It’s All God’s

It’s All God’s

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY When I began my ministry at my current congregation we had weekly issues with our Boy Scout troop. I’d arrive on Thursday morning, the morning after their weekly meeting, to find the bathrooms a disaster, furniture out of place, lights on, miscellaneous items broken […]

Ordeal

Ordeal

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Life is filled with ordeals. In the past week we heard about the ordeal caused by terror. We wrestled with the ordeal caused by potential collusion and corruption. We continued to watch people recover from the ordeal caused by hurricanes and other natural disasters. […]

Mine

Mine

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY One of my son’s first words was, “Mine.” He is one-and-a-half and the youngest child of our three. He has two older sisters who have routinely snatched toys, food, blankets, and stuffed animals from his hands. And so, early on he picked up this […]

Gods Greater Plan

Gods Greater Plan

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY When I was a child I walked to school. During warm days I always walked on the edge of the sidewalk just in case there was a dandelion puff nearby. I was a firm believer that blowing away the seeds granted me a wish. […]

Don’t say yes!

Don’t say yes!

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY My daughter Delaney had a food allergy attack a couple of weeks ago. She snuck a cookie she knew she couldn’t have, took a few bites, and placed the rest back in the container. She then spent the next five hours extremely sick (really, […]

Daddy

Daddy

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The craziest thing happened to me while I was washing dishes the other day. I was standing at the sink and my daughter Molly was playing at my feet. At one point she needed my attention (likely trying to show me the yucky piece […]

Still.

Still.

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The Psalmist writes, “The nations are in an uproar and kingdoms totter…. Waters rage and foam; mountains shake.” These ancient words seem to ring loud and true in our contemporary ears. We live in a world where nations not only rise against other nations, […]

Not There Yet

Not There Yet

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I am a pastor and I would love to tell you that I am a perfect Christian, but the truth is… I’m not there yet. Don’t get me wrong, I consider myself a man of deep faith. It’s just that I keep having these […]

Little League Prayers

Little League Prayers

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY We were sitting at the beach on vacation with about a dozen family members when half a dozen phones beeped and/or vibrated in unison. A prayer request from a family member far away was sent out on the family group-chat: “Please pray that so-and-so’s […]

Reckless

Reckless

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I’m just going to come right out and say it. God is a bad sower. God is a reckless farmer. God is a careless planter. In Sunday’s gospel reading Jesus tells the parable of a sower scattering seed. He says that as the farmer […]

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