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A Month of Thanksgivings

Angel of Montgomery

Posted by Steve Kamm on

Consider the woman at the heart of the poignant, haunting and beautiful Angel of Montgomery. John Prine, the songwriter, says this: "I had this really vivid picture of this women standing over the dishwasher with soap on her hands. She wanted to get of her house and her marriage and...

All Good Gifts

Posted by Jeff Bridgeman on

One of the rich truths of Thanksgiving is that as followers of Jesus we have someone to thank! Have you ever heard people talk about how they were thankful for something, but not identify to whom they directed their thanks? The writer of the Book of James tells us that “all good gifts come...

The Color Purple

Posted by Steve Kamm on

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it,” says Shug Avery in The Color Purple. It comes toward the end of the movie, like a benediction on scene after scene of abuse, neglect, debasement and depravity. No mere afterthought -...

An Attitude of Gratitude

Posted by Rob Wallace on

My favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving weekend because it affirms the importance of having an attitude of gratitude every day of the year. I am especially grateful for my loving partnership with Jesus over the past year because His loving power helped me make transformational changes in...

Training for Gratitude

Posted by Kelly Hostetler on

In Jesus’ day, every devout Hebrew would pray what was called The Eighteen Benedictions. In Hebrew, a benediction was any prayer that began with the word bless. In the morning when they woke up, they would pray 18 times, “Blessed are you, God.” At night before they went to...