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.

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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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