Category Archive: Culture

Thatchmaster 2016

This Christmas we attempted to recreate Taskmaster with my family. Some craziness ensued. Here is the result!

Can Art Change the World? Thoughts from Coltrane and Vonnegut

A couple of quotes on art’s (in)ability to change the world.

Five and a half reviews of six parts of seven books

Some quick (bits of) reviews of some (bits of) books I read (bits of) on my holiday!

Everybody Needs a Deity for a Pillow

Reflections on 1 John 1 and ‘touching the face of God.’

The Waiting Wall

A preaching illustration about sin and the stuff we keep hidden inside.

Pascal on Instagram

A 17th century French Philosopher offers some challenging words for those of us who document our every lunch, landscape or latte-art on social media.

Walker With Dinosaurs: On Creation and the BBC

Can the public trust a reporter who believes in a Creator? Some thoughts on Dan Walker, Rupert Myers, Creation and the BBC

A Mischievous Lenten Game…

A mischievous game to play on friends who have given up social media for Lent.

Technology and Multisite Preaching. Or ‘Did Jesus eat chia seeeds?’

So with my tongue lodged somewhere in the vicinity of my cheek, here are four vaguely interconnected observations from my first stab at live multisite preaching.

2015, in 21 Book Reviews

2015 in 21 short book reviews

C.S. Lewis – The Nativity

A festive reflection from C.S. Lewis.

2015, in sounds, sights, words, tastes and experiences

A review of the best things I’ve listened to, watched, read, eaten or experienced in 2015.

Hamlet, two ways

Comparing two approaches to Hamlet. Which is more truthful? And which is more beautiful? And what does that have to do with preaching?

Athens: Recommended Reading

Some recommended reading on Greek Philosophy and engaging with culture.

On Poppies and Pacifism

Should someone committed to non-violence commemorate Remembrance Day? And if so how?

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“Every day, we change the world, but to change the world in a way that means anything, that takes more time than most people have…”

Death by a Thousand Photos

Some reflections on photography, technology and the morbid irony in our craving to make things ‘unmissable.’

The Winery Dogs – Hot Streak

Hot Streak is an apt title for The Winery Dogs’ second album. They are on a roll!

Who’s Afraid of Judging Books by Their Covers?

I did something stupid. And on the off chance it may make you feel better about yourself, I thought I would share it. So apropos of nothing… here goes:

The Book of Strange New Things, by Michel Faber

A review of Michel Faber’s latest novel, about an English Pastor sent to a distant planet to teach the inhabitants about Christianity.

Yeast of Eden

Is there any clearer ‘Echo of Eden’ than the Artisan Food Movement?
A few thoughts on a theology of food.

Nehemiah, the Beatles and a Frivolous Venn Diagram

Just in case you’ve ever wanted a way to sum up John Lennon’s love life and Nehemiah 6:2-3 in three words…

404: The releasing power of non-existence

This week I opened my Twitter app and was greeted by the following message:

“@liamthatcher does not exist”

Nunc Dimittis

A beautiful, short poem by Denise Levertov

The Secret History, by Donna Tartt

A remarkable, complex novel; not so much a who-dunnit but a why-dunnit.