When Bad Things Happen To Bad People (And We Enjoy Watching)

Earlier this year, Richard Spencer was punched in the head whilst being interviewed at the Trump inauguration in Washington DC. The clip soon went viral, with a number of people praising the attack and circulating musical remixes, among them rapper Killer Mike and comedian Tim Heidecker. For those who were aware of Spencer’s status as the…

An Interview With Author Mike French

When I first started sniffing around for artists in our particular network of churches in 2012, it was pretty tricky to find artists in any discipline who were making work that would be viewed as credible outside the church. When it came to fiction writers, this scarcity was most pronounced. A few children’s authors slowly crept…

Tim Keller and Christian Realism

As Christians are we supposed to be optimists or pessimists? Obviously, we’d all want to be realists, but unless we assume complete omniscience, we’re probably not the best judge of whether that title is suited to us!  My church background (charismatic evangelicalism) is largely quite optimistic in tone, although precise theological stances on what we can expect in…

Introducing The All New Mellor Band Classification System

Last week, I started sharing some thoughts about live music, and the importance of practising. Rocket science it was not. Today, I want to delve a bit deeper, giving both challenges and encouragement. To kick things off, I have crafted a hugely deficient classification of all live bands in the world, placing them neatly into…

Practice Makes Passable

One of the features of the coming year for Sputnik’s Birmingham Hub is going to be our ongoing but closer relationship with Impact. Impact is run by Oasis Church Birmingham and is dedicated to promoting Birmingham’s vibrant music scene. It’s essentially local church-as-live music promoter, and it has functioned so far by organising regular live…

To Make Others Happy Through Music

Easter holidays beckoning, todolist sufficiently shrunk, I sat down this morning to finally read Tim Keller’s ‘Every Good Endeavour’. Haven’t even made it to the foreword yet, because of the opening quote… During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller,…