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, […]

The Next 40 Days

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Last week the church around the world began the sacred season we call Lent. Lent is a forty day journey to the cross during which the Christian is called upon to practice our own sacrificial giving while we at the same time increase our charity […]

Turn on the Light

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 […]

My Brothers Keeper

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY There’s a Biblical expression you use early and often when you have a twin brother, “I’m not my brother’s keeper, am I?” Whether it was one of our parents, a teacher, one of the handful of employers we shared or one of our friends, people […]