Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pastors, watch your stage props

Check out this story from Fox News:

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, driving off a 5-foot platform and into the vacant first row of seats. He underwent surgery on the wrist Monday.

"Jeff has already laughed a lot, so he's OK. I think his pride was bruised," said his wife, Becky.

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


Harley A. said...

Well, at least he did show the congregation how the rider could become one with the bike. Bike goes off stage, you do too. Don't let the wild out-of-control motorcycles of sin take you off the stage of life into the church pews of pain and destruction - or something like that. Hey, if we can't laugh at it a little we will despair of the rank silliness in our pulpits today.

Todd, I know someone with a dirt bike - if your interested...

Todd Pruitt said...

Rank silliness is right.

I once heard Alistair Begg observe that pastors who constantly indulge in stage props must think their hearers are stupid.

I once saw Ed Young Jr. at Fellowship Church in Dallas bring a $200,000 Ferari on stage just so he could have a prop for his series "RPM" (whatever that meant).

Your thoroughly uncreative pastor,


case.jess said...

Providence: the foreseeing care and benevolent wisdom of God in his care over the creatures of the earth.

(Ex: centuries of empty pews near the front of the sanctuary)