Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Object Lesson Gone Wrong

When preaching, I love to use object lessons that help describe a point in the message, and help the hearers remember a truth about God’s Word. Today, a buddy of mine sent me a story of an illustration gone terribly wrong, but it is worth reading about. Here is the story about Jeff Harlow and how things do not always go they way we think they will in the pulpit… it is not funny, but he is laughing which means we can too!

“A pastor brought 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, 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.”

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