The Ripley organization
highlights the story of the unusual creature, the Nanomia Cara. It is a jellyfish,
and it lives in a huge cluster with other jellyfish. Some in the colony catch
the food, others digest the food for the rest, others provide propulsion and
still others lay eggs. They are interdependent. So is the church. Everyone has
something they can do to help the church fulfill its mission. We are the weaker
when anyone in the church does not do his or her part. We are strongest when
we all work together.

_____________________

Michael Shannon,
Preaching January/February 2002


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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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The Ripley organization highlights the story of the unusual creature, the
Nanomia Cara. It is a jellyfish, and it lives in a huge cluster with other
jellyfish. Some in the colony catch the food, others digest the food for the
rest, others provide propulsion and still others lay eggs. They are
interdependent. So is the church. Everyone has something they can do to help
the church fulfill its mission. We are the weaker when anyone in the church
does not do his or her part. We are strongest when we all work together.

___________________________

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible
College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.


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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.

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