• Christian Living,  New Testament

    Thanksgiving: the Atheist’s Least Favorite Holiday

    The Thanksgiving season is one of my favorite times of the year. There is just something about the weather, the excitement, and the theology behind the holiday that attracts me. The whole idea behind Thanksgiving is intrinsically biblical. We are all used to Thanksgiving as the title for our American holiday, but it is also a noun which refers to the act of giving thanks. The whole reason Thanksgiving is so named is because it is to be a special time reserved for giving thanks. (Although, I will say the advent of Black Friday really kind of cheapens the whole idea thanksgiving). Biblically, although the New Testament only directly commands thanksgiving in one place (1 Thess 5:18), that does not mean it is unimportant. Paul constantly practices thanksgiving, most often thanking God for fellow believers and their faithfulness (Rom 1:8; 1 Cor 1:4, 14; Eph 1:16; Phil 1:3; Col 1:3,…

  • Christian Living,  Culture

    How to Be Thankful in a Thankless Culture

    As culture continues to disassociate itself from moral authority, as a society we are becoming less and less thankful. This makes sense since not giving thanks to God is a mark of a godless society (Rom 1:21). On the other hand, Christians are to be marked by contains thanksgiving (Phil 4:6; 1 Tim 4:4). Thus, in honor of our Thanksgiving, I want to give three simple ways to train yourself to be thankful in a thankless culture. Focus on what you deserve. This should be the ultimate prompt for Christians. As Christians we are recipients of a thing called grace. We deserve hell and eternal damnation. We deserve nothing good, only judgment for rebelling against the Creator. Thus, how much do we have to be thankful for when we realize we are not getting what we deserve? Focus on what you have, not what you don’t. This is a round-about…