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  • THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks 'in' & 'for'

    by Michael Kelley, posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (one year ago)

    Michael Kelley ponders whether there is a difference in giving thanks "in" all circumstances and giving thanks "for" all circumstances. Read More

  • THANKSGIVING: Should you 'thank' your way to thankfulness?

    by Michael Kelley, posted Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Michael Kelley ponders whether it is possible to "thank your way into a spirit of gratitude, or is doing so disingenuous and fake?" One key, he notes, is to remember that "true gratitude is rooted not in circumstance but in the character of God." Read More

  • The first Thanksgiving: myth and reality

    by Lindsay Blanken & Stephen Douglas Wilson, posted Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

    PIPPA PASSES, Ky. (BP) -- When Americans think about the first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621, they tend to reflect back to images of smiling Pilgrims and Native Americans huddled around a large table filled with copious amounts of food.

    In addition, there is the image of a Pilgrim elder offering an extended season of prayer over the feast. Read More

  • At Thanksgiving, immigrants & refugees cherish freedom

    by Joe Westbury, posted Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Joe Westbury
    ATLANTA (BP) -- Dung Duong remembers the long walk from South Vietnam to Cambodia as he, his father and brother fled life at the hands of the communists who had overrun their nation 15 years earlier.

    The year was 1989 but thoughts of that suffering -- including losing friends who took to the open sea in small boats and were never rescued -- remains with him to this day. Read More

  • Thanksgiving sweetened by Baptist children's homes

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In one Tennessee household, this year's Thanksgiving table will include an unusual centerpiece: the letters Y-E-S made of black pressed wood.

    With a new 10-year-old daughter in their house, Jennifer and Rusty plan to place the letters on their table as a reminder of what God does when believers say "yes" to His will without knowing precisely where He's leading. For them, saying yes led to adopting a child through the Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes. Read More

  • Platt livestream cites thanksgiving as IMB's aim

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Thanksgiving is among the central aims of missions.

    That was International Mission Board President David Platt's assertion in a Nov. 21 Thanksgiving livestream event that included an update on the IMB's financial status and interviews with personnel serving overseas.

    "When we go and proclaim the Gospel and people receive the grace of God ... they will give thanks to God for His grace, and He will receive glory through that," Platt said, basing his comments on 2 Corinthians 4:15, a theme verse for the presentation. Read More

  • THANKSGIVING: Not just a holiday or shopping melee

    by John Weaver, posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Thanksgiving shouldn't be a once-a-year event for Christians but a "many-times-a-day experience," John Weaver writes. "Jesus rose from the grave, making His abundant and eternal life possible to those who trust in Him." Read More

  • Study: What are Americans thankful for?

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Americans count their blessings at Thanksgiving, God will get most of the credit, a new study shows. And money might be the last thing on their minds.

    Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say they give thanks to God on that day, according to LifeWay Research. Fifty-seven percent give thanks to their family. About a third (31 percent) thank friends. Eight percent thank themselves, while 4 percent thank fate.

    Most Americans are thankful for family (88 percent), health (77 percent), personal freedom (72 percent) and friends (71 percent). Fewer give thanks for wealth (32 percent) or achievements (51 percent), the study shows. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: God in Thanksgiving proclamations

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Each fall since 1863, the sitting U.S. president has issued a proclamation declaring a national day of Thanksgiving. Though perhaps viewed by some as merely a pro forma holiday ritual, these proclamations evidence the rich American tradition of government leaders' officially invoking God's guidance and care.

    Without violating the First Amendment's prohibition of establishing an official American religion, these proclamations highlight the validity of official and public ... Read More

  • Study: Thankfulness still priority at Thanksgiving

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For Americans, Thanksgiving is about faith and family, and not much else, a new study shows.

    More than half (56 percent) tell LifeWay Research the most important part of the annual holiday is "being thankful to God for my blessings." Nearly 4 in 10 (39 percent) say "time with family and friends" tops their Thanksgiving priorities.

    Times of prayer and thanking God for the harvest stretch back to the Protestant Reformation in Europe and continued as Pilgrims and Puritans settled in America. While Abraham Lincoln tried to establish a settled day for the holiday, Thanksgiving was not set as the fourth Thursday of October until 1941. Read More