"Will someone I know get sick, and maybe die? I don't know. I don't know if the administration will make sense or create confusion. I don't know if anthrax will be replaced by something else. I don't know if more buildings will be attacked. I don't know if the terrorists have some other plans, something worse—I don't know. … And what's worse, I've come to believe that this is the way life is going to be. Not knowing is the new normal."
CNN anchor Aaron Brown opened an October newscast with that summary of his feelings about the anthrax threat and the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. He spoke for us all.
To that frustration, the pastor has the added duty to assuage fears and to preach with certainty about what we know for sure. That's not easy these days, when there's so much we don't know for sure.
How do we preach in times like these? Here, three pastors help us sort through the issues.
Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.
Will Willimon, ...1