The
Painted Lady is a butterfly that breeds on the edge of the Sahara, flies across
the Mediterranean Sea, over the Alps and the Pyrenees, stopping only to lay
eggs along the way.  She then flies across the English Channel to Scotland and
then north to the Orkney Islands where she dies!  A God who could put such knowledge
in the tiny brain of a bird can surely fill our hearts with spiritual knowledge
and wisdom.

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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.

Dr. Arno Penzias is one of the two physicists who discovered the existence of cosmic background radiation. In his May 9 Breakpoint commentary, Chuck Colson points out that Penzias now says, “The creation of the universe is supported by all the observable data astronomy has produced so far. As a result, the people who reject the data can arguably be described as having a ‘religious’ belief.” That is, people who refuse to consider the evidence because it conflicts with their preconceived ideas are following a “dogma” in the most stubborn sense of the word.

“In an article in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, Penzias told Dr. Jerry Bergman of the American Scientific Affiliation, ‘I invite you to examine the snapshot provided by half a century’s worth of astrophysical data and see what the pieces of the universe actually look like. . . . In order to achieve consistency with our observations we must . . . assume not only creation of matter and energy out of nothing, but creation of space and time as well.'”

“Penzias, a Nobel Prize winner, added, ‘The best data we have are exactly what I would have predicted had I had nothing to go on but the five books of Moses, the Psalms, the Bible as a whole.'”

(you can read the complete commentary at http://www.breakpoint.org/Breakpoint/ChannelRoot/FeaturesGroup/BreakPointCommentaries/Speaking+of+Birthdays.htm)

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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.

Business leaders take the following quote very seriously:

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.”

Why, then, do so many scientists refuse to apply this truism to the realm of origins?

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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.

The Finno-Ugrians were the ancient ancestors of both the people of Finland and
the people of Hungary. They regarded the wild duck as a sacred animal. This was
because they held that the world came into being from a duck egg!

An ancient
Norse myth says that Adumla, the magic cow, licked the ice until gradually man
appeared from the ice!

The Navajo believed that our world was the fifth world,
created by ants carrying soil from the first world!

How far above all these
creation myths is the Creation story of Genesis and the gospel of John!

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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.

There is a place in India where their legends agree with the Bible that mankind
was made from dust. But they think that the upper class (or caste) was made
from the fertile soil and the lower class was made from ordinary clay. Of
course, if you are going to create pottery, you want ordinary clay, not rich
loam.

The Bible, unlike human legends, ascribes to us all the same humble origin,
clay. Yet the Bible also ascribes to us all the same exalted origin. God
Himself breathed into the nostrils of a man made from clay. Only then was he
alive.

Once in a souvenir shop there was displayed in the window a small figurine.
Under it was this verse:

Earth I am


It is most true.


Despise me not


For so are you.

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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.