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Come!

Posted by Tyler Kirkpatrick | December 10, 2019 “The people walking in darkness have a seen a great light… A child is born to us, a son is given…” -Isaiah 9:2, 6 Karl Rahner once said this about Advent: “Every year we roll up all our needs and yearnings and faithful expectation into one word: […]

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A Poem

Posted by Tyler Kirkpatrick | 11/13/2019 I make absolutely no claims to being a poet. I am invigorated by reading poetry, and I hold poets in high esteem, but I myself rarely endeavor to do it. Every once in awhile, however, a poem stirs in me and I do the best I can to help […]

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How Great Thou Art

Posted by Tyler Kirkpatrick | 10/31/2019 Last week Brittany and I worshipped in a leper colony. Well, sort of. Many of you are probably aware that we were very fortunate to spend the last week-and-a-half in Hawaii, time together that was restorative and for which we are very thankful. We spent a few nights on […]

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The People in My Ear

Posted by Tyler Kirkpatrick | 10/7/2019 “As long as we read the Bible or a spiritual book simply to acquire knowledge, our reading does not help us in our spiritual lives. We can become very knowledgeable about spiritual matters without becoming truly spiritual people.”                                                           -Henri Nouwen Over the past few months I’ve had a […]

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Humble Rest

Posted by Tyler Kirkpatrick | 9/2/2019 I am currently reading Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton. It’s a short little book, but I’m reading it slowly because it is filled with rich insights and, well, because it’s about contemplation. I came across this little insight this morning that gave me pause: “Give me humility in […]

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Pastors in Cars Getting Coffee

Posted by Tyler Kirkpatrick | 7/1/2019 The premise of Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is, well, a couple of comedians… going for a car ride together… to get a cup of coffee. Couldn’t have figured that out based on the title… Fortunately for the world, nobody every pitched the idea of […]

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This Place

Posted by Tyler Kirkpatrick | 5/16/2019 Some of you have asked for a copy of what I wrote for the Annual Congregational Meeting on Monday night. Here it is: I’ve never been bashful about stealing a good idea. A mentor of mine wrote something called “This Place” for the congregational meeting at his church in […]

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The Sacrament of the Present Moment

Posted by Tyler Kirkpatrick | 5/8/2019 “Even as I draw the freshly laundered clothes from the basin, may the sight and the scent of a new cleanness remind me of the righteousness that is now mine, of the ongoing forgiveness that you extend, of your work on my behalf which is both finished, and forever […]

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Good Dirt.

Posted by Tyler Kirkpatrick | 3/14/2019 “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground…” Those of us who are familiar with the creation of Adam in Genesis 2 are probably familiar with that wording above (or something similar), but lately I’ve been drawn to the CEB translation of that verse: […]

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Courageous Vulnerability

Posted by Tyler Kirkpatrick | 2/28/2019 The Saturday of “Snowmageddon” Brittany and I affixed tire chains to our Ford Escape and dawned heavy ski jackets to drop in on the Kitsap Youth Conference at Island Lake (we only came for a few hours; but our group was fearlessly led all weekend by Amanda Warfield and […]

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