Root Bound?

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Although my wife and I have a strict no pet policy at our house at the moment, that shouldn’t suggest we do not share our house with other living things (and I’m not simply referring to my children). My wife, Carol, is addicted to plants. […]

Forgotten Birthday

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I saw a post on a friend’s Facebook last week of his child celebrating his baptismal birthday by lighting a candle and praying together as a family. It was a touching photo, and a source of hope for me and all the other people who […]

Working Together

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I recently took a group of men to the shores of Lake Chautauqua for a weekend of hard work in the name of Jesus at the Lutheran Camp near Bemus Point. We’ve been in the habit over the last few years of roofing a different […]

Looks

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I had a funny encounter a few weeks ago at a fish fry at our church. I was standing in the kitchen (pretending to work) when one of our youth came rushing in. “Pastor Shawn,” they said, “there’s a table of women in the dining […]

Remember This

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY The other day our 9th graders who are walking through a rite of passage in our church into adult membership were invited to write a letter to the youth who are just starting the journey. As each youth shared their thoughts I was blown away […]

One Very Simple Rule

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY There is one very simple rule every child must learn growing up: step on a crack and you’ll break your mother’s back. Just kidding. The golden rule, of course. And let’s not forget who said it first. In Matthew 7:12 Jesus says, “In everything do […]

Keep Running the Race

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I’m currently in Chicago to talk about faith formation with young people. As I packed my bags in preparation for this meeting one of the hosts reminded me to “bring [my] jacket along! Chicago gave up spring for Lent and it hasn’t returned yet.” He […]

Not Afraid

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY This reflection is written in light of the events in Brussels with ongoing prayers for all those affected and that God’s reconciliation and peace might be made ever known this Easter season there and around the world. The Lord is my light and my salvation; […]

What is God Doing?

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I often find myself having conversations with people who are asking questions about faith. Full disclosure: there are even times that conversation is in the mirror. We all wonder about the nature of God. We marvel at creation. We wrestle with the purpose of life […]

Citizenship Is In Heaven

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY One thing you may not realize about churches (especially since too many try to marry themselves to one political party or another) is that we are called to avoid publically endorsing political candidates running for office. While we are free to take stances on issues, […]