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Trygve Johnson

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The Crucifixion

by Trygve Johnson Three weeks ago Friday I am walking from my study at the Kepple House towards Dimnett Chapel. My path moves south along a sidewalk that bends through the Pine Grove like a concrete river. I’m walking slow.…
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Jesus Carrying the Cross

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose heir life for my sake will…
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The Arrest of Jesus

Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.” At once he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. “Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what…
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Gethsemane

by Trygve Johnson One of the most moving scenes in scripture is Jesus praying in Gethsemane. Otto Dix captures this scene in this dramatic sketch above. Jesus is scared. Evil is looming. The lines are as sharp as a razor…
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Jesus Entering Jerusalem

By: Trygve Johnson One of the lessons I have learned in ministry is the difference between what people want, and what they need. In this sketch by Otto Dix, we see Jesus entering Jerusalem.  It is a familiar scene, usually…
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Jesus Entering Jerusalem

by Trygve Johnson At Hope College, where I serve as Dean of the Chapel, our scripture for the year has been the Gospel of Matthew. Once every four years I like to work through a gospel narrative, so that during…