I will never forget the young man who came to see me years ago about a friend of his. It seemed that every time this young man, who I will call "Joe," began to move forward in his life or career, his friend - who struggled with a substance abuse problem - would have a crisis and Joe would put everything on hold to help him. It was like clockwork, he told me.
September 22, 2015|
By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi
Bonnie Parker was a faithful person, perhaps not much different from you or me. She was a dedicated follower of Christ and sincerely wanted to believe with all her heart. Then, she was diagnosed with cancer.
September 15, 2015|
By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi
Maybe they were looking for something they felt was missing in their life. Maybe their marriage was on the rocks. Or maybe they were going through a kind of mid-life crisis. Whatever the reason millions of Americans signed up for an account on Ashley Madison - the Web site that specializes in connecting people for the purpose of having an extra-marital affair - those folks must now feel a bit like Michael Douglas in "Fatal Attraction," or perhaps more like the boiled rabbit.
Guyton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) recently held its annual vacation Bible school for kids aged preschool through grade 5. The theme this year was "Everest: Conquering Challenges through God."
Having spent some time trying to help couples who are struggling in their marriage, I have developed a habit of listening for much of the first few sessions. I answer questions posed to me, but I tend to not interject much.
According to multiple news agencies, over the past few months the Islamic State (ISIS) has determined theologically that its fighters can rape young women - girls, really - as long as they are Christians, Jews, or other "unbelievers." According to ISIS leaders, by doing so, the fighters become closer to God.
Recently, I was asked to share my administrative and managerial philosophies with others. One question posed to me was a first: "What are your non-negotiables?" While I certainly have those things I simply cannot bend on, I have never quite crystallized them or put them in writing.
W. L. "Peck" Lawson Sr. was recognized st the Sunday morning service during the annual Campmeeting, for more than 30 years of faithful service as a trustee representing Guyton United Methodist Church at the Methodist Campground in Springfield.
When Ohio Governor John Kasich entered the presidential race last Tuesday, he brought with him an interesting dynamic. He is a Republican who sees Christianity as deeply personal, a factor that influences his decision-making. While that may be true of other candidates, Kasich does not allow the party line to affect his Christian-based views. And that's why he's different.
Pastors, who are often in the position of providing some comfort following a death, have a unique vantage point from which to recognize the most beneficial actions to a congregant's family upon the death of a loved one. Often, friends of the deceased are left at a loss, not knowing what should be said or done to be a balm to those grieving.
Over the years in the role as pastor, I have come to see that the death of a loved one (whether expected or unexpected) often leaves people feeling not only grief and a sense of loss, but also anxiety - anxiety over what they should be doing and feeling in the wake of such a personal tragedy. In that regard, please accept the following as friendly advice I see as consistent with the Christian faith.
By the time you read this, you will have seen and heard a great deal about the senseless shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Let me offer perspective somewhat different from what you may have encountered until now.