The parable of Shane McConkey - John Van Sloten

February 07, 2010

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryJames Shane McConkey was a risk taker, an inventor, and an explorer, who led many out of their comfort zones, pushed the limits into new experiences and previously unknown and new directions, while often sporting new innovative technology.
(from Open House, Leslie Anthony)

“He was at the ragged edge of a ragged sport where you have to be one hundred percent right, every time.”
Fellow extremist, Will Gadd, Re: the guy on the cover - Shane McConkey

“He said, 'That's what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.”
Jesus through a parable in Luke 19:26, MSG

“The joy I get from skiing, that’s worth dying for...”
C. R. Johnson, Seven Sunny Days DVD

“This kind of activity “combines both a heightened sense of arousal and engagement in one's surroundings as well as intense, almost out-of-body concentration within an activity.”
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“I've been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers. I've known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal, blasted by the cold,
naked to the weather.”
The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:23-24, MSG

Shane McConkey was born on Dec. 30, 1969, in Vancouver. He died on March 26, 2009, in Italy in a BASE skiing accident. He was 39. He leaves his wife, Sherry, his three-year-old daughter, Ayla, his father, Jim, and his mother, Glenn.

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December 17, 2013
amazing, a source of inspiration
ryan abboud (via YouTube)
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April 01, 2010
Pastor John,
Just saw your sermon based on Shane McConkey & Co. and all I can say is great job!

I was a friend of Shane's and talked with him a few days before he died and what you said about him was spot on and he woulda loved it.

FYI, Shane was a multi-layered guy and he was in truth one of those saints about which the Bible speaks, though he hid it well.
He actively raised money for Make-a-Wish and did a lot of very low profile stuff to help kids, especially those with problems. In fact, he himself was a "wish" for a terminal kid a few years back. The kid's wish was to spend a day skiing with the legendary Shane McConkey and he got his wish. I never wrote stuff like that about him when I reported on his adventures for SKYDIVING Magazine, though; out of courtesy to him, I didn't "blow (his) cover."
In case you were interested, here's the link to where I found your Shane Sermon:

Anyway, really - really - nice job on explaining not only the "why" but the "why-it's-worthy" of extreme sports.

Robin Heid
p.s. if you have a transcript of that sermon, I'd love to have it. If you don't, here's the part I transcribed while listening to it:
"Whether you're flying off a cliff or climbing one or going up up frozen ice fall, whether you're racing down on a snow board or skis or in giant slalom, just realizing there is something innately good and deeply right about a human being's capacity and willingness to throw it out there and to take risks.

God has made you for a fully alive life and the means through which God calls you into and asks you, beckons you, to take into that life is FILLED with risk.
According to the Bible, story after story after story of these great saints that we read about that God looks down on and says 'Well done, good and faithful servant,' were people who had the GUTS to step out big time - even risk their very lives."

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February 16, 2010
I watched these guys two years back and thought they'd have an accident eventually. Very sad to hear him go.

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February 10, 2010
Hello Sir,
I came across your sermon “The Parable of Shane McConkey” in my google alerts for Shane. I was married to Shane’s cousin, Robert McConkey, and you might be interested to know that my son, Sean McConkey, just recently joined me here in Calgary. He is Shane’s second cousin and although they never met, Shane was his true hero and they did correspond on facebook shortly before Shane died.
He was an exceptional guy, Shane, and his videos are breathtaking. I honestly wish I had paid more attention when Sean would talk about him. I had no idea he was so loved and respected by the ski world.

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