The Spirit of Fear (Psalm 56)

Fear is a powerful motivator. When we are afraid, we are uncomfortable and will do almost anything to move to a more comfortable position. Fear can paralyse, but if fear can be tapped into, and then a means of escape provided, it can be…

Counsel for the Fearful (Psalm 37)

The past year has given us a great deal of opportunity to reflect on anxiety, and particularly on a biblical approach to anxiety. We have heard sermons about it, read articles about it, and prayed about it. Perhaps you’ve had your fill of thinking…

Healthy Fear (Psalm 34)

There was a time when David ran for his life from murderous Saul. At that time, he fled to Philistia to find refuge with the king of Gath (1 Samuel 21:10–15). When he arrived in Gath, the Philistine king’s servants were suspicious. They believed…

Facing Fear (Psalm 27)

What do you picture when you hear or read the phrase “no fear”? Can you envision the logo of the American fashion apparel company so named? No Fear began in 1989 as “an extreme sports brand with added attitudes.” The brand encourages its wearers…

Whom do you fear?

Phil Zuckerman is professor of secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. An avowed atheist, he is known for openly criticising Christianity on his blog. He recently spoke at an event at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he was asked to comment…

Are you afraid?

In preparation for a particular study I was doing recently, I found myself reading John Calvin on 2 Peter 2. In that chapter, the apostle writes of the character of false teachers, and pulls few punches in doing so. In v. 10, he writes…