this morning during church, my phone buzzed, and showed that i had an incoming call from chris seay (of ecclessia in houston, and an emergentYS author). i didn’t take it at the time, but called him back as soon as church got out.
chris gave me absolutely tragic news. kyle lake is the pastor of university baptist church in waco. this is the church that chris started years ago, before moving to houston to start ecclessia. it remains a very important church in the emerging church movement. it’s also the home church for david crowder and his entire band, and they regularly lead worship when they are home. this morning, kyle was in the baptismal tank during the church service, and was somehow electrocuted (it’s a bit unclear how this happened, at this point). he shouted out for help and went under. doctors in the congregation immediately came up to try to help, and kyle was transported to a local hospital. but he didn’t make it — he passed away.
as you can imagine, this is an incredible loss for chris and lisa seay, for david and toni crowder (and all the crowder band-mates: jeremy, mike h, mike d, jack and jason), and an enormous loss for the church (as well as truly horrible thing for those who were present).
kyle has written a couple fantastic books, including a brand-new one on prayer that he just sent me this week. i emailed him on friday (two days ago) and thanked him, saying that i have a sense that the two of us would become good friends if we could ever spend some time together. he responded that he feels the same way, and would love to do so. we tentatively agreed to hang out, at the latest, at our convention in austin next fall.
today is the 2nd anniversary of mike yaconelli’s death. i have a sense that i’m going to really start to dread this weekend in future years. as readers of this blog know, i have a fondness for questions over answers (that gets me in trouble with some people). but this is a day when i would sure appreciate some answers.
please pray for all who will be so dramatically affected by this tragedy.