Much to my amazement, cow tipping has been debunked as simply an urban (rural) myth.
Apparently tipping a cow is not likely for these reasons:
1. According to studies on the physics of cow-tipping, because of a cow’s mass and center of gravity, it would be very difficult to tip, even for several people working together.
2. Cows are not easy to sneak up on. If startled, they quickly communicate to the rest of the herd that something is amiss.
3. Finally, attempting to tip a cow is a patently dangerous activity. Despite their reputation for being placid and slow-moving, a cow is easily capable of hurting someone when provoked or nervous.
Pastors as clergy
Church titles and positions
Rather than maintaining their status as sacred cows, it would be worth examining their current usefulness and fruitfulness. My main concerns are how these practices can produce passivity, bring issues of power to kingdom relationships, and interfere with the growth and health of relationships.
A couple of recent posts that take on some sacred traditions are Dan Kimball’s Pews, Pulpits, Pastors, Preaching and other things that can get in the way of the church “being” the church and Raborn Johnson’s Our church…God’s Intention? Be sure to check out the comments also on Raborn’s post, lots of interesting dialogue. (HT to Steve)
Back to the subject of cow tipping — it might not be possible, and it could be dangerous.