Charlie Van Dyke
by Chad Bird

We talk about having personal things. We employ a personal trainer to help us shed pounds and get that coveted beachbody. We open a personal bank account to manage our finances. And, please, keep your hands off our personal property and your eyes out of our personal diary.

Christians, especially Evangelicals, import this language int... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By Rev. Nathan Buchanan

I find myself these days running from one thing in my life to the next.

Looking back to last year, I feel like since Thanksgiving, it has been nonstop. For me and my family, we had a great time visiting with family over the Thanksgiving holidays, and then before we knew it, it was Christmas. Then in January we started our ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
It is one of the common questions of eighth-grade theology (which is generally more insightful and useful than post-doctoral theology): If God really exists, why doesn’t he just show himself in some dramatic, undeniable way?

In response, the author and minister Frederick Buechner proposes a thought experiment. What if God were to rearrange the stars... read more
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
(RNS) Eight in 10 Americans say it’s very or extremely important for people like themselves to be allowed to practice their religion freely.

However, support for religious freedom plummeted when people were asked about other traditions, according to a survey released Wednesday (Dec. 30) by the National Opinion Research Center for Public Affairs Re... read more
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