Bryson wrote: “The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a
substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe that experience
is a substitute for intelligence.” Doesn’t that point up the fact that
we need both young and old in our churches? We need the optimism and enthusiasm
of youth. We need the experience and wisdom of age. One tempers the other. It
is so easy to go off optimistically without thinking through the ramifications
of a problem. It is equally easy to be content with things as they are and not
see the possibilities for improvement.


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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