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The Natural Selection of Conservative Churches

A recent five-year study of growing and shrinking churches in North America has shed light on exactly what attracts and keeps people in the Christian faith – a theology that allows for a literal interpretation of the Bible.

March 27, 2017 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Word Butter: Making sure my 'rumblings' are noticed

The first official day of spring is this week. It's starting – FINALLY – to feel like it. Hopefully, we can now enjoy some milder temperatures and some sunshine.

March 27, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


Word Butter: Making sure my 'rumblings

The first official day of spring is this week. It's starting – FINALLY – to feel like it. Hopefully, we can now enjoy some milder temperatures and some sunshine.

March 27, 2017 | Angye Morrison | Opinion


Recognizing Destructive Factors in a Marriage

One of the most difficult role we pastors play is that of marriage counselor. We are happy, in fact delighted, to have couples seek assistance from a Christian perspective. Yet in the midst of that, it can be heartbreaking for us to encounter couples that could have saved themselves a lot of misery, and perhaps even their marriage, had they understood fully the effects of key relationship factors.

March 19, 2017 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


It’s Monday morning, and my toilet has Tourette’s…

Everybody, it seems, posts on social media the same thing at the beginning of each week. And it seems apparent that they all hate Mondays.

March 19, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


With Crossover Day complete, House Majority Leader Jon Burns updates standing of House Bills

After the frenzy of Crossover Day on March 3, the Georgia General Assembly returned to the Capitol last week for legislative days 29 (March 6), 30 (March 9), and 31 (March 10).

March 15, 2017 | Special to the Herald | Opinion


The Transfiguration of what we see

A few weeks ago, the worldwide Church celebrated the Transfiguration, a pivotal event in the synoptic (Matthew, Mark and Luke) gospels where Jesus is seen elevated above a mountain top, between Moses and Elijah. Jesus's face becomes bright as the sun and His clothes are white as pure light.

March 12, 2017 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Word Butter: Bucktoothed boys and Easter Eggs - Spring has arrived

I think spring has officially sprung.

March 12, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


Word Butter: Front porch sittin' - It's a lost art

The other day, I drove through a neighborhood I don't normally travel through, and I noticed something. Everyone was sitting on their porches.

March 06, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


Fighting Hatred: Our Hands, God's Realm

The Dallas Morning News recently reported the firing of a woman from her job because she had made anti-Semitic statements. The woman, Nancy Salem, had tweeted a few interesting comments a couple of years ago.

March 06, 2017 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


The Fillin' Station: The Way It's Supposed to Work

"Nothing succeeds like success." I've heard that before, not sure from where.

February 27, 2017 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Word Butter: Fast food double-downs are making me crazy

I saw in my Twitter feed that Taco Bell recently introduced its Naked Chicken Chalupa. If you've been under a rock and somehow missed all the silly television commercials, here's what you've missed: Instead of the traditional tortilla shell, it's a fried chicken shell, wrapped around lettuce, tomatoes and cheese, along with some avocado ranch dressing. Yep. This thing is 4 ounces of marinated, white meat chicken, seasoned with Mexican spices and shaped like a taco.

February 20, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


Word Butter: It’s the day after and I’m still in mourning, y’all…

I sat on the couch, stunned, mouth hanging open.

February 12, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


What Would Jesus Tweet? A Question for Our Time

What would Jesus tweet? Or what would He post on Facebook?

February 12, 2017 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


‘Mr. Ben’ was a cantankerous Georgia hero

A while back, the chief tax assessors from counties throughout Georgia asked me to speak to their gathering at Jekyll Island. We frequent the Golden Isles, but we are normally on St. Simons or Sea Island, so it had been a few years since I had been on Jekyll.

February 06, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


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It's the Getting Out that Measures Up

The majority of people in this county who go to church attend small to medium-sized churches. And they, in general, are happy with the size ...

May 15, 2017 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Word Butter: Corsages on Mother’s Day – and salt in the wound

This time of year is difficult for some of us. After all, there are pitfalls to being a non-mother.

May 14, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


Passion: A challenge to Christians

It is getting worse, isn't it?

May 07, 2017 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


The baby, the bathwater and church

You may know that the Barna Group, like the Pew Foundation, is one of the largest research groups that studies religiosity.

April 30, 2017 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


The baby, the bathwater and church

You may know that the Barna Group, like the Pew Foundation, is one of the largest research groups that studies religiosity.

April 30, 2017 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Word Butter: Life would have been different without 'not-Pape Joe'

I was thinking the other day about how different my life would have been had my mom not married my stepfather.

April 28, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


House Majority Leader Jon Burns discusses healthcare, public safety legislation

This week, I will continue my discussion of healthcare and public safety legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2017.

April 27, 2017 | By House Majority Leader Jon Burns | Opinion


Word Butter: Can't handle the pollen or the pressure

As I write this, my head is pounding and I could be the eighth dwarf…just call me Snotty or Drippy.

April 21, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


Authority, Entitlement and Consequences

"Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So ...

April 21, 2017 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


"Stop crying, you're driving!": What I love about Effingham drivers

Okay so no one really loves funerals.

April 16, 2017 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Word Butter: Bat salad and some circus monkeys

Did you hear about the bat salad at Wal-Mart? If not, here's the scoop: two people in Florida discovered a dead bat in some ...

April 16, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


House Majority Leader Jon Burns discusses healthcare, Medicaid

Recognizing that access to quality healthcare remains an issue in many parts of Georgia, the General Assembly worked hard this session to deliver policy solutions ...

April 14, 2017 | By House Majority Leader Jon Burns | Opinion


Hungary's response in a Post-Christian Europe

If all you listen to is network news, you might be inclined to believe that President Trump's call for a heightened vetting of those ...

April 10, 2017 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Opinion


Word Butter: Crazy red hair and a road map on my face

I saw a photo of some little girls on social media the other day, all dressed up for Easter Sunday.

April 07, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Opinion


House Majority Leader Jon Burns updates House Bills

After a busy week, the Georgia General Assembly has two legislative days remaining before we Sine Die on Thursday, March 30.

April 03, 2017 | By House Majority Leader Jon Burns | Opinion


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