"Thank You NYPD," Crossroads Church on Staten Island tells officers with day-long food and an awards ceremony. Crossroads doesn't "just want to be another church in the phone book," pastor Ray Parascando said. "We wanted to model the Great Commission."
Travis White, a prosecutor for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, moves toward faith after a "provocative question" posed by Chris Smith, teaching pastor at Yukon Church: "If you were to die tonight, do you know beyond a shadow of a doubt you would go to heaven?"
Though perhaps viewed by some as merely a pro forma holiday ritual, presidential Thanksgiving proclamations evidence the rich American tradition of government leaders' officially invoking God's guidance and care.
For Americans, Thanksgiving is about faith and family, and not much else, a new study shows. More than half (56 percent) tell LifeWay Research the most important part of the annual holiday is "being thankful to God for my blessings."