Holy Week, Wednesday

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The Cross of Christ is the marking of the turning of the old age–a world lost, broken and hopeless in rebellion, sin and death–into the new age–a world found, being redeemed and offered hope, freedom and life.

So Church, imagine a world where God’s grace and reign is embraced.

Where love leads the way guiding all relationships within humanity, neighbor to neighbor.

Where peace, shalom, becomes priority.

Where truth is not only embraced but grounds our lives and consequently, society.

Where God’s definition of justice–making right in this world what has been made wrong by sin, hatred and power mongering simply because we believe that all of life is sacred to God–becomes a catalyst in our society where orphans are housed, the elderly are valued, the widow is supported, the hungry are fed, the naked are clothed, the unborn are protected, and the stranger/foreigner is received in gracious hospitality.

Imagine that world, a world much like the one Jesus demonstrated could be as He lived to show us what it looks like when a human lives in allegiance to the reign of God.

Imagine that world.

Now, go live like it exists because in the resurrection of Jesus on Easter morn, this is the world God ushered in and He has given us His Spirit so we might join Him in His work of redemption and restoration.

About Fred

Fred came to serve greater Williamsburg and WCC as lead pastor in October of 2010 and is grateful to be a part of the family. He is a husband, father, certified trauma professional, S.T.A.R. (strategies for trauma awareness & resilience) practitioner, community organizer, TEDx alum, founder of 3e Restoration, Inc. and co-owner of Philoxenia Culture LLC. He received his B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and his Master’s of Religious Education in Missional Leadership from Rochester University. Currently he is a candidate for a Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology in at Northern Seminary in Chicago. Fred has also served as an adjunct professor for Rochester University and Regent University where taught courses in philosophy, ethics, leadership, pastoral care, intro to Christianity, and ethnography. He has also served as a guest lecturer on the subjects of racialized cultural systems, poverty, and missiology at various universities, such as William & Mary and Oklahoma Christian University. Fred has authored on book (Racialized Cultural Systems, Social Displacement and Christian Hospitality) and several curriculum offerings, including The FloorPlan: Living Toward Restoration & Resilience. Fred enjoys hanging out with his family anytime, anywhere. He is deeply grateful for how God graciously works through the Church in all her various forms, despite our brokenness. He is passionate about seeing the last, least, and lonely of every neighborhood, city and nation experience God’s in-breaking kingdom, and come to know Jesus as King. Oh, and his favorite season is Advent and Christmas. Fred is a founding member of the board of directors for Virginia Racial Healing Institute, a member of the leadership team for Williamsburg's local chapter of Coming to the Table, and a member of Greater Williamsburg Trauma-Informed Community Network's Racial Trauma Committee and Training Committee.
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