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.
There are a few sacred cows that I wouldn't mind tipping.
At the risk of being listed beside Spencer Burke in the dictionary under heretic, I'll list a few of the things that I don't necessarily believe in:
Pastors as clergy
Church titles and positions
Now I'm not saying that these things are wrong or that we should quit all of them. I am saying that they are more traditional than scriptural. I believe that rather than maintaining their status as sacred cows, it is worth examining their usefulness and fruitfulness in our current structures.
My main concerns would be dealing with how these traditions can produce passivity among the body, bring issues of power to kingdom relationships, and interfere with the growth and health of relationships.
A couple of recent posts that I've read, willing to take on some of the sacred traditions are Dan Kimball's recent post Pews, Pulpits, Pastors, Preaching and other things that can get in the way of the church "being" the church and Raborn Johnson's post called Our church...God's Intention? Be sure to check out the comments also on Raborn's post, lots of interesting dialogue there. (HT to Steve)
Back to the subject of cow tipping -- it might not be possible, and it could be dangerous.