Wednesday, July 30, 2008

This is what passes for a church service in America

Pastor gets into motorcycle crash during church service
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KOKOMO, Ind.
A pastor in Indiana decided to bring out a dirt bike during a church service to demonstrate the concept of unity.

Now he's demonstrating the concept of healing. Jeff Harlow, the senior pastor at Crossroads Community Church, broke his wrist when he lost control of the motorcycle at the start of Sunday's second service. He ended up driving off a 1.5-metre platform and into the vacant first row of seats.

He's now recovering from surgery on the wrist.

His wife, Becky, says the pastor is OK but "his pride was bruised."

Becky Harlow said her husband had recently attended a motorcycle race in Buchanan, Michigan.

"He had this idea that he would bring this bike out onstage and show people how the rider would become one with the bike," she told the Kokomo Tribune. "He was going to just sit on it and drive it out. He was just walking the dirt bike out onstage and somehow it got away from him. It was not intended."

No one else was hurt.

Jeff Harlow had performed the demonstration at earlier services Saturday night and Sunday morning without incident.
I guess this is the latest stunt to attract new members. This YouTube video is from a separate incident:

5 comments:

Kelly Kerr said...

Jeff,

We met at BH.

What are your thoughts on the whole emerging church movement, which this seems to a form of?

Jeff Meyers said...

Well, I would hope that most "emergent church" works are better than this. Personally, I think bringing props into the service to connect with people is childish.

Peter Jones said...

When I saw this, I realized why Doug Wilson's Evangellyfish is so over the top. It has to be to parody today's church. You cannot make this stuff up.

Chris said...

Surely that clip you posted is a youth meeting...not a worship service.

Rob said...

Note to self: cancel motorcycle thing.