Tension

Tension

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY In physics, tension describes a pulling force that is accompanied by an action-reaction force acting in the opposite direction. Think: Tug of war. Two parties grab hold of the same rope and pull in different directions. As they pull, the rope stretches and becomes tight. […]

Attitude or Technique

Attitude or Technique

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY After winning their latest game in the NCAA tournament, the seventh seeded South Carolina Gamecocks advanced to their first Elite Eight in school history. At the postgame news conference a young kid named Max asked their coach, Frank Martin, “When you’re coaching defense, what […]

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 […]

Courageous and Compassionate

Courageous and Compassionate

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Without women my church would close. Our worship attendance would drop by 65%. Our prayer group would cease to exist. The altar would not be cared for. Supplies would not be in stock. Our worship resources would not be prepared or published. Our committee […]

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 […]

Mountains and Valleys

Mountains and Valleys

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY We all have mountaintop moments in life – times when we feel like we’re on top of the world. There are times when life is good, blessed and calm. There are times when everything seems clear. There are times of peace and triumph and […]

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 […]

Good Flight

Good Flight

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY “Daddy, can you make a paper airplane?” Molly asked. “Wait… Can I?! CAN I?! Of course I can!” I spent the next few minutes crafting and creating the greatest paper airplane ever made. I made precision folds and crimped the paper at all the […]

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 […]

Walk Humbly

Walk Humbly

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY What is the measure of faithfulness? How do we gauge religiousness? How can we tell who is a disciple and who isn’t? Donald Trump has recently proposed a ban on Muslims entering our country. He has also promised to prioritize Christian refugees who want […]

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