17 Jan 2017

2016 Christmas Eve Sermon

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Ordinary People Meet Extraordinary Events Luke 2: 1-20 By Rev. Alex McLean Christmas Eve 2016 When I think about this scripture, I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s quote: “God must love the common man, he made so many of them.” The main characters of tonight’s story are ordinary people. We have a young couple, Mary […]

8 Nov 2016

Questions and Answers

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Luke 20: 27-40 “Questions and Answers” by Dr. Rev. Alex McLean November 6, 2016 All Saints Sunday The scripture today is a lot about questions and answers. We all know how important it is to get the answer to our questions. Two days before the election, we still have questions about the candidates that are […]

18 Oct 2016

How Do We Get Well?

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How Do We Get Well? Luke 17:11-19 By Rev. Alex McLean Sunday, October 9, 2016 (52nd birthday) I want to look at a few key words in the passage today, and I hope they will add up to answer, or at least start to answer, the question: How do we get well? That is my […]

5 Oct 2016

Sermon: October 2nd, 2016

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Faith and Responsibility Luke 17: 5-10 By. Rev. Alex McLean October 2nd, 2016 ● So we find ourselves today in Luke 17, just a chapter beyond what we studied last week: Lazarus and the rich man. ● Today’s scripture comes between chapter 9 and 19 of the Gospel Luke. ● This is all part of […]

26 Sep 2016

“Lazarus in Today’s World”

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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  […]

5 Sep 2016

How Much Does This Cost?

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How Much Does This Cost?

(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 […]

28 Aug 2016

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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 […]

24 Aug 2016

Sermon: Reaching for the Stars

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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 […]

15 Aug 2016

Sermon: Mental Illness and Faith

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Sermon: Mental Illness and Faith

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, […]

15 Aug 2016

Sermon: Interfaith Dialogue

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Sermon: Interfaith Dialogue

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. […]