MARK’S ARTICLES

The Art of Religion and Politics

By Mark Rodgers As Linus said in a Peanuts comic strip in 1961,  “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people…religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” Much has been discussed about Meryl Streep’s comments at the Globes and there...

“Silence” Opens in Theatres!

It was six years ago that I learned about Shusako Endo’s masterpiece Silence, a story about the persecution of Christian converts in Japan in the early 17th c., the journey of two priests who travel to bring an apostate colleague back to faith, and the question of...

Our Journey Through “Silence”

Six years ago the associate pastor at our church, Nace Lanier, alerted me to Shusako Endo’s masterpiece Silence about the persecution of Christians converts in Japan in the early 17th c., the journey of two priests who travel to bring back to faith an apostate...

The Chi of IoT

By Mark Rodgers In late October I took a last minute, unplanned trip to China to speak to their national conference regarding the Internet of Things, which is a term that describes all of the devices that are connected to the Internet.   Following is the address I...

Can Film Inform Our Politics?

By Mark Rodgers The Clapham Group is founded, in part, on the understanding that culture is upstream of politics.  As a Christian, I have a set of convictions that inform my politics (see Andy Crouch’s excellent piece in Christianity Today on the Presidential...

Comic-Con Part 2

By Mark Rodgers Walking through Comic-Con in San Diego last month was like walking through the streets in Athens with the Apostle Paul. Myth stories were told in every book, displayed on every table, discussed in every panel and worn almost on every person.   ...

Comic-Con Upstream of the Conventions

By Mark Rodgers Malia Obama and I have at least one thing in common, we both agree that culture is upstream of politics. I have attended the last five Republican conventions, but this time opted for San Diego Comic-Con. She decided on Lollapalooza.  Dare I suggest...

Tim McGraw and Religious Tolerance

Some religions teach that there are many paths to God, and some teach that their path is the only way.  America has modeled unprecedented tolerance for religious faiths, no matter what they believe.  But this is no longer a given. My friend, Mark McKinnon, said that...

Politics, Propaganda and Pop Culture

Propaganda: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person; ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause. (Merriam-Webster) Pop...

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The Art of Religion and Politics

By Mark Rodgers As Linus said in a Peanuts comic strip in 1961,  “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people…religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” Much has been discussed about Meryl Streep’s comments at the Globes and there...

Reclaiming Hope

By Michael Wear (via Q Ideas) We are at a critical juncture for the church, and the decisions we make in the next five years will largely determine the trajectory of the church for the coming decades.

U2’s Bono Calls for Humility in the Age of Trump

By John Hart (Opportunity Lives) In the age of Donald Trump, it seems many artists are determined to build a wall between the Left and Right and ask their patrons to pay for it. One voice calling for humility and reflection in a time of polarization is U2’s Bono, who,...

“Silence” Opens in Theatres!

It was six years ago that I learned about Shusako Endo’s masterpiece Silence, a story about the persecution of Christian converts in Japan in the early 17th c., the journey of two priests who travel to bring an apostate colleague back to faith, and the question of...

“Stepping Into Silence” Travels to Regent University

By Molly Connolly When we started the conversation with Wheaton College this past June about the possibility of designing an art exhibit around the novel Silence by Shusaku Endo, we weren’t quite sure where it would lead. Like so many other projects in our...

Our Journey Through “Silence”

Six years ago the associate pastor at our church, Nace Lanier, alerted me to Shusako Endo’s masterpiece Silence about the persecution of Christians converts in Japan in the early 17th c., the journey of two priests who travel to bring back to faith an apostate...

Bridging Divides with Thanksgiving

By Molly Connolly The past few weeks have been a doozy- to put it lightly. What I sense from all sides (of which there are certainly more than two) is that people are tired, anxious and perhaps now, after a few weeks have passed, are feeling complacent and powerless...

Film Review: Arrival

By Michael Leaser Few filmmakers engage theological and metaphysical topics with as much dexterity and thoughtfulness as Denis Villeneuve. His 2013 psychological thriller Prisoners grappled with a father who recites the Lord’s Prayer at the film’s opening but then...

The Chi of IoT

By Mark Rodgers In late October I took a last minute, unplanned trip to China to speak to their national conference regarding the Internet of Things, which is a term that describes all of the devices that are connected to the Internet.   Following is the address I...