Creede Hinshaw

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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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CREEDE HINSHAW: Oliver Goldsmith's poem may provide some answers

FAITH: "The Deserted Village" should be required reading for all

One only has to read a few lines of Goldsmith to envision the empty storefronts of most small south Georgia towns: the boarded and shuttered dress shops, drug stores and movie theaters; the rotting farm houses; semi-collapsed barns, and rusting implements. This demonic process is still working its curse and few can resist the onslaught.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Moving Day brings unique challenges for Methodist ministers

FAITH: One pastor moves in, another moves out on the same day

‘Moving day’ for South Georgia United Methodists is next Wednesday.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Diplomatic role played by your pastor

FAITH: Role pastors play not unlike that of Pope Francis

The next time you read a story about Pope Francis dealing with conflict and reconciliation, substitute the name of your pastor.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Aligned with God ... or vice versa

FAITH: The idea that we make God in our does not fairly describe biblical faith

Faith is not about aligning God with one’s pre-conceived notions of life and religion. Faith is about aligning self with God.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Tradition of ceremonial prayer on legal solid ground

FAITH: No place for denigrating other faiths in prayer

These are ceremonial prayers and were already fairly innocuous even when they were not prayed in Jesus’ name.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Numerous factors impact church attendance

FAITH: Congregations use various methods to try to pack the pews

When it comes to "pew retention" at church, the duty should be shared by every member.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Children get more out of church than you might think

FAITH: There is more than meets the eye when it comes to the faith development of children

Certainly it is important for a congregation to help youth find and articulate faith, but such treasure often grows by slow accretion, consisting of things as ordinary as seeing adults sing hymns of faith together or bow their heads to pray.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Misguided missionaries mar Masters

FAITH: Why be abrasive when witnessing to the love of God?

Because I was meeting a friend at the gate, I was subjected to this self-righteous verbal assault for 10 minutes, a man with a portable headset loudspeaker ensuring that nobody missed a single syllable. I was never so glad to see my friend finally appear.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Kuyper provides great example of building bridges

FAITH: Buidling bridges doesn’t mean blurring our differences

Our nation is polarized these days in terms of race, class and religion. I read recently that counties with a Whole Foods grocery store vote overwhelmingly Democrat while counties with a Cracker Barrel vote overwhelmingly Republican.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Archbishop gets unwanted publicity for $2.2 million home

FAITH: Ministers can offer a different perspective on church-owned housing

What kind of home is appropriate for a pastor? The answer depends on the socio-economic level of that congregation, the neighborhood where the church is located, the symbolic message the church wants to convey the community and its members and even the kind of pastor who may be attracted to congregation with a home in a certain school zone or ZIP code.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Reason and logic play second fiddle in the South

FAITH: Southern phyche says conversion is heart rather than head

What role does rationality play in the embrace of religion?

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