Peace

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Peace is scarce. Peace – that is, tranquility, harmony, serenity, stillness, calmness – it is a rare thing in most of our lives. On the contrary, tension and turmoil, anger and agitation, fear and worry are often ever-present aspects of our days. There is […]

Elves

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I have a newfound love, respect and appreciation for my wife. About a week ago, she gave birth to our third child. She was amazing and graceful and strong. However, that’s not (entirely) what my newfound love, respect and appreciation are all about. On […]

The Puzzle

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY We had five pieces left to finish our puzzle. I gave the first piece to Delaney who’s 2. “Here you go,” I said. “It’s your turn. Find where this goes.” She did. I gave the next piece to Molly who’s 4. “Your turn,” I […]

Tested by Fire

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, 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. […]

Be Still.

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The coffee shop where I grab my daily “joe” has a parking lot that is literally an accident waiting to happen. Traffic is allowed to go both ways even though there is only enough room for one car to pass. The drive-through blindly shoots […]

On Course

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I had a dream the other night where I was a man on a mission. I had a purpose – a true sense of calling. There was a path I was meant to walk and over the course of the dream, I walked it. […]

I played the part of a leper today

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY My daughter, Delaney, is quite ill. Her illness is not hidden from the world. She coughs. She cries. She wheezes. She sneezes. She has the classic kid snot-face with swollen eyes and a smoker’s cough. She sick. And today we were shunned like lepers. […]

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. […]

Let Today be the Day…

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY It is nearly mid-January and I still haven’t got back to the gym. I haven’t organized my house the way I promised myself I would. I haven’t started eating better, sleeping more, watching less TV, or spending more time with family. It seems as […]