The Basics

Love my neighbor and enemy. Owe no one anything but love. Treat others as I would be treated. Look out for the interests of others. Be compassionate, kind, and hospitable toward others, especially the vulnerable. Do what is good for others.

These are some of the basic tenants of the Christian faith. Each one must be discerned in context and applied. Either way, love has got to look like something.

I learned long ago that as I wrestle with theological and doctrinal matters I do not know that I shouldn’t neglect what I do. If it doesn’t look like the loving and
compassionate thing to do, then don’t do it. If it looks like the loving and compassionate thing to do, then do it. And if it costs me something tangible, creates a tension I must manage, or results in some form of sacrifice along the way, I am probably one step closer to actually following Jesus.

I don’t always get this right. It’s also why I don’t do any of this alone.

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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