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The Censored Psalm

Original Date: 
Sunday, February 19, 2012

Psalm 137 Life Songs: The Censored Psalm

Sports Hate
I hate Montana.

More specifically, I hate the University of Montana.

More specifically still, I hate the University of Montana football team. The Grizzlies. The Griz. I can’t stand them.

A Pep Talk for the Soul

Original Date: 
Sunday, February 12, 2012

Psalm 103 Life Songs: A Pep Talk for the Soul

Psalm 103

Kyrie Elaison

Original Date: 
Sunday, February 5, 2012

Psalm 51 Life Songs: Kyrie Elaison

The Stain
John Ortberg has one of the best sermon introductions I’ve ever seen or read. Here’s his story:

Some years ago we traded in my old Volkswagon Super Beetle for our first piece of new furniture: a mauve sofa. It was roughly the shade of Pepto-Bismol, but because it represented to us a substantial investment, we thought “mauve” sounded better.

Prone to Wonder

Original Date: 
Sunday, January 29, 2012

Psalm 8 Life Songs: Prone to Wonder

The Eagle Has Landed
The computer alarm was beeping. Outside the thick, triangular windows of their capsule, the men could see landmarks racing by. If the alarm meant what they thought it meant, they were at risk of missing their carefully planned landing target by miles.

Dragon Slayers

Original Date: 
Sunday, January 22, 2012

Psalm 3 Life Songs: Dragon Slayers

Serenity Now!
I am a Seinfeld fan. I’m not as obsessed as some people I know, but I watched the show pretty regularly when it was still in production and I don’t mind catching an episode in syndication every once in a while. It certainly is on TV often enough.

Old Faithful

Original Date: 
Sunday, January 15, 2012

Psalm 23 Life Songs: Old Faithful

Heart Song
When I was about midway through my second year of seminary—it was Christmas break, in fact—my grandmother (my mom’s mom) took seriously ill and ended up in the hospital. She was in her upper 80s, and it became pretty clear that she was going to die.

I went with my mom to visit her. When we got there, my mom went up to grandma and announced that Russell was here and could read scripture to her.

Be a Tree

Original Date: 
Sunday, January 1, 2012

Psalm 1 Life Songs: New Year’s Resolution: Be a Tree

14 and Mobile
When I turned 14, it was a big deal to me that I was able to get my driver’s permit.

Because we lived in such a small town, we didn’t have a permanent driver’s license station. In fact, it moved around. One day it would be in Sheldon, the next day in Sioux Center, and so on. You had to look in the paper to figure out where they were going to be.