Davian Navar Henry Only, 15, has had a rough life. According to news reports, he was born in prison, placed in foster care and while searching for his mother, discovered she had died a few weeks earlier. Davian dressed in a suit, borrowed a tie and walked into the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. He said to the congregation, “I’ll take anyone. Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.” The church has been deluged with offers to adopt him. At the time of this writing, a permanent home has not yet been determined, but the church and Only’s adoption agency are optimistic. This is a wonderful story about a young man’s optimism. It is also a story about the church. In spite of the many failings of the church, in spite of the criticism it receives, it is still a place people can go to find love.

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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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