Chris Tomlin Concert!

This past Saturday, Justin and I were lucky enough to be invited into a group of discounted block tickets to see Chris Tomlin and Kari Jobe in concert at the Consol Energy Center! I’m not sure what the normal ticket prices were, but within our group, we paid $17 a ticket. My friend heard about this group special on the radio (you had to have 20 people in your group to get the deal), and she immediately got on Facebook and started trying to put a group together. Justin and I took the last two spots! And it was definitely worth it.

Waiting for the show to start!

Waiting for the show to start!

Kari Jobe

Kari Jobe

Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin

I feel embarrassed admitting this, but I didn’t realize for AWHILE that Chris Tomlin was on the stage. Our tickets said that Louie Giglio would also be there, and I had no idea who he was (I know! I should know this!). Louie Giglio is the pastor of a well-known church in Atlanta, and he is an excellent speaker. However, I thought that he was a singer, so when Chris Tomlin came on the stage, I thought I was listening to Louie Giglio (because of the order the names were listed on my ticket). I got upset because my camera died pretty early on into the show, and I thought, “Now I won’t be able to take pictures of Chris Tomlin! I only got all these pictures of this Louie Giglio guy who I don’t even know!” And then Louie Giglio came onto the stage to speak….and it all made sense. And I realized, I did have pictures of Chris Tomlin after all. No wonder I happened to know all of those songs he sang! πŸ˜‰

Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin–the not-so-celebrity

I felt really silly about my misunderstanding, since I was probably the only one in my group who didn’t know what was going on. (Justin tried to tell me, but I could barely hear him through the loud music.) But after I thought about it for awhile, I decided that it’s more of a testament to Christian artists that I didn’t know what he looked like (or what many Christian artists look like, for that matter). When I hear a Taylor Swift song, I can immediately picture her singing it with her bright red lipstick on. When I hear a Kelly Clarkson song, I can imagine her singing it in to the microphone, bouncing up and down to the beat on a stage. When I hear a Chris Tomlin song….I don’t picture Chris Tomlin; I picture God instead. I think most Christian artists carry out their careers in a way that doesn’t point back to them, or create fame or vanity for themselves. They write and sing their music intending it to point to God, and lead us closer to him. And that’s a good thing. πŸ™‚

Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin

It was less concert and more...giant praise and worship session. :-)

It was less concert and more…giant praise and worship session. πŸ™‚

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4 thoughts on “Chris Tomlin Concert!

  1. You make a great point about Christian artists pointing to God. Our university had a traveling drama group called Theatron and I loved that they asked people not to applaud after performances. And at the end of each performance, the members on stage would point straight up and acknowledgment of WHO they were doing this for. It was really cool because you would have the urge to cheer for a great performance and instead it would be totally silent with everyone on stage pointing up. I loved that. But yeah, God has really blessed Chris Tomlin with amazing talent. So glad you got to go to this concert!

  2. That theater group sounds really interesting, Rach! It’s cool that they went THAT far in wanting to acknowledge God instead of themselves. πŸ™‚

  3. Hope I’m not too late Rachel – thought I had subscribed to your new blog but it looks like I hadn’t!

    I saw Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio in concert back in 2008 when they did the worldwide Passion Tour. It was in an old theatre in London and that was one of the most amazing praise & worship sessions I’ve ever experienced. One of my all time favourite worship songs is “How Great Is Our God” and to sing that with Chris Tomlin leading was something I had never thought would happen. He has such an immense gift for leading people to Him through music.

    Late last year, I was totally thrown when I found a video of the song’s live world edition that he led in Atlanta with the Watoto Children’s Choir and worship leaders from Indonesia, Russia and Latin America. Even watching it on youtube, I felt like that was a tiny glimpse of heaven when people from all tribes and nations will lift God up in one voice.

    One of the most telling moments from the whole thing was the video at the end – the final chorus was a solo sung in Mandarin with scenes of Beijing on film. That broke my heart and it really put things in perspective… to be both Christian and Chinese at such a time as this! If you see it I’m sure it will speak to you and Justin as well, especially after that year in Huzhou. πŸ™‚

    This also reminds me of the church I attended at college, there was a baptism Sunday one time and all of those being baptised were from Mainland China. One girl read Psalm 23 in Mandarin for her friends and every word struck me right in the heart – I broke down in tears and I felt like God was pointing me to the great hunger for Him in that nation. I’ve never forgotten that moment and I think a seed was planted in my heart that day.

    • Wow! That’s incredible, James! I’ll definitely have to look up some of those videos…that would be an amazing thing to see. It’s always really exciting to hear scripture or familiar worship songs in Mandarin (even if I can’t understand most of it). Like you read on my other blog, that was really the only way I could think of to share any of the Gospel message with my students while I was teaching in China, and I was really grateful that I could just get on to get the translation to use in class. It was incredible to hear my students reading scriptures about Jesus in Chinese during class…I felt like such a renegade. πŸ™‚ Justin and I had the chance to go to a Chinese church service a couple of times while we were in Huzhou, and one time they sang the song, “How Great Thou Art” in Chinese. Even though a nice old lady tried to share her hymnal with me, I (obviously) couldn’t read the characters, so I just sang the English words quietly to myself. It was so surreal to be on the other side of the world, seeing people packed into a church sanctuary like a can of sardines (with their winter coats on, because it was FREEZING in there), singing out a worship song that I’ve known my whole life. Amazing. πŸ˜€

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