Stuff From the Mind of Dr. Barry Kolb

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A Few Post-Sermon Comments …

10304882_10205579983603772_6600573090213705673_nAs a long-time preacher, I have received any number of comments following the lesson/sermon.  A few of my favorites are as follows : (accompanied by what was going through my mind)

“I loved your pro-life message, but you will not be preaching against gambling will, since when we win, so does the church?”  (Can you guess what I spoke about the following Sunday?)

“My wife and I said to each other after today’s sermon, ‘Boy, he really sounds like he believes this.'”  (Duh!)

“That story today about the young guy, I think you called him David and that Giant, where can I find that?  And are there other cool stories like that?”  (Uh … it’s called a Bible!)

“You called it sin, but don’t you think it would be better to call it a momentary indiscretion?”  (I think Jesus called it a sin as well!)

“I really like listening to you.  You sound like you really know something.”  (Like what?)

“You made it sound like if I did a lot of good things — and I do — that that’s not going to get in me in good with the Big Guy.”  (Go home and read Ephesians 2:8-10)

“You are wearing cowboy boots, that seems odd.” (We’re in Texas, dude.  Jesus lived in 1st century Palestine and he wore sandals, so there!)

“How long will it take me to know what you know about the Bible?”  (Well, I just turned 70 and you look like you are 25 … so 45 more years?)

“I thought you were Christian, but the folder they gave me when I came today said you were Lutheran.  So what gives?”  (Actually I am a Lutherabapticostal!)

“You’re just like a funny seminary professor.”  (Thank you!  I try!)

No Christ in Christmas?

For many years I have been a fan of acronyms, some others have done, some I have actually thought up!  This morning I caught one written by a pastor I met a number of years ago while teaching in Nigeria.  We have kept in contact since then.  So hat’s off to Linus Elisha for this one!

If CHRIST is in CHRISTmas …

C hrist
H as
R emoved
I ntense
S orrow
T hrough
M aking
A ll
S aved

If you take CHRIST out of CHRISTMAS what remains is:

M isery
A bominations
S ins

The Man In Charge

1ablog-bobknightx-largeMost people who know me know I coached basketball for nearly 20 years.  They probably also know that Bob Knight was among my 2 or 3 favorite coaches.  I was privileged to work at his basketball camps and even had the opportunity to have him teach at my camp in Hong Kong.

While I learned a lot about help-side defense, motion offense and other basketball details, some of what he taught about life skills, etc. also sunk in.

Today, looking through a few notes, seeing some of the basketball stuff from the past, jogged my memory and a story I once heard him tell.  It was about being in charge — indeed it was called The Man in Charge.  Here it is:

One day, Johnny came into the t.v. room where his dad was watching a baseball game. “Dad, did Mom tell you I passed the drivers’ test today?” “Yes,” the father responded, “The best test ever, I hear, both written and on the road.” “Could I perhaps borrow the car, dad, to take my girlfriend to a movie or to go to a game?”

“John, I knew this day would come,” said the father, “And I am prepared for it and you are not. There are four pre-requisites before you can drive the car: 1. Your mom has not been happy with the way you’ve treated your younger brother and the way you’ve helped out at home. That’s got to change. 2. Your grades: You had two B’s in the last grading period. You are a straight A student and I expect nothing less. 3. I never see you reading anything. Reading is the foremost part of education. Furthermore, you should look through the bible, not for religious signs, but for indications of things you can learn day to day.” “Is there anything else?” Johnny asks. “Yes, there’s number 4. It’s that long hair. I’ve told you to get that haircut.”

So about three weeks later John comes into the den and says, “Dad, I’m ready. I’ve gone through the prerequisites.” His father responds. “John, it goes without question I’m really happy about what your mother says you’ve been doing. I’m happy about this grading period. And I see you reading a book, and once in a while even skimming the Bible. Great, those are three A+’s. But on Number 4 — you still have that long hair.”

This time John is prepared. “But Dad, I learned in the Bible that Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Jesus himself all had long hair.” But the father was ready for John: “You are absolutely right, son. They all had long hair. And they walked their butts off everywhere that they went.”

The man in charge.

Respect Over Performance? Hmmmm…

Mike Riley may be the personality that Nebraska was looking for, but Bo Pelini had more on-field success with the Huskers than Riley had with Oregon State during his tenure in Lincoln. A look at the schools since 2008, Pelini’s first season at Nebraska.

NU W/Pelini OSU W/Riley
Win pct. .710 .523
10-win seasons 3 0
W-L vs .500+ 39-26 27-31
Bowl wins 3 2