According to “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” doctors in the 18th century sometimes prescribed epileptics to drink the blood of executed criminals to be cured of their condition. In the church, we talk of drinking the blood of Jesus. It was so much a part of Christian vocabulary that early opponents of Christianity thought they were cannibals. While we do not drink the blood of Christ in a literal sense, we are reminded through the Lord’s Supper that we can internalize and benefit from the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

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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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