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The First Thanksgiving // Ferguson, Missouri

Air Date November 24, 2014


Hour 1 - The First Thanksgiving

The chair of the history department at Wheaton College, Dr. Tracy McKenzie, tells us the real story of that First Thanksgiving. What are the things we’ve romanticized about the day? How did we get from the pilgrims to our current feast? And what are the Christian or religious implications of the day? Learn about the First Thanksgiving as we prepare for Thanksgiving.

Hour 2 - The Goodness of God

In the age of fingertip access to answers and a limitless supply of ambitions, where do we find the God who was birthed in dirt and straw? Sara Hagerty found him when life stopped working for her. Hear her story of a God who leans into broken stories, He who is present in every changing and unchanging circumstance.


Tracy McKenzie

Tracy McKenzie

Dr. Robert Tracy McKenzie is professor and chair of the Department of History at Wheaton College. Before coming to Wheaton in 2010, Tracy served for 22 years on the faculty of the University of Washington, where he received the university's distinguished teaching award, was a member of the U.W. Teaching Academy, and held the Donald A. Logan Chair of American History. Along with dozens of scholarly articles and book reviews, he is the author of two books pertaining to the American Civil War (published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press) and a book from Intervarsity Press on the history of the "First Thanksgiving" called The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us about Loving God and Learning from History . Tracy is married to his best friend of 28 years, Robyn. He and Robyn have three children: Callie, Margaret and Robert.

For more information about Tracy, please visit his website.

Winfred Neely

Winfred Neely
Winfred Omar Neely is professor of preaching and pastoral sutdies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He holds a B.A. from Trinity College, an M.A. from Wheaton College Graduate School and a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He served as a missionary in Senegal, West Africa from 1986-1995.


Chris Fabry

Chris Fabry

Chris Fabry is the host of Chris Fabry Live!, two hours of spiritual encouragement from his backyard radio fence. The program challenges listeners to think biblically about their spiritual journeys. Chris is also the author of the Christy Award-winning novel Dogwood, June Bug, ECPA Christian Book Award-winner (Fiction) Almost Heaven, Not in the Heart and Borders of the Heart. He and his family live near Tucson, Ariz. To find out more, please visit Chris' website.