Twenty Seven Million

In 2005 my wife and I flew to Nashville on behalf of a local radio station to cover Passion 2005.  It was a little awkward for us to sit in the luxurious box seats of the Bridgestone Arena and watch as 12,000 college students worshiped their hearts out.  Luckily we were able to sneak out and join in the worship for a couple of sessions.

What sticks in my mind about that trip however are the thousands of towels and socks that were brought to the arena by these college students.  They were responding to a request from Passion Leadership to do one simple thing…  bring towels and socks for the homeless and those in need.  It seems like a minor thing, but when I picture that mound of over 12,000 towels and socks at the entrance to the arena, I’m still blown away.  Each one of those towels represented a homeless person that was blessed in the name of Jesus that year.  And to think, this tradition has continued every year since… and this year there were over 44,000 people gathered at the Georgia Dome!!!

One of the things that originally drew me to the Passion movement was their great worship music.  Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman and others have undoubtedly been leading the way in the production of modern worship music for the last decade.  What many may not know however, is that this team has been subtly using their talent to draw worshipers to something more than just sing songs about God.  They’ve been calling us to action in the name of that God.  Apparently this year held nothing less for us.  Check out this clip…

Wanna join them and do something!  Here’s the link…

Discussion piece: Should our worship music be used to do more than just focus our hearts on God?

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