Creede Hinshaw


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CREEDE HINSHAW: Do Sunday drivers still exist?

FAITH: What might Sabbath observance look like in your life?

I have discovered in my older age and in my retirement that for the first time in my adult life all days are potentially just about the same, which makes it even more imperative that I become intentional in observing the Sabbath, a practice I find deeply satisfying even in my imperfect practice of it.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Missing ingredient causes Sabbath debate

FAITH: Sabbath keeper or Sabbath breaker

What a bizarre experience. I have never been in a grocery store at 11 a.m. on Sunday –the only commerce I ever transact on Sunday is dining out.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Houston, we have a problem

FAITH: Reason finally wins in dispute between Houston mayor, ministers

No government body has the right to suppress what is preached or taught in the church, a foundational principle that of course must be applied to synagogue and mosque as well.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Population of Muslims in United States at 1 percent

FAITH: Much fear about Muslims deeply unfounded

What most Americans think of Muslims is terribly skewed towards the incessant television and Internet coverage of the warring Middle Eastern Shias and Sunnis.

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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.