Pizza

Pizza

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Last Saturday night the Lord spoke to me. The Spirit of the Lord came upon me and God exhorted me saying, “Go buy pizza.” I was in Houston, TX with 29 teenagers at the National Youth Gathering for our denomination. It was the last […]

Amazing

Amazing

While teaching a Bible study recently we came to a verse about God*s love and grace. I can’t remember exactly what the verse was but it was cut from the same cloth as, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” John 3:16 […]

Holy Water

Holy Water

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY   ¾ of the world is covered in water. ⅔ of the human body is made up of water. 15,000 gallons of water fall over Niagara Falls every second. And 20 gallons of water go into making every pint of beer. Water really is ALL […]

Break the Law

Break the Law

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amherst, NY When I was 17 years old, living on Newton Ave in Jamestown, NY, on many Saturdays I would “borrow” my parents’ Ford Taurus and “head to the mall” for the day. In reality, on those Saturdays I stole my parents’ car and drove to […]

You Might Die Trying

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon St. John Lutheran Church, Amherst, NY At the Dave Matthew’s Band concert I attended last week I was struck by a song I’ve heard Dave sing before in a brand new light. The song is called, “You Might Die Trying.” Like most Dave songs, hearing the lyrics in a new […]

(ONE) Church’s Door

(ONE) Church’s Door

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I’ve become increasing certain in recent days that one of the devil’s favorite games to play with the church is to convince us that our similarities are actually differences, or, at the very least, to convince us that our subtle differences are church-dividing. Consider the […]

All Vine No Grapes

All Vine No Grapes

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY The Lutheran camp on Lake Chautauqua is a stunning piece of property that features picturesque views, towering trees, serene trails, and dynamic landscapes. Like the camp counselors who witness to Jesus throughout the year, the very ground of the camp seems to proclaim God’s […]

A Million Questions

A Million Questions

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY My daughter, Quinn, is at that age where she has a million questions. At the top of her list of things to understand at the moment is heaven. Many bedtimes these days are accompanied by 20 minutes of questions and conversation around what happens to […]

Easter Storms

Easter Storms

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I’m beginning to think that Mother Nature gets moody on Sunday mornings. Recently, the weather in Buffalo has been notably bad, particularly on the weekends. On Easter morning I had to scrape ice off my windshield and flurries fell during worship. Last week we […]

Bystanders

Bystanders

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY As I read the story of Jesus’ Last Supper, betrayal, trial, persecution, suffering, and death last week, I couldn’t help but notice a few characters that escaped me before. You may be familiar with the main characters – Jesus and Judas, Peter and Pilate, […]

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