The Truth about Thanksgiving: Why You Should Celebrate

The First Thanksgiving, 1621, painting by J.L.G. Ferris (1863-1930). Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. LC-USZC4-4961)

The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history but honest and inclusive history. James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me, 92. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving, as we take turns around the dinner table sharing why we are thankful, a sense of awkwardness settles in. The awkwardness is not [Read More...]

Christian Reflection on the First Thanksgiving with Historian Tracy McKenzie

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Thanksgiving is here! Bring on the turkey and the culture wars, then spend black Friday with a bad case of indigestion. Americans are as preoccupied with sweet potato controversies – with or without marshmallows – as we are with arguing over what kind of country those reforming Pilgrims wanted to jump start. Were they hoping [Read More...]

When Rockstars Deny the Foundation of Religion

To David, there is power in the uknowning. In the unraveling. In the dismantling journey towards unbelief. Where unbelief is true belief. David takes it too far. By focusing outside the temple and outside of the mountain, the very foundation of the temple, David is basically condemning these things as useless. Much like Jesus did when he spoke to the institutional representatives and told them they were dead inside. David is challenging us to see that the foundation of the institutions are the issue. [Read more...]


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