Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Spare us any joy that’s not of You

Working at a radio station, you’re always consumed with music. You can’t get away from it … It’s a lot like the donuts, pastries and sweets that appear when you’re trying to diet … it’s always there.

Occasionally I’ll come across a group or an artist that just sticks with me, and for some reason I have a small musical “crush” on them for a few days (Oh come on, don’t act like you don’t know what I’m saying) This was an unlikely crush. See a while ago I saw an Episode of “L.A. INK” with the notorious Kat Von D. Well this chap walks in, built, brown and ruggedly handsome (I think I’m allowed to say that) Anyway, he says his name is Carlos Whittaker and he leads worship for this church called “Sandals” (check it out, it’s pretty legit!) His story was compelling, and identifiable. His story resonated with the conversion of Saul to Paul (I’ll leave it to you to find the whole story) but he left “L.A. INK” not only with a sweet impression of Saul’s Conversion on his right arm, put made a great impression on me. After some “googling”, I ran across his music … 4 songs “Rain It Down”, “Jesus Saves”, “We Will Worship You” and “God of Second Chances(check out that link RIGHT when you're done reading this)…. I downloaded the EP off ITunes for pennies … and it was worth it.

That night I went for a 4 mile run, listened to the EP 3 or 4 times. I wasn’t blown away by this amazing musicianship, or unsurpassed lyrics … I was blown away by how open his music felt. There was vulnerability about it, it didn’t seemed littered with “Christian” clichés … but a jubilant expression of genuine gratefulness without getting muddied by our religiosity.

Needless to say, this guy … I like.

God’s graciousness is something that either gets OVER stated … or UNDER appreciated … I think these songs, at least for this guy (me), remind me that during the seasons I feel dry God’s grace can rain down. That my soul is forever saved not because I’m righteous enough but that “I am the sum of failing and of grace” … and that even within complacency and emotionalism, a plea of “Save us from these comforts, Break us of our need for the familiar, Spare us any joy that’s not of You” His grace will restore our hearts to Him and to His justices. ... overall ... I think I'm a fan.

Until Next Time,


  1. Yup! Los is a cool cat. REAL.
    God's grace and mercy are even cooler! :)

  2. What's up Kris? Hope you're well, bro. You've seen Los's blog right? http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com It's a daily stop of mine. Since Sandals he was the Programming guy for Buckhead in ATL. He's left there now and released his EP and is doing "creative coaching' for churches all over. Lots of good stuff for us worship leaders on his blog though. Have a good one!

  3. kreeeestopher...well said. and you're right. he is ruggedly handsome. ;-)