- ("A young rabbi was facing a serious problem in his new congregation. During the Friday evening Sabbath services, half the congregation stood for the prayers, while the other half remained seated. Each side shouted at the other, insisting that their was the true tradition..." and other illustrations)
- ("Storyteller Bill Harley tells a simple story about a children's T-ball game he witnessed a few years ago. On one of the T-ball teams was a young girl named Tracy. Tracy ran with a limp. She couldn't hit the ball to save her life. But everyone cheered for her anyway. Finally, in her team's last game, Tracy did the unthinkable. She hit the ball..." and other illustrations)
- A teacher once gave his continuing education class of adults the assignment to "go to someone you love, and tell them that you love them." At the beginning of the next class, one of the students began by saying, "I was angry with you last week when you gave us this assignment. I didn't feel I had anyone to say those words to. But as I began driving home my conscience started talking. Then I knew exactly who I needed to say 'I love you' to. Five years ago, my father and I had a vicious disagreement and never really resolved it. We avoided seeing each other unless we absolutely had to at family gatherings. We hardly spoke. So by the time I got home, I had convinced myself I was going to tell my father I loved him. Just making that decision seemed to lift a heavy load off my chest. At 5:30 the following day, I was at my parents' house ringing the doorbell. When my father answered the door, I didn't waste any time. I took one step in the door and said, 'Dad, I just came over to tell you that I love you.'
- I used what little battery was left on my cell phone to call Terri, my secretary, who would in turn activate the prayer chain at church. This was not a ritual call. I was desperate for prayer, desperate that other believers would bang on the gates of heaven and beg for the life of our son. Pastors are supposed to be unshakable pillars of faith, right? But at that moment, my faith was hanging by a tattered thread and fraying fast. I thought of the times where the Scripture says that God answered the prayers, not of the sick or dying, but of the friends of the sick or dyingâ€”the paralytic, for example. It was when Jesus saw the faith of the manâ€™s friends that he told the paralytic â€œGet up, take your mat and go homeâ€. At that moment, I needed to borrow the strength and faith of some other believers. After I hung up with Terri, Sonja and I sat together and prayed, afraid to hope and afraid not to.
- "I don't think we're going to get out of this thing. I'm going to have to go out on faith." It was the voice of Todd Beamer who said "Let's roll" as he led the charge against the terrorists who had hijacked United Flight 93. Anyone who has read anything about this flight knows how brave Beamer and his fellow passengers were on September 11th. But in December we learned more fully what buttressed that bravery: faith in Jesus Christ. In an article entitled "The Real Story of Flight 93," Newsweek revealed gripping new details from the actual transcripts of the now-recovered cockpit voice recorder. "Todd had been afraid," Newsweek related. "More than once, he cried out for his Savior." After passengers were herded to the back of the jet, Beamer called the GTE Customer Center in Oakbrook, Illinois. He told supervisor Lisa Jefferson about the hijacking. The passengers were planning to jump the terrorists, he said. And then he asked her to pray with him.
- ("The story is told of a man who was rescued from a deserted island after many years there. His rescuers looked around and saw three huts. They questioned him as to their purpose. He replied, 'this is where I live', pointing to the first, 'and this is where I go to church', pointing to the second. What is the third one they asked? 'Oh, that is where I used to go to church!'...")
- ("One of my greatest heroes in life was a man was a man called Andy Morrison of the Society of Jesus. The reason is that he gave his entire working life to bringing peace and justice in his country. And but for him and a few others like him, his country would not now be a democracy. It was not just to me that he was a hero; he was a hero to the whole country....")
- ("The Johnson and Williams families had one thing in common: they each had sons who became addicted to drugs. They shared another common response: each family was slow in recognizing this fact. Eventually, though, both families knew that their boys were using cocaine...")
- ("Many years ago, early in my Catholic Worker/Resistance career, I remember driving down a hill on Indianola Road on the south side of Des Moines heading towards downtown. From the top of the hill, you can see the whole Des Moines skyline. A vision of a nuclear bomb destroying the city came into my mind's eye. It was scary...")
- ("The nurse doing her final rounds found the patient in Room 712 stable, his pulse strong and regular. Little indication of his earlier heart attack that January morning. He looked up with tear-filled eyes: 'Nurse, would you….could you phone my daughter? Tell her I’ve had a slight heart attack.'...")
- ("Well, give yourself a short forgiveness test. There are six signs you have genuinely forgiven someone. They are: You do not tell anybody what they did to you....")
- "Let me give you a handy example: me, and my attitude toward my neighbor. Yes, a real person. He lives downstairs from me. The two of us share one stairwell. He smokes – cigars – apparently all day, every day. He doesn't open his windows, or use the air conditioner..."
- ("In my final year of university at Camrose Lutheran College, I was in charge of one of the dorms. There was one guy determined to get my goat. He was always at the centre of disturbances, always living just over the edge of the dorm rules. There was a lot of tension between the two of us all year..." and other illustrations)
- ("A married couple I know recently divorced. There were about my age. The man fell in love with a woman twenty-five years younger and left his middle age wife for a newer model. I hate this, by the way, but I try not to get too involved in what is none of my business and where I know too little about the original marriage. But Faith said an interesting thing...")
- ("I want to leave you with one more image: a woman being interviewed yesterday on the streets of New Orleans. 'This is a time to have faith,' she said. 'This is a time to have compassion. This is a time to have compassion even on the people who didn't have compassion for us.'...")
- ("Does anyone here remember Jonestown? According to the journalists, Jonestown was the biggest newspaper story there has ever been - bigger than the assassination of President Kennedy; bigger than the fall of the Berlin wall; bigger than the first man on the moon...")
- ("A woman has twins. Unfortunately due to her financial circumstances she gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named ‘Amal’. The other goes to a family in Spain and they name him ‘Juan’. Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother")