Greed Won’t Feed Them

Greed Won’t Feed Them

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY With the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in the rearview mirror, the race is officially on. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are racing against one another to become the next president of the United States, and we are in store for a show. A very […]

Who is My Neighbor?

Who is My Neighbor?

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY As a kid growing up on the north side of Jamestown I had a pretty good idea what a neighbor looked like. With a yard not much bigger than my current living room, it was out in the neighborhood that I spent most of my […]

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; […]