A recent History Channel mini-series has revived interest in the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud. There were a lot of details people didn’t know about the famous conflict. What surprised many was how the mini-series concluded. It concluded with the baptism of the Hatfield clan leader, “Devil Anse” Hatfield. This historic feud was inflamed by issues such as Civil War loyalties, timber rights, a stolen pig and intermarriage between the clans. At the age of 71, weary from the losses in the conflict, about 15 lives lost, Hatfield decided to give his life to Jesus at a revival meeting. The family says he spent the last 10 years of his life in peace, knowing he had been forgiven and ready for eternity. That part of the story reveals that even the most hardened heart can be made new by the power of the gospel.

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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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