Unlovable

Unlovable

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY How does the song go? And they’ll know we are Christians by our bumper stickers, by our bumper stickers… No, that’s not right. And they’ll know we are Christians by the crosses on our necks. That’s not right either. And they’ll know we are […]

Salad Bar Days

Salad Bar Days

Why not chat when you meet an old friend? Because I’m right behind you in line, that’s why! How come some people in a food line, a checkout line, a ticket line decide to stop and chat and hold up everybody behind them? The other day when I said as politely as I could, “Ahem, […]

What’s in a Name? (I)

What’s in a Name? (I)

Article Contributed by Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist Photos courtesy of Bob Johnston What’s in a name? Why are names so important? Where do they come from? These are questions we all have asked ourselves or posed to others. And not long ago, in fact in November of 2015, when I was in Jamestown for a […]

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 […]

Why help them lie?

Why help them lie?

The other day a lady told me her car got great gas mileage. “Really?” I asked. “How good?” “Oh, I don’t know, but that’s what they told me.” It turns out great was 22mpg. I once had a car that got 42mpg. I checked it. Today we get more and more deceptive claims. Like one […]

Risen

Risen

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Sometimes I think that the church season of Lent gets too much attention. It becomes a time in the year when it’s convenient to get holy. Jesus movies and documentaries are played on TV. Restaurants and grocery stores offer fish fries so we can […]

Food and Mood

Food and Mood

Contributing Writer Jeffrey Barkstrom In between 1999 and 2012, the percentage of Americans on antidepressants doubled according to the journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The amount of people taking 5 or more drugs also doubled during the same time period. Why are Americans getting depressed and sicker? Well, some would blame the doctors […]

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