Road Rage

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY Yesterday, I was driving down the Kensington Expressway in Buffalo, completely stressed out of my mind. I had to run into the city to pick up my daughters, Molly and Laney, from day care. The plan was to run them home, drop them off […]

Dreaming

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY When you’re a pastor all conversations eventually work their way back to faith. Whether you’re at the bar, at home, at a coffee shop or on vacation, when folks discover what you do the talk immediately veers towards Jesus (or more specifically, towards the […]

Sowing the Seed

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY I’ve spent a bit of my time lately preparing our garden at home. It’s a small raised bed, perfect for a few peppers and cucumbers without being too overbearing (I tend to prefer boat trips and vacation rather than farming in the summer). This […]

Old Stuff

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amhert, NY As I am writing this article, our fellowship hall is literally being filled with random clutter and furniture. Piles of old, dusty books are being stacked while faded vinyl records are being unpacked. Used clothing is being sorted. Old random cups and dishes are […]

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 […]