- ("What is a pioneer?... a pioneer did three things: He laid claim to the land; He moved onto it; and He improved it...")
- Fred Craddock has a marvelous sermon based on these verses for Sunday. In the sermon he explains that the congregation for whom Hebrews was written has "lost its Amen." Craddock notes that many congregations lose their Amen, their zeal and passion, but this congregation is not "down on its all-fours looking for it. It doesn't care." The congregation has become apathetic...
- A month after the accident to the day, Brian awoke from his afternoon nap and said to his mother, "Sit down mommy. I have something to tell you." At this point in his life, Brian usually spoke in small phrases, so for him to say such a large sentence surprised my wife. She sat down with him on his bed and he began his remarkable story. "Do you remember when I got stuck under the garage door? Well, it was so heavy and it hurt really bad. I called to you, but you couldn't hear me. I started to cry, but then it hurt too bad. And then the 'birdies' came." "The 'birdies'?" my wife asked, puzzled. "Yes," he replied. "The 'birdies'" made a whooshing sound and flew into the garage. They took care of me." "They did?" "Yes," he said. "And then one of the 'birdies' went to get you. She came to tell you that I got stuck under the door."
- Seminary professor Stanley Hauerwas often begins one of his courses by reading a letter from a parent to a government official. In that letter the parent complains that his son, who had received the best education, gone to all the right schools, and was headed for a good job as a lawyer, has somehow gotten himself mixed up with a strange religious sect. This sect controls his every move. It tells him whom to date and whom not to date, and it has taken all his money. In the letter the parent pleads with the government official to do something about it. Hauerwas then asks his class, “Who is this letter describing?” Some think it’s the Moonies or some other sect. But the answer is that it’s a letter from the third-century written by Roman parents complaining about a group known as the Christians.
- ("The young man's name is Ben Comen. While a student at Hanna High School in South Carolina, Ben became the subject of a Sports Illustrated article....")
- ("In the 1970's, there was a pop song by Kansas called 'Dust in the Wind'...")