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My dad died Thanksgiving morning nearly a decade ago. Even after years of sexual and emotional abuse, finding an old family photo made me long for what that little girl had – if only for a moment. That’s the daddy I miss. […] Read More

Every Thanksgiving, we determine to be more thankful and more generous in the days ahead, but it’s challenging to do when life’s hardships assail us. So what’s the secret to maintaining a thankful heart beyond the holiday? […] Read More

Although Pilgrims and Native Americans shared that first Thanksgiving meal, these Puritans would slaughter many Native Americans years later. Instead, we should be thankful for Baptists, who helped restrain such religious bigotry. […] Read More

StoryCorps has designated Black Friday as a National Day of Listening, a time when families – however you may define that – come together to tell and hopefully record family stories. Here’s mine. […] Read More

Thanksgiving’s origins are civic. They have to do with the condition and conduct of the nation; and I believe that, for the United States, our giving thanks could – should – lead to repentance. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be a day for national thanksgiving. Since the celebration of […] Read More

The Baptist Center for Ethics and EthicsDaily.com want to challenge each of you to help your neighbor by supporting a local social agency in your community during this season of Thanksgiving. To that end, we’re launching #EthicsDailyLocal – an exciting initiative to empower people of faith to support their local agencies engaged in transformative work. […] Read More

A new song titled “What I’m Thankful For” – a duet performed by Garth Brooks and James Taylor – offers a needed reminder that the Christmas season is about much more than “making a list and checking it twice.” “What I’m thankful for ain’t on no list, for it only in my heart exists,” the […] Read More

Lots of goodwill people are looking for ways to serve. Sometimes it just takes a small number of visionary leaders, along with adequate available resources, and people will jump in remarkable numbers to become effective conduits of service. For the fourth year in a row, employees of Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas chose […] Read More

The origin of a story about an eccentric boy who never grows up is the subject of the movie, “Finding Neverland.” Johnny Depp plays J.M. Barrie, a struggling writer who was inspired through a friendship with the Davies family to write a play called “Peter Pan.” As opening night approaches, the theater owner voices his […] Read More

How can you not like the story of the Pilgrims? They came to America to find religious freedom. They were “separatists,” believing that the true church must separate itself from the corruptions of the world, in particular the Anglican Church and its state-supported status as an established church. They were known as “nonconformists,” as in […] Read More