United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Matthew Laney

Matt Laney

Mary was an odd pick for the job of "mother of God."  


Matt Laney

So often we stumble and bumble, going through the motions, mechanically punching in and punching out, dragging ourselves through a caffeine withdrawal-like state.


Matthew Laney

Wouldn't it be nice if, when people heard the word "Christian," they thought "Oh you mean those people who are all about peace, non-violence, conflict resolution and love?"  


Matt Laney

God helps those who cannot help themselves.


Matt Laney

There's a lot of emphasis on excellence and greatness these days, even in the church. The temptations of Jesus caution against all that.


Matt Laney

Although Adam enjoyed a stress-free existence in a tropical paradise, he was alone. For the first time, God looked at creation and said, "That's not good."


Matt Laney

To understand John the Baptist we have to appreciate his old-fashioned idea that everyone has been compromised by that slithering serpent in the garden and is deserving of God's wrath.


Matthew Laney

I can imagine several reactions to this Advent reading.


Matthew Laney

Sometimes I think Jesus, being God's son and everything, just doesn't understand the problems of everyday people.


Matt Laney

When we gather around the Lord's Table, the rations are admittedly thin. And yet, the forgiveness of God in the breadcrumb and thimble-full of juice is an inexhaustible, renewable resource.