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Hebrews: A Firm Foundation

-Dan Behrens Starting May 1st Evergreen Church is launching a 3-Mth Bible Reading Plan through the book of Hebrews. The reading plan is meant to coincide with devotional journaling of each day’s scripture reading. Devotional journaling is then meant to encourage us in connecting…

“Get behind me Satan.” A look at how dying begins in the wilderness.

-Dan Behrens “Would that you be at my feet” the Devil says to our Lord, “and all of this be yours.” [Luke 4:7]   All of this… including a most impotent path among men. The story of Jesus being led into the wilderness to…

Bethlehem

-Dan Behrens A poem I wrote late last night. Bethlehem of that first Christmas has its own unique history. The poem is a kind of tinkering around with that history, with familiar stories and familiar landscapes. Its also an offering of permission for others to toy around with their…

All will be torn down

-Dan Behrens “Beware of the Scribes who devour widows houses, and with great pretense offer elaborate prayers” and “do you see these great buildings? not one stone of this temple will be left. all will be torn down” yet “see that poor woman? out…

What we do with a Savior in our hands

-Dan Behrens DELIVERED INTO THE HANDS OF SINFUL MEN Between the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, the words “delivered into the hands of sinful men” are stated three times by Jesus himself in predicting his own death. Luke’s gospel and the book of…

Those strange strange stories

-Dan Behrens A poem I wrote in response to our incredibly sad and often savage 24-hr news cycle. Stories and stories of sadness and pain and hurt. I know the world is full of examples of love and joy and peace and civility, but often these are pushed…

Righteousness ritual and the religious spirit

-Dan Behrens  The scene depicted in Mark chapter 7 below is a very familiar scene throughout the gospels of the New Testament. We find Jesus and a small cadre of apprentice-ministers moving about the seaside towns and villages near Galilee, occasionally stopping for food and rest. As is often the…

Jesus in the boat that’s going down

-Dan Behrens Mark chapter 6 contains a number of rapid-fire scenes in the ministry of Jesus, each one separated from the others by time, location, and circumstance: the recurring format for how this earliest gospel finally comes together. Yet throughout these scenes and seemingly connecting them is that familiar stream of…

What Jesus is not able to do

-Dan Behrens The underlined verse from Mark 6 below should confound us. It does me. How is the One who is able to open blind eyes, open deaf ears, and raise the dead, suddenly not able to work a miracle? As we’ve seen in…

Where Christ is leading

I wrote this poem in response to something shared during a Sunday morning message: “following Christ eventually leads to a cross, ultimately leads to a death.”  he who would come after me must…   follow.  Mark 8 -Dan Behrens  Christ in pictures and storytelling: A window unto the Father…