Hillsong United Concert

I love Hillsong United. Some friends and I flew up to Chicago and saw them Live. Better yet Brooke Fraser was there with them :) It was truly an expearence I will never forget. They are all such passionate worshipers with an unbelievable vision. Heres some pics…yaa we were pretty close.





23 Responses to “Hillsong United Concert”

  1. 1 smash July 24, 2007 at 3:17 am

    have u seen Joel houston’s tattoo? i just want to hear from your side about that thing.. because me, i live in philippines, and people here are conservative. i heard negative comments about his tattoo.. so ill end up here n’ hope to hear from u soon. Gb

  2. 2 LAYZA August 29, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, is beautfur!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!… kissis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    será q vc pode me responde???????????????????? please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 3 anny October 18, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    estoy feliz que esten cumpliendo el proposito De Dios
    espero que cada dia revolucionen el mundo
    mostrando el buen camino que es Dios …..
    andrea paz Arias Cid
    que Dios los Bendiga..

  4. 4 Namy!!! October 19, 2007 at 11:19 am

    I’m Italian… siete fantastici… un gruppo meravigliosooo! I Love You!Joel Houston is very Beautiful!

  5. 5 Cindy July 17, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    I praise God for them because He is lifting them up for such a time as this….as far as the tattoo…..well the bible does say that we are not to have any….soooooo my opinion is that it is between Joel and God….

  6. 6 alex July 29, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    no where in the new testement does it say tattoos are not allowed. we are living under the new cevenant people w no longer live under the old law! therefore tattoos are not, not allowed

    • 7 Brian Irwin August 7, 2009 at 12:13 am

      Alex, I disagree completely. Any Christian who chooses to get a tattoo is following the world, not Christ. The Bible says: ‘…don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God’ James 4:4 (NIV). Something to think about. Also, Leviticus 19:28 specifically says that God does not want people to have tattoos on their bodies.


      Brian (Australia)

      • 8 nivi August 25, 2009 at 5:20 pm

        pls read the whole chapter of leviticus next time.and romans 7;1-13.we are no longer bound to the law…paul goes on to say that if you cant follow one law, then you have broken all.which is humanly impossible.
        but we are no longer bound to the law!
        there is a story in mark10;17-22..where this guy followed every law , command-but lacked ‘one thing’.
        David was a one thing guy-a man after Gods own heart-and Jesus gives us only one command -to love God heart, mind soul, strength and to love our neighbour as ourselves.
        love God.
        Love people.thats it.

  7. 9 Terence October 1, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Yea well said alex. I’m from singapore and i guess what alex said is true. We are living under the new covenant, so therefore, whether there are negative comments in the phillipines, there’s no way joel houston should be condemned because of his tattoo that he has. New covenant people..

  8. 10 andrey April 21, 2009 at 4:18 am

    i like it…..
    with GOD all things are possible…..

    GBU aLL:)

  9. 11 R3D May 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    what ever it is, you shouldnt take notice of the artist this people are singing not performing but worshiping God, remember we have a jealous God!!! and even before idol worshipers wer not tolerated but destroyed!!! praise God.

  10. 12 nivi August 25, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    it bugs me so much when people point out leviticus 19;28 and completeyl miss out on leviticus 19;27.do why do u men trim the tip of your side hairs then? these were applicable to the jews, who follow the torah which is mostly the old testment and to this day they follow it.
    we ,’christians’ are not jews we are followers of Jesus Christ and Jesus-nor is it pointed in the new test anywhere about tattoos.
    Paul was very clear tho about issues such as homosexuality, meat cooked in blood, sexualy immorality practices which were forbidden even in the old test.
    we are under the new covenant.and as long as it glorifys God -who are we to question or judge-Christian tattoos is another form of art.and Art is not Sin.(well it matters very litle what everyone or anyone else thinks.I dont even trust my own judgement on this point.My conscience is clear , but that isnt what matters.it is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide 1st corinthians 4;3-4 NLT)Beware of the yeast of the pharisees-

  11. 13 Brian Irwin August 26, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Hi Nivi,

    Thanks for your reply. Sure, Christians may not be under the law, however the rules for living as described in the Torah are still applicable for Christians today, even though we don’t live under the law as such. It should be remembered that the 10 commandments are in the Torah (the book of Exodus), and I cannot imagine Christians claiming that these commandments are not applicable to Christians today. You claim that ‘…as long as it glorifys God’ then we should not judge, but how much is God being glorified when a Christian gets a tattoo?! Do you think the Holy Spirit would guide a Christian to a seedy tattoo parlor to get a tattoo? Tattoos are associated with criminals and jail inmates, not Christians. When Christians get tattoos, is it a case of the church influencing the world, or is it a case of the world influencing the church? The answer here is obvious. The bible says:

    ‘…let your light shine before men, that may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven’ (Matthew 5:16, NIV)

    Any Christian who decides to get a tattoo is responsible for dragging the Name of Christ through the mud, and this is why it concerns me…the Name of Christ.

  12. 14 matt August 27, 2009 at 5:28 am

    just lest ye be judged…………

  13. 16 Jameson January 3, 2010 at 7:33 am


    Read the rest of the chapter man, it’s got some weird stuff in there and yes it is old covenant and I’m not saying disregard it but at the same time read Matthew 22:36-40:

    36″Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[a] 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b] 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

    I think Jesus sums it up best. I have nothing more to say…just be careful you’re not pharisaical…no need for spiritual police, I’m sure God’s got it all under control.

  14. 17 Brian Irwin January 8, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Hi Jameson,

    Thanks for your reply. I have read all of the Old Testament in the past and yes I know that the greatest command of all is to love God, but I find it rather difficult to see how someone can be that committed to God when they go out of their way to deny their faith before people by following the world. The question that should be asked is whether a Christian is proclaiming Christ to the world by getting a tattoo, or are they denying Christ before the world? “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33, NIV). I think it is very important for Christians to make it their obligation to maintain a lifestyle and testimony that leave no question of our allegiance.


  15. 18 David January 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Hi guys
    i don’t think you deny your faith by having a tatoo. in fact you can have one with a christian message, which helps to spread the Gospel. When you have a tatoo maybe a drug addict or criminal or whatever you may call him, will have more trust in you, since you don’t look like an old-fashioned religious preacher. Just as Brian said before, it IS a case of the church influencing the world!
    Somebody said that tatoos are associated with criminals, which may be true. But should that hinder us from getting one? By having a tatoo we may bring us”down to another level”. But isn’t this exactly what Jesus did?
    Remeber the great and gloroius King of Kings was born in a barn, which is associated with really poor people. He made himself low and went to the sinners, shouldn’t we do the same? Of course this doesn’t mean you have to get a tatoo ;)
    Take rock music. It is actually associated with sex and drugs and a completely ungodly lifestyle. But does this mean, we shouldn’t been allowed to make great rock music to glorify God, such as Hillsong does?

    Could it be that the whole issue is just really religious, since we all know that God NEVER cares for your looks, he is ALWAYS just about your HEART being pure and undivided?


    PS: I apologize for any language mistakes, I’m just a German student, who still has to learn a lot of English. ;)

  16. 19 Brian Irwin February 5, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Hi David,

    Thanks for your comment. It should be remembered that the Bible says not to have tattoos (Lev 19:28), and there are no exceptions mentioned, which means that ‘Christian’ tattoos are not allowed either. It is true that Jesus mixed with many different people in society, however Jesus never compromised His perfect teaching just to win converts, in fact if you read John 6:60-67 you will see that many of Jesus’ disciples stopped following Him after they found some of His teaching too difficult. When this happened, Jesus did not water down His teachings to win converts, in fact He turned to His disciples and asked if they were going to leave Him also. Likewise Christians should never become like the world in an attempt to win converts, instead we should rely on the Holy Spirit to convict non-believers of the truth of Christianity after hearing our testimony.

    However I am not really convinced that Christians who get tattoos are really trying to reach the world by becoming like the world. Instead, I think that many such Christians are really just secular people who love the ways of the world.


  17. 20 gabs February 26, 2010 at 4:08 am

    i’ll sum it up….brian is right..we know for sure that our body is the temple of God, that is spiritually speaking…your life, your body all of us, should be a living sacrifice…. now.. remember what Jesus did to the temple when he saw money changers, and merchants?? he threw them off the Sacred Place…..!!! therefore, if you are really a living sacrifice to God….you know the rest…. We Are Christians, we are not of this world… We’re not here to be parallel with them…. We are here to spread the GOOD NEWS by our living, our ACTS, our WORDS, our HEART, and NOT of TATTOO…..

  18. 21 chrisboy April 9, 2010 at 3:13 am

    hmmmm.. am i going to hell if i get one? is it still a sin if i get a tattoo which says “God loves me/you”?? what if one day i wake up, i already have a tattoo, will it still be a sin? how about ladies having their eyebrows tattooed? cuz i know a pastor who had her brows tattooed.. thanks..:)

  19. 22 jl July 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    interesting conversation about this. it is true that some laws written in old testament are no longer applicable as they were written specifically for the context that people were in.

    it is also true that we have freedom in Christ. however this has to be tempered with the verse that all things are permissible but not all things are good. the passage in 1 cor comes to mind where it exhorts us to do/not do something with thought to whether it stumbles other people.

    i quote commentary from biblegateway.com
    1 Corinthians 10:31-33
    Christians have total freedom in Christ, but we are cautioned to do do anything that would cause somebody else to stumble (sin). A given activity might be spiritually allowable for one person, but if it would cause another Christian to fall, it should be reconsidered.

    so bottom line is that we are to love God = love people, as that is the greatest commandment according to Jesus and Paul. and in choosing to tattoo or not, that love should be a deciding factor.

    I don’t know Joel Houston personally, but i do believe his life reflects love for God and people, and for whatever reason he had that tattoo done, it is for him to account to God and his spiritual leaders/community.

  20. 23 Joshua KADI December 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Brian is right.
    It should not have tattoos on his body, it is not to the glory of God.
    But that’s between him and Dieu.Maintenant in the word it says that if you do things that may shock you should not do.

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