You can leave your hat on – updated*

 

Brian Houston writes…

“So how did someone come on stage resembling a cowboy, (during a fun moment involving lots of other people), at the Colour Conference in NYC? It’s a good question, I’ve been trying to work that out myself.

I do know that Bobbie – my wife – who was convener of the conference was clearly unaware that this was going to happen and was taken back by it.  She was at the dress rehearsal and there was no sign of a cowboy there. Carl and Laura Lentz were also not part of the decision. I can only guess at this point, that some one thought it would be funny and sent him out there without thinking about the ramifications.

What I do know is that those who perpetuate the story, do so mainly with the help of a video, no context,  and a good dose of what the bible describes as hearsay and rumour. He was wearing proper shorts, not underwear, and he had a flag draped over him – bare-chested and perhaps inappropriate, certainly unexpected and unauthorised; but not naked.

What I also know is that talk of apostates etc., is nonsense. Some well-meaning person just made a silly decision. It won’t happen again.

Brian”

From http://hillsong.com/collected/blog/2016/06/have-you-heard-the-one-about-the-cowboy/#.V1E3QuRL5OZ

 

Carl Lentz wrote in 2011…

“In our short time here we have learned that New york city is quite obviously, a place that has many, many “things” vying for people’s attention.

From the Naked Cowboy, who somehow has carved out a pretty lucrative, world famous career out of playing a guitar in Times Square in his underwear regardless of weather climate or human dignity concerns(many of you have seen this man and are currently shuddering..)….”

From http://hillsong.com/collected/blog/2011/02/nyc-update-5/#.V1E2IuRL5OY

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9 thoughts on “You can leave your hat on – updated*

  1. Yeah, I gotta say.. much as I don’t like their theology or their politics, once in a while they just get a worship song right and I realise that they have their heart in the right place. Like this haunting and beautiful rendition of ‘Silent Night’

    [video src="https://videos.files.wordpress.com/89eMA1gR/silent-night-hillsong-church-london-hillsong-carols-2014_dvd.mp4" /]

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  2. Hat’s off to Mr Groupsects for another funny title.
    And also for always allowing comments. The churchwatchers and Mr Elley won’t.

    And though they hate Hillsong and Houston with a passion they just finished another Conference.
    And tens of thousands of people seemed to be pretty happy there.

    Houston makes too much money out of it – perhaps.
    They get criticized for not accepting gay marriage by some , but are too gay friendly according to the watchers and Ellley. They are too cool for some but just wannabee cool according to others.
    But really the numbers are in. Thousands of people who didn’t have to be there went and looked happy. Thousands probably had to be there – but they looked happy too.
    Most people on the planet couldn’t care less about them. But the detractors are really just a small bunch.

    If you had a teenager and were happy for them to go to church / theyd enjoy being a part of Hillsong more than the local Calvinist or denominational church.

    So in case the churchwatcher people and Tanya Levin and Elley read this – even the media are coming around . Hillsong just gets bigger and more famous. And you are just coming across as disgruntled jealous nasty people .

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  3. Actually thanks to our friends at churchwatch, we have the original text of Brian’s explanation :

    Have You Heard the one about the Naked Cowboy?

    Brian Houston
    1 June 2016

    So how did someone come on stage imitating Times Square’s famous Naked Cowboy, (during a fun moment involving lots of other people), at the Colour Conference in NYC? It’s a good question, I’ve been trying to work that out myself.

    I do know that Bobbie – my wife – who was convener of the conference was clearly unaware that this was going to happen and was taken back by it. She was at the dress rehearsal and there was no sign of a naked cowboy lookalike there. Carl and Laura Lentz were also not part of the decision. I can only guess at this point, that some one thought it would be funny and sent him out there without thinking about the ramifications.

    What I do know is that those who perpetuate the story, do so mainly with the help of a video, no context, and a good dose of what the bible describes as hearsay and rumour. He was wearing proper shorts, not underwear, and he had a flag draped over him.

    What I also know is that talk of apostates etc., is nonsense. Some well-meaning person just made a silly decision. It is unlikely to happen again.

    Brian

    When the real Naked Cowboy got offended (he owns the copyright, and he’s also a pastor and thinks no one should turn up in church like that ) – Brian just changed the text to only refer to a “Cowboy”

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  4. Big deal, give the girls a bit of a thrill. But don’t try to make out you didn’t know anything about it if you get a bit of backlash.

    They follow modern corporate management methodology… everything that goes well is due to their visionary leadership.. if something goes badly they all act like Sergeant Shultz.

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  5. “A comment on the Church Watch Central of the “Naked Cowboy” video read, “Hillsong has gone off the deep end!”

    Church Watch Central, Hillsongchurchwatch, c3churchwatch, thehappychurchdowntheroadwatch, BereanresesearchInstitute, calvinistsvstherestoftheworld, billygrahamwatch, gaywatch…..i think they’re all run out of the same living room.

    Though this time I think they have a point. lol

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