Who are you?

I’m a 32-year-old guy, I wear size ten shoes, support Arsenal and was last clean-shaven on 4th June 2007.

And my name is Liam Thatcher.

I have a BA Hons in Philosophy and Drama from the University of Kent at Canterbury and an MA in Biblical Studies from Kings College London. I live in London with my wife Helen and daughter and I work for ChristChurch London. Though this is a personal blog, and not everything expressed here will necessarily reflect the exact views of my employer. If you want to know what the church thinks, you’ll just have to come along and find out for yourself!

You can follow me on Twitter: @liamthatcher

What’s the title all about? 

Firstly, I like a good pun. (In fact, there are two puns in there, which makes me feel doubly proud!) But also perhaps more importantly, this title reflects a few of the different elements of who I am and what I’m passionate about.

I like food and I love cooking, and in particular right now I’m trying to master bread. I suspect that posts about cookery and experiments in bread-baking will make a semi-regular appearance on this blog and I would like to dream that if the mantle (apron?) of the late Robert Farrar Capon is still looking for a home, I might in due course become a viable candidate.

I like the theological resonances of the title. Jesus said that God’s rule – His Kingdom – was like a small piece of leaven that gets worked through a large measure of flour, until it permeates every part of the dough (Matthew 13:33). That’s often how things seem to work with God; they start small and grow slowly; change comes by increments, from the inside out. I have modest aspirations for this blog, but if my playing with words and ideas can in someway reflect something of the Creator’s intentions, and can provoke a little thought or discussion along the way, then that would be great.

What can I expect from the blog?

Well, I can’t guarantee a lot of profundity! But you can expect semi-regular posts on a range of things I’m interested in: theatre, film, music, food, cookery, faith, theology and philosophy. Chances are that unless you happen to have the exact same combination of passions as me, you will find some posts more to your liking than others.

And I’ll also put up various talks I give and posts I write for other sites. You’ll see there’s a bit of a backlog of old posts that I’ve gathered together from the four corners of the internet – things I’ve written over the years, now finally gathered together I one place. If nothing else, it will appease my mild-OCD!

Why do you go on about…?

To those who wonder why I don’t just pick one theme and stick with it – bread or theology – my answer is simple: the two go hand in hand. In the words of David Scott’s poem A Long Way from Bread:

I go on about bread
because it was to bread
that Jesus trusted
the meaning he had of himself.
It was an honour for the bread
to be the knot in the Lord’s handkerchief
reminding him about himself. So,
O bread, breakable;
O bread, given;
O bread, a blessing;
count yourself lucky bread.

The image in the header is called Sourdough Starter and it’s by Mary Catherine Tee, used under CC.

All images used on this blog are either personally taken, or used from Flickr under Creative Commons.