Good, Good Mother

Good, Good Mother

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY One of the first lessons I learned in seminary was to change the pronouns I used for God. On any paper, in sermons, or even in conversation God was not to be referred to as “He.” Passing a course was on the line. The idea, […]

Escape

Escape

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Escape rooms are all of the rage right now, and people across the country are joining in. In case you haven’t heard about this latest big thing, here’s how it works: you lock yourself in a room with a handful of friends and race against […]

Easter Everywhere

Easter Everywhere

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I thought God lived at church. That, I figured, was why so many people visited him on Christmas and Easter. Joking aside, when you wanted to see God, you went to church. As I […]

The Underdog

The Underdog

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I spent last weekend the way I suspect many of you did, watching basketball. A special treat this year was getting to watch round one from Keybank Center with some friends. Now, it’s not that I needed the reminder, but I walked away from the […]

Fresh Start

Fresh Start

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Our family vacation a few weeks ago got off to a rocky start. By the end of our first day we were sitting in the urgent care with our youngest unable to move her arm. But then it happened. As I stretched my daughter’s arm […]

ReLENTless Faith

ReLENTless Faith

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Burnout. It’s cool when it’s a car. It’s expected when it’s a candle. But, boy, is it a bummer when it happens to us. We all know what leads to it. It comes from a significant amount of work with very little reward. It comes […]

Already At Work

Already At Work

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Let’s get to the chase. Last week was not the week I thought it was going to be. It started with an early goodbye to a colleague. On Wednesday I walked into the office to find the carpet in my office saturated with water and […]

Christmas is Just Beginning

Christmas is Just Beginning

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Two quotes put Christmas into focus for me this year. The first came from a sermon that Martin Luther preached on Christmas himself in 1543. He said: “The inn was full… there are many of you who think to yourselves: “If only I had been […]

Wonder

Wonder

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Perhaps the greatest casualty to the age of information has been our ability to wonder. Wonder struggles to exist in a world with answers at our fingertips and eyes locked in on digital crystal balls. But that’s one of the things I love so much […]

Believe the Promise

Believe the Promise

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY My four-year old daughter Quinn has recently entered a dangerous period in life. The other day we were sitting on the couch about to snuggle and watch a movie together when we were interrupted. Quinn was a little bummed, so I said, “Don’t worry we […]

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