Trinity Church in New York City dates to 1697 when the church received a charter from King William III. It stipulated a nominal yearly rent of one peppercorn, which never was paid until 1976. The queen made a royal visit to New York that year, and the church presented her with a Steuben glass container with 279 peppercorns in it—rent for 279 years.

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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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