louder than ever.

It’s never, never, never the woman’s fault. No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman. No means no. […] The one regret I have is we call it domestic violence as if it’s a domesticated cat. It is the most vicious form of violence there is, because not only the physical scars are left, the psychological scars that are left. This whole culture for so long has put the onus on the woman. What were you wearing? What did you say? What did you do to provoke? That is never the appropriate question.

— Joe Biden

At the end of the day, I think the unfortunate reality is that many in the old-guard of Evangelicalism are going to continue to refuse to hear out the millennial Evangelicals and continue to perpetuate the myth that we’re just trying to rid ourselves of orthodox theology and embrace hipster, social justicey, teddy bear forms of Jesus. But this opposition should not stop us from pursuing Jesus with our whole lives. I no longer fear being called a “heretic” by more conservative Evangelicals, because I am confident that as long as I am pursuing Jesus as he has been revealed in the Gospels, then I am going to be okay. And it is precisely my love and desire to follow Jesus that is fueling my passion to do justice in the world. To work to un-politicize the Gospel. To work for a better world for all people. Jesus is my motivation. He’s my goal. And I firmly believe that for most millennial Evangelicals, this passion for Jesus will continue to empower and spur us on to a much more robust faith, hope, and love.

— Brandan Robertson

Midsummer Music

I have a considerable amount of free time when I’m not in school, and it’s been a rainy five day weekend, so I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been listening to this summer. Most of these songs are not new. It’s more a collection of 20 songs I’ve rediscovered or was late to discover. 

1. Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy-Dylan Scott

This song is simple and cliche, but I’m obsessed with this guy’s voice. He’s not bad to look at either.

2. Grey Street Live from Cincinnati-Dave Matthews Band

I go through phases with DMB. My favorite DMB song changes probably once a month or so. It was Grey Street early on. Then I went through Grace Is Gone, The Stone, his Long Black Veil cover, Some Devil, So Damn Lucky, I’ll Back You Up, Stay, Sweet, and now I’m back to Grey Street. I’m really loving this version from Riverbend in Cincinnati. It’s the only version of the song with a male protagonist. 

(Source: Spotify)

4. Blue Kentucky Girl-Emmylou Harris

I’m a Kentucky girl, and I love Emmylou Harris. I like the Loretta Lynn version, too.

(Source: Spotify)

5. So in Love-The Icarus Account

I usually don’t go for music this sappy, but I heard this song in the background of a wedding highlight video and I loved it. I’m not ashamed. 

(Source: Spotify)