- ("During World War II, Nazi forces led by Colonel Herman Kappler occupied the city of Rome. Kappler was renowned for his brutality. All of Rome, but especially the Roman Jews, lived in terror of him and his soldiers. One of Kappler's greatest enemies was an Irish priest working in the Vatican, Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty. Monsignor O'Flaherty was a fearless member of the underground resistance in Rome..." and other illustrations)
- Jackie Robinson made history when he became the first black baseball player to break into the major leagues by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. Branch Rickey, owner of the Dodgers at that time, told Robinson, "It'll be tough. You're going to take abuse you never dreamed of. But if you're willing to try, I'll back you all the way." And Rickey was right. Jackie was abused verbally (not to mention physically by runners coming into second base). Racial slurs from the crowd and members of his own team, as well as from opponents, were standard fare.
- ("In a scene from Shadowlands, a film based on the life of C.S. Lewis, Lewis has returned to Oxford from London, where he has just been married to Joy Gresham, an American woman, in a private Episcopal ceremony performed at her hospital bedside. She is dying from cancer, and, through the struggle with her illness, she and Lewis have been discovering the depth of their love for each other..." and several more)
- ("In elementary school we all learned the ditty: 'In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue'. Convinced by Christopher Columbus that a new, faster route to the rich spice regions of India could be found by sailing east instead of south, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain financed an exploratory mission for this new route. Instead of India, Columbus found the New World...")
- ("Patsy Clairmont tells a story about her youngest son Jason. One fall morning, Jason was sent out to catch the bus. A few moments later, he was back at the door, his back pack and lunch box dragging the ground...")
- ("One of my favorite comic strips was Calvin and Hobbes, the adventures of a 6-year old rascal boy and his stuffed tiger. Of course, in Calvin's vivid imagination, Hobbes the tiger was alive. One Calvin and Hobbes strip I remember showed Calvin arriving home from school, stealthily sneaking up to his own front door and cautiously cracking it open...")
- ("There are two types of people in the world, they say â those who think there are two types of people in the world and those that don't. Or, as Woody Allen put it, "There are two types of people in this world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy their waking hours much more...")
- ("I was reminded, yesterday, of the work of a Japanese novelist, Shusaku Endo, particularly of his book called Silence. He talked about how Jesus must have seemed ineffectual to so many of His own time, and how the disciples must have had to struggle to come to terms with that label..." and other illustrations)
- ("A Congressman died and went to heaven. 'Welcome,' said St. Peter, 'here's how it works. You'll spend one day in hell and one day in heaven, then you have to choose where you want to spend eternity'..." and other illustrations)
- ("A young soldier fighting in Italy during WWII managed to jump into a foxhole just ahead of a spray of bullets. He immediately attempted to deepen the hole for more protection. As he was frantically scraping at the dirt with his hands, he unearthed a silver crucifix...")
- ("In Shakespeare's Macbeth, when the character Macbeth has heard that the queen is dead and he knows his own death is imminent, he delivers his famous soliloquy: 'Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time...")
- When Steve and Jan moved into their new home in a new neighborhood, it seemed like a dream come true. The surrounding houses were simply beautiful â€“ each one was unique. The realtor told them that other young families lived in that suburban development. Obviously they all had money to spare if they lived in such a lovely neighborhood. Steve and Jan were delighted, almost bragging to their friends and family about their new home and their new neighborhood. Their street had finely manicured lawns, beautiful flower beds, and expensive cars in the driveways. They were indeed very fortunate to live where they did.
- ("Fifteen years ago, I was standing on a platform in the Heathrow underground station waiting for a train. I had just come back from America; I'd been up all night; it was 7am in London but my body thought it was still two in the morning and I just wanted desperately to get home to bed...")
- ("There was a certain farm family whose mother was very tired from her many years of hard work, helping with the farm chores, as well as raising several children. She needed a vacation, but the family was poor and couldn't afford a real vacation...")