Tag: fear

Fear and the Powers

Machiavelli caused no little consternation in sixteenth century Italy when he wrote pragmatic advice for ruling in The Prince, particularly the dictum “it is better to be feared than loved.” It seemed so harsh, wrong,Continue reading

Man, Minute and Majestic

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers / The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained What is man, that thou art mindful of him? / And the son of man,Continue reading

I Am Not Fine; Neither Are You.

How are you doing today? You’re fine? How am I doing? Oh, I’m fine, too. How many times have you had such a conversation in your life? How many times have you really, fully, honestlyContinue reading

Children

Children are blessings from God (Psalm 127:3). According to the Scriptures, children are the expected result of marriage, not its purpose, as many throughout time have alleged. In marriage two cling to one another andContinue reading

Works of the Flesh: Jealousy

The Apostle Paul had affirmed for the Galatian Christians the power of the Gospel of Jesus to save without recourse to observing the Law of Moses. Yet Paul’s concerns were never only about what theyContinue reading

Fear in Culture and Faith

As individuals, most people are sensible and rational. In groups, however, humans can easily become very irrational, affirming and doing things they would otherwise have abhorred. Fear represents a major catalyst for this kind ofContinue reading

Vulnerability

So much about vulnerability can be understood by the very word we have used to describe it. Vulnerability is becoming a more prominent theme in American culture today. Dr. Brene Brown, a noted researcher inContinue reading

The Christian and Fear

Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously declared, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” The line made for a stirring call to action, but the human experience suggests its substance is suspect. If areContinue reading

Fear vs. Love

But even if ye should suffer for righteousness’ sake, blessed are ye: and fear not their fear, neither be troubled (1 Peter 3:14). When he suggested that it is ultimately better to be feared thanContinue reading