United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Matthew Laney

Matt Laney

God shows astounding mercy and compassion for Cain after his horrible crime.  Just as God provided protective clothing for Adam and Eve after their big mistake, so God protects Cain after his. 


Matt Laney

I've never been a fan of the dictum: "Love the sinner, hate the sin." It always struck me as a way to feign love for someone right before kicking them in the teeth.


Matt Laney

You are her. Her name is your name. You also have a "blood issue."


Matt Laney

Circumcision might not be the sort of thing you want to contemplate as you start your day.


Matt Laney

With all the manna popping up among the desert-wandering Israelites, it was only a matter of time before the hoarding set in. 


Matt Laney

When it comes to revealing God, words - even the Bible's words - sometimes fail us. Churches do too.


Matt Laney

An absent pastor is sometimes the best thing that can happen to a church (and the pastor).


Matt Laney

Imagine what Peter, a professional fisherman, thought when carpenter Jesus decided to dispense some free, unsolicited advice on fishing.


Matt Laney

Warning: I'm about to say something unchristian.


Matt Laney

Jesus' disciples did almost nothing for him, other than inspire headaches and heartbreak. And yet he loved them.