Culture At Large

Motorcycle Crashes in the Middle of Church

Chris Salzman

In performance there's this little concept called the "train wreck". It's when something goes horribly, terribly wrong and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it. Any performer who has been on stage more than once is probably familiar with the feelings that bubble up during a train wreck.

Case in point:

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.

Ouch. I'm glad he's laughing. That's never easy.

On a personal note: I still remember being on stage playing in a worship band at my college. My electric guitar was in hand and I was waiting for the first verse to be done so I could bring in the rock and roll. My queue came, I hit the strings hard coming in loud and fast.

Well, my low E-string had detuned to about a Db. Needless to say, Db doesn't sound so great in an E Major chord. Less so over loudspeakers. Even less so in front of a thousand people.

Do you have any church train wrecks you'd like to share?

[HT: Our Rising Sound]

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