Sunday, January 29, 2006

Crazy DC

How nice...the three amigos backstage Friday night in NC.
Raleigh was great, and tonight... well, I thought at one point the people were going to tear the place down. Crazy!

Favorite things on tour the last two days (in no special order):
1. Raleigh, NC, and special friends there.
2. All the Passion people starting the party clap between about half of the songs in Raleigh. Too bad the rest of the world doesn't know what's going on. Yet!
3. Meeting Don and Sharon in Raleigh, a special privilege as I had a small part in the journey of their son Daniel through a camp where I was speaking a few years ago. Daniel, who would be in college now, went to heaven Easter week last year in a car accident on the way to school after serving at a homeless shelter early on a Wednesday morning. His parents radiate Jesus and are still clinging to the One Daniel loved so much.
4. Listening to Charlie's new CD play in the venues each night as people are coming in.
5. Sticking our heads in the Oval Office today during a West Wing tour. W was up in the residence and the Oval was empty, but how cool is that?
6. Being on the road with friends I love and respect so much.
7. Having Shelley on the bus for a few days!!!
8. Being a part of such a cross-focused night of worship. Every word seems to mean more--and demand more--when the cross is clearly in view.
9. Meeting people tonight with many different Passion arm bands from all over Virginia!
10. Finding the statue of Georgia's own Crawford H. Long in the Capitol today (each state gets 2...he, for the record, invented the use of ether as an anesthesia). His motto: My profession is to me a ministry for God's glory. Very timely, given the fact that while waiting outside we were having a discussion about the Jeans talk and then walked in to find that beautiful affirmation.

May we all be able to say the same, whatever we do, all the days of our lives.

Headed to Pittsburgh. Need sleep. Excited.

Back soon with more,


  • Party clap!!!

    i totaly forgot the party clap until now!

    clap clap! clap!

    By Anonymous andrew jacob nesheim-switzer, at 1/29/2006 12:42 AM  

  • Hey! It was great seeing you all in VA today. When Chris played his new song.. I was like yeah I know this! After Passion I feel like I know you all. Today was like seeing my old friends again :)

    By Anonymous Christi, at 1/29/2006 1:17 AM  

  • Yep. It's too bad all the other Raleigh-ites were completely clueless. It was like being part of a secret club. Let's let the secret out!

    By Blogger ForHisRenown, at 1/29/2006 1:20 AM  

  • I've actually been doing the party clap a lot lately. People give me funny looks. I really want to see Party on either the next bundle or the cd/dvd.

    Wristband is still holding strong...with the duck tape on it.

    By Anonymous Tony, at 1/29/2006 1:25 AM  

  • i'm excited you guys are extending on into the indescribable tour to the spring. it was breath-taking to see those images of God's creation.

    By Anonymous Paul, at 1/29/2006 1:34 AM  

  • Yep... the party clap... we wanted to hear you guys play it... we tried so hard to convince you.. oh well, maybe next time.
    Thanks for all your hard work and sacrifice...God is using you guys in amazing ways!

    By Blogger His adopted son, at 1/29/2006 2:35 AM  

  • Louie;

    What do you mean; don't know the party clap? Everyone I know has learned how to clap it...they can't wait to hear the song that goes with it; yet the best thing is, most of these people don't really know Jesus, but they're sure curious now!

    Great picture; enjoy Pittsburgh! And please, all of you know that you (and all of DC) were prayed for wholeheartedly by a bunch of middle schoolers that just decided to drop in on me this evening... before you knew it, we had a little worship going on...right as you all were playing. Only God could have put that together right then and there!

    By Blogger Silke, at 1/29/2006 2:40 AM  

  • Hey Mr.Giglio
    aaahhhh sounds like it was an awesome night all three nights sounded great!That is so cool they started the Party clap though I have not heard the Party song or the Party clap I am sure it was really cool!!I wish I could hear that song!hahaha
    I am keeping ya'll in my prayers!
    God Bless all of you!

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 1/29/2006 8:46 AM  

  • Louie,
    Thank you so much for sharing your heart...as I started reading the list, my heart was just getting more and more excited.... and I'm not even there---for that matter I wasn't even at Passion--- but our Father, has gifted you with using words to truly convey your heart and His-- that others can't just hear the words, but are sucked in to what you are saying... I pray that you have a Blessed night in PA (that's my home state!!woohoo)... and I do pray that you would all get some rest--- it's been a busy week,I can only imagine.
    Love and Prayers, Jeanette

    By Blogger livin4him712, at 1/29/2006 10:47 AM  

  • Louie, Chris, Matt, Andrew, Daniel, Travis, uuumm....and Jesse's replacement...don't know his name...., crew and all the back stage team.....your Passion family (back in the house) is praying for you as you lead people to the feet of Jesus.

    For His Renown

    By Blogger MW, at 1/29/2006 11:37 AM  


    We're gonna shout to the heaven's now,
    Gonna sing loud and drown the sea out!
    Celebrate the life I've found,
    I've found, I've found!

    I was blind but now I see!
    I was lost Wbut He rescued me!
    He saved the day and set me free,
    Set me free, now I'm free!

    We're gonna PARTY!
    I can feel it down inside!
    I was dead, now I'm alive!


    What an amazing party it was when people gave their lives to Christ at Passion06!!! What an anthem, an ear-splitting applause that can only be so much more defeaning in heaven itself! God and all the heavenly hosts must have been jumping around heaven and singing (and playing harps? nah.) PARTY!!! with us all when they joined the family!

    Thank you Passion team for being a small part of God's redemptive story! There's no doubt that God has been guiding you all along for His unending fame and renown.

    Indeed, it's harder to show Christ's love to those around you on campus than for just a few days on a missions trip. Keep praying for all of us to be a generation who seeks the face of God, to live lives worthy of the calling we have received, and to spread His name all over our campuses.

    Can't wait for the Passion06 CD/DVD bundle!

    I am not, but I know I AM,
    C Luk
    University of Western Ontario, Canada

    By Blogger Christopher Luk, at 1/29/2006 3:25 PM  

  • Hey guys...
    Glad to hear things are going well with the tour, and I still can't wait till you guys get down here to Athens. We can't wait to have you. Hope things go great in Pittsburgh tonight and know that I am continuing to pray for all you guys as you follow God's plans for your lives spreading the gospel to all who will hear!

    By Anonymous the bob-o, at 1/29/2006 5:12 PM  

  • yeah, that's what it was like in columbia sc, too. everyone else totally messed up are attempt to get the clap started!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/29/2006 9:09 PM  

  • can't wait till you guys come to auburn. war eagle and go god!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/29/2006 9:18 PM  

  • Was at Baltimore last year and DC last night...what a privilege. I still am a little worn out from last night. Both nights were amazing. Thanks Matt, Chris, Louie and all in Chris Tomlin and Passion worlds for taking to the streets and uniting us for His renown.

    I was rocked again at the indescribable bigness of our God and really want to trust him more for whatever he wants from my life.

    praying for you all!
    come back...all fo you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/29/2006 9:23 PM  

  • Okay, I really used to like Passion and thought it was awesome like all you other bloggers. Now it has just become and big advertisement. Who cares if you get the stupid itunes bundle or not? The designer jeans talk was horrible. The "Party" song is the worst I have heard. We are not to party yet, we are in a war and there is no time to party. Please, people of God, do not get caught up in the hype of all of this! Love Jesus, and love people. It's as simple as that. Read somebody else besides Piper and Giglio. There are authors out there alot better than them. Try reading and studying the Bible for yourself and not relying and hanging on to Giglio's words all the time. Living for Jesus is not isolated to passion events, speakers, or song writers. The writing is on the wall

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/29/2006 11:01 PM  

  • Anonymous,
    I will be praying for you... I understand where you're coming from... but I think He wants to show you something... actually I know that He wants to show you more.
    Covered in prayer

    By Blogger livin4him712, at 1/29/2006 11:32 PM  

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    By Blogger marcus, at 1/29/2006 11:39 PM  

  • Whether or not someone liked the designer jeans talk, who can argue with the "Indescribable" talk? I just had the chance to hear it again in Pittsburgh. (sorry to post on the DC thread, but I didn't feel like waiting) So it was a hundred times more moving to me, because I finally saw the cross at the center of the spiral galaxy. From my angle at Passion, it just looked like an 'X.' Also amazing, and proof of just how much God has His Hand on Louie as he speaks, the audience sat in stunned silence as soon as the picture of Jesus came up, just like the silence of 19,000 in Nashville. Keep on carrying this powerful message Louie!

    By Blogger marcus, at 1/29/2006 11:41 PM  

  • God does have His hand on Louie. I do not doubt that. The Passion Movement has had an incredible impact on many people's lives and on my own as well. It just seems the more I check Passion out, it just seems to be out advertisement for their stuff. When Louie speaks, it is not authoritative. As a matter of fact, Louie just gets up there and tells stories. He does absolutely no exposition or exegesis of the word. I have never heard him speak about the Bible. The "Indescribable" talk was nothing special at all. Surely the Heavens declare the glory of God! I agree. But we are not to focus on the cosmos as much as we are to focus on this God actually desires for us to come to know Him, to have a relationship with Him. It is easy to get caught up in things such as the universe, creation, evolution, memorizing scripture, finding your "passion", apolegetics, speakers, musicians, events, etc. The point is, the 2 most important commandments are to love God and love people. There are millions of people dying from hunger, and Passion puts on million dollar conferences that gets people hyped up for a month or 2. Hanging the cross up the last night of the conference was idolatry without question. How can it not be when I saw people running up to it and worshipping it? Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. Come on people, lets go out and tell this dying world about Jesus and forget about the "partying". Lets learn the Bible and invest in other people's lives. You can take alot of great things from Passion, but it is very easy to just focus on Passion and not on Jesus and other people. Discern for yourselves when others speak and teach. Keep studying, keep searching...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/30/2006 12:10 AM  

  • God was definately in the house in Raleigh! Praise and worship was awesome and LOVED hearing Chris and the guys play the new song... Made to Worship? is that the title? took a minute for those that didn't go to passion to catch on but it was great... i belted it out anyways, who cares, they'll get it soon enough! The message Louie gave was just as good as it was at Passion... wow... it blows be away every time to realize how BIG God really is. Awesome. I'm in awe of Him and thankful he sent such talented people to spread the word... thanks guys and keep up the good work! See ya next year at Passion 07!
    In Christ,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/30/2006 12:13 AM  

  • Ok... anonymous, lets be nice here and not bash Passion. These guys really get the word spread and point people in the right direction... If the Lord wants them to pump college kids up like they do to help them spread the word then let it be. Yes you should read the bible and be discerning and focus on Jesus and loving others, but as far as i've seen, Passion hasn't done anything wrong. I've never seen that many sober college students together in my life and it's very refreshing that we all gathered together under one roof and worshiped God together to encourage and strengthen each other in our faith and spread the good news. Fellowship with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ help us to go out to those who don't know Him. God has blessed Passion too much for it to become worshiped more than He is, and i'd like to hope people understand they are worshiping God in this and have their eyes on Him and not any worldly things.
    God Bless

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/30/2006 12:34 AM  

  • I'm the anonymous poster that has posted the 2 posts regarding concerns with Passion. I realize that I probably should keep my mouth shut because disunity in the body and division is the last thing the Lord wants. However, my heart has not changed and if anybody wants to speak further on the issue, then feel free to email me at Thacoop19@aol.com. I would love to speak with anyone about this in a gentle and humble manner. The last thing I want to sound like is an arrogant, prideful "Christian" who just criticizes everything. I just hate to see people following one event so much and not Jesus, because in my mind there were some problems with the event and the things that went on. Please email me. I love meeting new people and talking with them about Jesus. Thacoop19@aol.com


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/30/2006 12:58 AM  

  • Luke,
    Thanks for your thought-provoking comments and for sharing your contact information. You are exactly right about loving God and loving others and staying in the Word. Two people that I have often heard say the same thing with fervor are John Piper and Louie Giglio. I am not a college student and have not been for many years and I was not too moved by Passion when I first heard about it four years ago. But, God reveals Himself through the test of time. The lives of all those involved with Passion serve as testimony to their faith.

    I live in an area outside of New York City and I can still see the long range impact of Passion here. There are so many people who are in the trenches and boldly advancing the kingdom of God and Louie's obedience to the call on his life helped them be just as obedient. They need events of encouragement like Passion to keep their arms held high. You cannot know what it is like to so desperately need the fellowship of the saints until you have to be without it. As an intercessor at Passion 06, my heart grieved over some of the negative things that I witnessed but they cannot take away from the global impact of children of God, worshipping in unity. Most of the people there WERE loving God and loving others and will change the face of our society as they walk towards Him.

    I love your heart and appreciate your candor. I look forward to more dialogue through email but I wanted to post this as encouragement to bloggers who are seeking and to Louie of course.

    By Blogger Tracy, at 1/30/2006 8:46 AM  


    Gosh, jealous again! sounds like you guys are having a very good time. I went to DC last May for vacation with my family and really loved it. I get into all that history stuff and I loved seeing all the museums. Although I never got to go into the White house for a tour!! That is a pretty long waiting list!!
    My favorite is seeing the constitution at the National Archives.
    Did you know that from the Lincoln memorial to the Capital, then across that from the Jefferson memorial to the White House is the shape of a cross?

    I hope you have many more good nights!


    By Blogger Kelli, at 1/30/2006 10:53 AM  

  • Yall are such a blessing!!! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to the Lord!!! And... Thanks for keeping us posted... it makes me feel like I am a part of the journey somehow... like being a part of a big family!!!(Which we are of course :)... all upholding eachother for the same goal... the RENOWN and GLORY of CHRIST JESUS!!! AMEN!!!)
    _ God bless and keep up the awesome work!!!

    Clap Clap! Clap!!! (I still do that randomly and people look at me like I am crazy... well all except my friends that were there at the Passion confrence with me... they join in and we all start singing in random places! It is great!)

    By Blogger Carolyn Carter, at 1/30/2006 10:59 AM  

  • Wow....The concert in VA was awesome.....Chris Tomlin and the gang wow.....Im from Maryland and wasnt able to attend the concert there so my family and I decided to venure out and see the gang.....How awesome it was....Also the pictures that you shown, my niece, shes seven said that they were breathe taken.....So i found the website where you got them from and shared them with my friends.....What an awesome god we have.....

    Maybe god bless you and Chris Tomlin on the rest of the tour...


    Whats next after the tour is over....


    By Blogger shelly, at 1/30/2006 12:40 PM  

  • Anonymous critic,

    From someone who has been skeptical of Passion and similar ministries and conferences in the past, i understand your concern. You're afraid that everyone's worshipping rock stars, speakers and crosses instead of Jesus. You're afraid that they have been caught up in the hype and missed the God who lowered Himself to this humble, filthy earth to reach us. You're afraid that worshipping, fellowshipping and studying about God together bears no fruit. Let me respond to this.

    First, we cannot know the hearts and minds of other men. The 268 guys could be doing nothing more than talking big talk all the while soaking up glory for themselves, and no one would know it (except God). But there are a couple of primary reasons i do not believe this. For one, Passion isn't getting rich off of these conferences. Often times (correct me if i'm wrong, guys) they struggle to break even. Secondly, i cannot deny the ways God has revealed Himself to me THROUGH them, at conferences, on their website, through their music. God has shaken me to the core and i have never been the same. I have journeyed with the Passion guys for about 3 years now, and confess that God has truly used them to grow me and send me out to love the world in a revolutionary way.

    No glory to them, only to God!

    I also want to mention that there's a "difference" between them and others who host similar conferences and between Matt, Charlie, Chris, David, Nathan and Christy and their clans and most other "worship bands" or bands who do worship tours and worship cds. There's a difference in authenticity of both song-writing, performance and production. There's a difference in their spiritual maturity and, consequently, the way the Spirit moves through them. It's hard to put your finger on it, and many people do not notice it (not that that matters), but it's there.

    Regarding your aversion to "partying" here on earth, again, i understand your feelings, because i've held them in the past... and then God changed my heart. He showed me that it IS good to lavish Him with extravagant love. Remember when the "sinner" Mary poured the expensive perfume on the head and feet of Jesus? The disciples rebuked her, but Jesus praised her. There's a lesson to learn in this. God is to be enjoyed BOTH now and forever. If that's all we ever did, there'd be a problem. If there weren't abundant resources out there for the poor (Yes, amongst Christians), then there'd be a problem. American Christians are rich enough to lavish extravagant worship on God as well as extravagant love on the poor. May we reserve to do both.

    By Blogger Beloved, at 2/01/2006 2:32 PM  

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