13 Hours

13 Hours

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY As I left the Hodge Avenue parking ramp adjacent to Children’s Hospital, I was struck by the joy in front of me. I pulled onto Elmwood Avenue. on a beautiful May day and was simply taken aback at the busy and jubilant world around […]

Running the Way

Running the Way

Contributing Writer Pastor Scott Hannon St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY I’ve run away a lot. When I was real young my parents told me “no” all the time. So one day, I ran away and moved into the bushes next to the garage. In high school my brother and I got in a fight […]

Escape

Escape

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Escape rooms are all of the rage right now, and people across the country are joining in. In case you haven’t heard about this latest big thing, here’s how it works: you lock yourself in a room with a handful of friends and race against […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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