The meaning of the ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ story

‘Angles were ascending and descending a ladder from Heaven.’

What does that have to do with the price of eggs in Alabama?

Pastor Mark’s sermon for the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany unpacks the Jacob’s ladder story.


(mp3 audio)


 click here >Angels descending and ascending…what does it mean?




Thanks, Pastor Mark.
And thanks to flickr and wumpus, for the photo.

‘Closed’ vs. ‘Open’ Communion

Here are some very good arguments for ‘closed communion’ by a Lutheran pastor who practices ‘open communion’. 


 And of course, why we choose to practice ‘open communion’.

CEMETERIES CONVENTION - 23.jpg by The Catholic Sun








click here > On ‘open’ and ‘closed’ communion





Thanks, Pastor Mark.


And thanks to flicker and The Catholic Sun, for the photo. 




Open Communion? Are you sure?


    UPDATE:   Some of your comments went into moderation and I had to approve them (I don’t know why it does that sometimes).  I just got back from a quick trip and have approved those comments now. Sorry for the delay! And the devil is messing with the coloration of some of the letters in this text. Why? Who knows?

Who Really Practices Closed Communion?

The irony of a great many “non-presence” churches that practice open communion and rail against those who practice closed communion that do give the true body and blood of Jesus Christ , is that they themselves practice the ultimate closed communion which even exceeds that of Rome, who refused to offer the cup to the laity; and that is utterly denying the body and blood of Jesus Christ to their people.

In the words of their own doctrine, “This is not the body and this is not the blood of Jesus Christ?”

How can communion be more closed than that? 

                                        -Larry Hughes

What kind on communion does your church practice?  Do you know why?