Charlie Van Dyke
What Do You Pray For?
Posted April 23, 2016 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
(RNS) The vast majority of Americans have prayed for the healing of others and more than 1 in 4 have practiced the laying on of hands, a Baylor University expert reports.

“Outside of belief in God, there may be no more ubiquitous religious expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer,” said Jeff Levin of the university’s Institute for Studies... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By Irin Carmon

Many observers left last week’s contraceptive coverage oral argument at the Supreme Court convinced that the court was headed to a 4-4 tie, with Justice Anthony Kennedy siding with the religious objectors opposing the Obama administration’s plan to cover their female employees’ contraception. On Tuesday, less than a week after oral ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
A top Mormon leader made some eyebrow-raising claims about the gay community during a visit to Chile last week.

During a Feb. 23 meeting, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Elder David A. Bednar claimed that he and his fellow Mormons "do not discriminate" against gay and lesbian members because "there are no homosexual members ... read more
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By Mike Wade

Coaches study film. They come up with a game plan based on the other team’s strengths, weaknesses and tendencies. The days of the QB drawing up the play in the dirt inside the huddle has gone the way of the marching band halftime. You don’t see it anymore. If the offensive coordinator isn’t ensconced in the nosebleed section of the pr... read more
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CNN)
The Episcopal Church, long the church of the establishment in the United States, has been suspended by the international Anglican Communion over its acceptance of same-sex marriage.

The decision was made Thursday at a meeting in Canterbury, England, where leaders of the Anglican Communion's 38 provinces are gathered. For three years, the Epis... read more
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