|1. Louisiana State
|5. Texas Christian
|8. Texas A&M
|9. Florida State
|10. Missouri State
|11. Dallas Baptist
|12. UC Santa Barbara
|13. Oklahoma State
|15. Southern California
|16. Arizona State
|18. College of Charleston
|23. Oregon State
|25. Florida Atlantic
“Well,” said the farmer. “It was good. They did something different, though. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns.”
“Praise choruses?” she asked. “What are those?”
“Oh, they’re OK,” said the farmer. “They’re sort of like hymns, only different.”
“What’s the difference?” said his wife.
“Well,” said the farmer, “If I said, ‘the cows are in the corn,’ that would be a hymn. But if I were to say to you:
‘Martha, Martha, Martha, O Martha, Martha, Martha, The cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the black cows, the black and white cows, The COWS, COWS, COWS are in the CORN, CORN, CORN! They’re in the corn, they’re in the corn, they’re in the CORN, CORN, CORN!’
…. and if I were to repeat the whole thing four or five times, then that would be a praise chorus.”
The next weekend his nephew, a young Christian from the big city, came to visit his Uncle Joe and Aunt Martha. He attended their local church in the small town. When he went home his mother asked him how it was.
“Well,” he said, “it was good. They did something different, however. They sang hymns instead of praise choruses.”
“Hymns?” asked his mother. “What are those?”
The young man said, “Well, it’s like this. If Uncle Joe were to say to Aunt Martha, ‘the cows are in the corn,’ then that would be a praise chorus. But if he were to say:
‘Oh Martha, dear Martha, oh hear thou my cry; inclinest thine ear to the words of my mouth.
Turn thou thine whole wondrous ear by and by, to the righteous, inimitable, glorious truth.
Yea those cows in glad bovine, rebellious delight,
Have broken free from their shackles, their warm pens eschewed.
Then goaded by minions of darkness and night,
They all my mild Chilliwak sweet corn have eschewed!’
…And if he were to do only verses one, three and four and do a key change in the last verse, then that would be a hymn.”
Let me recount the last few:
#1: Out-patient surgery … home for a week with a catheter!
#2: Out-patient surgery … in the hospital for 3 days … with a catheter of course!
#3: Out-patient gall bladder surgery … in the hospital 7 days … with a catheter and 2 other drain tubes. They accidentally hit my descending aorta and this was, as they said later, “up for grabs.” They also added that “as luck would have it, a vascular surgeon was walking by.” My response? It was the providence of the Lord!
So you can see that entering the hospital this past Wednesday for outpatient surgery #4 (to remove a bladder tumor for biopsy) left me feeling a bit apprehensive. But with lots of people praying, including inmate pastors and churches in Angola (LA) Prison, I was more than ready.
As luck would have it (nope–the Lord leads), I was referred to a urologist who has been called “the best of the best” in the DFW area. The intake procedure at Baylor-Grapevine was thorough and professional, with every aspect explained (something missing in the past). My surgery was the first of the day, prep was extremely professional with questions asked and answered all the way.
The lone “setback”, if you will, was that I was told to prepare for a day’s stay in the hospital. But, I was elated to have a surgery that went well, and was able to be back home (though with a catheter for 2 days) by lunch time!
Two days later, a follow-up got rid of the little bag I had to lug around and the good news of the tumor being benign. Praise God!
Now a week later, I am off of all drugs, and slowly but surely returning to normal (or as a friend said, “as normal as you get”).
Only 2 side-effects remain: 1) the need of an afternoon nap about 1:30 and; 2) a raspy voice because of the anesthesia and breathing tube.
After a week away from preaching at the church I am serving as an interim, I will return this Sunday, back and better than ever, God willing!
Some say, “the 3rd time is the charm.” For me it was #4!
It’s because he had all of his diplomas framed and hanging on the back wall of the garage. Why?
He said it was because when he drove in every night he could be reminded of the hard work he put into earning those degrees.
After a lot of hard work, I have manage to accrue a grade school, high school and college diploma. In addition I have earned 3 master’s degrees and a doctorate.
For the longest time I wanted to hang them in my garage, but for one reason or another, this never happened. But when our new building was done at Lord of Life, they hung on the far wall … where only I could see them.
When we moved to Texarkana, TX that I put them all on one wall. But, I put them behind my office door … again so only I could see them. Why?
I don’t really know! Maybe it is because, even after all these years, I still consider myself just “a dumb kid from Nebraska.”
Today, however, a friend of mine tagged me in a Facebook post (seen picture above) and “outed” me as to the current location of all my degrees/diplomas.
So, where are they today? Behind the door of our master bathroom.
Duke wins … and let the whining commence. After watching 31 games in 6 days at the NAIA Division II Men’s National Basketball Championships, along with most of the NCAA games, several constants dribble through.
1) Teams not used to playing against certain styles because no one in their conference plays that way;
2) Officiating styles that many teams are not used to and their failure to adapt;
3) Coaches who either over-coach or under-coach;
4) Players who are totally shocked when a foul is called on them;
5) Fans and coaches who tend to watch the officiating as much as the game (and from less than advantageous view-points);
6) Complaints that teams have too many ‘one and dones’, transfers, foreign players, juco-players, players who do not attend class like their players do, etc.; and the list goes on ….
Feel free to add your own whine …
It’s that time of the year again. The grass is turning green and the weather, for the most part is warming up! This, of course, means than I can now turn my attention to college baseball and my 30th or so College World Series in Omaha in June. And just so you know … here is the current Top 25 ..
|1. Louisiana State
|3. Texas A&M
|5. Texas Christian
|6. Central Florida
|8. Southern California||19-5||2-2||8|
|10. Florida State||19-6||2-2||13|
|11. Arizona State||19-6||3-1||16|
|12. South Carolina
|15. Dallas Baptist||18-3||3-1||18|
|16. UC Santa Barbara||16-6||3-1||19|
|18. Texas Tech
|23. Oklahoma State
|Dropped Out: Mississippi State (20), Georgia Tech (23)|
Over the year I attended innumerable meetings … some good … some bad … and some ugly.
The good ones seemed to be those that actually had an agenda, a point, and lasted less than 90 minutes.
While it is nice be asked/trusted, I have attended many meetings that lasted long and ended with this question, “So, what do you think we should do, Dr. Kolb?”
My initial reaction was to say, “Not have this meeting … just ask ahead of time.” But I usually just answered and moved on …
And of course, one of my favorite meeting statements was this: “It does no good to argue with you. You always bring the Bible into everything.”
Another one: “We shouldn’t meet here in the worship center because I don’t feel I can say what I really want to say here in God’s presence.”
Or this exchange: “When will we meet again?” “Why?” “Well, we always do.”
Some great quotes …
“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.” ― Dave Barry
“I think there needs to be a meeting to set an agenda for more meetings about meetings.” ― Jonah Goldberg
“A meeting consists of a group of people who have little to say – until after the meeting.” ― P.K. Shaw