Charlie Van Dyke
Being More Virtuous
Posted December 2, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
By Arthur C. Brooks

SEVERAL years ago, I visited Provo, Utah — in the heart of what its residents call “Happy Valley” — to deliver a lecture at Brigham Young University. My gracious hosts sent me home with a prodigious amount of branded souvenirs: T-shirts, mugs — you name it. The Mormons are serious about product placement.

One particularly nice... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
It's Not Your Birthday
Posted November 30, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
By Mike Wade

"Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

This sermon talking point by Pastor Seuss gets to the heart of it, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s a theme that rings in the ears like a dissonant Salvation Army Bell. I... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Was Jesus Married?
Posted November 14, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
LONDON (AP) - A researcher who has attracted attention and criticism with his revisionist Biblical theories says he has found new evidence that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that early Christians considered her a deity.

Canadian-Israeli documentary-maker Simcha Jacobovici says an ancient manuscript in the British Library offers a glimpse... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Ghosts Are Back
Posted November 6, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
By T. M. Luhrmann

IN 1628, a young woman in the town of Dole, in what is now eastern France, believed she was visited by a ghost. The young woman was ill in bed. At first she saw an ordinary woman who had tidied up and taken care of her. She began to think that her nurse might be a spirit after the kind woman appeared at her side without opening t... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Vote
Posted October 23, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
By Mike Wade

Does election season wear you out? Speaking for my mailbox and those with landlines everywhere, that would be “Yes!” Just when you think the campaigning can’t get any more excessive, they find other ways to get their message out. But that doesn’t make it easier to understand, does it. When we question their motives we become cautious... read more
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