United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Matthew Laney

Matthew Laney

The Hebrew word adam (ha'adam) is not a gendered name. Adam means "human" or more precisely, "earthling."


Matt Laney

Every so often someone will confide this to me: "I'm not sure I believe in God anymore..."


Matt Laney

Remember that time your pastor said something controversial in the name of the gospel and people got all huffy and threatened to leave the church or stop giving?


Matthew Laney

At some point in the recent past, the word "snowflake" received new meaning.


Matt Laney

I grew up in a small town on the coast of Maine.


Matt Laney

My wife and I took a hot air balloon ride to celebrate our first year of marriage.


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?


Matt Laney

"They think you walk on water!"


Matt Laney

Before the service started, he wanted to mail a letter.


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."