There is a story about a brother in a monastery who was assigned to preach. All the brothers came into the chapel and found the lights off. The brother who was supposed to preach lit a candle. He took that candle and held it up to the crucifix. There he illuminated the thorn crowned brow, the pierced hands and feet and after doing so for a few seconds he extinguished the candle and dismissed the audience. He said that it was a sermon on the love of Christ. And so it was.


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