William Sangster, preaching giant of a previous generation, used to tell the story of “The Spectre on the Brocken.” The Brocken is the highest peak of the Harz Mountains in Germany. Many people lived in fear of it because it was said that a giant resided there. He had been seen many times by credible witnesses.

Eventually, skeptics decided to settle once and for all the story of the Spectre. They discovered the witnesses actually had seen something. It had been noted that the giant was only seen at sunset or sunrise. They also noticed he only appeared on bright days. What did the witnesses see? Researchers discovered the spectre was the shadow of their own bodies. It was a reflection, and people actually were frightened of their own shadows.

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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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