Creede Hinshaw

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Discarded, halfhearted and disenchanted

OPINION: Hot topics come to mind one at a time

Looking at meaning in a sign, faithfulness in attendance and leaders wearing thin with their flock.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: 'Watchman' creates furor among Atticus Finch fans

OPINION: The church attitudes of the 1950s are reflected in the aging Finch in the Harper Lee sequel

Harper Lee’s father, Amasa Coleman Lee, an attorney who most agree was the role model for Atticus Finch, was a lay Methodist preacher, a leader at First Methodist Church Monroeville, a teetotaler and a member of the Alabama Alcohol Control Board. He confronted a minister about preaching on social issues before advocating for racial harmony in his later life.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Shining a light on the numbers

OPINION: Not much enlightenment on the lighting aisle

Used to be one’s biggest decision was whether to purchase a 40-, 60- or 100-watt bulb. Now, purchasing a light bulb is loaded with so much terminology that one yearns for the days when the incandescent bulbs with the little wires that went “pop” were the only choice.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Finding religious identity

OPINION: Religious identity is more important than we acknowledge

Polls show that those who identify themselves as Christian (of any denomination) is waning, implying a weakening of religious identity.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Does religious liberty always trump the law?

FAITH COLUMN: North Carolina law would allow religious conscience to decide action by county officials

North Carolina lawmakers, not waiting to hear how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the legality of gay marriage, has passed a law that allows any county registrar to refuse, by reason of religious conscience, to issue a marriage license to a same sex couple.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Grief in wake of Charleston killings

FAITH COLUMNIST: Nine are killed in what should be a place of peace

One can’t help but ask – even though it is unfair to lump people together – what is wrong with a subset of angry, murderous, white men in our nation? Sandy Hook. Aurora. Now Charleston. Even sacred places are targets for cowardly assassins who murder elementary school children and moviegoers.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Patience, trust needed during time of change

FAITH COLUMNIST: The arrival of a new church pastor can bring with it some anxiety

This Sunday I will experience an event that most laypersons have gone through many times. A new senior pastor will stand in the pulpit where I worship.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Cemeteries are filled with the forgotten

FAITH COLUMNIST: People forget, but God doesn't

Stones may mark our spot, if we choose burial, for centuries to come, but those beneath those stones will sooner, rather than later, be a vague memory.

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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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