Fear and Loathing in America

I was reflecting on the theme of fear and these literary, film, and musical examples popped into my mind almost simultaneously. 1. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific,” includes this song, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”: You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear, You’ve got to be taught From year to year,…

Who Do You Say that I Am?

In Mark 8, Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do men say that I am?”  And they said that folks had a lot of different ideas. Some said he was John the Baptist, others said he was Elijah, or one of the prophets. But Jesus wanted more than a survey of public opinion. And so he…