Charlie Van Dyke
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a controversial “religious freedom” bill into law, making it legal for people to discriminate against the LGBT community, or really, anybody, on religious grounds. The law says that the government cannot substantially burden someone’s faith, and if they must, they have to demonstrate a clear and compelling reason ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) An LDS apostle reaffirmed recently that Mormons who support gay marriage are not in danger of losing their temple privileges or church memberships — even though the Utah-based faith opposes the practice.

In an interview Friday (March 13) with KUTV in Salt Lake City, Elder D. Todd Christofferson said that individuals in the 15 ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Me Time
Posted March 19, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
By Mike Wade

Sounds kinda’ selfish, doesn’t it? I’m distancing. I’m unplugging. I’m getting away from it all. The rest of you will have to pick up the slack or do without. I suppose you could think of it that way. Another perspective might be that when you reach your saturation point you have to do whatever is necessary to keep from drowning. S... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
(CNN)Starting on Ash Wednesday, more than 1 billion Christians around the world will enter the season of Lent, a time of solemn spiritual preparation for Easter, the culmination of the church's calendar.

Despite its ancient history (Lent became standardized in the Catholic Church around the year 325) myths about Lenten traditions abound. Here are ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
(RNS) A new crisis hotline for those struggling between faith and atheism launched Friday (Feb. 27).

Called “The Hotline Project,” the 24-hour free service will match volunteers with people who are considering leaving religion. It is a project of Recovering From Religion, a Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit that aids those transitioning out of fait... read more
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