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  • FIRST-PERSON: Still thankful

    by Steve Playl, posted Monday, November 26, 2018 (16 days ago)

    Steve Playl, going forward from Thanksgiving, describes an ongoing awe of "The Creator; His Creatures; and all of His Creation." Read More

  • No Spartan, but thankful ... aches, pains and all

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (21 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The back brace I wore much of this summer is now collecting dust in the garage. That chair I had to sit on for weeks in the shower is somewhere in a garbage dump. And my running routine has for the most part returned -- though I'm more sore on some mornings than others.

    It's been four months since I crushed the T-12 vertebra in my back. To look at me now, you wouldn't know anything happened and that my life appears to be "back" to normal. But in some ways it's not -- and I remain thankful to the Lord for that.

    On July 13, (yes, Friday the 13th) I was preparing for the Spartan, a 3- to 5-mile run with more than 20 obstacles, when my life took a sudden detour. Before getting ready for work that day, I thought I could get in some quick training. But while climbing on some outdoor equipment, I lost my grip and fell about 10 feet onto my back. Read More

  • Thanksgiving feasting among 'rhythms of grace'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (21 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The average Thanksgiving dinner contains up to 3,000 calories, according to the Orlando Sentinel -- 4,500 if you go back for more. That's nearly three times the number of calories the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends some people consume in a day.

    Can Christians indulge in such a feast -- replete with fixings from potatoes to pie -- without committing the sin of gluttony? Absolutely, say a seminary professor and a women's author and speaker. Thanksgiving feasts are a biblically-justified part of celebrating God's goodness and bounty, they say.

    "When it is carried out as an expression of gratefulness to God with appreciation for His many undeserved blessings, feasting is appropriate and approved by God," said Gregg Allison, a systematic theology professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who has taught doctoral students on the topic of gluttony for 15 years. Read More

  • THANKSGIVING: A garden of gratitude

    by Michael Kelley, posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (21 days ago)

    Michael Kelley draws from the experience of planting a vegetable garden -- from seeds to harvest -- to reflect on how to cultivate gratitude in one's heart. Read More

  • Thanksgiving, the best Jell-O ever and the promise of home

    by Sarah Alexander, posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (21 days ago)

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    CENTRAL ASIA (BP) -- Our first Thanksgiving in Central Asia was like a treasure hunt.

    One teammate stood in a long line to buy bread; another bought and baked an underfed chicken. Potatoes -- the one food we had in abundance -- were mashed and salted.

    But the real prize? A bowl of green Jell-O.

    Someone traveled 6,000 miles with a box of Jell-O in his suitcase and decided to share it with the rest of us. It was the best Jell-O ever.

    But even more than the food, I remember the laughter. We were in a dark place and we felt significant spiritual oppression, but the shared suffering created a unique camaraderie. We laughed together at our language mistakes and cultural missteps. We thanked God that we'd made it just one more day. Read More

  • Alaskan Thanksgiving: All invited in Tenakee Springs

    by Tim Tune, posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (21 days ago)

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    TENAKEE SPRINGS, Alaska (BP) -- A small church in southeast Alaska is inviting its community to Thanksgiving dinner.

    The invitation is extended to all 100 residents and anyone else in Tenakee Springs who may not have local gatherings of family and friends that day.

    Tenakee Springs Community Church has hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for most of the 10 years bivocational pastor Todd Buck and his wife Jodie have served there.

    "Initially I went out there on a request for supply preaching, and I just kept going," Todd said. "After about a year I was definitely the pastor." Read More

  • MOVIES: … I'm thankful for

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (22 days ago)

    Faith, family and relationships mark five films suggested by Phil Boatwright for nurturing a spirit of thanksgiving. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Be thankful together

    by Autumn Wall, posted Monday, November 19, 2018 (23 days ago)

    Be intentional with your Thanksgiving, Autumn Wall writes, by sharing it with others who need to experience God's goodness and hear about Jesus. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Fall, family & friends

    by David Jeremiah, posted Friday, October 19, 2018 (one month ago)

    Fall is a special time for family and friends, David Jeremiah writes, whether in church, at school or on Thanksgiving day. Read More

  • THANKSGIVING: Hurricanes shift holiday preaching

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NAPLES, Fla. (BP) -- In hurricane-devastated areas of Texas and Florida, Thanksgiving preaching might have been a unique challenge this year at congregations where homes, businesses and church buildings were lost to severe weather.

    Yet pastors in Texas, where Hurricane Harvey hit in late August, and Florida, where Hurricane Irma hit in September, say their congregations have overflowed with thanks this fall, and Thanksgiving preaching has turned out to be a unique joy. Read More