Transformation. Oh.

Transformation. Oh.

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I’m currently taking a class in congregational redevelopment at the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. Earlier today I emailed my staff back home and told them how excited I was to share some of what I’ve learned with them. The conversation went like this… “Hey […]

Would Jesus Get Kicked Out of Your Church?

Would Jesus Get Kicked Out of Your Church?

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY There’s a pretty cool story in scripture where Jesus returns to his hometown and leads worship in the local synagogue. He reads from the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah. He preaches a short sermon indicating that he is the promised servant Isaiah spoke about. […]

Perfect

Perfect

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY This year I let my daughter, Molly, help set up our Christmas Village at home. Needless to say, she thought it was awesome. About an hour into our creative masterpiece, after several comments from me on how things are supposed to go, Molly had […]

This Is Our King

This Is Our King

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY “This is your king?!,” the leaders of Jesus’ day asked. “This broken and powerless, pathetic man?” “If you’re the king,” they sneered at Jesus, “then save yourself.” The soldiers chimed in, “C’mon, King, climb off that cross.” Unable to help himself, the crucified criminal […]

Here They Go Again

Here They Go Again

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The prophet Samuel could not believe it when the Israelites asked for a king. He was disappointed and displeased. He was saddened and frustrated. How could they want a king?! He wondered. They have God as their king! What could they possibly expect a […]

Finger Pointing.

Finger Pointing.

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Admit it. You’ve done it. We all have. In this instance, we’re all guilty. It makes no matter whether we are Democrat, Republican or Independent, white or black, rich or poor. We all point the finger. We have made presumptions that, quite simply, aren’t […]

The Truth

The Truth

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The current presidential election has me pondering a simple question: What is truth? We live in a world where half-truths really are, as a Yiddish proverb suggests, full lies. In this world facts don’t seem to matter (unless they support our side, that is). […]

Holy Hands

Holy Hands

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The anger in this world is palpable and on display. We hear it on the radio. We see it on TV. We experience it in the workplace. It finds us in the car, at home, at school, and sometimes even at church. Indeed, on […]

Holy Hands

Holy Hands

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY A couple of weeks ago I received a scary phone call from my wife. It was the kind that started by saying, “Don’t worry, but…” And we all know what happens when we hear those words… we worry. She continued, “Our daughter [1-year-old] and […]

Choices.

Choices.

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I’ve received countless e-mails from friends on both sides of the presidential race with the same message… “Scott! Make the right choice!” I can’t turn on the television without being bombarded by the same message from our local politicians… “Choose me!” These imperatives come […]