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by Tyler Dirks

Here’s a recent text exchange with a good friend of mine… My Friend: Does a lack of persecution in one’s life mean there is a lack of boldness for the gospel? Me: I’d say that boldness (as embodied by Jesus of Nazareth) is primarily a radical commitment to be weak, vulnerable, and ‘powerless.’ Boldness is […]

2023 Sermon Series (Blurb)

by Tyler Dirks

The book of Judges reads like a series of bizarre dreams. The array of unusual stories is unparalleled. It is a saga of completely off-the-wall, utterly unexpected and shocking events. And the deeper you go into the narrative the more you realize that this dream is actually a nightmare. You come to find that the […]


by Tyler Dirks

Let’s think about the motion picture Nacho Libre. The film is loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta (“Friar Storm”, a.k.a. Rev. Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez), a real-life Mexican Catholic priest who had a 23-year career as a masked luchador and competed in order to support the orphanage he directed. There are a few things […]

A Good Time

by Tyler Dirks

What’s your criteria for “a good time”? For example, on any given day, if you have an unexpected hour of free time, what would you need to do in order to endorse and esteem that hour as “time well spent”? Here’s one recommendation… Google quotes by GK Chesterton on goodreads, and ponder them. If you […]

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 […]

ECPC’s Vision

by Tyler Dirks

There are various ways to appropriately, and emphatically, communicate the primary dimensions of ECPC’s vision. For example, we could say, “We decide to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And we live as aliens and strangers in this world, in weakness and in fear and much trembling. And our speech and our message […]