Rodney Clapp explores the religious dimensions of popular culture
When I cling to anxieties or resentments, my whole body is like a clenched fist. Contemplative prayer requires unclenching it.
Multitasking is marked by a sustained sense of urgency in a world mediated by communication devices. Puttering is something different.
Filmmakers often defend cinematic violence by drawing a line between entertainment and the real world. But this devalues their work.
The TV series Homeland raises some grave real-world questions.
I work remotely, out of my home office. As such I am dependent on the smooth and ready operation of computer equipment. Recently I encountered some hitches.
The Gideon Bible treats the Bible as comfort food. But a diet of the Bible consists of conflict and confrontation.
After school, I was milking the cow and listening to the radio when I heard a menacing baritone intone the words, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die." It made an impression.
Halloween's tradition of shadowy characters makes it as good a time as any to think on the reality of evil, sin and death that besets us.
Rodney Clapp is a writer and editor who focuses on theology and culture.
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