Should Christians Be The Most Creative People On The Planet? (Remix)

Years ago I saw a blog post entitled ‘Should Christians be the Most Creative People On The Planet?’ Unfortunately, as far as I recall, the post itself was pretty forgettable, but the question remained enticing to me. I’ve always found it interesting that Christians’ artistic output, in my lifetime anyway, has been on the whole…

The Art Of Not Knowing

The tension that can sometimes exist between the ‘Christian’ world and the ‘art’ world is something which will doubtless be familiar to readers of Sputnikmagazine. It’s no secret that the art that many Christians prefer and expect of their artists does not always correlate with the art those artists end up creating. Often, there is…

Revisiting Beauty and Art: An Update From The Vatican

As some of you might remember, we started the year with a discussion of beauty and art, and more specifically, of the place that the concept of ‘beauty’ has (or should have) in our artistic practice. I personally found it greatly illuminating to hear the reflections of such artistic behemoths as Ally Gordon, David Benjamin…

Ruth Chipperfield at Women In Business Expo 2017

In June, Ruth Chipperfield, an active member of Sputnik since about 2012, was one of the speakers at the ‘Women in Business Expo 2017’ at Birmingham Council House. One of the event’s goals was to showcase successful women-led businesses, and so as part of the fashion show, Ruth took to the catwalk to tell her…

Make A Scene

As a kid I became a little obsessed with guitar bands who looked a lot like lost lumberjacks. You know the look, torn jeans, plaid shirts and greasy hair. It was the early 90s and rock was boring. It was pompous, glamorous and all about showing off. Then came Bruce Pavitt. Bruce Pavitt turned my world…

Are Christian Artists Called To Influence Society?

Phew! This whole influence thing is a lot more complicated than you might have thought. Should Christians look to gain influence in society? Well, yes. But, of course, also no. How do we tie all of this together? To conclude our series on influence I’ve got two more posts thinking about how all of this practically…

Kendrick, Chance & Christian Hip-Hop

What on earth is going on in hip hop in 2017? There will be some to whom that question may seem a bit niche (and who may well answer ‘who cares?’), but to others, the names in the title of this post will be very familiar to you, and you will have already clocked where…

Are Christians Called To Influence Society? A Note Of Caution

Let’s recap on what we’ve seen so far in this series. Christians holding positions of influence in society is a good thing. In fact, it’s an essential thing, if the good news of Jesus is going to spread and the church is going to grow. So, how should we respond to this? The obvious application…

Stories That Regenerate

A story is a living thing.  Every time a reader or viewer or listener interacts with it, it becomes something new.  That’s why they are so powerful. And they are things of wonder that shift, change and yes, regenerate.  To regenerate is to bring new and more vigorous life to something or, in the case…

Broadcast From The Clubhouse

It’s February 2017 and my friend asks me if I want to go and see Hacksaw Ridge. I’m not sure. The film has been getting some rave reviews amongst my Christian friends – a friend-of-a-friend has claimed it’s one of the best films they’ve ever seen, but I can take a guess as to why….

Are Christians Called To Influence Society? The Case For The Defence

Different people’s voices have different weights. Diane Abott has more influence than my son’s primary school teacher. My MP’s voice is more influential than my dentist’s. However, it is not just politicians who have influence. Culture is not just shaped by law makers, but by all sorts of different groups. Cutting to the chase, artists…