Historically there was once a great debate about the date of Easter. Some observed it on the same day as the Jewish Passover. Others insisted it must be on a Sunday. Should there be a fixed date for Easter; or should it be moveable, matching the lunar calendar with our solar calendar? It must be after the vernal equinox; but must it be a full week, as Orthodox scholars say, or any Sunday afterward as Catholic scholars say? In all ages and places, all have agreed as to the meaning of Easter, and that may be more important than the method of setting the date.


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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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Most flowers bloom only in the day. Some bloom only at night. The night-blooming cereus is the most well-known. The flower called Four O’clock opens in the late afternoon. Moon flowers unfold at dusk and close with the first rays of the morning sun. Lilies remain open night and day. Is this the reason the lily has become the Easter flower? Certainly our faith should blossom in the bright days of joy and in the dark nights of despair.


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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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A man said he went to church on Easter Sunday in America, flew to Europe and a week later went to church on Easter Sunday in Eastern Europe. In Eastern Europe they follow the Orthodox calendar, which figures the date of Easter differently. That year, he had two Easters. Really Christians everywhere have 52 Easters, for every Sunday is Resurrection Day.


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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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