We have traditionally marked our calendars, BC and
AD. This is a tribute to the effect Jesus has on history. We can mark
the difference between the time “before Christ,” and “the year of our
Lord,” but we can also mark our individual lives, BC and AD. Jesus
should have made a radical difference in our lives. As a tribute of
the difference he has made in our lives, we can mark our personal
histories with Jesus as the watershed. A woman who was greatly
troubled, frightened and pregnant without a husband came to a church
and found acceptance. After a time she came to a place of decision.
She gave her life to Christ and submitted to Christian baptism. She
said to her preacher that time, “Now I know why they call it being
born again.” She had a BC to AD experience.


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

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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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