A visitor to the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, N.C., was pleased to find someone playing the piano in the Winter Garden. He felt it enhanced his visit, until he recognized the tune. She was playing the old Shaker song, “‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple.'” He thought it ironic to hear “‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple” in America’s largest home.

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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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