Creede Hinshaw

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Church struggles with temptation to use power

FAITH COLUMN: Prayer was focal point of angry debate

The church will always struggle with the temptation to use power to define the parameters of holiness and reach consensus on the nature of God. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us, all sinners.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Perspective changes from pulpit to pew

FAITH: Definition of distractions may differ

Most distractions the wise pastor learns to ignore, hoping to lead by example: a siren screaming, a ring tone chirping, an entire family obliviously walking down the center aisle during the reading of the scripture, a sanctuary too hot or cold, drooping flowers, precariously tilted candles, even frightened birds flying through the sanctuary. Eventually the calm pastor gets the upper hand.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Egyptian Coptic Christians endorse new constitution

FAITH COLUMN: The public stance on the constitution has made many Copts uncomfortable

Coptic Christians comprise about 10 percent of the Egyptian population and have endured ostracism and violence over the centuries.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Subtle factors determine which church you choose

FAITH COLUMN: Hundreds of factors guide where a person eventually decides to worship

Each person has unique criteria for determining which house of worship is the most comfortable fit.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Many doors open to the house of worship

FAITH COLUMN: There are many motivations for giving church another try

God uses many motivating factors to encourage people to engage in worship.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Pope Francis draws criticism for remarks about capitalism

FAITH COLUMN: Touching on money matters is usually touchy with congregations

Pope Francis isn’t the first religious leader to say tough things about capitalism and he won’t be the last.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Christ is the source of joy at Christmastime

FAITH COLUMN: Sin thickets are easy to get trapped in

Everyone has sins and flaws from which they need to be rescued, which brings out the joy of what Christmas is all about.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Herod figure a reminder that not everyone welcomes Jesus

FAITH COLUMN: A new nativity figure is a reminder of the realities of the world

The more powerful an individuals thinks to be, the more insecure and anxious that person can become.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Grandchild's baptism an uplifting experience

FAITH COLUMN: A child raised in the church has a better chance to become a fulfilled, whole person

Christian denominations have many differences, but giving children the opportunity to thrive and follow God should be universal.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Most gravitate to certain books of the Bible

FAITH COLUMN: Bible study is challenging and not always easy on the listener

I drove past a church whose name included the word “Bible,” a not uncommon adjective selected by congregations to identify themselves as serious believers. What does this appellation really mean, though? Isn’t every church supposed to be a Bible church?

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Give thanks for unassuming, faithful souls

FAITH COLUMN: Some try very hard in the latter days of their life to change their image

The ideal of the Christian life is to be unassuming in behavior, meek in spirit and gentle of heart, seeking not to be remembered at all.

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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.