Creede Hinshaw

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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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CREEDE HINSHAW: Visitation always fraught with peril

FAITH: A pastor will never be caught up with visitation

There is no unanimity on the priority on pastoral visitation.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Voices encouraging in the face of evil

FAITH: Sanusi lives to witness to the true roots of Islam

Violent, fundamentalists who warp the Koran will attempt to massacre all who will get in their way, lumping tolerant Muslims along with Christians, Jews as “unbelievers.” Verbal or written resistance to their ruthlessness opens one up to kidnapping, torture or brutal death.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Between disquiet and gratitude

FAITH: The older I get, the longer the list of what I am thankful for

Social scientists have devised various experiments to prove that giving thanks and counting blessings is good for the body and soul.

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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.