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 […]

Unlovable

Unlovable

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY How does the song go? And they’ll know we are Christians by our bumper stickers, by our bumper stickers… No, that’s not right. And they’ll know we are Christians by the crosses on our necks. That’s not right either. And they’ll know we are […]

Risen

Risen

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Sometimes I think that the church season of Lent gets too much attention. It becomes a time in the year when it’s convenient to get holy. Jesus movies and documentaries are played on TV. Restaurants and grocery stores offer fish fries so we can […]

Tension

Tension

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY In physics, tension describes a pulling force that is accompanied by an action-reaction force acting in the opposite direction. Think: Tug of war. Two parties grab hold of the same rope and pull in different directions. As they pull, the rope stretches and becomes tight. […]

Attitude or Technique

Attitude or Technique

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY After winning their latest game in the NCAA tournament, the seventh seeded South Carolina Gamecocks advanced to their first Elite Eight in school history. At the postgame news conference a young kid named Max asked their coach, Frank Martin, “When you’re coaching defense, what […]

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