Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY Where do we turn in times of trouble? Where do we place our trust? In the wake of death? Through the weeks and months of unemployment? When we find out a loved one has cancer? When the people we trust let us down? When […]


I hope your Easter was blessed, exciting and special. It was anything but normal in our house. I had the privilege of preaching and leading worship for hundreds of Christians as we shouted, “Alleluia,” and celebrated Christ’s resurrection. Later in the morning I watched my daughter Molly run through our house looking for her Easter […]

“Baby Pastor School”

I am writing my Faith Matters column for the Jamestown Gazette from a small room in a Catholic Retreat Center located near Philadelphia, PA. The room resembles what I imagine a prison cell is like… very small with a cot style bed, single light, tiny window and a sink in the corner. There is a […]

Faith Matters: Dec. 31, 2012

Did you know Jesus didn’t have a name for 8 days? Through the whole Christmas story Jesus is called “child,” “first-born son,” “him” and “baby,” but never by a name. That is, until Luke 1:21 which states, “After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus the […]

Faith Matters – Dec. 24, 2012

BLESSED I’ll never forget what the first few nights were like when our daughter Molly was born and we brought her home from the hospital. I stood over her crib for hours each night watching her breathe. My thoughts were one constant prayer: Lord, bless this child. Almost a year later I’ve gotten over watching […]

Faith Matters – Dec. 10, 2012

Unexpected Christmas tree. Check. Outside lights up. Check. House decorated. Nearly. Shopping done. Not even close. The past week and a half has been crazy. It’s been one thing after another. Unpack one box only to start the next. Trim the tree, hang the outside lights, re-trim tree because half a string of lights burned […]

Faith Matters – Nov. 26, 2012

Lottery If you won the lottery, would you be perpetually happy? If you never had to work again, would you ever frown? My wife’s guilty pleasure is watching “reality” TV. A few months back she got hooked on a show about people who won the lottery. At the end of each episode she’d track me […]

Faith Matters: Questions

We all have questions. This was never clearer to me than during a confirmation class last year. See, a typical confirmation class involves me asking a question which is usually followed by awkward silence. Then, if I’m lucky I might get a three to four word answer from a reluctant student. But there was one […]