Charlie Van Dyke
Gate A 4
Posted November 18, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
Gate A-4 By Naomi Shihab Nye:
Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in fu... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
What About Joseph
Posted November 17, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
By Mike Wade

Remember when the family was returning from a trip and they lost track of Jesus? They found him in the company of the teachers in the temple. After that story in the Gospel of Luke, you don’t hear anything about Jesus’ earthly father. The conclusion of a lot of scholars is that Joseph died before Jesus left home. They cite the fact t... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
(CNN)Ronald Reagan once said that "all great change in America begins at the dinner table," and we agree. But, as ministers, we also believe that great change can't happen unless someone sets the table for tough conversations. That's where the pulpit comes in.

Recent events have poured salt in our deepest national wound: the injustice of racism. Y... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Posted October 23, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in Small Bites
Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.

- Martin Luther King Jr.... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Sufi thought...
Posted October 7, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in Small Bites
"For Sufis, death is stepping across a threshold and being given another chance to reawaken. If we accept the premise that life and death are both gifts from the Divine, then the prospect of death becomes more a source of wonder than a cause for fear. The Sufi phrase "die before you die" can be interpreted to mean that death reveals what is truly i... read more
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