- ("In 1981, in the midst of a distinguished career that included an Academy Award nomination for The Godfather, actor James Caan decided to take some time off. The best part of his six-year sabbatical, he says, was coaching Little League, T-ball, soccer...")
- ("In 1965, Jonathan Daniels was a 26-year-old-seminary student. Like many other clergy, religious and dedicated laymen and women, Daniels joined Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign against oppression in the South. He marched side-by-side with black men, women and children, including Ruby Sayles, a 16-year-old volunteer in the civil rights struggle that raged across the South that summer..." and several other illustrations)
- ("In the movie Twilight Zone from some years back, there is the story of a Nazi war criminal who is being hunted by the leaders of the Jews and they are closing in on him. He goes to a local art museum where he sees a picture of a man fishing. He dreams of being in that picture and enjoying the peace and serenity, the freedom from cares, that this pastime provides..." and another illustration)
- "Many of you know how taken I am with David James Duncan's novel The River Why. Interestingly enough, he has a sort of exegesis on John 21:11. This is, it seems to me, one of the most remarkable statistics ever computed. Consider the circumstances..."
and several more!!
- My brother Tom’s wife Mimi died 13 years ago after a lengthy struggle with M.S. that ultimately led to her being paralyzed from the neck down for at least the last five years of her life. When it seemed as if she wouldn’t have much longer to live, Tom asked me if I would do Mimi’s funeral. At that time, I wasn’t sure I would be able to do that emotionally and I told him so. But, after thinking about it for a month or so, I decided I could do it. So I called Tom to tell him that I’d changed my mind. Then, it wasn’t all that long afterward that Mimi actually died. She was only 42. At that point I had to see how well I could hold up under the pressure of leading a service while experiencing a deep personal grief.
- ("one of our favorite bands was Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart. They performed at that concert and their leader, Mylon LeFevre, told a lurid story of his life in rock and roll. He has been raised in a Christian family, but quit having anything to do with Christianity from the time he was 17 until some 19 years later, when he ultimately dedicated his life to Christ...")
- "Every large city has a store in which there is nothing but lamps, hundreds and sometimes thousands of lamps. Some are antique, some are new. Some are plain, some are ornate. Some of them unplugged. Some of them are plugged in and showcasing their light. One day a little girl was asked by her mother which lamps she liked best. 'I like best the ones where the light shines out.'..."
- ("Millions of Americans spend every Sunday night glued to their television sets, watching a Fox Television series called The X-Files. It inspires a kind of devotion usually reserved for Sunday morning worship, and for many people the show is an hour of sacred viewing. This cult hit tells the story of two FBI agents who investigate X-Files - cases involving paranormal or unexplained phenomena...")
- ("I once had a phone call from a fellow who said he was an FBI agent. He said, 'Harland Wilson says he’s a member of your congregation. He’s vice president of such and such bank and we’ve discovered that he has been embezzling funds for over thirty years. We’ve taken him into custody at his apartment. His wife isn’t home yet....")
- ("Firstly they are to bring something to the fire, not just fish. They brought their love for Christ, their fear of the future, and their love for each other. This is no Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's moment. This was a film exuding glamour but actually about the lonely and pathetic habit of a young woman...")
- ("It’s related that the great Leonardo da Vinci after mulling over a large canvas, outlining and putting foundation colours upon it, handed it over to one of his students for completion. The stunned novice artist protested that he was not able or worthy to complete what the great painter had begun. Da Vinci replied, 'Will not what I have done inspire you to do your best?'...")
- ("A pastor writes: 'This past summer, a lifelong friend of mine hit bottom, spun out of control, headed the wrong way down the Interstate at 100 miles an hour. In other words, he fell from his prestigious perch as an attorney to the great depths of alcoholism. The good news is, he is on his way back, thanks to a loving wife, and the good work of Alcoholics Anonymous...")
- ("[It's] every man and woman's nightmare... certainly every married person's nightmare. Happened to me last week. I talk in my sleep.... Often intelligibly. Last Tuesday, I had a strange night's sleep... lots of dreams... and clearly, some talking was involved. In the morning, through a waking up haze, my loving wife asks me, 'Who's Audrey?'...")
- This is what is called an Irish penny-church. It's called that because it was built by very poor Irish immigrants who could only afford to pay for a small bit at a time. So, every time they had enough for one more pillar, or one more wall, it was a different builder who came to do it and he built it a slightly different way...
- ("One of my favorite books is Tuesdays with Morrie. It's the story of Morrie Schwartz, a Brandeis University professor who is diagnosed late in life with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, a disease which Schwartz knows will claim his life...")
- ("Begin to reflect for a moment on what the word 'forgiveness' might mean. What is forgiveness? What might it mean to bring forgiveness into one’s life, into one’s mind and heart – into the very center of who you are?...")
- (thoughts on forgiveness)
- ("About 17 years ago, a woman named Velma Barfield became the first woman in the United States to be executed in 22 years. She had murdered four people, had admitted her guilt. But the Velma Barfield who was executed was very different from the Velma Barfield who was jailed in 1978...")
- (Compiled by Alice Gray) ("The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. 'Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!' Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face...")