Michael Cooper-White


Some preachers and devotional writers have claimed that variations of “Be not afraid” appear in the Bible 365 times, a daily encouragement to live in a spirit of trust and confidence. A more accurate count is somewhere right around 100 times. That’s still plenty.

We need frequent reminders to “fear not” these days. Pollsters, sociologists, and psychologists are telling us the levels of fear and anxiety have risen greatly during the past few years. It’s a time when alarmists can have a field day, as we’ve seen some of the conspiracy theories spread faster than the Coronavirus.

An Adams County resident who also lives part-time in New York City, Cooper-White is President Emeritus of United Lutheran Seminary and Director of Lutheran Formation at Union Theological Seminary. The opinions expressed in these columns are his own.

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