In the cartoon “Mother Goose and Grim,” the cat is sleeping. Someone asks, “What are you doing?” the cat says “Nothing. I’s a cat. Cats always do nothing.”

“When are you going to get up?” the questioner asked. “I don’t know” says the cat. “The hardest part of doing nothing is knowing when you’re finished.”

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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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