MARK’S ARTICLES

American Gods and Stubborn Myths

by Mark Rodgers “I’m the idiot box. I’m the TV. I’m the all-seeing eye and the world of the cathode ray. I’m the boob tube. I’m the little shrine the family gathers to adore.’ ‘You’re the television? Or someone in...

Grace in the Eye of the Storm

By Mark Rodgers Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out We’re stressed...

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...

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American Gods and Stubborn Myths

by Mark Rodgers “I’m the idiot box. I’m the TV. I’m the all-seeing eye and the world of the cathode ray. I’m the boob tube. I’m the little shrine the family gathers to adore.’ ‘You’re the television? Or someone in...

We Moved!

We recently moved our office. We are now conveniently located across from the Springfield Mall and in close proximity to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station (Blue Line). Our new address is: The Clapham Group 6551 Loisdale Court, Suite 330 Springfield, VA 22150...

Facing the Challenges of Our Own Age

By T. Allen Bethel, Jan Elfers, Steve Moore, Wajdi Said and Alexander K. Sample On December 3, 1956, a year after the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott began, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. returned to the building where the boycott had been organized — the Holt...

“The Vessel” and “Silence” on DVD

By Sharlene Oong For a few years, we’ve been journeying alongside The Vessel and Silence, two inspiring films that deal with faith in times of brokenness and despair. Now, we are excited to announce that both films will have March DVD and Blu-ray release dates....

Grace in the Eye of the Storm

By Mark Rodgers Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out We’re stressed...

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...