Creede Hinshaw

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Oliver Goldsmith's poem may provide some answers

FAITH: "The Deserted Village" should be required reading for all

One only has to read a few lines of Goldsmith to envision the empty storefronts of most small south Georgia towns: the boarded and shuttered dress shops, drug stores and movie theaters; the rotting farm houses; semi-collapsed barns, and rusting implements. This demonic process is still working its curse and few can resist the onslaught.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Moving Day brings unique challenges for Methodist ministers

FAITH: One pastor moves in, another moves out on the same day

‘Moving day’ for South Georgia United Methodists is next Wednesday.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Diplomatic role played by your pastor

FAITH: Role pastors play not unlike that of Pope Francis

The next time you read a story about Pope Francis dealing with conflict and reconciliation, substitute the name of your pastor.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Aligned with God ... or vice versa

FAITH: The idea that we make God in our does not fairly describe biblical faith

Faith is not about aligning God with one’s pre-conceived notions of life and religion. Faith is about aligning self with God.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Tradition of ceremonial prayer on legal solid ground

FAITH: No place for denigrating other faiths in prayer

These are ceremonial prayers and were already fairly innocuous even when they were not prayed in Jesus’ name.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Numerous factors impact church attendance

FAITH: Congregations use various methods to try to pack the pews

When it comes to "pew retention" at church, the duty should be shared by every member.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Children get more out of church than you might think

FAITH: There is more than meets the eye when it comes to the faith development of children

Certainly it is important for a congregation to help youth find and articulate faith, but such treasure often grows by slow accretion, consisting of things as ordinary as seeing adults sing hymns of faith together or bow their heads to pray.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Misguided missionaries mar Masters

FAITH: Why be abrasive when witnessing to the love of God?

Because I was meeting a friend at the gate, I was subjected to this self-righteous verbal assault for 10 minutes, a man with a portable headset loudspeaker ensuring that nobody missed a single syllable. I was never so glad to see my friend finally appear.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Kuyper provides great example of building bridges

FAITH: Buidling bridges doesn’t mean blurring our differences

Our nation is polarized these days in terms of race, class and religion. I read recently that counties with a Whole Foods grocery store vote overwhelmingly Democrat while counties with a Cracker Barrel vote overwhelmingly Republican.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Archbishop gets unwanted publicity for $2.2 million home

FAITH: Ministers can offer a different perspective on church-owned housing

What kind of home is appropriate for a pastor? The answer depends on the socio-economic level of that congregation, the neighborhood where the church is located, the symbolic message the church wants to convey the community and its members and even the kind of pastor who may be attracted to congregation with a home in a certain school zone or ZIP code.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Reason and logic play second fiddle in the South

FAITH: Southern phyche says conversion is heart rather than head

What role does rationality play in the embrace of religion?

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Crimea called the cradle of Russian Christianity

FAITH COLUMN: Putin aligns takeover of Crimea with religious sentiments

We Western Christians often oversimplify events that are in reality far more complex than we grasp.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Praying Satan out of the banking business

FAITH COLUMN: Should prayers include issues such as currency value and financial policy?

An African archbishop’s prayer for his nation’s currency value and order that Satan release his old on the central bank call to question whether issues such as money and the economy should be included in prayers.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Can love get a majority vote?

FAITH: Failing to understand others’ religious motivations leads to marginalizing

There is little wiggle room in the church any more and those who seek consensus are often portrayed as soft-headed and soft-hearted.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Why is government trying to dictate church policy?

FAITH: Legislation on guns in churches not state’s responsibility

I hate the idea of guns in church. But because I hate even more the idea of government in church I’ve changed my mind on this one.