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 […]

God’s Terms

God’s Terms

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Instead of a traditional greeting, the teller at the bank welcomed me by saying in a rather curt tone: “Don’t you want to bank on your own terms?” “I don’t follow,” I replied. “Well, don’t you have an ATM card? You can make this […]

We Get To…

We Get To…

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY (Originally Published in 2015) I sign a ton of forms validating community service hours. Sometimes it is for a kid who has to volunteer for school or an organization. At other times it is for an adult who is in trouble and needs “hours” […]

Seething and Sunburned

Seething and Sunburned

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY When I arrived at work on Tuesday, I found the grass at church unacceptably long. In the front of church it was bad. In the back of church it was terrible. Our lawn was over a foot high. The grass had gone to seed. […]

13 Hours

13 Hours

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY As I left the Hodge Avenue parking ramp adjacent to Children’s Hospital, I was struck by the joy in front of me. I pulled onto Elmwood Avenue. on a beautiful May day and was simply taken aback at the busy and jubilant world around […]

Running the Way

Running the Way

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I’ve run away a lot. When I was real young my parents told me “no” all the time. So one day, I ran away and moved into the bushes next to the garage. In high school my brother and I got in a fight […]

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