Courageous and Compassionate

Courageous and Compassionate

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Without women my church would close. Our worship attendance would drop by 65%. Our prayer group would cease to exist. The altar would not be cared for. Supplies would not be in stock. Our worship resources would not be prepared or published. Our committee […]

Mountains and Valleys

Mountains and Valleys

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY We all have mountaintop moments in life – times when we feel like we’re on top of the world. There are times when life is good, blessed and calm. There are times when everything seems clear. There are times of peace and triumph and […]

Good Flight

Good Flight

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY “Daddy, can you make a paper airplane?” Molly asked. “Wait… Can I?! CAN I?! Of course I can!” I spent the next few minutes crafting and creating the greatest paper airplane ever made. I made precision folds and crimped the paper at all the […]

Walk Humbly

Walk Humbly

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY What is the measure of faithfulness? How do we gauge religiousness? How can we tell who is a disciple and who isn’t? Donald Trump has recently proposed a ban on Muslims entering our country. He has also promised to prioritize Christian refugees who want […]

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 […]