Archive for July, 2008

My dad sent this article to me from the Kokomo Tribune.  I’ve actually been to this church…great church.  Reminded (and warned me as a Pastor) that creativity for the sake of making a point has its limitations.


Church service ends on crash

Crossroads pastor recovering after losing control of motorcycle

Tribune Staff Reports

A Kokomo pastor is recovering after crashing a motorcycle during a Sunday church service.

Jeff Harlow, senior pastor at Crossroads Community Church, 4254 S. 00 East-West, was beginning the service around 11 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of a motocross dirt bike and inadvertently drove it off the church stage into the first row of seating.

Harlow suffered a broken wrist, a laceration on his head that required staples and various bruises. There were no other injuries reported.

Harlow was treated and released for his injuries Sunday afternoon, but his broken wrist required additional surgery Monday afternoon.

Harlow had successfully completed the same service Saturday night and earlier Sunday.

The service centered around an upcoming church series which focuses on “becoming one.”

According to his wife, Becky Harlow, Jeff had recently attended a motocross race at Red Bud, a motocross racetrack located in Buchanan, Mich., and was inspired by how the bikers became one with their bikes.

“He had this idea that he would bring this bike out on stage and show people how the rider would become one with the bike,” she said from a local hospital Monday afternoon while her husband underwent surgery to repair his broken wrist. “He was going to just sit on it and drive it out. He was just walking the dirt bike out on stage and somehow it got away from him. It was not intended. It went fine Saturday night and the second service was absolutely perfect. We’re still not sure what happened.”

The church stage is approximately 5 feet above the main level.

“I was sitting in the front row,” Becky said. “He came off of the platform just pretty much headed right at me. As he came off the platform we locked eyes, he leaned to the right, I leaned to the right, and he landed the bike not in the seat next to me, but the next seat over.

The seats where the bike crashed were empty.

“I think there were three doctors in that service and I don’t know how many RNs. They took charge and wouldn’t let him get up until the rescue workers arrived.”

The bike did not shut off immediately following the crash.

“It was still on and stuck on full throttle,” Becky Harlow said. “It was spinning.”

Jeff Harlow is expected to make a full recovery, and services at Crossroads Community Church will continue as scheduled.

“Jeff has already laughed a lot, so he’s OK. I think his pride was bruised,” Becky Harlow admitted.

“It was scary. Nine times out of 10, there are people sitting right there where he hit, but there was not [Sunday]. It was a miracle. That was God looking out for us.”

VBS 2008 Video

Posted: July 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

Here is the Vacation Bible School Video we showed yesterday morning at church.  Thanks to Doug Harsch for all of his hard work in putting it together.

One more statistic to share…66% of the kids who attended our VBS were non-Living Stones Church children.  I thought that was phenomenal!

Last night of our VBS.

Great year of VBS.

Thank you to our VBS Director, Ann Lynn.  Great job Ann!  And to ALL of the crew leaders, station leaders, assistants, helpers, sound technicians, check-in leaders, snack preparers, etc. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

Once again…another GREAT night.

I’m always amazed at the level of sacrifice that people are willing to make.  It just amazes me as I think through those who are sacrificing so much to make this VBS awesome.  There isn’t a pool of people who are sitting around at home watching TV eating bon-bons waiting for 6:00 p.m. to hit so they can finally have something to do in the day.  NO…I’m watching people who have worked ALL day at their job…and I mean worked hard ALL day at their job and run to the church as soon as they could get off work to continue to serve.  I’m seeing people manage large households, dealing with children ALL day, only to bring those children and manage larger groups of children!  I’m seeing people stay up late to prepare for the next day’s lessons.  I’m seeing people tack on extra responsibility than normal around the church to make sure everything is cleaned up and ready to go for another night of VBS.  I’m seeing people engage with kids, learn their story, have their heart break…and also envision a greater future.  I’m seeing parents make great efforts to bring their kids to VBS.  I’M SEEING A TON!!  And it boils down to this – sacrifice for the sake of children.  And it is beautiful to behold.  I love this church.

To the media and paparazzi who are nit-picking them to death, I only have one thing to say:


You’re hurting my achy breaky heart!!! 🙂

I’ve had several ask about how the new Barrington family rules were going that I blogged about here.  I’ll let Kelly speak for herself, but it seems that we may be making some small progress in areas. 

 But, we are also doing quite well in regards to preparing for a good night out to eat thanks to our kids’ misbehavior 🙂 .  Last night we counted the jar.  I think we are up to $13 or something. 

 The only problem is that each infraction is $.25.  And in the jar we found a nickel and a dime.  So, one of our kids either 1) doesn’t know what a quarter looks like…which we highly doubt; or 2) we have a kid who is so ingenious they have found the loophole in our system…mom and dad aren’t checking what coin drops in the jar!


Just YESTERDAY I was having a conversation about a dude named Todd Bentley who is claiming a revival in Florida and has had some very unorthodox practices…you know…things like kicking cancer victims in the stomach and punching old ladies…you know…typical apostolic practices…anyhow…

They had an article in the Faith section of the South Bend Tribune about him this morning!  You can read the article here…and you should!

This isn’t about (at least for me):

  • his tattoos
  • his t-shirts and jeans
  • the idea of God’s miraculous healing today, etc.

This is about discernment in the Body of Christ and where IN THE WORLD IS IT?!!?

I get no one wants to be on the “blaspheme the Holy Spirit” side by attributing a work of the Spirit to Satan.  I also get that no one wants to go down in history as that dude that opposed a major move of God (like there are in every period of revival)…

BUT just saying a dude is healed (on a stage holding a microphone with everyone cheering) doesn’t make them healed.  Saying God told you to punch an old lady doesn’t mean God actually said it.  And the reality of 10,000 people showing up to a “revival” service doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit is bringing revival.

The church HAS TO always be confident in asking tough questions.  She must examine the validity of such claims.  There must be testing.  The church CANNOT COWER into some spiritually trumped position because someone is using the Holy Spirit as their excuse for any behavior, conduct, and practice!! 

You can hear from Todd Bentley himself here:

WE have the best volunteers in the world!  Seriously…with a little over half of the week now complete, they are awesome

This feels like the smoothestrunning VBS yet.

Another great night at VBS last night.  Here are some pictures. 

2008 MLB All Star Game

Posted: July 16, 2008 in sports

Anyone stay awake for the entire All Star Game last night?  It ended at 1:37 a.m.!!!

It was a record setting 15 inning, 4 hour and 50 minute, 453 pitch marathon of a game.

And in the end, the American League beat the National League 4-3 (12 years in a row…with the exception of a tie in 2002).  I can’t stand that American League!!!

And it was “good-bye” to Yankee Stadium.  I guess she didn’t want it to end.