In the conflict and contradiction

In the Hebrew creation narrative I see a story of conflict in the cosmos (see Genesis 1:1-4). The earth was formless and empty. I also see what is almost a contradiction. On one hand creation exists, yet on the other there is no creation, only formlessness and darkness. There were no mountains, flowing valleys, seas or flowing rivers; no life. Within this chaos of disorder, the Spirit of God began God’s life-giving, beautiful work. It is in the disorder and chaos that the Holy Spirit is willing and wanting to give life.

C’mon y’all! The Spirit is God’s powerful presence able to work in the conflicts and contradictions of life!

The Spirit works in disorder and order, so that God may create a better order. The Spirit works in darkness and light, so that God may create a greater light. The Spirit works in barrenness and beauty, so that God may create a fuller beauty. The Spirit works in death and life, so that God may create a more abundant life. The Spirit is God’s power always present and at work in and through God’s people.

This is a part of the Christian confession (and helps make sense of some of the practices of our faith).

Take courage.

Hold on to hope.

Some days that’s hard enough. Some days that can be enough.

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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