Bonnie Angelo tells about a time after Jimmy Carter’s election as president that his mother Miss Lillian had a private audience with the pope. She asked him to pray for human rights and for rain in Africa. She went on to Gambia in Africa and then to Senegal and then Mali. It rained in Gambia. It rained in Senegal. It rained in Mali. She said, “I thought I better call the pope and ask him to lay off.”

Mike Shannon is professor of preaching at the Russell School of Ministry of Cincinnati Christian University in Cincinnati, Ohio.


View more sermon illustrations for inspiration for your next message.

Share This On:

About The Author

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.

Related Posts