Music and movies worth giving thanks for

I was reading this post over on the I’d Laugh…But All This Happened To Me! blog. It’s a great (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) list of things we could do to reclaim the Thanksgiving Holiday. And I think he’s right. So often it seems Thanksgiving has been relegated to nothing more than a minor holiday stuck between Halloween and Christmas. Or the long weekend to kick off the beginning of the shopping season. Or a great day for a parade.

But whatever happened to pausing to give thanks? Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to remind our students that we should have a thankful heart … not just at Thanksgiving but all the time. Yes, it’s cliche. But it’s still true.

So I started a list of movies or songs that might help us connect with students and remind them to be thankful. Here are a couple of my favorites:

And from our resident movie expert and contributor Mark Pittman, here are some of his favorite student-ministry-approved (translation: lots of laughs and more than a few gags!) movies we should be doubly thankful for this holiday.

  1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  2. Addams Family Values
  3. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

So help me out. Use the comments and let’s compile a list of the best thanks-themed movies, media and music for the holiday. Go!

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4 Responses to Music and movies worth giving thanks for

  1. Carl Jones says:

    Thanks for the shout out, and for reminding me about “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” That is a truly great Thanksgiving movie!

  2. Phil Baker says:

    I second the kudos to “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”. It’s a John Hughes classic road-trip movie and kind of a Good Samaritan story with a twist.

    More recently, how about Peter Furler’s song “I’m Alive”?

  3. Chris says:

    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is a good movie, however there are a few questionable lines in the script. Example, when Neil is arguing at the Airline counter and she finishes the argument with “You’re F#$%^&!” Plus Neil has a lot of words that we would like our youth to not pick up as a habit. Please screen this movie before you show it to your youth group.

  4. Sean says:

    First of all, thanks for all you do to equip us youth pastors with the tools we need to reach the students we’re called to minister to. I must say that I’ve never seen P,T, & A but a quick glance at the Parent’s Guide on for this movie left me a little concerned: 18 F-words, 10 S-words, and lots of milder profanity. I don’t consider myself to be out of touch or irrelevant to today’s culture, but is that really the content of our entertainment choices? I have chosen to watch a few R-rated movies since I decided to follow Christ – ones like Braveheart, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, etc., but I question the place that dirty language and dirty humor have in a Christian’s everyday life. Yes, Jesus hung out with sinners, I get that. But was He laughing at their dirty jokes? I am amazed at the number of youth leaders today that see nothing wrong with filling their spirit with death, while preaching life to their students. The old saying is true: garbage in – garbage out. You can’t plant a dirty diaper and expect to get spiritual fruit. I’m all for engaging the youth culture and I use mainstream movies and music often, as well as Christian media, but I think we should use wisdom in our entertainment choices for our own benefit as well. After all, too much junk in our lives creates a distance between us and God that we really don’t have to live with. Light and dark cannot co-exist. We have to ask ourselves which one we want more…

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