Landing pages in this section
More links may be available at top left.

About the Theme of the Week
Each week on Colson, BreakPoint Radio and, and other channels we publish a great deal of new content around a vital theme. The ReSeries, John Stonestreet's video commentary, is often (but not always) the cornerstone of the weekly theme.

Theme of the Week: Have We Forgotten Thanksgiving?


Do we really even know the meaning or the story of Thanksgiving anymore? In the midst of our feasts and festivities, do we even remember the men and women who inspired our annual commemoration (and cute salt shakers), or why Americans above all other people have cause to stop and express gratitude to God for His provision, even in the face of difficult times?
Well, the evidence doesn't look good. Reflecting on the watered-down, politically-correct curriculum most students now learn in history class about the original Thanksgiving at Plymouth, Massachusetts, reminding us how lightly we take the day itself, and anticipating the inevitable rush of chaotic "black Friday" shoppers in a few days, John Stonestreet offers a sobering conclusion: we've got no idea why we still celebrate this day.

Perhaps it's time for a refresher course. And that's exactly what we propose this week at the Colson Center. In our latest "Two-Minute Warning" video, John Stonestreet rehearses the familiar story, but challenges us to recall that, for the original celebrants, this was no party. It was a solemn occasion of worship and rededication to the God who had brought them through an impossible winter, and whom they firmly believed had honored their pilgrimage of conscience.

Their gratitude, says John, sprung from a deep-rooted conviction that neither they nor we are owed anything in this life, but that "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights..." (James 1:17)

In this week's "Talking Points," T. M. Moore elaborates on this point, encouraging those who claim the name fo Christ to live a different kind of life, making thanksgiving a way of speaking and showing our neighbors what we believe.

We hope you'll take to heart our challenge this week, perhaps pick up a copy of one of our Thanksgiving-related resources at the Colson Center store, and remember as you gather with your family and friends in a few days what it means to live and speak the uniquely Christian doctrine that everything, even our time on this earth, as C. S. Lewis said, "comes to us as a pure gift."

Explore This Week's Theme

TMW_Icon_small John Stonestreet lays out three reasons why he's convinced that Americans have forgotten the purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving. He offers a corrective for our mistaken notions. >>Watch now.
TalkingPoints In this week's Talking Points, Have we reduced thanksgiving to a mere seasonal exercise? T. M. Moore reminds us that rather than giving thanks once a year, we ought to make thanksgiving a way of speaking and living all year round. Here's what that looks like. >>Read more.
BreakPoint_Daily_Commentary_Generic In Thursday's BreakPoint commentary, John Stonestreet takes a hard look at how portrayeals of homosexuality in entertainment have won the battle for hearts and minds over gay "marriage," and how we must respond. >>Read more
the_point In Thursday's Point Commentary, John Stonestreet is thankful that Joe Loconte of King's College has put a final nail in the coffin of the worst argument against pro-life conviction.  >>Read more.
BPTW_icon_small On our latest edition of BreakPoint this Week, John Stonestreet interviews Dr. Hunter Baker, Reverend Samuel Rodriguez and Warren Smith on the aftermath of last week's election, and what it means for Christians in politics. We can still give thanks, they agree, that we hold free elections and still have an opportunity to shape the society and government under which we live. >>Read more.