Let’s suppose some­body claimed to be the greatest baseball fan of all times. We might ask him, “What makes you the biggest fan ever? Do you know more about the game than anyone else? Have you, for instance, memorized all the stats?”

“Nope, they’re not important.”

“Do you have a favorite team?” we might ask.


“Is it in the American or National League?”

“Oh, there are leagues?” asks the supposed greatest base­ball fan of all time.

“Yeah, there are leagues,” we reply.

The more we discuss it, the more we realize this guy who claims to be the greatest baseball fan of all times doesn’t now a thing about baseball. He has done nothing that shows he’s a fan. He may indeed be a great baseball fan, but all the evidence is stacked against it.


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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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