It
has been well said that the man who holds the ladder at the bottom is about as
important as the man at the top. Everybody wants to be the man on the top, but
he would not be there very long without the assistance he receives from the man
at the bottom. If he is wise, the man at the top will recognize the importance
of the man at the bottom. If he does not recognize it, he may find his ladder
slipping away!

 

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J.
Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,
OH.

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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.

Casey Stengel said: “It’s easy to get good players. Gettin’ ’em to play together, that’s the hard part.”

Thanks Casey. What’s true in baseball is also true in the ministry of the local church.

 

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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.

A church in Georgia published a rather long prayer list. They thought it would
be helpful to identify the reason for each one being on the list. In this way
people could pray for specific needs and problems, rather than praying in vague
generalities. There were all the usual things: hospitalized, bereaved, facing
surgery.

But beside the name of one man on the list was written “pain in the
neck.” Most churches have a member or two who deserves that description,
but few put it in print! And it does seem sometimes that only prayer can cure
that affliction.

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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.