ego. I had this validation I’d been looking for for such a long time, but […]