Selected Interests & Inspirations – June 2015

Personal Visual, Audio, Readings Favorites, Music Recommendations, Interests and Inspirations from June 2015.

Important note: The selection of the content does not equal an endorsement of the creator or even the piece as a whole. These selections span all interest and genres, including those that might not be suitable for all audiences.

Music

Us for Them – Gungor

I have been a very open supporter of Gungor for a few years, even when they tried leaving Christian music. The group just released their latest album that dramatically returns to the heart of their gifts in music that is unapologetically Christian. The lyrics are also very timely.

Do You Remember – Jarryd James

I am a big fan of driving rhythms and deep bass mixed with melodic lyrics. This song is one of the few that Jarryd James has released, but I’m certainly interested. The dark tension of the music with his emotive voice and chords makes it one of my favorites from this month.

See You Again – Boyce Avenue featuring Bea Miller (Wiz Khalifa Cover)

This has been the most emotional top 40 hit of this year, and Boyce Avenue takes it to another level with their acoustic interpretation. This song reminds me that we can hope to enjoy heaven with our loved ones.

To the Very End – Tyler Batts

This South Carolina native is new to the scene, but he shows some promise in his lyrics and beats.

Hold Me Down – Halsey

This song has spiritual references, but it is not a Christian song. Its catchy beats and insightful lyrics are very reflective on some interesting American realities.

Best Friend – Yelawolf featuring Eminem

This song is certainly not Christian, but it provides a fascinating perspective on connecting with God by someone that does not go to Church. It calls upon the Trinitarian God and proclaims that He is his best friend. It has some theological flaws, but I hope it can lead to some trust with the Church, even if it’s just to pray in a beautiful Church.  Language warning.

Empire – Derek Minor

I love hip-hop. This is one of the most non-Christian sounding albums that still fully embraces the Truth. It’s interesting and compelling.

Most Merciful God – Zach Hicks & Coral Ridge Worship Featuring Julie Anne Vargas

These lyrics really struck me in this month of the Sacred Heart.

Visual

Humanum: Laudato Si

In honor of Pope Francis’ release of his encylical, Laudato Si. This shows how perfectly this teaching fits in with his focus on the renewal of the family. It’s also incredibly beautiful.

415 Foot Basketball shot

This shot is unbelievable. I’m sure that it took lots of effort and many attempts, but he did it. Inspiring.

Beer Enhances American Monastic Life

Great video on how Trapist monks brought a new brewery to America.

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