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Creede Hinshaw

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Affordable Health Care Act draws another challenge

FAITH COLUMN: A private business contends portions of federal health reform violate its freedom of religion

If for-profit corporations are “people” in the eyes of the law, will the next step be to permit discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation and disability by corporations and companies who use the Bible as their reason?

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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?

CREEDE HINSHAW: Use this checklist before heading to church worship service

FAITH COLUMN: You will be surprised at how quickly the service of worship flies without a watch

Paying attention to this list will improve worship exponentially. What would be on your worship checklist to bring or to leave at the house?

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Stewardship Sunday not popular with congregations

FAITH COLUMN: The annual challenge for giving has value to congregations

It is up to each religious organization to make its best case for voluntary giving.

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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.

HINSHAW: Coverage misses the mark on baptism

Prince George, 3 months old and in line to become King of England and head of the Anglican Church, was baptized this week in London, England.

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HINSHAW: Expectations should be high for clergy

Faith column

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

Faith column

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: Quebec politicians target symbols of faith

Faith column

A Quebec political party proposes to ban the wearing of religious symbols by government employees.

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HINSHAW: Churches often decline to oppose damaging legislation

The Rev. Creede Hinshaw talks about the lack of action on the part of congregations to oppose legislation that negatively impacts the poor.

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

Faith column

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

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HINSHAW: A life of love in evidence at funeral

Faith column

An Easter Sunday-sized congregation gathered for her funeral last Saturday at the Wynnton United Methodist Church in Columbus. I drove 100 miles to attend. Dodie MacElhannon was a servant of the Lord who loved the church, God’s world and God’s people. That’s why I had to sit in a folding chair on the back wall of the sanctuary, the only seats left available.

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HINSHAW: Preacher man lives in the real world

Faith column

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?

Faith column

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

Faith column

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

Faith column

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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Pope urges return to a humble mission

Faith column

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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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

Faith Column

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

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All nations have a need for healing

Faith column

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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Café groups broach topic of death

Faith column

The New York Times this week described a small group phenomenon involving discussion of the often avoided topic of death.

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‘Moving Day’ comes to Methodists

Faith Column

Earlier this week many United Methodist congregations in south Georgia received new pastors on what they call “Moving Day,” prompting me to muse about the ways congregations receive new pastors.

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Music can lighten up dark times

Religion Columnist

The New York Times printed a fascinating report from William Grimes on May 27, “Something Happened on the Way to Bountiful: Everyone Sang Along.”

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Ministers deal with desk work, too

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A photography student phoned the church a couple of weeks ago, asking the secretary if she could schedule an appointment with me.

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Traveling lighter no easy task

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A few weeks ago I promised some more thoughts on the religious problem behind too much stuff.

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Praying women attacked ay Western Wall

Religion Columnist

The Western Wall, one of the most sacred and prominent sites for Jewish and Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem, was the locale for anger, rock tossing and controversy last week when several hundred Jewish women exercised their legal right to pray at that prominent locale.

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Pope Francis to redirect the church

Religion column

Almost two months ago Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected by his fellow cardinals to serve as the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Offering up a prayer for Sunday ‘no-shows’

Religion column

Last week country and western artist George Jones died. He was a hard-living kind of a fellow, according to the reports, carousing so hard and heavy that he was often too sick or bleary-eyed to appear at his concerts.

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Boy Scouts facing their toughest decision

Religion column

Earlier this week I had the privilege of conversing with a Boy Scout executive who is a friend and fellow Rotarian. As an Eagle Scout and Explorer who received my God and Country Award, I have a deep, lifelong appreciation for Scouting.

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A prayer offered for Boston

Religion Column

Yesterday an interfaith worship service was held in Boston to begin the process of healing across our nation in the aftermath of the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon.

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Managing stuff takes too much time

Religion column

It is disconcerting to contemplate the amount of stuff that middle class Americans own. Whereas the average size of an American home in 1960 was 983 square feet, that average home had mushroomed something like 250 percent in 2011 to 2,480 square feet, even while the average number of people living in the home shrank. My own family history closely mirrors this trend. My parents raised four children; the six of us lived in a three-bedroom, one-bath house with incredibly small closets. I could not imagine now living in such a home. It couldn’t contain all our stuff.

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Easter Sunday was one to savor

Religion column

Those who return to church this Sunday will note that their places of worship aren’t full like last Sunday. They will notice less crowded parking lots, nursery and pews and mournfully ask, “Where is everybody? Why can’t we be as full as we were last week?”

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Tarry in other places first at Easter time

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Before we rush to Easter — and with good cause the Christian world anticipates that glorious day with its splendor, pomp and elation — let us tarry in other places with Jesus.

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North Korean Christians’ stories need to be heard

Features Column

Headlines continue to announce the paranoid, bellicose behavior of the isolated and impoverished nation of North Korea, truly one of the pariah nations in our world. This rogue nation, erratic and unpredictable, now apparently has nuclear weapons of at least a primitive nature with which they threaten to incinerate the United States.

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Catholicism is among us all, this week

How can one dwell on anything other than issues of Catholicism this week? The cardinals of the church gathered in Rome at the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope and this Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day commemorating one of the great saints of the church.

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Thriving is more than surviving

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I’m suffering through the third day of a miserable head cold with the consequent aches, stuffy head, puffy eyes and runny nose. I catch this stuff rarely, but when I do I am convinced I may not survive.

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Hospital prayer can be challenging

Religion column

Most pastors are able to pray through almost anything. Offering public prayer in a variety of settings toughens one’s resolve to stay the course when invoking the divine. Every pastor has prayed through buzzing wasps, crying babies, ringing phones, crashing thunder, wailing trains, sonic booms, insistent sirens and bored parishioners.

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Disagreement among the Curia, no problem

The newspaper headline regarding the desired skill set for the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church intoned, “Charisma, Management Skills Sought in New Pope”. I’m sorry, but this headline and the article itself was less than groundbreaking.

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Churches find creative ways to keep traditions

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Earlier this week, the 40-day season of Lent began with Ash Wednesday when worshipers gathered in churches to receive from priest or pastor a smudge of ashes on the forehead signifying godly sorrow, repentance and one’s mortality.

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Pew poll results raise concerns for churches

Religion column

There is much intriguing data in a comprehensive religion survey released last summer by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

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Middle East still dangerous for Christians

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Believing in Christ more difficult for some

Faith Column

A couple of weeks ago I watched Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit at an IMAX cinema with Dolby sound and 3-D glasses. It was a pretty powerful movie if you like non-stop action where good wins out. As you might know, The Hobbit was written by J. R. R. Tolkien, author of the trilogy Lord of the Rings, too.

Let’s not dwell on the darkness, let us remember the joyfulness

Most of us crave the daylight, finding ourselves challenged during these long winter nights. In December and January one hardly arrives home before darkness sets in.

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Let’s attack things worth attacking

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In the shadow of the fiscal cliff, Senate Majority Leader Democrat Harry Reid and Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl are cooperating to introduce a law to expand online gambling and create an Office of Online Poker Oversight.

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Let’s hope the light shines for Congress

One hears the phrase “fiscal cliff” so often these days that I now find myself looking for guard rails on every street and avenue, even though here in Savannah there’s no such thing as a cliff within a good day’s drive.

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For every failure, thousands do right

Religion column

The recent revelation of adultery by retired four-star General David Petraeus is tragic. Confessing to the betrayal of his wife of 40 years General Petraeus submitted his resignation as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He not only tarnished his family, career and reputation, but he could potentially — because of his sensitive role — have placed our nation in a vulnerable position.

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Religion not evident in this year’s debates

Religion column

Hubris has been in abundant supply at both presidential debates and one suspects that the honking sounds at next week’s third debate will be both candidates tooting their own horn. If this election is as close as polls indicate, the first candidate displaying any sincere evidence of humility might gain the advantage with that dwindling group of undecided voters.

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Methodism celebrates 200 years in Savannah

Religion column

Although Methodism have been established in Georgia for at least 225 years, its continuing presence in Savannah, where I serve the church, is 200 years old this year.

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Mosques are a part of our nation's religious fabrics

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, opened in August 2012 after enduring two years of controversy, perhaps bringing to a close the vandalism and violence that has roiled both the structure itself and people of this middle Tennessee city of 100,000 citizens.