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…

Ben Harris Reviews Propaganda’s Crooked

After a three year wait, we at Sputnik Magazine have been very excited to receive   the new album ‘Crooked’ by Jason Emmanuel Petty’s (a.k.a Propaganda) Having received positive reviews for his last album ‘Crimson Cord’ and reaching number 13 in the Billboard US Independent Album chart, I was concerned that Propaganda would have softened his…

Are Christians Called To Influence Society?

Where has the church gone wrong? This seems to be a question that many are asking at the moment and, looking around, it’s not difficult to see why. Right now, in the Western world, Christianity is anathema. This hit home to me a few years back when my wife and I settled down to switch…