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In county leaders we also trust

I have certainly heard the lament of Christian leaders who assert that we are living in a "post-Christian" era. That may be. But what I am seeing is more "Christian-phobia" than anything suggesting Christian beliefs, morals, and values are obsolete. The latest installment comes from Pennsylvania.

September 16, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Long live the Salzburgers

If you've been in Effingham more than a few decades, you've likely heard the refrain of long-time residents: "We gotta keep all those folks from Chatham from coming up here and messin' up our county." Crime and crowding are often key flashpoints in the conversation. On the other side are new residents who ask for a little grace, given the fact that they are paying taxes and increasing the property values of those long-time residents and landowners.

September 11, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Life’s truths spoken while at the deli

Even in a place as ordinary as Larry's Deli in Rincon can eternal truths be spoken.

September 04, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


There’s nothing blind about faith

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

August 28, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The return of Emperor Severus

Septimius Severus, Roman emperor from 193 to 211 AD, was a psychopath and sociopath. Citizens in his empire who had religious views different from his, particularly Christians and Jews, were persecuted severely during his reign. He made Nero and Domitian look like Girl Scouts, sane ones.

August 21, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Considering proverbs for today

During my seminary days, I wrote the following words in my notes. I believe I was studying an Orthodox priest at the time. So, these are likely a paraphrase of his thoughts. I have found them helpful in my Christian walk and have referred to them often. Unfortunately, when I review them I realize how much I fall short.

August 14, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The phenomenon of CJ Cummings

I write this having just said goodbye to the producer and camera crew of the TV show "Inside Edition." They contacted me a few weeks ago, asking for an interview about my biomechanics research on local weightlifter CJ Cummings.

August 07, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The suicide barrier in all of us

Since the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, it has been an attraction for those wanting to commit suicide. Only 2 percent survive the jump. It is 220 feet down and when jumpers hit, they still have to contend with the cold, extremely swift water.

July 31, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


A Christian understanding of medicine

She felt nothing but sadness, though there was little in her life to warrant such sadness. She had trouble getting out of bed, yet even when she did, she could barely muster the energy to perform even the most basic daily chores. This troubled woman - a middle-aged graduate student who came to see me years ago - was in a black hole a mile deep and could see no way out.

July 24, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


We are all Georg Neumark

When was the last time you felt desperate? When you do, consider the life of Georg Neumark.

July 17, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Evil and injustice in a Sudanese prison

We pastors are often accused of exaggerating the persecution of Christians around the world. But if you look closely, such persecution is growing at a rapid pace.

July 10, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The healing power of forgiveness

In my work facilitating support groups for people in crisis, I have become acutely aware that forgiveness promotes recovery. However, it's not just crises that bring about the need for forgiveness. I've seen many people who haven't been through tragedies look as if they are the "walking wounded."

July 02, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Teens get guidance, support at Springfield UMC

Being a teen has never been easy, but being a teen in 2014 is especially tough with the epidemic of school shootings, cyber bullying, drug use, teen suicide and other serious issues throughout the country.

July 02, 2014 | By Nancy Gould | Church


Random thoughts from an Italian train

I write this on a train from Verona to Bologna, Italy, as my wife, son and I go to visit one of our former exchange students, Michela Scomparin. Tomorrow we are in Siena to visit Arturo Turillazzi, another of our former exchange students. And as we travel, Sue is in communication with a third former exchange student of ours, Daniela Kuesters, who is back in her home country, Germany. These are three wonderful people of other cultures the faculty and students of South Effingham High School have had the privilege of encountering.

June 26, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Savannah Christian Church breaks ground on student building

The Effingham campus of Savannah Christian Church broke ground Sunday for a new student building.

June 19, 2014 | Staff report | Church


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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


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