MARK’S ARTICLES

Caves, Comics and Culture

Caves. Holders of our fears, monsters of our nights. Odysseus’ cave held Cyclops. The Mines of Moriah held the Cave Troll. But caves also hold our dreams, the treasure of our day’s quest. Aladdin found his Genie. Indiana Jones his Holy Grail.  Humans have always tried...

Has (Pop)Culture Trumped Politics?

By Mark Rodgers It's been a long time coming. Almost 20 years ago, while working on the Hill and hosting a conversation with UVA sociologist James Davison Hunter over lunch, I recall waking up to the growing impact of the popular culture, and its inevitable trajectory...

The Men and Their Myths: Martin Luther King Jr. and C. S. Lewis

By Mark Rodgers “I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm...

Boromir, Billy and Black Panther

By Mark Rodgers "(The Ring) is a gift. A gift to the foes of Mordor. Why not use this ring? Long has my father, the Steward of Gondor, kept the forces of Mordor at bay. By the blood of our people are your lands kept safe. Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy. Let us...

Change on the Field

By Mark Rodgers The 2018 Grammys recorded one of its lowest ratings in years, 19.8 million viewers, down 24% compared to the 2017 Grammy Awards. The 2018 Super Bowl will be the most-watched television event of 2018, with over 110 million viewers tuning in. The 2018...

Nothing is Hidden

"For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light." Luke 8:17 As Chris Matthews observed, the day of reckoning has come. For Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein. For Bill Cosby, Al Franken, Charlie...

The Reality and Defeat of Evil

By Mark Rodgers "I divide evil two ways: there's inside evil and there's outside evil. Those kids, they're the only ones who are still able to believe in monsters. You have to have faith and you have to believe that good is going to triumph over evil." -- Stephen...

Jack “The King” Kirby: Questions and The Quest

By Mark Rodgers We all have those childhood memories that warm our souls. Mine was walking to 7-Eleven on Sunday morning a few blocks from our church between the service and Sunday school to get a Slurpee and a .20 cent comic book. A comic book illustrated by Jack...

Fighting Fear with Funny

by Mark Rodgers There is nothing funny about racism or anti-Semitism.  About fascism.  About white supremacists, neo-Nazis or anarchists. After watching the Vice/HBO video on Charlottesville I had to check my initial reaction, which was very Old Testament; an eye for...

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Caves, Comics and Culture

Caves. Holders of our fears, monsters of our nights. Odysseus’ cave held Cyclops. The Mines of Moriah held the Cave Troll. But caves also hold our dreams, the treasure of our day’s quest. Aladdin found his Genie. Indiana Jones his Holy Grail.  Humans have always tried...

Has (Pop)Culture Trumped Politics?

By Mark Rodgers It's been a long time coming. Almost 20 years ago, while working on the Hill and hosting a conversation with UVA sociologist James Davison Hunter over lunch, I recall waking up to the growing impact of the popular culture, and its inevitable trajectory...

The Men and Their Myths: Martin Luther King Jr. and C. S. Lewis

By Mark Rodgers “I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm...

Boromir, Billy and Black Panther

By Mark Rodgers "(The Ring) is a gift. A gift to the foes of Mordor. Why not use this ring? Long has my father, the Steward of Gondor, kept the forces of Mordor at bay. By the blood of our people are your lands kept safe. Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy. Let us...

Change on the Field

By Mark Rodgers The 2018 Grammys recorded one of its lowest ratings in years, 19.8 million viewers, down 24% compared to the 2017 Grammy Awards. The 2018 Super Bowl will be the most-watched television event of 2018, with over 110 million viewers tuning in. The 2018...

The Wedgwood Circle Patron Fund

The Wedgwood Circle Patron Fund directly supports artists and creators who are generating “good, true, and beautiful” work in the world, for the common good. Every year, Wedgwood raises these funds by reaching out to their members and people in their community who...

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

For decades, Wendell Berry’s writings have inspired activists, farmers, environmentalists and people of faith who identify with his agrarian philosophy which encourages a connection with the land and its Creator. Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry paints a...

AMAZING GRACE: The Broadway Musical

AMAZING GRACE: The Broadway Musical begins its National Tour this Fall! AMAZING GRACE is a new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion, and redemption, this radiant...

World AIDS Day

WHAT IS WORLD AIDS DAY? World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related...