According to several news reports, there is a company in the United Kingdom called Rent-a-Mourner that will send mourners for hire to attend funerals. For only $68, the company will send an appropriate mourner to your funeral. Customers are promised the employee will be discrete. The actors are given a briefing on the basic facts of the decedent’s life. With this information, he or she can just mingle with the rest of those attending the service. Most of us would hope we had touched enough other lives in a positive way that such a business would not be needed.

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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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