Creede Hinshaw

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Whispers of life as it used to be

FAITH COLUMNIST: Country cemeteries testaments to less mobile society

A country cemetery whispers of continuity and eternity in ways that modern burial places cannot replicate.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Hero of one age, villain of another

FAITH COLUMNIST: The debate over the meaning of history will never end

One age’s heroes are another era’s goats; villains become sainted and vice versa, frustrating some and inspiring others.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Dublin teacher crosses the line

FAITH COLUMNIST: Nancy Perry is on the sidelines,w ith only herself to blame

What school system did public middle school teacher Nancy Perry think she was teaching in? What made her tell her impressionable 8th-graders that anybody who voted for President Obama couldn’t be a Christian?

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Assessing mental health of clergy

FAITH COLUMNIST: Clergy, by the nature of their calling, often feel isolated

Clergy mental health is not as strong and vibrant as it should be, a statement that may seem surprising.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Spirituality hollow without religion

FAITH COLUMNIST: Organizational life is rarely easy or simple

Solitary spirituality quickly becomes self-serving and, eventually, vestigial. The church, even with its deficiencies and failings, inculcates faith and spirituality, serves others, stands in the breach, takes difficult, painful, courageous positions and dies to self for the sake of others.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Boiling it down to a paragraph

FAITH COLUMNIST: Generosity, lawmaking, ordination and Holy Week

The most meaningful season of the Christian Church year is upon us.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: War blurs lines between what targets are off limits

FAITH: War, once unleashed, knows few boundaries

The radical Muslim ISIS state is wantonly pillaging, plundering, selling and demolishing irreplaceable religious sites in the Middle East.

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CREED HINSHAW: Life balances out as you seek joy in daily life

FAITH: World does not always feel just

It was one of those parking lot moments. As I approached the front entrance to Panera, already savoring that hot cup of coffee and wild blueberry scone, I spied a group of four young adult women heading to the same doors.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Retirees welcome the call to group life

FAITH: Small group life key to Christian church

These opening weeks of 2015 might provide the impetus for some of you to join or form a small group for the purpose of increasing holy habits, deepening one’s faith and finding trustworthy friends.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: An app to track worship attendance?

FAITH: Although the spirit is willing, sometimes the flesh weakens

This congregational attendance app could revolutionize attendance at the principal weekly worship service so that at the final exam nobody will shriek in horror having skipped all the worship services.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Georgia Constitution already ensures religious freedom

FAITH: Rep. Sam Teasley missing the mark with proposed 'religious freedom' legislation

Let state workers be good Baptists, Methodists, Hindus, Rastafarians, Wiccans, Vegans, Scientologists or any of the other 10,000 recognized religions except while clocked in on the state dollar.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Don't take the bait from violent extremists

FAITH: Extremists use God's name to justify savagery

The writer of a letter to the editor of a Georgia newspaper, outraged over events in Paris, sounded a too-common fundamentalist theme by calling the prophet Muhammad Satan and all one billion Muslims as Satan worshipers, thereby defining the struggle as total good (Christians) versus total evil (Muslims).

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Disciplined reading includes many genres

FAITH: No single reading plan fits everybody

Last October I suggested we could become more mature disciples by becoming disciplined readers; the onset of a new year provides a good time to do so.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Christmas greetings of encouragement

FAITH: The time for encouragement never expires

Christmas is a 12-day season, so people still have time to send greetings to others. Here are some individuals and groups I would send words of encouragement to over Christmas.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: How do you rank your giving and receiving this season?

FAITH: Miamonides had eight levels of charitable giving

Miamonides’ scale had nothing to do with Hanukkah or Christmas gifts; his hierarchy describes giving to persons in need. The lowest level is a gift given grudgingly while the highest level enables a person to stand without need for further gifts.

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