In Mel Lazarus’ comic “Momma,” the title character is visiting her shiftless son who is still in bed. She says, “Francis, do you ever think about the challenges in life?” He replies, “Constantly, Momma. I’ve been doing it for years—and have actually figured out how to avoid most of them.” Challenges come to all. There is no way, no matter how much we wish it so, to avoid the challenges of life.

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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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