All Vine No Grapes

All Vine No Grapes

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The Lutheran camp on Lake Chautauqua is a stunning piece of property that features picturesque views, towering trees, serene trails, and dynamic landscapes. Like the camp counselors who witness to Jesus throughout the year, the very ground of the camp seems to proclaim God’s […]

Easter Storms

Easter Storms

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I’m beginning to think that Mother Nature gets moody on Sunday mornings. Recently, the weather in Buffalo has been notably bad, particularly on the weekends. On Easter morning I had to scrape ice off my windshield and flurries fell during worship. Last week we […]

Bystanders

Bystanders

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY As I read the story of Jesus’ Last Supper, betrayal, trial, persecution, suffering, and death last week, I couldn’t help but notice a few characters that escaped me before. You may be familiar with the main characters – Jesus and Judas, Peter and Pilate, […]

Shout for Joy to the Lord

Shout for Joy to the Lord

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music. Psalm 98:4 I’ve always thought the church was kind of like an orchestra—only in lieu of strings, reed instruments, percussion and brass, we have teachers, singers, bakers and worship […]

Crutches

Crutches

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I have a confession to make. I can’t skate. Despite growing up in Western New York where playing hockey seems to be a childhood rite of passage and where backyard rinks still abound, I never learned to do it. And it was never an […]

Broken, Yet Blessed

Broken, Yet Blessed

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Our journey through this life is a trek down a blessed and broken road. Our days are filled with joy and sorrow, hope and despair, triumph and tragedy, life and death. No one is exempt from the darker aspects of life. And no one […]

Watch Over

Watch Over

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Ms. Katie is one of our favorite baby sitters. She loves my children like they’re her own. She is responsible, kind, caring and fun. And it would be an understatement to say that my kids love her. They adore her. At the moment Ms. […]

Dandelion Puff

Dandelion Puff

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. […]

Eat

Eat

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I forgot to eat yesterday. I had meetings from 7AM through 9PM that night. Around dinner time I caught 45 minutes of free time and meant to grab a bite, but, like I said, I forgot. And so, when I arrived at home at […]

Picture Christmas

Picture Christmas

It was about 20 degrees. It wasn’t snowing, but the wind was blowing enough that it seemed like it was. We didn’t have hats or mittens – they weren’t “allowed.” We wore light jackets and designer shoes. Our feet were freezing. Snot endlessly dripped from our kids’ noses. My ears were beat red. My wife’s […]

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