Charlie Van Dyke
By Corey L. Kennard

There she was, lying in the hospital bed dying. This mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend had played so many roles in her life, but none more important than her role as a believer in God. Since the patient, whom I’ll call Ms. Ellen, was a little girl, she had always had the hope that her Christian faith would pull her thro... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Resolutions For 2015
Posted January 5, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
By Jim Wallis

Some people don't like the idea of New Year's resolutions, but I do. We often only use the word in the context of our New Years, but "resolution" is a nuanced noun. Some of its definitions include:

A firm decision to do or not to do something -- see: intention, resolve, plan, commitment, pledge.

The quality of being determined or r... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
(RNS) Look around the pews in December and you’ll see faces you didn’t see in July. The holidays present a unique opportunity for congregations to bring in new members seeking a spiritual home, and one demographic churches would love to see more of is young adults.

A 2012 survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that a third of ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
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
Charlie Van Dyke
By Cathy Lynn Grossman

RNS) Should clergy divorce themselves from civil marriage?

Such a church-state split — already endorsed by some Catholic and evangelical leaders — is showing surprising popularity in two new surveys released Tuesday (Dec. 2) by LifeWay Research.

In a survey of 2,000 American adults, the Nashville-based Christian research c... read more
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