- ("On Dateline one night, there was a story about a group of firefighters called Ladder Six who went into the burning Twin Towers, charging upstairs against a flood of people running downstairs. When the captain heard that one tower had collapsed, he told him men to reverse course and go out, helping as many people as they could..." and several other illustrations)
- ("Give up your self, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life...")
- ("Shortly after her coronation, Queen Victoria attended a splendid performance of Handel's Messiah. She'd been told in no uncertain terms that members of royalty do not stand with the others when the Hallelujah chorus is sung. It was simply not proper. But when the singers lifted their voices to shout 'Hallelujah! The Lord God omnipotent reigneth' she could only just stay in her seat..." and many more)
- A great Christian writer that most of you know wrote a brilliant children's fantasy called "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." And it does just that. C.S. Lewis tells the story of a great Lion whose roar shakes the very foundations of the forest. At the beginning of the book four children are playing in their uncle's wardrobe when they discover it is a doorway to Narnia. As they enter Narnia they learn it is under the spell of a wicked witch. It is a depressing land. Lucy, the youngest of the four, says that in Narnia under the witch it is always winter but never Christmas. The children hear rumors that Aslan, the great Lion, will soon return to the forest so they devise a plan to overthrow the witch. But chaos enters in when the younger boy Edmund commits treason and joins the witch plunging all of Narnia deeper into the witches spell. When Aslan returns he frees Edmund from the clutches of the witch. I love what happens next. The witch requests an audience with Aslan and talks to him about the deep magic from the dawn of time. She says, and I quote, "You at least know the magic which the Emperor [that's God the Father] put into Narnia at the very beginning. You know that every traitor belongs to me as my lawful prey and that for every treachery I have a right to a kill."...
- My wife's sister has a friend you may have heard about or seen in the local news in the last week or so. Her name is Janice and she was standing one day in a check-out line at a grocery store or drug store in Dundas. Beside her was the usual display of chocolate bars, mints and cough drops, tabloids and newspapers. Janice is black, and an older man just ahead of her - maybe in his 70's and white, turned around to look at her, pointed to a newspaper in the display beside them showing a picture of the recently elected president of the United States, and said to her, "That's why we elect people like that - to get rid of people like you." And the worst part of that story - to her who lived it, and to others who have heard it, is that no one in that line said anything.
- ("Re-member my broken life, my broken relationships, my broken heart. Re-member me into your kingdom because I've rejected that membership often. Include me in that vast body of Christ....")
- "A long time ago, when I was a hospital doctor, long before I became a priest, and if I'm honest, when I was not at my most Christian, I met an old man called Harry. He came into our hospital very ill with what is called a femoral embolus. That means that the main artery in his leg had been blocked, so that his leg had lost its blood supply and was dying and would have to be amputated..."
- ("Anytime the phone rings at 4 a.m. it's always unnerving. Very rarely is it good news. Two years ago Peggielene Bartels got just such a phone call. The call she got was from her uncle back in her homeland of Ghana in West Africa. He informed her that her other uncle, who had ruled as king of the small fishing village of Otuam, had died....")
- ("A long time ago, Mrs. Crall's sixth grade class put on a play, an abridged version of the Mark Twain classic, The Prince and the Pauper. The story is a simple dramatic plot of switching places.....")
- ("Around about this time some years ago, the whole country was talking about Margaret Hassan a middle aged woman from Dublin who worked most of her life as an aid worker in Iraq and, last winter, was tortured and killed on television...")
- ("An American tourist in Tel Aviv was about to enter the impressive Mann Auditorium to take in a concert by the Israel Philharmonic. He was admiring the unique architecture, the sweeping lines of the entrance, and the modern décor throughout the building. Finally he turned to his escort and asked if it was named for Thomas Mann, the world-famous author..." and another illustration from Jesus Christ, Superstar)
- ("I read a story about Friedrich Wilhelm, who was a king of Prussia in the early 1700's. Apparently, this king was a very short-tempered man. He also had a habit of walking the streets of Berlin unaccompanied. And if he ran across anyone who happened to displease him— as people frequently did— he would take after the poor soul with his walking stick...")
- ("During a cruel and bloody war, a commander took an oath in the presence of his troops that he would slaughter the entire population of a certain town, and the bloodhounds were let loose on the defenseless people. Now it so happened that a fugitive seeking shelter, saw a sight which was indirectly the means of saving both his own life and the lives of others..." and another illustration)
- ("The alarm sounded clearly as it rang through the firehouse on a bright September morning. It echoed loudly through the bunkroom, across the apparatus floor, and through the kitchen where he sat while sipping his coffee. Being used to the sound he didn't spill a single drop while he put down his cup and quickly folded the morning paper...")
- ("'Say the magic word and win $100,' is what Groucho Marx would tell his guests. And so today I’m interested in the magic words. It’s time to learn another new word. Today the new word is cosmos, from which we get cosmic and cosmology and cosmologists...")
- ("Sally Purvis has written very helpfully of two different ways in which we can exercise and experience power. The first sort is what she calls 'power as control'. It is probably the most obvious sort of power to us. We use power as control when we try to force others to do what we want, or manipulate them in some way...")
- ("Crucifixion was a terrible way to die. Crucifixion was a process for progressively shaming and dishonoring the victim in public....")
- ("A retired teacher decided to volunteer at a local hospital and tutor some of the children who were going to be there for an extended period of time. She was given the name of a 9 year old boy named Jimmy. She called Jimmy's teacher at his school and got the assignments which his class was studying-nouns and verbs. The teacher brought all the material with her to the hospital...")