Robert Shannon noticed that, oddly enough, the oldest river in America is called the New River. People who study such things say it is the second oldest river in the world. Only the Nile is older! Running through North Carolina and Virginia, it is called the New River because it was not discovered by Europeans until quite late. It was newly discovered! One reason may be that unlike all other rivers in America, it runs north instead of south. So the old is new and the new is old.

When a person newly discovers Christianity, we see this paradox. What is old to history and perhaps old to most church members is new to him or her. We see the excitement and are blessed by it. We realize we must never take our faith lightly, that it must be for us new every day.

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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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