United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: Matthew

Matt Laney

A camel squeezing through the eye of a needle is pure absurdity, something more befitting of Monty Python than Holy Scripture. How do we explain this?


Christina Villa

One Sunday at a church I was visiting in New England, the time had come in the worship service for "Joys and Concerns."


Matt Laney

"They think you walk on water!"


Matt Laney

The last time you received communion the pastor might have said something like, "The body and blood of Christ given for you" or something less graphic, more poetic, and just as appropriate such as: "The bread of life and the cup of hope."


Molly Baskette

Jesus, no fewer than six times in the gospels, utters his now-famous dictum, "He who has ears, let him hear."


Marchaé Grair

When a person oppressed by the evil of racism proclaims "Black Lives Matter," you have two choices—you can validate their pain or you can condemn them for speaking it.


Matt Laney

In a 1976 interview with Playboy magazine, a former U.S. president admitted that he had "looked on a lot of women with lust" and had "committed adultery in my heart."


Donna Schaper

Joseph didn't have to give Jesus his tomb, but he did.


Kenneth L. Samuel

Today we mark the triumphal entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem . . . riding on a donkey.


Molly Baskette

I remember the first time I realized, about 32 winters in, that the trees where I lived in New England lacked foliage fully six months out of every year.