Charlie Van Dyke
By Christine Organ

In our house, nearly every Sunday begins exactly the same way.

After the children wake up, they watch a couple of cartoons or maybe “SportsCenter.” My younger son will ask for breakfast, and I will pop a few frozen waffles in the toaster or pour a bowl of cereal. The boys will snuggle in bed with their dad for a little while. T... read more
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ROME (RNS) The Dalai Lama said Thursday (Dec. 11) that he would not meet Pope Francis while in Rome for a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners.

“The Vatican administration says it is not possible because it could cause problems,” the Dalai Lama said, hinting that the Vatican may be unwilling to irk China, a country with which it wants to engage and... read more
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NEWSER) – Pope Francis continues to show he's anything but traditional. During a recent public appearance, Francis comforted a boy whose dog had died, noting, "One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God's creatures."

Theologians say Francis—who took his papal name from the patron saint of anima... read more
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(RNS) Rob Bell was once the evangelical It Boy, the hipster pastor with the thick-rimmed glasses and the skinny jeans whose best-selling theology was captured in books with names such as “Velvet Elvis” and “Sex God.”

By 2006, the Chicago Sun-Times wondered aloud whether the Michigan megachurch pastor could be the next Billy Graham.

And then he we... read more
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The world...
Posted December 8, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Small Bites
“There is only one liturgy worth praying, and that is
"Holy shit! This world is awesome!"
Or, in the interest of the kids, I would settle for a full-bodied "Wow!"

--Rabbi Rami Shapiro... read more
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