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Carlos Whittaker :: Ragamuffin Soul :: Giveaway

*****Winners of the CD’s for the Blog giveaway are Ed Gould, David Lerner & Mitch Hopewell

*****Winner of the CD’s for the Twitter giveaway were @karlameachem & @jamiewyckoff

Giving stuff away is always fun. This time I get to giveaway a few brand new albums, Ragamuffin Soul, from my good friend Carlos Whittaker. Here’s the deal…It’s pretty simple. There’s a couple ways you can, potentially, win one of the 5 CD’s that Integrity Music gave me to give away to my readers. I say up your chances and enter both ways:

1. I’ll give 3 CD’s away on my blog by just leaving a comment with your City, State (so easy why wouldn’t you!?)

2. I’ll give 2 CD’s away on Twitter. You’ll get in the hat by Twittering the following: Win a Ragamuffin Soul CD by @loswhit. Check out the giveaway on @brianwurzell’s blog! http://is.gd/cgtLT RT if you wanna enter to win!

I’ll do all the giveaways on Friday so check back with me then to see if you’re a winner. Have some fun and get your name in the hat and most of all let’s keep getting the word out about this new record. If you leave a comment on the blog make sure you leave me your best email address as you fill out the comment piece so I can email you for your address, etc… Super easy, hope you win, ready…set…go….

Whether you win or not…go buy Carlos’ new record and support him as he launches out in this new adventure! CLICK HERE

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Carlos Whittaker :: Ragamuffin Soul

All I can say is that that I know few people that work harder and are willing to sacrifice more than my friend Carlos Whittaker. This guy has become one of my better friends over the past couple years and I’m so stoked to see him have an opportunity to get some music out there to the world.

Today, Carlos releases his first ever full length project and I’m just stoked for him. I know how hard it is to put a record together and I know today is a big day for him. I think you’ll enjoy the album. You should know that you’re supporting a guy that loves God, loves his family, loves his friends, sacrifices a lot and cares for the least. Click the album cover below to go order his new record and to help a brother out!!


Worship: Why We Sing

We are in a new series here at Cornerstone called 3-2-B which, in essence, is a series that’s sort of pointing our church to simple ways to walk closer to Jesus. The ‘3 to be strong’ are Worship, Grow and Serve. We’re talking about this idea and asking the question, ‘what IF every person in our church took a step forward in this season in each of those areas? What could happen? How much more like Christ could we become if we actually matured in our faith? How much could our maturity influence Kingdom capacity?’

This past weekend we talked to the concept of worship. We talked about this idea that worship is the bowing down of our lives in the obedient effort to give God His rightful place in our lives. His rightful place is first and above everything else. Worship is the broad canvas of our lives and there is nothing in our lives that get excluded. Everything is spiritual and everyone has the ability to worship.

As the Worship Leader at a local church I have to be honest to say that there is nothing more frustrating than how we have compartmentalized the concept of Worship to music. Music is but a fiber of what worship really should be in our lives. True worship is the bowing down of our lives in the every decision of our every day.

If you’re like a lot of people though, you may have had a simple yet unanswered question that may be the following: ‘WHY DO WE SING?’ It seems like singing is a foundational element of what we do in our local churches. I think I’ve got a guy that may be able to give you some insights on this question.

I’ve got an AMAZING friend, mentor and theologian in my life that I want you all to get to know. His name is Dr. John Hubley. The guy is an absolute lover of life, people and the Word of God. He has been responsible for taking me to all new places as it relates to my ‘Biblical Interpretation of Worship’. I’ve done everything I can to get this guy on film to capture his wisdom and legacy.

I recently sat down with John to ask him this burning question, ‘WHY DO WE SING?’.

Where there any new concepts or ideas that you learned about WHY WE SING that came out through this video? Do you like to express your worship in song? Do you dislike expressing your worship in song? What does singing mean to you in light of hearing that singing is close to the heart of God?

Outside Looking In – Blogging, the Church and Why…

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I had a fantastic, short, dialogue today with my friend CJ Casciotta who is on staff at ConversantLife.com (the blog that I write for). He asked me a couple questions and I responded and I’ll show you the dialogue in just a second. I’d love to hear from you though. What are the reasons that you blog? Do you blog or do you just read them? If you’re just a reader, what blogs do you find to be the most intriguing and why?

Here was a bit of the dialogue we had today:

CJ: what do u think about the whole blogosphere and why are ministry leaders taking the lead on it?

BW: i think it’s one of the fastest growing ways of communicating life and it’s twists and turns in the most viral way. i also think for church leaders it is another stream for people to know them at a whole new level and it creates an authentic interactive bridge into their lives. in the old hat of church world it was acceptable not to really ‘know’ your pastors, but, this next generation is almost demanding a deeper level of connection with their church leaders. they desperately want to know that we’re not plastic. they want to see our scars. they need to see that we wrestle with things and that we actually aren’t that different from normal human beings and the blog world is ONE innovative stream to that reality.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

ConversantLife.com – I’m blogging for them!

EXPERT BLOGGING – How in the world did I get invited to do that!? Well, my friend Chris Kottre (ht – he told me that means ‘hat-tip’ in the blog world, so there you go chris) actually shared my blog with a guy named CJ over at conversantlife.com. We met last month and now I’m blogging, as an EXPERT blogger, for them. 

ConversantLife.com is a really cool concept. It’s kind of a myspace/facebook of the blog world with focused writers on various subject matter and it’s a lot of it is written through a faith lens. Very cool stuff and I highly recommend that you go get a username over there and check out what they have going on.

I’ll be blogging for them once a week and I’m really looking forward to it. I just submitted my first blog entry, ‘introductions’, last night. ConversantLife is a publishing company. They publish some guys you might have heard of and some guys I deeply respect and that I’ve actually had the chance to work alongside. Guys like Mike Erre, Teaching Pastor at Rock Harbor in Newport Beach, Ca, and Richard Dahlstrom, a prolific leader, author and pastor from the Seattle area.

Anyways, this a bit of the new journey that i find myself on and it is really fun! Be sure to go give ConversantLife.com a look (you can use your facebook login if you have one) and leave me a comment over there just for giggles! Happy clicking!