Everyone has a shopping list for Christmas. Perhaps we should have a stopping list for Christmas. We ought to stop spending too much on trifles. We ought to stop trying to impress others. We ought to stop hurrying and instead take time to pray. We should stop carousing and start caroling. We should stop being rude, impatient and selfish. New Year’s Day follows quite soon after Christmas. Why not compile a stopping list?

Mike Shannon is dean of the Russell School of Ministry and professor of preaching at Cincinnati Christian University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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