Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tragedy at Eldora Mountain Resort

The obsessive skier is deeply saddened by the tragic shooting death of Eldora's general manager Brian Mahon at Eldora Mountain Resort yesterday.

For more details, visit the Boulder Daily Camera.

Please join me in praying for the families of both the victim, Brian Mahon, and the shooter, Derik Bonestroo. Pray also for Sheriff's Deputy John Seifert as he recovers from injuries received in a gunbattle with Mr. Bonestroo along the Peak-to-Peak highway yesterday.

Skiers are used to the conflict between mankind and nature. The adventure of "Man vs. Mountain" is what skiing is all about, along with family, friendship and shared experiences outdoors.

But skiers are not used to this kind of conflict between man and man. Yesterday's tragedy at Eldora shows how our sin is rooted deeply in human nature, and Mr. Bonestroo's sinful action reveals the condition of depraved human hearts like ours. Jesus said "Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander..." (Matthew 15:19; cf. Matthew 7:14-19)

How can one make sense of real human tragedies like this? Having a biblical, Christian worldview is the only means of making sense of this fallen, broken, dangerous world that we now find ourselves in.

We must have answers to questions like these:

Why do bad things happen to good people?

What does the existence of evil say about God's existence and character?

How can God expect us to draw closer to him when he hurts us?

On Sunday, January 11th, the obsessive skier will be preaching at Christchurch and providing a set of biblical, Christian answers for you to consider. Please join us at 10:30am at Superior Elementary School.

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