A minister and a funeral director were discussing funerals and funeral customs. The funeral director had attended thousands of funerals. Some were long, some short. Sometimes the remarks were appropriate; others were strikingly inappropriate. Sometimes only one clergy member officiated; sometimes there were three or four. Jokingly, the funeral director said, “I am going to have 10 preachers at my funeral. The one who says the greatest number of nice things about me gets $1,000.” We’d all like for nice things to be said about us after we die. We’d like it better if people said nice things about us while were still alive! “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.”

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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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