Perhaps you have used the expression “tying the knot” to refer to marriage. Evidently that expression comes from an actual Irish custom called “handfasting,” in which a couple would have their hands tied together as part of the wedding ceremony. This custom is reasserting itself occasionally with couples symbolically tying their hands to celebrate their partnership. We all have noticed that sometimes the knot comes untied. It might be good for individuals and churches to help in the task of making sure the knot is tied tightly.


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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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