Stuff From the Mind of Dr. Barry Kolb

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Just a Dumb Kid From Nebraska!

10464118_1081697108524180_6928877241669931176_nAs a young boy growing up in Seward, NE, I always got a kick out of looking into Dr. Walter Juergensen’s garage.  Why?

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.


Want a Little Cheese With That Whine?

dukeDuke 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 …

Now That Basketball Winds Down …


imagesIt’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
21-3 3-1 1
2. Vanderbilt 19-5 3-1 4
3. Texas A&M
24-1 3-1 5
4. Florida 20-5 2-2 2
5. Texas Christian
17-4 3-2 3
6. Central Florida
20-5 3-1 7
7. Louisville 18-6 4-0 11
8. Southern California 19-5 2-2 8
17-5 3-0 9
10. Florida State 19-6 2-2 13
11. Arizona State 19-6 3-1 16
12. South Carolina
18-6 1-3 6
13. Miami 18-7 3-1 17
14. Rice 16-9 1-3 10
15. Dallas Baptist 18-3 3-1 18
16. UC Santa Barbara 16-6 3-1 19
17. Houston 17-7 4-0 22
18. Texas Tech
16-8 2-3 12
19. Texas 16-8 3-1 21
20. Virginia 14-7 2-2 14
21. California 18-5 3-1 NR
22. Oregon 15-8 1-2 15
23. Oklahoma State
16-7 3-1 NR
24. Indiana 15-5 2-1 24
25. Illinois 17-5 3-1 25
Dropped Out: Mississippi State (20), Georgia Tech (23)


Meetings … Hours That Take Minutes

11071829_799959236741732_5072666615826202596_nIf everyone who ever attended a meeting were laid end-to-end … they’d all be a lot more comfortable.

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


It’s That Time Again!

indexIt’s that time of the year again — the NAIA Division II Men’s National Basketball Championships held at College of the Ozarks in Hollister, MO.

This will be my 4th year — and there is nothing like watching 31 games over a 6-day period!  Below you will see the first 2 days when each team will play once — and where the field is cut to 16!

First Round – Day One
March 11 | Keeter Gymnasium | Point Lookout, Mo.

Game 1 (8:30 a.m. CT) No. 15 Union (Ky.) (29-4) vs. Northwestern Ohio (25-7)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 2 (10:15 a.m. CT) No. 3 Cornerstone (Mich.) (28-5) vs. St. Thomas (Fla.) (17-12)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 3 (Noon CT) IU East (Ind.) (26-7) vs. No. 14 Concordia (Ore.) (24-6)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 4 (1:45 p.m. CT) Friends (Kan.) (17-15) vs. No. 2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (32-1)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 5 (4:00 p.m. CT) Dakota State (S.D.) (17-14) vs. No. 4 College of Idaho (28-5)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 6 (5:45 p.m. CT) No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan (31-2) vs. Brescia (Ky.) (19-10)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 7 (8:00 p.m. CT) No. 13 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (25-6) vs. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (24-9)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 8 (9:45 p.m. CT) No. 16 Warner Pacific (Ore.) vs. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (25-8)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap

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First Round – Day Two
March 12 | Keeter Gymnasium | Point Lookout, Mo.

Game 1 (8:30 a.m. CT) No. 11 Saint Francis (Ind.) (25-7) vs. St. Francis (Ill.) (23-9)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 2 (10:15 a.m. CT) No. 7 Bellevue (Neb.) (28-5) vs. Grace (Ind.) (21-10)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 3 (Noon CT)
Tabor (Kan.) (19-12) vs. No. 6 Morningside (Iowa) (27-4)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 4 (1:45 p.m. CT) Southern Oregon (24-9) vs. No. 10 Midland (Neb.) (26-7)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 5 (4:00 p.m. CT) No. 5 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (28-4) vs. Milligan (Tenn.) (20-10)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 6 (5:45 p.m. CT) Ashford (Iowa) (21-11) vs. No. 12 Bethel (Ind.) (27-6)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 7 (7:30 p.m. CT) Briar Cliff (Iowa) (22-10) vs. No. 8 Davenport (Mich.) (27-6)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 8 (9:15 p.m. CT) No. 9 Mount Mercy (Iowa) (26-4) vs. Cal Maritime (19-9)
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap

Obedient or Just Religious?

obeySome time ago I ran across a wedding prayer that illustrates how subtly we can substitute religious talk for obedience. This is a girl praying on her wedding day:

“Dear God. I can hardly believe that this is my wedding day. I know I haven’t been able to spend much time with You lately, with all the rush of getting ready for today, and I’m sorry. I guess, too, that I feel a little guilty when I try to pray about all this, since Larry still isn’t a Christian. But oh, Father, I love him so much, what else can I do? I just couldn’t give him up. Oh, You must save him, some way, somehow. You know how much I’ve prayed for him, and the way we’ve discussed the gospel together. I’ve tried not to appear too religious, I know, but that’s because I didn’t want to scare him off. But he’s not totally against you or anything. I can’t understand why he hasn’t responded. Oh, if he only were a Christian. Dear Father, please bless our marriage. I don’t want to disobey You, but I do love him and I want to be his wife, so please be with us and please don’t spoil my wedding day.”

That sounds like a sincere, earnest prayer, does it not? But if it is stripped of its fine, pious language, it is really saying something like this:

“Dear Father, I don’t want to disobey You, but I must have my own way at all costs. For I love what You do not love, and I want what You do not want. So please be a good God and deny Yourself, and move off Your throne, and let me take over. If You don’t like this, then all I ask is that You bite Your tongue and don’t say or do anything that will spoil my plans, but let me enjoy myself.”

Adopting the Hipster Look?

Coming out of the seminary, like most grads, I wore the traditional pastoral robes (alb and stole with a pectoral cross).

However as I got more and more involved in “contemporary” worship, I dumped the robes and for the most part I have worn a suit and tie, though in the summer, short-sleeved shirts were always worn.

Occasionally I get invited to speak at churches where their pastor and worship leaders and teams have adopted what I would call a “hipster” look/style.  When I share God’s Word there, my look is more like a casual funny seminary prof as someone told me not long ago.

Recently I attended a conference in San Antonio where many of the younger pastors (and even a few closer to my age) had adopted this hipster look of jeans, shirt hanging out of your pants, and a sport’s coat.  Not surprisingly, our former synodical president (a dapper dresser) who was a presenter commented about it, though he admitted to dressing much the same way … at home!

This past Sunday I was invited to an Oscar party in our neighborhood and was told to “dress up.”  No way was I going to put on a suit and tie on this rainy, icy night, so I decided to try a bit of the hipster look instead.

Understand that my days of wearing skinny jeans have long since passed me by!  But, I still own jeans and boots (I do live in Texas!), and wearing my shirt untucked is no problem!  And I do have a cool looking cross made for me by an inmate friend at Angola.  Top that off with a new sport’s coat … and even the unshaven look … well … here it is!