P. H. Welshimer, a great preacher of a previous generation, used to advise his fellow preachers, “If you have to be a second-rater, then be a first-rate second-rater.” That’s not bad advice for all of us. A famous conductor was once asked what was the most difficult instrument in the orchestra to play. He said, with a twinkle in his eye, “Second fiddle.” Someone has to play it, and if we are asked to do so, let us play it like a virtuoso.


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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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