In one of his books, humorist Dave Barry reported that in 1988 the U.S. Senate Finance Committee printed 4,500 copies of a 452-page document with every single word crossed out. This is true. The document was a bill later replaced by a different bill, and this one, HR 3838, as recorded in the Senate Archives, by law, had to be printed anyway with every word crossed out. Some people handle the Bible similarly. Mentally, they cross out the parts that are difficult to follow or the ones with which they disagree.

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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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