In World War I, in a British section of the Western Front, just a few miles back from the front lines, was a hut named Talbot House. It was a meeting place for men going up to the trenches and men coming back. In the hut loft Communion was served — truly an upper room and literally a last supper for many men. Over the door were these words: "Abandon rank all ye who enter here." Always, those words are above the place where the table is spread. We are all on the same level here. All of us are sinners — confessing our sins and seeking forgiveness in the only place where it can be found — at the foot of the cross.


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