The Villa Madonna Academy in Villa Hills, Ky., recently began a program to restore its chapel. Students first used the chapel in 1907. More than 70 years ago, a graduating student penned this poem:

The gray-hued grotto filled with shadowy peace,
A place of prayer where troubles cease
The chapel high with its open door
Where thoughts grow calm and spirits soar.
The place of prayer, wherever it is, can be a place where thoughts grow calm and spirits soar.

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

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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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