Creede Hinshaw


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CREEDE HINSHAW: Congregations are facing challenging topics

OPINION: News events prompt soul-searching questions

Do the leaders in your congregation ever make reference to the news around us? If so, they’ve had some challenging topics to address lately.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Pope Francis offends all sides

OPINION: Pope shows he is not beholden to liberal or conservative agenda

Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States generated an immense amount of publicity, much of it adoring and admiring. But the Pope also garnered a fair share of condemnation from all sides.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Imagining a visit from the pope

OPINION: A surprise visit from the pope could lead to some other surprises as well

How would citizens of Southwest Georgia react if Pope Francis were to make a surprise sidetrip to Albany, Georgia, before returning to the Vatican?

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Translation puts psalms in new perspective

OPINION: Translation by Robert Alter reintroduces structure of psalms

I am reading Robert Alter’s translation of the psalms – one psalm per day – for the next 150 days. “The Book of Psalms: A Translation and Commentary” is not for everybody, even though the book comes very highly acclaimed.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Preparing for icy waters ahead

OPINION: Reacting to the unexpected events of life

When one suspects that disaster may be lurking, the vigilant person does everything possible to prepare.

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CREEDE HINSHAW; Joy can break out into Happy Socks

OPINION: Not everyone comes to church happy

I’ve always enjoyed a nice pair of socks. For years I would reserve various pairs of argyle socks only for Friday, my “off day” in ministry. It felt good to look wear snappier socks on that day. So now on the day when I am delighted to be in worship, I wear my Happy Socks.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Immigration issue comes home

OPINION: When I reduce immigration to my own neighborhood I realize how visceral is this issue

One of Jesus’ most thought-provoking parables minces no words: the sheep and goats will be separated on the Day of Judgment according to a single criteria: care for the least of God’s people.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Generosity's a 'peachy keen' practice

OPINION: Give something away every day are wise words

What can be given away need not be material. Freely giving away affirmation, love or forgiveness, when not given as a substitute for tangible gifts, can be far more long-lasting than giving money, goods or services.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: When does worship start?

OPINION: Worship encompasses more than sitting in a pew during a service

When did worship start and finish that Sunday? Were my conversations immediately preceding and following the service considered worship? The same encounters could have taken place on the street corner, at a civic club or in the neighborhood.

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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.