For centuries believers disagreed as to the date of Easter. Some followed the Jewish calendar observing Easter on the 14th of their month of Nissan. Others followed the Roman calendar. It was not until 664 that an agreement was reached, and now Easter is always the first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the vernal equinox. The Orthodox uses a different method of calculation and sometimes observes Easter on a different Sunday than the rest of Christendom. However, there never has been any disagreement about the meaning of Easter. In every age and among all believers Easter always has stood for two things: the certainty of life after death in the future and the certainty of new life in Christ in the present.

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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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