Rabbi and a soap maker were walking along and the soap maker questioned the
Rabbi by asking, “What good is religion? There’s been religion for a long
time, but people are still bad to each other” The Rabbi was silent until
they saw a boy who was dirty from playing in the street. The Rabbi asked the
soap maker, “What good is soap? We’ve had soap for many, many years and
people still get dirty.” The soap maker protested the comparison and insisted
that the soap had to be used in order to keep people clean. “Exactly my
point”, said the Rabbi. “Religion”, he said, “has to be
applied in order to do anybody any good.”


Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,

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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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