James Acaster: What’s left for grown-ups to believe in?


Acaster’s grumpy face is superb. And quite right too – cruelly robbed of Star Baker.

His Bake-Off sass, his role as the dream restaurant’s genie-waiter or his iconic guide to Kettering makes the King of Grumpy pretty funny.

And his latest Netflix series is jam-packed full of his usual sarkiness – but Repertoire goes deeper.

‘I used to believe stuff’

He jokes about how a Christmas Christingle transported him to his childhood:

‘When you’re a little Christian boy everything’s nice, everything’s exactly where it should be, and it makes sense.’

But now he’s an agnostic grown up who’s thrown ‘a giant strop’.

Nevertheless, Acaster reflects that, ‘there’s still a version of [him] that wants to reach out to something.’

Ever wondered, or even wished like Acaster, that it could all be true?

It makes sense

Young Acaster was right: Christianity does make sense of the world.

But it’s not about reaching out to something. God has reached out to us as human beings (John 14:9). He made himself known.

Jesus made massive, world changing claims: The only way to know God is through me (John 14:6). And, no biggy, but I’ll die and then defeat death forever (John 11:25-26).

His life wasn’t a nice, cosy story for little Christian kids. It ended in unjust trial and horrific execution.

Being a grown up

Perhaps you’ve not thought about Jesus since the glory days of playing the school nativity crab. Or like Acaster, since eating a Sputnik shaped Christingle.  

Isn’t it time, as an adult, to take a second look at this remarkable man? Have a read an eyewitness account of his life. You can trust them (Luke 1:4).

Or potter along to a course to find out more – grumpy grown-ups are very welcome.

James, you’d be very welcome at my church’s course. But please leave your sweet-egg flavoured meringues at home.