God loves you. Love one another.

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY There once was a pastor who stood up in front of his church to deliver a sermon and said, “God loves you. Love one another.” As he sat down, the congregation smiled and said, “Amen!” The next week the same pastor got up to […]

Joy-Full

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY I have a tendency to dwell on criticism and shrug off positive comments. Instead of remembering my achievements, my mind likes to replay moments when I made a mistake. I give more attention to the one “thorn in my side” than the many people […]

Wolves

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY There’s an old Native American story in which a grandfather teaches his grandson about good and evil. He said, “Within you there is a battle between two wolves. One wolf is good. He is capable of love and kindness, of truth telling and compassion. […]

Road Rage

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY Yesterday, I was driving down the Kensington Expressway in Buffalo, completely stressed out of my mind. I had to run into the city to pick up my daughters, Molly and Laney, from day care. The plan was to run them home, drop them off […]

Dreaming

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY When you’re a pastor all conversations eventually work their way back to faith. Whether you’re at the bar, at home, at a coffee shop or on vacation, when folks discover what you do the talk immediately veers towards Jesus (or more specifically, towards the […]

Sowing the Seed

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY I’ve spent a bit of my time lately preparing our garden at home. It’s a small raised bed, perfect for a few peppers and cucumbers without being too overbearing (I tend to prefer boat trips and vacation rather than farming in the summer). This […]

Old Stuff

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY As I am writing this article, our fellowship hall is literally being filled with random clutter and furniture. Piles of old, dusty books are being stacked while faded vinyl records are being unpacked. Used clothing is being sorted. Old random cups and dishes are […]

Devotions

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY Faith is hard. In fact, faith is particularly hard. Faith is often tested by death, disaster, and disease. Faith is challenged by tragedy and misfortune. Sometimes faith’s biggest enemy is rhythm and routine. At other times faith’s foe is political correctness, modernity, and relativism. […]

Cheese Thigh Grits

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY I have a confession to make: my wife and I are really bad at remembering to pray before meals. When we first got married we did OK, but ever since then things have really gone downhill. In fact, things have gotten so bad now […]

Messy

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY In lieu of giving something up this Lent (because I have never successfully accomplished that), I decided to take something on. I challenged myself to live better – to eat healthier, sleep more, and exercise regularly. I’ve been doing OK (better than prior years […]