In a recent “Pickles” comic strip, a man comes up to a character named Earl, who is seated on a park bench, to introduce him to a new friend. Earl interrupts with a strong, “Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.” The man apologizes, saying, “I’m sorry. You’ll have to forgive Earl. He feels he has already met more people than he can possibly remember, so he’s not accepting any more acquaintances at this time.”

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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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