- ("Actress Julie Andrews has someone she can call friend. According to Glenn Plashin in his book, Turning Point, Julie Andrews did not have an easy time of it growing up. Her enormous success on Broadway in My Fair Lady and in movies like The Sound of Music did not change the fact there was a real void in Andrews' life..." and several other good illustrations)
- In the movie City Slickers, Billy Crystal plays Mitch, a middle aged big-city radio ads salesman who is having a birthday and a mid-life crisis. And, as in all mid-life crises, Mitch is wondering about the meaning of his life, about what matters in his life and whether or not this is all that he will ever have and all that he's ever going to be. He gets himself into such a deep depression that his friends, Ed and Phil, decide the best birthday gift they can give him is for all three of them to go on a vacation driving cattle from New Mexico to Colorado. Once there, they meet Curly who not only teaches them how to become real cowboys, but also one or two other things about life. In one scene, Curly and Mitch are riding alone to round up some stray cattle. Curly explains to Mitch that all the stuff in life "don't mean nothing" if you know the one thing. When Mitch asks Curly what that one thing is, Curly tells him he has to find that out for himself...
- To share about her ministry in Japan, one mission worker often wears a kimono -- a beautiful floor-length robe with wide sleeves that's tied at the waist with a sash called an "obi." Her outfit is both an example of Japanese culture and an object lesson that she uses to explain Colossians 3:14: "Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." In the Japanese Bible she says, this verse is translated as "put on the 'obi' of love, which ties everything together in perfect harmony." Just as the obi ties the kimono together so beautifully, so love ties everything together...
- ("And so, when I hear these words of Jesus 'Love your neighbour as yourself', I think of the worst day in British football in my lifetime; worse, far worse, than losing on penalties in the world cup quarter finals.You are all too young to remember it, but your parents will. It was the 15th April 1989....")
- ("Have you seen any of those video-tapes that chronicle the tireless, sometimes hilarious, often balletic attempts of the wily squirrel to beat all the safety devices humans install to keep them away from the birdseed?...")
- "One time there was a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there was a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thought his heart would stop. It never happened before, and he knew that when the boys found out he would never hear the end of it. As the teacher was walking toward him, a classmate named Susie was carrying a goldfish bowl that was filled with water. Susie tripped in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumped the bowl of water in the boy's lap..." and other short illustrations
- ("Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson, and tells the humorous story of Dr. Emmett Brown who has perfected a device for time travel. Marty McFly (Fox) inadvertently activates the device and finds that he has traveled back to 1955...")
- ("Historians refer to the year 1905, as Annus Mirabilis a Latin term meaning 'the miracle year'. They do so because in that year human understanding of the physical nature of the universe was radically and fundamentally changed. It was changed due to a series of scientific articles published by Albert Einstein...)
- ("In his latest book entitled Seismic Shifts: Leading in Times of Change, the United Church minister, Christopher White, talks about leading with “ambiguity” through the muddle of emerging days: knowing that yesterday’s answers won’t do and sharing the struggle to do the best that we might do, in every new today...")
- ("A few years ago, a radio station ran a contest. Disc jockeys invited their listeners to tune in their clock radios. 'Just for fun,' they said, 'when you wake up to the sound of FM-106, call and tell us the first words you spoke when you rolled out of bed. If you're the third caller, you'll win $106.'...")
- ("Michael Davis of the Baltimore Jewish Times teaches religious education at his Reformed synagogue and has witnessed with sadness the level of indifference religious education gets in the lives of his students and their parents. Contrasting the intensive, rigorous scrutiny and concern these parents direct towards their children's secular education and extra-curricular activities...")
- ("Fyodor Dostoyevsky in The Brothers Karamazov tells the story of a selfish person who was almost spared hell because of an onion. She had already been dispatched to Hades. An angel advocate pleaded to God on her behalf. 'But, Lord, she once gave an onion to a beggar.'...")
- ("Alcoholics Anonymous is founded on the principle of love your neighbor. Every successful recovering alcoholic learns that their precious sobriety and serenity is dependent on finding another alcoholic to help...")