John Cage was an eccentric and experimental musical composer. One of his most famous experimental compositions was a piece called 4’33” For performances, the pianist would come on stage, sit down at the piano, open the score, and then start a stopwatch that ran for four minutes and 33 seconds. The composition was 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. All that could be discerned was the ambient noise in the hall. I suppose we could debate the artistic merit of the piece, but perhaps there is a deeper lesson. We all could benefit from some quiet—or silent—time before God.

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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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