John Lennox is a philosopher, mathematician and Christian apologist. He teaches at Oxford University. Lennox is a Christian and has made a study of the relationship between science and religion. He is known for his spirited, intelligent andcivil debates with atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others. Some have compared him to C.S. Lewis. He said of faith, “Faith is not a leap in the dark; it’s the exact opposite. It’s a commitment based on evidence…It is irrational to reduce all faith to blind faith and then subject it to ridicule. That provides a very anti-intellectual and convenient way of avoiding intelligent discussion.”

 

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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.

Imagine a young girl asleep on the second story of her home. She awakes one night—middle of the night—and there is the smell of acrid smoke. She stumbles to the door and opens it to a sheet of fire. The young lady slams the door against the flames and stumbles to the window and stares down into the smoke and the darkness. From the ground below the young lady hears her father’s voice saying, “Honey, jump!”

The young lady replies, “But, Daddy, I can’t see you.”

The father replies, “It’s all right, Honey, I can see you. Jump!”

So the young lady jumps into her father’s arms.

Now it’s a part of faith for that young lady to believe her father is there. It’s another part of faith to believe in her father, to feel that her father is able to catch her. It’s the essence of faith to throw herself into a father’s waiting arms.

That’s what it means to believe on Jesus Christ. It’s a part of faith to believe Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for your sin; it’s another part of faith to believe God is able and willing to forgive you and give you eternal life. It’s the essence of faith to abandon yourself to God completely and allow Jesus Christ to be your Savior.

John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, expressed it well when he said that to believe on Jesus is “casting yourself with a reckless abandon on the grace of God.”

Belief that brings us to God is as simple and life-changing as that. (Haddon Robinson, “True Believers”)

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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.