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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.

June 23, 2015 | Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

I could be wrong

This past week, I was reminded how important it is to keep the essentials of the Christian faith in mind. Too often, we Christians get wrapped up in tussles about the non-essentials. And it is precisely those non-essentials that often make the news, which keeps those outside the church from appreciating the essence of the faith.

June 16, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

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We have dogs. OK, that is an understatement. We have many dogs. Nine, I think, maybe more.

June 09, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

I could be wrong

Those who know me and have seen me walking around occasionally in orange and blue are aware that my undergraduate degree was from the University of Florida. If that troubles you, please be comforted with the knowledge that all my children have gone to the University of Georgia, and I have sent much more money to Athens than I ever sent to Gainesville.

June 02, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Springfield UMC dedicates conference center to Bishop Edwards

The legacy of Bishop Marion Edwards was enhanced May 17 when Springfield United Methodist Church dedicated a new education and conference center in his honor. Edwards was a pastor and Springfield native who ascended to the highest ranks of leadership within the United Methodist Church before his death from cancer in 2011.

May 26, 2015 | Staff report | Church

Eric Liddell has run his race

Nearly 81 years ago, Scotsman Eric Liddell refused to run a heat in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris because the race was scheduled on a Sunday, which he understood from his faith to be a violation of the Sabbath.

May 26, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

I could be wrong

This past Monday, a young man came to see me at Armstrong. He was referred to me and my department in the College of Health Professions because he had been essentially kicked out of the professional health care program in which he was enrolled, and he was looking for a new major. He was simply told that he wasn't cut out for that job.

May 19, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Beyond God’s blessing in marriage

If you ask a local pastor the phrase he is most likely to hear when counseling a couple struggling in their relationship, my bet is that somewhere in the top three is the statement, "he (she) has changed."

April 28, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

From Peter to ‘worshippers of the cross’

In the book of Acts, chapter 8, we find the account of St. Peter witnessing to an Ethiopian eunuch, baptizing him and presumably sending the faith back with this new Christian to Ethiopia. Regular church-goers know the story. We can also presume that this convert was the forerunner of the Ethiopian church, which we rarely hear much about, at least not until recently.

April 21, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Thoughts on why God made dogs

One of my favorite radio personalities is the late Paul Harvey, who died in 2009 after 65 years in broadcasting. To me, Harvey was exceptional at getting to the heart of any matter in his topical broadcasts, called "The Rest of the Story."

April 14, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Wisdom for living from a wounded Marine

Sometimes we pastors are humbled by the wisdom we find in others. We think that we, having been schooled in scripture, have a monopoly on wisdom. And then we hear someone speak on life and truth from a deeply personal experience, and we realize we have no such monopoly and our pontificating may be lacking something. Here is an example of a true account that leaves me feeling humble.

April 07, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

The ‘Today’ show defines prayer

NBC's advertising of the "Today" show's Monday morning segment on prayer caught my attention. While the promotions were run continually and ad nauseum, at least they signaled a possible shift by the usually highly secular show toward an acknowledgement, if not appreciation, of things spiritual.

March 31, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

St. Luke’s holds Daughters of the King institution service

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rincon recently held a service of institution for its chapter of Daughters of the King.

March 31, 2015 | Staff report | Church

Bad things, good people and God

One of the questions pastors often encounter, whether directly or indirectly, is the dilemma of innocent suffering. That is, why do bad things happen to good people?

March 24, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

The search for Jesus on CNN

On Sunday evenings this spring, CNN is airing a new docudrama series entitled "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, and Forgery." The series is based on the book of the same name by David Gibson and Michael McKinley.

March 17, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

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Madonna, the 57-year old queen of pop, made a tearful reference to the recent Paris attacks at her concert the other night in Stockholm, Sweden ...

November 24, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

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When performing weddings, pastors often walk a delicate line between competing agendas of the couple, their families, musicians, and wedding directors, many of whom may ...

November 18, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Finding true tolerance in a religious world

I am all for religious tolerance.

November 10, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Developing a language of humility

I've seen a dynamic in couples struggling in their relationships that I do not often see in stable, loving relationships. That factor is this ...

November 04, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Hansen to lead Bible Lutheran

Dave Hansen has accepted the call and will be installed as the new pastor Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. at Bible Lutheran Church, located ...

November 04, 2015 | Staff report | Church

St. Boniface marks All Souls Day with ceremony at Veterans Park

St. Boniface marked All Souls Day with its second annual ceremony at Veterans Park.

November 04, 2015 | Staff report | Church

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I have found that God does this amazing thing when we are present during the death of a loved one. When the time comes for ...

October 27, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

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It's too easy to chalk up last week's tragedy in a New York church to the actions of a bunch of crazies. It ...

October 21, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

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Not long ago, I was having lunch with a few pastor friends of mine when one remarked at how often he sees siblings from the ...

October 13, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

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I've had the opportunity to develop and teach a few ethics courses at Armstrong. In those courses, which I base on Christian ethics, I ...

October 06, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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