Creede Hinshaw

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CREEDE HINSHAW: For some, it is time to lead, follow or move on

FAITH: People disgruntled with their situations consider walking out

I honor that there comes a time when a person must either maintain loyalty and allegiance to the present system (church, nation, business, relationship) by working to improve it or take a new direction individually or with a group.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Healthy for pastor to be 'self-defined'

FAITH: Few pastors are self-defined and connected

For every pastor this move towards self-definition is a work in progress. Friedman writes that many pastors know how to stay connected with congregation members, fewer pastors know how to be self-defined and the fewest pastors of all are able to be both self-defined and connected.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: How pastor handles self most important

FAITH: Most important task for church leader

The life and health of a congregation, not to mention the life of the pastor/rabbi, is directly related to the pastor’s ability to relate to self.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Children need our love, protection

FAITH: How many children are hungry in Albany, Ga.?

Love children. Hug children. Laugh with children. Play with children. Protect children. Teach children. Defend children. Pray for and with children.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: I understand the problem facing Pope Francis

FAITH: Baptists are plentiful and fervent

Every time I knocked on the door of a new resident the Baptists had long since arrived and the newcomers were already talking about immersion.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Delete key can be your best friend

FAITH: Our words count more than we acknowledge

For almost 40 years I written and spoken billions of words. Have they been careful? Have they been truthful? Have they been grace filled? Have they reflected the love, mercy, justice and judgment of God? I shall be called to account for all of them.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Writers attempt to discuss indescribable conversion

FAITH: There's no single pattern of conversion

For those who want to explore the concept of conversion, to feel more confident about the process or to go deeper into this vital, necessary aspect of the Christian faith I recommend the 1984 book Conversions: The Christian Experience, edited by Hugh T. Kerr and John M. Mulder.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: How about a poll for churches?

FAITH: Could value be found in creating a Religious Intensity Poll?

Such a poll would cover certain months of each church year, say from the First Sunday in Advent to Pentecost Sunday, roughly a seven-month season (December–June). Churches could be placed in various “leagues” according to congregation size so that smaller churches would not compete against mega-churches.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Two examples of Christian witness inspiring

FAITH: Decisions that seem foolhardy to outsiders are the stuff of Christian witness

Christians are not the only courageous people, but my faith background leads me to recognize two examples of people who have risked themselves for others.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Where do you find meaning in weekly worship?

FAITH: Ranking the elements of worship in terms of meaning

This is a hopelessly subjective question. One week the anthem might top the list, the next week the sermon. One week the praise band or the pipe organ might be the most inspiring element and one week it could be the morning prayer or a hymn that the congregation sings with particular fervor.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: The lamps could go out again at any time

FAITH: Few things have changed in the political realm since the period leading up to World War I

The negotiating table, whether it be in Iran, Ukraine, Israel, North Korea or Afghanistan, is still populated with leaders pontificating nobly while scheming desperately.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Kindness, gentleness on endangered list

FAITH: Few political candidates endorse kindness strategy

Our daily behavior produces monumental, long term results. The choice is between whether by our behavior we want to build a better world or a more hostile place.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: When traveling, find a place to worship

FAITH: Occasional change can help us appreciate different aspects of the Trinity.

Overlook that you’ll be in a congregation of strangers. In Christ all are brothers and sisters. Just go. You’ll be glad you did.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Freedoms of America should be appreciated

FAITH: News this week shows importance of the Bill of Rights

As long as the Bill of Rights (first 10 amendments to the Constitution) has been ratified, we’ve argued over their meaning. This week, in our nation and in Georgia, we’ve seen new chapters written for what it means to be a person of faith (and a gun owner).

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Minister offers summer reading picks

FAITH: Books on men of the cloth are numerous

One book I have not read is South Georgia native and United Methodist pastor G. Lee Ramsey’s “Preachers and Misfits, Prophets and Thieves: The Minister in Southern Fiction.” It’s on my list and I wish I had written it.

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