- ("In one of his sermons, Professor Fred Craddock recalls his Sunday visit to a new church. He had casually asked at his motel where the nearest place for worship was, obeyed the directions, and arrived at a little storefront church nearby. He found the congregation warm and welcoming, a little shabby and worn by the vicissitudes of life..." and other illustrations)
- ("the following ad appeared in one newspaper: SINGLE BLACK FEMALE. Seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a sweet, good-looking girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping, and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire...")
- Do any of you remember the 1990 movie Nuns on the Run? It is the story of two small-time crooks (played by Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle) who are on the run from both the police and a gang called the Triads (how appropriate!!) from whom they've stolen some drug-dealing money. They hide out in a convent, disguised as nuns, where Eric Idle finds himself scheduled to teach the A-level Religious Education class. He’s horrified. Robbie Coltrane, a lapsed Catholic, tries to reassure him by telling him how easy it will be. "What’s your first lesson on?" he asks. "The Trinity!" Robbie’s face falls. "The Trinity! Now that’s a bugger!"
- When I was growing up, one of my favorite shows was “Mission Impossible.” It was an adventure show in which a team of highly-trained spies regularly did the seemingly impossible — and they were able to do it week after week in less than an hour. Years later, Tom Cruise starred in a series of movies based on the television series premise. In either case, the leader of the team is given a cassette tape which details their next assignment. That tape always begins with the words, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is...” followed by a description of some hopeless task that no one in their right mind would even think of attempting. Then, after the details of the mission are spelled out, the tape ends with the words, “As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.” The Christian church has its own form of “Mission Impossible.” That is, trying to describe or even understand the Trinity, the concept of one God in three persons.
- ["A man named Paul Prudhomme is an American chef who made a cooking symbol very famous. It was called the 'holy trinity' by him (and later on, by many other chefs). It is the basis for Louisiana cooking: more specifically for Cajun and Louisiana Creole dishes. It consists of three things: onions, bell peppers and celery in equal amounts..."]
- ("Matthew 28:16-20 is identified as the 'Commissioning of the Disciples' text. It is a hotly contested text, to say the least. The phrase 'The Great Commission' doesn't appear in the Bible, and wasn't widely used until the early 20th century, when the phrase and the text became wed-locked forever. In these few verses Matthew manages to encapsulate the whole of his gospel story...")
- ("I read an interesting article online yesterday. The title was Time-Traveling Male Sea Monkeys Make Bad Mates. Mind you, this was posted on a science and technology website â not a science fiction site â so how could I possibly resist reading that? It turns out that sea monkey eggs can lay dormant for years before hatching...")
- ("Finding Neverland, starring Johnny Depp, is based on the true story of James Barrie, a playwright and author of Peter Pan. It tells of J.M.Barrie’s relationship with the family of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her sons, who were the inspiration for the images of Peter Pan...")
- ("Three days before my aunt Marion died, I went to see her. She was obviously very ill, very weak and she could barely talk to me. But I was delighted that she knew who I was and what she wanted to say to me. But she said something to me that I did not understand: 'I will always be with you'. She said it twice. And, in truth, I will never know exactly what she meant by that...")
- ("This week I read about a woman who was involved in demonstrations against her oppressive and unjust government in South America. Authorities arrested her and put her in solitary confinement. Her cell was cold and damp. Its toilet was just a bucket in the corner and its bed was merely a thin mattress on the floor. Her cell had no window and only a single light bulb...")
- ("It was November, about two weeks before Thanksgiving. Evelyn telephoned me. She scraped by on Social Security but a couple of unexpected expenses had totally exhausted her resources. We had helped her before. We had included her in our seasonal distribution of funds at Christmas time. Could we possibly do it again?...")
- ("Detectives look for clues after an incident, bereaved relatives divide the estate of a loved one. Computer users leave electronic "footprints" all the time; the delete key does not wipe them out. It seems that one way or another we all leave traces after us- reminders of our presence at a particular place and time...")
- ("The story is told of a young man who graduated from high school and then very nervously and with great anxiety enrolled in a local college. The first day that classes began his professor introduced himself and then he challenged the very nervous young freshmen sitting before him to get to know someone they didn't already know. A particular young man stood up and looked around; then a gentle hand touched his shoulder....")
- ("One group of pictures stood out to me because they were what was called 'stereographic' pictures in the 1850's when these photos were produced. That is, each scene was presented through a pair of photographs, designed to be seen through a special viewer that would enable the person looking at the pictures to see something of a three-dimensional image..." and additional quotes)
- ("When I was growing up in my country, there was a very great leader of the Catholic church. His name was Cardinal Heenan. In every way, he was a big man Â 72 when I knew him. 6 foot 4 tall, broad and strong. But the biggest thing about him was an enormous booming voice which filled every room he ever entered...")
- ("Chuck Colson, ex-Marine captain and former confidant of the President of the United States, was once described as "tough, wily, nasty, and tenaciously loyal to Richard Nixon" by Time magazine. Colson's conversion and subsequent announcement of his faith in Christ jarred Washington...")
- Puccini's last opera "Turandot" is completed by his students after his death.
- ("a priest friend of mine was summoned one day to the chancery and told, 'Father, we are sending you to this old, inner city parish. There are some wonderful people there; yet they are old and the church and the parish have been in decline for the past 20 years. Just a handful of people left now, so they won't expect much ministry from you...")