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…

An Interview With the Perfect Summer Band

Have you noticed the days elongating in a very satisfying manner? Wouldn’t it be good if there was some new music to accompany this happy seasonal change? Well, rarely are a band as well named as Midsummer. The Mellor family has just been on holiday and Midsummer’s new album ‘The Stories You Tell’ even managed…

Pip Piper: The Dog & The Hippo

If you’ve been checking out the blog over the last week or so, you’ll be up to date with Pip Piper’s past– the journeys he’s been on and some of the lessons he’s learnt along the way. To finish our interview, I wanted to find out a bit more about the present and future for…

Pip Piper on Art, Faith & Church

Following on from last week’s introduction to Pip Piper, today we continue our interview with the Birmingham based film maker, focusing on art, faith and church and how the three can combine. What lessons have you learnt about living out the duality of being a Christian and being an artist? The simple answer is, there…

Introducing Film Maker Pip Piper

One of my favourite mornings of 2017 so far was spent having brunch with Pip Piper. Pip is a Brum based film maker (with an imdb profile and everything), and I knew a bit of his story already. However, I’d never properly picked his brains before- and what brains they were to pick! I was hugely impressed…

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…