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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Art As An Apologetic

Why should we care about the arts? What is their unique contribution to humanity? And even more importantly, what is their worth for those of us who follow Jesus?  These are questions that are asked by artist and non-artist alike. Artists, often questioning whether it’s worth bothering with the graft, both physical and emotional, that…

Cultural Disengagement & A Thin View Of Sin

Why does the modern evangelical church produce so few artists of excellence? Just to clarify- there are certainly artists who are Christians practising at the highest level in the arts (Scott Derrickson, David Eugene Edwards, Sufjan Stevens, Makoto Fujimura, Lecrae, Milton Jones, Michelle Williams, Frederick Buechner, etc). However, two things are noticeable. Firstly, there aren’t…

A Road Trip to The Holy Biscuit Study Day

I first visited the Holy Biscuit back in July 2015, to set up the Newcastle leg of our WhatIsItToBeHuman? exhibition tour. It was clear from our first email exchanges that these guys knew what they were up to, and the space worked perfectly for the exhibition. Therefore, it was a pleasure to have the opportunity…