Trygve Johnson

Trygve D. Johnson ( is Dean of the Chapel at Hope College, Holland, Michigan.

Articles by this author:

  • Like Music Pressed Into Vinyl

    The Spiritual Discipline of Scripture Memorization

    A few years ago I visited my friend Shawn, who is what you would call an audiophile. Shawn devotes an immense amount of time, energy, and money to thinking about and listening to music. He’s one of these people who would rather buy music than groceries. His apartment was simple, but decorated wall to wall with record albums.

    I asked Shawn, “Why do you still collect records?” He looked at me, as audiophiles do, as if he were disappointed in me. He simply shook his head and said, “Because they sound better!”

  • The Altar Call of Hope

    What My Campus Needs More Than Anything Else

    As I was walking on campus, I was stopped by a student who wanted to know if she could ask me a question.

    “Sure, shoot,” I said.

    With a searching tone, she asked, “Why don’t you offer an altar call every week?”