Who are you?
I am a pastor, preacher, writer, sourdough baker, occasional stand up comedian, husband of one wife, father of one child, author of no books. I 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 am the Teaching Pastor at Christ Church London, where we have been since 2009.
This is a personal blog, and not everything expressed here will necessarily reflect the exact views of my employer – though I don’t anticipate saying anything too controversial! 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 where I often post things I find amusing, whether or not anyone else does, and Instagram: /liam.thatcher where I often post photos of bread. And if you fancy emailing me, you can do so here.
What can I expect from this website?
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: faith, theology, philosophy, film, theatre, literature, music, and food. 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.
I’ll also upload various talks I’ve given and posts I’ve written for other sites. You’ll see there’s 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 in one place. They vary in quality, and some of them I no longer agree with. I’ll leave you to work out which ones.
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.