Illustrations

  • Thanksgiving

    J. Michael Shannon
    There once was a poor, rural family who were greatly concerned because their little boy had not started talking. The family didn’t have many resources to call upon, so the problem went on for a long time.
  • Thanksgiving

    J. Michael Shannon
    Just about a year before he succumbed to cancer, Tony Snow, former political pundit, speech writer and White House press secretary, said the following to the 2007 graduating class at the Catholic University of America:
  • Thanksgiving

    J. Michael Shannon
    Have you read the story about the teacher who asked her pupils what they thought the Seven Wonders of the World were for today?
  • Self-Esteem

    J. Michael Shannon
    Do you ever wonder what you are worth? Recently we read about John Odom, a baseball player for the independent Calgary Vipers, who was traded to the Laredo Broncos for 10 maple baseball bats.
  • Prayer

    J. Michael Shannon
    If you have ever read the “Dennis the Menace” comic strip, you know that Dennis often comes up with some interesting prayers.
  • Unpopular Promises

    Austin B. Tucker
    There are hundreds or even thousands of promises in the Bible, depending on who is counting.
  • To Be Seen of Men

    Austin B. Tucker
    Jesus said, "Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen of them. If you do you, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven."
  • Looking Ahead

    Austin B. Tucker
    In a Joe McKeever cartoon, the pastor sits behind his desk. (We know it’s make-believe because the desk is clear of everything except his blotter and the nameplate with "Pastor" on it.)
  • How Great Is Our God!

    Austin B. Tucker
    Our planet is on the outer edge of our galaxy, The Milky Way. Light from stars on the opposite edge takes 100,000 years to reach us—and that is traveling more than 186,000 miles per second. Our sun is only one among two hundred billion stars in our galaxy.
  • Adversity, Preparing for

    Austin B. Tucker
    J. Floyd Jones in the 1958 Word Lectures at Guilford College told of a Maine farmer who built his stone fence four feet wide and three feet high. Why? That way if it blows over it will be better than it was before.
  • Hatred

    Austin B. Tucker
    Christopher Paul was born and raised in Ohio. Why does an American citizen from the heartland of America hate America?
  • Adversity's Opportunity

    Austin B. Tucker
    Philip Anschutz was in his mid-20s when his father took ill and turned over to him the oil-drilling business. For awhile, every hole was a dry hole.
  • Imperfection

    Austin B. Tucker
    Alan Greenspan acknowledged in his recent book, The Age of Turbulence, "There are errors in this book. I do not know where they are. If I did, they wouldn’t be there. But with close to two hundred thousand words, my probabilistic mind tells me some are wrong. My apologies in advance."
  • Marriage, Timing

    Bob got home from work at his usual hour of 5 p.m., only to discover that it had not been one of his wife's better days.
  • Letter From Summer Camp

    Dear Mom, Scoutmaster Webb told us to write our parents in case you heard about the flood and got worried.
  • To Illustrate: Conviction

    J. Michael Shannon
    Recently some of Anne Rice's fans were shocked that she had returned to the Catholic faith of her childhood.
  • To Illustrate: Prayer

    J. Michael Shannon
    News reports have introduced us to a church choir director named Rocky, who wants to bring down gas prices through prayer.
  • To Illustrate: Kindness

    J. Micheal Shannon
    Ludlow Porch is a bit of a Southern legend.
  • To Illustrate: Humility, Compassion

    J. Michael Shannon
    Did you see the television reports of the extraordinary act of sportsmanship at the college women’s softball game between Central Washington and Western Oregon?
  • To Illustrate: Greed

    J. Michael Shannon
    The second-largest building in the world is the palace that President Ceacescieu of Romania built for himself. It is devoted to greed and vanity.