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