Broken, Yet Blessed

Broken, Yet Blessed

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Our journey through this life is a trek down a blessed and broken road. Our days are filled with joy and sorrow, hope and despair, triumph and tragedy, life and death. No one is exempt from the darker aspects of life. And no one […]

Playing In The Dark

Playing In The Dark

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 […]

Watch Over

Watch Over

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY Ms. Katie is one of our favorite baby sitters. She loves my children like they’re her own. She is responsible, kind, caring and fun. And it would be an understatement to say that my kids love her. They adore her. At the moment Ms. […]

Self Vs. Self(ie) Worth

Self Vs. Self(ie) Worth

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY A few years ago there was an AT&T commercial about their network. Two friends are driving in a car talking about the power of the internet. One of them lifts up the network as a place where folks can to go share creativity and ideas, […]

Dandelion Puff

Dandelion Puff

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY When I was a child I walked to school. During warm days I always walked on the edge of the sidewalk just in case there was a dandelion puff nearby. I was a firm believer that blowing away the seeds granted me a wish. […]

It’s All Around Us

It’s All Around Us

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY What comes to mind when you hear the word blessing? I ask because I’ve noticed when we say blessing we mean all sorts of different things. For example, if I asked you to count your blessings you might start thinking about the good things in […]

Eat

Eat

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I forgot to eat yesterday. I had meetings from 7AM through 9PM that night. Around dinner time I caught 45 minutes of free time and meant to grab a bite, but, like I said, I forgot. And so, when I arrived at home at […]

BB Guns and Babies

BB Guns and Babies

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Merry Christmas! Over the next weeks, as the season of Christmas draws to an end on January 6th, we are going to see a lot of things go. Trees will find their way to curbs, Santa will find his way back to the North Pole, […]

Picture Christmas

Picture Christmas

It was about 20 degrees. It wasn’t snowing, but the wind was blowing enough that it seemed like it was. We didn’t have hats or mittens – they weren’t “allowed.” We wore light jackets and designer shoes. Our feet were freezing. Snot endlessly dripped from our kids’ noses. My ears were beat red. My wife’s […]

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I recently gave the crew at Ale House Church and our youth group a pop quiz. It was a True or False quiz testing how much they actually knew about the Biblical account of Christmas. I wonder how you’ll do. Take a moment to decide […]

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