Creede Hinshaw

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HINSHAW: Expectations should be high for clergy

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He is accused of a triple murder. He may have attended the funeral of his victims and offered condolences to the family. He owns a pawn shop. Sold a pawn shop to his victims. Buys and sells gold on the side. Lives in Kentucky. He is a Baptist pastor.

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HINSHAW: Study on Jews parallels trends in American Protestant church

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Christianity, barely breathing in Western Europe and struggling to remain vital in parts of this nation, is growing explosively in Africa.

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HINSHAW: Money can cause us to do things out of character

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The power of money – coinage, gold, silver, etc., is almost universally seductive, at least in modern society.

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HINSHAW: Preacher man lives in the real world

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I took my weed trimmer to a shop to determine whether it was worth fixing. It was the kind of shop that is vanishing in our nation: a place where the customer can walk into the back and talk to the repairmen.

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HINSHAW: What would your billboard say?

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I took a little trip down I-75 to Florida last week, giving me the opportunity to reflect on the tackiness, ugliness and downright tawdriness of the billboards lining both sides of the highway. If there were ever a candidate for highway beautification, it would be this despoiled corridor, especially the stretches around Valdosta, Perry and much of Florida.

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HINSHAW: Christians making difference in public schools

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This week I want to reflect on a success story between the evangelical church and the public school system in Portland, Oregon. Samuel G. Freedman of the New York Times told the story in an Aug. 10 article headlined “Help From Evangelicals (Without Evangelizing) Meets the Needs of an Oregon Public School.”

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Tax dollars going to support private schools

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Let’s think about school funding today, a subject that seldom makes its way into a column about religion and ethics. There is simply not enough money to go around in Georgia’s public schools. A few years ago we cut our Pre-K program (one of the best investments we can make in our children) by $54 million, reduced the K-12 budget by $110 million and slashed the higher education budget by $174 million. That’s lamentable, you say, but what is a state to do?

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Muslim scholar catches flak for book on Jesus

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If you’re looking for a little mud-wrestling on a lazy August, cast no further than the dust-up involving a new book about Jesus written by a scholar whose credentials are impeccable.

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Pope urges return to a humble mission

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Pope Francis has made the news with regularity, having recently completed his first visit to South America since being named the new pontiff.

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Some days, it’s also blessed to reseive

Almost every religion grapples with the meaning of giving and receiving, generosity and greed. How do these things add up for the believer?

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Some days, it’s also blessed to receive

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Almost every religion grapples with the meaning of giving and receiving, generosity and greed. How do these things add up for the believer?

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Life includes sorting out the good and bad stuff

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Reports from eastern Oregon indicate that a farmer there found a strain of genetically modified wheat growing in his field this season, a puzzling discovery since Monsanto, which had tested that strain of wheat for 12 years, never put it on the market. Nobody can figure out how the wheat got there.

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Clock-watching detracts from church service

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When does a service of worship last too long? What a subjective question!

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All nations have a need for healing

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A few years ago on a trip to the United Kingdom I noticed that few Union Jack flags flew from houses or businesses. A British friend explained that most Brits do not have that same sense of national pride we display here.

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There are all types of church folks ...

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A pastor friend and I drifted into conversation about argumentative church members, just as I suspect that church members commiserate with each other about argumentative pastors. Every argument and/or pointed conversation can be beneficial, but some arguments are more helpful to the church than others. Here are some argumentative types I’ve encountered over the years.