Author Archives: Fred

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, the husband to Alison Glenn, daddy to my little man Ian and one day soon our adoptive child as we await his or her arrival. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor of Williamsburg Christian Church, ethnographer, activist and justice seeker, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, Mid-Atlantic Coordinator for Mission Alive, and prematurely balding. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester College.

The Church as a Subversive Kingdom Presence in the World (Insights from Chapter 7 of “Subterranean” by Dan White Jr.)

I am what some call an activist who serves as a pastor of a diverse faith community filled with people living from both the “center” and margins of our city. As a so-called activist I have many friends who advocate for justice … Continue reading

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Jesus is my King, Not my Concierge

The apostle Paul once said that God is like Jesus–the fullness of God is seen and known in the person of Jesus. Christians believe that Jesus’ life models “the faith” we proclaim because he is Lord. So if I want to know what … Continue reading

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Heretics, Critics, Politics, and Being Ticked

Today I’ve been thinking about Archbishop Oscar Romero. For one, we share first names. For two, his commitment to reconciliation, justice and love for all is astounding. Listen to the love found in his plea: “And so, brothers and sisters, … Continue reading

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The Courts of Public Opinion and the School of Denial

Seven predominately African American church buildings burn down in two weeks. Three are known arson cases while the others are still under investigation. I could be wrong, but I am not sure it is possible to argue this as coincidental. Not … Continue reading

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Our Partnering Churches: Welcome Grace Covenant Presbyterian!

Originally posted on Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church:
​3E Restoration is offering a new round of training labs, equipping those interested in helping our neighbors in need.   3E’s strategy has a proven track record moving folks from homelessness to self…

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A Theology of Weekly Communal Worship: A Rehearsal for Life Lived in God’s Presence

Last week someone asked me to describe our Sunday worship gatherings at Williamsburg Christian Church (we have two identical gatherings each Sunday). My answer was something like this: we are learning to believe that our larger Sunday worship gatherings are, in a sense, … Continue reading

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Embracing Peter

Peter has held out his hand to God’s people a few times before just to have them push it away. At least that is what it felt like when the last two churches asked Peter and his friends to leave … Continue reading

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