You Might Die Trying

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amherst, NY At the Dave Matthew’s Band concert I attended last week I was struck by a song I’ve heard Dave sing before in a brand new light. The song is called, “You Might Die Trying.” Like most Dave songs, hearing the lyrics in a new […]

(ONE) Church’s Door

(ONE) Church’s Door

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I’ve become increasing certain in recent days that one of the devil’s favorite games to play with the church is to convince us that our similarities are actually differences, or, at the very least, to convince us that our subtle differences are church-dividing. Consider the […]

A Million Questions

A Million Questions

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY My daughter, Quinn, is at that age where she has a million questions. At the top of her list of things to understand at the moment is heaven. Many bedtimes these days are accompanied by 20 minutes of questions and conversation around what happens to […]

Produce Joy

Produce Joy

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY What is it like to spend time with a really kind person?  You know, the kind of person who always seems to see the good in the world and others… The kind of person who always seems to rise above the gossip, pettiness, and quarrelling at […]

We Are God’s Temple

We Are God’s Temple

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you?” (1 Cor. 6:19). As a young person in the church I was told what that meant. It meant no tattoos, no sex outside of marriage, and ‘just saying no’ to drugs. And to some extent I certainly still believe the sentiment […]

We Are God’s Building

Without trying I can think of two Sunday Schools immediately that remind us the church is not a building. Can you sing the ones I’m thinking of?   The first says, “The church is not a building where people go to pray, it’s not made out of sticks and stones, it’s not made out of clay. […]

We are God’s Field

We are God’s Field

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I love a good metaphor. It helps me learn. One good analogy can connect dots a million other words fail to communicate. Perhaps that’s why I always try to find an illustration to accompany my sermons. That, or perhaps I seek illustrations out of necessity. […]

Playing In The Dark

Playing In The Dark

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY A few days ago my daughter Quinn had an experience many of us have had before. She was playing in her toy room as the afternoon sun went down. Because she started playing when it was still quite bright there was really no reason to […]

Self Vs. Self(ie) Worth

Self Vs. Self(ie) Worth

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY A few years ago there was an AT&T commercial about their network. Two friends are driving in a car talking about the power of the internet. One of them lifts up the network as a place where folks can to go share creativity and ideas, […]

It’s All Around Us

It’s All Around Us

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY What comes to mind when you hear the word blessing? I ask because I’ve noticed when we say blessing we mean all sorts of different things. For example, if I asked you to count your blessings you might start thinking about the good things in […]

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