Luke 16:19-31 By Rev. Alex McLean September 25, 2016 ● So let’s set the scene: ● Here we have Lazarus and the rich man. ● One thing worth noting is the proximity of the two. ● Lazarus lives right outside the rich man’s home. ● In our world, this is rarely true. ● Here in Akron, like many of you, I pass poor people each day, and once a month, I help some of these people at Gennesaret. ● But I don’t live next to them. ● In our scripture for today, things are different. ● The poor man, Lazarus, lives outside the door of the rich man. ● In NT Greek, there are two words for poor. ● One word refers to the working poor. ● The other word refers to those who are so poor their only option for a livelihood is begging. ● Today, we hear of the working poor who may have a fulltime job at minimum wage, but still can’t afford housing, and so they live in their car. ● And, as we can see on our street corners, we also have the even poorer, whose only option is to beg. ● You can see that Lazarus belongs to this second group. ● He “longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table.” ● The other thing that really speaks to Lazarus’s […]
As the 2016 Presidential Campaign winds down, political conversations can be heard around the dinner table, at the doctor’s ofﬁce, and in the boardroom. Now is a time and season to engage in the discussion. The Akron Area Interfaith Council (AAIC) invites you to participate in our Annual Fall Forum “Your Faith – Your Freedom […]
(Austrian Parliament with statue of Greek goddess, Athena, in foreground) How Much Does this Cost? Luke 14:25-33 By Rev. Alex McLean September 4, 2016 Labor Day Weekend In our passage today, there are a lot of words about costs, calculations, and deliberations. In v.28: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does […]
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Luke 14: 1, 7-14 By Rev. Alex McLean August 28, 2016 Last week, I had a slide of a Betty Davis movie, and now this week I have a slide with Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, and Katherine Houghton. You may have surmised that my source is the classic […]
Reaching for the Stars Luke 13:10-17 By Rev. Alex McLean August 14, 2016 As I read this passage, I was reminded of a Betty Davis movie. It was called Now Voyager and it came out in 1942. It is a long, complicated plot, but it is, I think, about friendship. Anyhow, the last line […]
Faith and Mental Health Luke 5:1-18 By Rev. Alex McLean July 24, 2016 (Bringing Mental Health to Main Street, Akron, Ohio. #Change Direction.) Something big is happening in Akron this weekend and we are a part of it. Its sponsors include the Cleveland Clinic, the county executive, the municipal court, and the ADM board, […]
Interfaith Sunday Genesis 9:12-16 Mark 12:28-31 By Rev. Alex McLean July 31st, 2016 Two Thursdays ago, Rose and I attended the Akron Roundtable that featured Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy. He served in the US House of Representatives for 16 years. He is the son of Edward “Ted” Kennedy, and nephew to JFK an RFK. […]
From August 7th until September 11th, we will be worshipping at Rockynol Porter Chapel, 1150 W. Market Street, just a few minutes from our church home.