in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries.
That offers remains today, and for any readers who want to brand me "religious" for having a problem with this "naked cowboy" display in a church setting, I can only say this: You need a fresh encounter with the living God. According to this same website, Burck, aka the Naked Cowboy, was also upset with Hillsong.
His representative, Todd Rubenstein, issued this statement: "I represent Naked Cowboy and own Naked cowboy Enterprises, LLC.
— isn't it a little odd that Burck has no problem appearing as the "Naked Cowboy" on the streets of New York before countless thousands of onlookers every week?
I guess I'm just being "religious" again, thinking somehow that a deeply devoted gospel minister would not want to show up in a church service in his underwear any more than he would want to perform on a street corner in his underwear.
He wears only cowboy boots, a hat, and briefs, with a guitar strategically placed to give the illusion of nudity."What does this have to do with Hillsong? What's wrong with a youth pastor standing onstage in his underwear during a women's conference?
Well, during an I Love New York celebration at a recent women's conference hosted by Hillsong in New York City, a Hillsong youth pastor was onstage, dressed up as the Naked Cowboy, meaning that he too was wearing nothing but a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, briefs, and a guitar. (Sarcasm fully intended.)In the past, both privately and then publicly, I have offered my assistance to Hillsong New York, wanting to help them appreciate and embrace the beauty of holiness.So much for accurate reporting and for being a "watchdog" for the church.Nonetheless, when websites like this do report accurately, the facts stand for themselves, and this time, when it comes to a recent Hillsong event, it appears their reporting is true. According to Wikipedia, "Robert John Burck, better known as the Naked Cowboy, is an American street performer whose pitch is on New York City's Times Square.No-win no-fee shark Brian Cromby (pictured) was secretly filmed at the boxing match telling undercover Mail on Sunday reporters he could get them £2,000 each if they lied about being ill on holiday – then bragged ‘most of my clients were not sick’Earlier, Cromby had told an Mo S investigator posing as a model looking for work at the £25-a-head charity fundraiser that he would use the event to ‘generate lots of leads.’Last night, Tory MP Craig Tracey, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Insurance and Financial Services – which monitors claims firms and reports to Ministers – said: ‘This is absolutely disgusting.To encourage people to make fake illness claims at a charity fundraising event for people who are genuinely seriously ill is the lowest of the low. We need tough new regulation of these claims management companies.’The Mail on Sunday has previously revealed how cowboy firms systematically coach British tourists to lie about becoming ill on all-inclusive holidays in order to win compensation payouts of up to £5,000.A cowboy compensation firm cynically sponsored a cancer charity’s fundraising event then used it to drum up fake holiday sickness claims.