Devotions

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

Cheese Thigh Grits

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY I have a confession to make: my wife and I are really bad at remembering to pray before meals. When we first got married we did OK, but ever since then things have really gone downhill. In fact, things have gotten so bad now […]

Messy

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY In lieu of giving something up this Lent (because I have never successfully accomplished that), I decided to take something on. I challenged myself to live better – to eat healthier, sleep more, and exercise regularly. I’ve been doing OK (better than prior years […]

Magnets

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY On Tuesday I stayed home with my daughters, Molly and Laney, who were both under the weather. Needless to say, it was a long day. In the morning, Molly was playing with a board book filled with animal magnets. Without thinking (which is typical […]

Mountaintop Moments

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY Sunday, March 2nd was Transfiguration Sunday in the Christian calendar. It was a Sunday to celebrate and remember Jesus’ glorious mountaintop moment with his closest disciples Peter, James and John. We heard that these men were with Jesus alone on top of a mountain […]

Beyond

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY I have two things to do today: write this devotion and buy flowers for my wife. See, today is Valentine’s Day – a day set aside in the year to celebrate love and relationships. All over the place men and women are busy running […]

Dandelion Puff

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY   When I was a child I walked to school. During warm days I always walked on the edge of the sidewalk just in case there was a dandelion puff nearby. I was a firm believer that blowing away the seeds granted me a […]

Life Is Not Black And White

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon, St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY On Sunday evening my wife, Kate, and I went to Shea’s Performing Arts Center to see Wicked. For those of you who don’t know, Wicked is a musical that chronicles the lives of the witches of Oz. Based on the 1939 Wizard of Oz […]

Rudolph

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY We watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer entirely way too much in our house. What started as a Christmas cinema treat for our daughter Molly, has quickly become a daily routine. For most of the days of Christmas we have awakened, made toast, and watched […]

Hope On

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon, St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY I hope a lot. I hope for good weather. I hope for my sports teams to win games. I hope for health. I hope for opportunity. I hope for blessing for my family, my friends, and my church. I hope for forgiveness. My wife […]