Love One Another

Love One Another

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY God loves you. Love one another. 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 […]

Love Leads to Life

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY It has been a long week. No, honestly, it’s been a long month. Actually, it has been a long year. The days have been filled with violence. Terrorism has stuck around the globe. Communities everywhere are mourning loss. Most recently, we mourn the tragic, […]

For Freedom

For Freedom

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Imagine for a moment that you’re totally free (and not just in an America the Beautiful sort of way). You’re totally free. Freed from sin. Freed from consumerism. Freed from addiction, depression, guilt and grief. You’re free from serving the expectations of others. You’re […]

Dad

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The craziest thing happened to me while I was washing dishes the other day. I was standing at the sink and my daughter Molly was playing at my feet. At one point she needed my attention (likely trying to show me her latest boo-boo […]

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 […]