One of Stephan Pastis’ “Pearls Before Swine” comic strips shows a mouse with his cell phone. Up comes the words “Clear Recent Calls,” and the mouse deletes them. Then comes “Delete Chat History,” and that too is deleted. Next up comes, “Clear Browser History,” and the mouse clears it. Still on the smart phone, the mouse reads “Delete All Texts.” The mouse deletes all texts. Finally up comes the message, “Erase Every Bad Thing You’ve Ever Done in Your Life.” With a click the mouse deletes. He then declares, “Smart phones just get better and better.” It would be nice to have an app that would erase all the bad things we have done. It doesn’t exist, but grace comes very close. We can’t wipe out the event, but we can stand at peace with God.

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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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