Do Good

Anthony (d. 356), one of the original Egyptian monastics leaders, said:

“Our life and our death are with our neighbor. If we do good to our neighbor, we do good to God. If we cause our neighbor to stumble, we sin against Christ.” (Sayings of the Desert Fathers)

Empathy. Compassion. Hospitality. Solidarity with the struggle and well-being of my neighbor. Doing good.

Martin Luther, a Reformer in the 15th century, said:

“God does not need our good works, but our neighbor does.” (Wingren, Luther on Vocation, 10)

This is what the story of Christianity teaches us. This is how genuine Christian faith processes things.

This is what genuine Christian faith is concerned about, not the Christian’s self, but the Christian’s neighbor.

May our faith be genuine.

May we do good.

Photo credit: Mike Friesen who reposted from Kevin Peterson’s post dated May 15, 2019

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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