At the first exhibition of modern art a critic said negatively, “These are
nothing but impressions.” The criticism became, unintentionally, the
definitive description of one kind of art, and today impressionistic art is
well known and appreciated.

Some think the name Christian came about in a similar way. They think it was
coined by the enemies of what the book of Acts calls “The Way”.
Others think that the name Christian was a God-given name.

Whatever the case, the name has become the accepted and beloved designation for
those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ and who try to live as He lived.
Even in the days of the apostles, Peter could write “If one suffers as a
Christian, let him not be ashamed, but under that name let him glorify
God” (1 Peter 4:16).

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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