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Where would Jesus be born today?

Author Harriet Richie relates an incident in her family's life that revealed to her the true nature of Christmas: Following their church's Christmas Eve service, Harriet's family decided to stop somewhere for a late-night breakfast. The only place open that late on Christmas Eve was a truck stop off the nearby interstate.

December 09, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


It really is a wonderful life

Do you want to do something this Christmas season that is just plain old-fashioned family building and fun? Sit down all together and watch "It's a Wonderful Life."

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


Giving thanks — the key to joy

Sometimes we don't know what to truly appreciate in life.

November 25, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Kindness is one mark of a Christian

If I had to describe how I could tell a Christian just by observing interactions, as in a business meeting, I would probably say I could see the fruit of the spirit in the person's kindness. In many ways, sheer kindness is often the mark of a person living as a Christian.

November 18, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The prayer list meets privacy

Christians often feel an obligation to pray for those who need assistance, both individually and corporately. Church congregations therefore regularly pray for members and extended family and friends who are struggling. Each church handles such prayers differently, but they usually involve some sort of prayer list.

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


St Boniface marks All Souls' Day at Veterans Park

The pastor of St. Boniface Church, Father Ba Thong Nguyen, also known as Father Martino, had a vision to bring all of the church's Faith Formation children and their parents along with members of the congregation to Veterans Park in Springfield on Sunday to pray for all of the souls who have given their lives for the nation.

November 04, 2014 | Staff report | Church


Governance by intimidation

By the time you read this, election day will have passed and, barring a runoff, the constant bombardment of negative campaigns will subside, at least for a year. I have come to believe that the fact that any person would spend someone's hard-earned dollars to do nothing but call their opponent a liar should immediately disqualify them from office. But that's just me, and I could be wrong.

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


St. Luke’s to offer a Biblical yet spooky treat for Halloween

Before the kids in their costumes head out the door to get bags full of candy, St. Luke's Episcopal Church has a special treat lined up for them.

October 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Church


The art of living in the balance

In life, extremism often ends in a multitude of problems. I find the same is true when the Gospel is presented.

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


Perpetua: An examble of unshaken faith

The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "When Christ calls us, he bids us come and die." Bonhoeffer, citing the words of Jesus, bid Christians to count the cost of discipleship. For Bonhoeffer, this death was literal; for most other Christians we are called to die to our former selves.

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


The Star-Spangled Answer at 200 years

The bizarre and horrible renditions notwithstanding (i.e., Roseanne Barr, Michael Bolton), most people can at least sing the national anthem. Or, I should say, they can sing what they believe is the national anthem. After all, most folks have been to enough civic events and ballgames to have memorized it.

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


I could be wrong

I've got to wonder if Sherriff McDuffie, just as his head hits the pillow at night and he's about to drift off to sleep, ever reviews the events of the day and just busts out with laughter. It's got to happen on occasion.

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


A rivalry to be proud of

Anyone familiar with Effingham County sports knows well the friendly but passionate rivalry between Effingham County High School and South Effingham High School in many sports. On grass fields, hardwood courts, clay diamonds, wrestling mats, dirt running trails, and asphalt courts the best of Effingham's teenage athletes battle for the title of county champs.

September 30, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The wager of your life

You've bet your life, and right now you are playing out your hand. In fact, with every day that passes you "up the ante," having invested another 24 hours in your wager. The problem is that the bet is for your spiritual and eternal life.

September 23, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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


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I could be wrong

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 ...

August 25, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


I could be wrong

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 ...

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


I could be wrong

She came to see me last week because she needed my signature on academic withdrawal form. She was leaving school, or as she put it ...

August 11, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


I could be wrong

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 ...

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


Lawson honored at Campmeeting

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 ...

July 28, 2015 | Staff report | Church


I could be wrong

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 ...

July 28, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


I could be wrong

Where does morality come from?

July 22, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


I could be wrong

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 ...

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


I could be wrong

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 ...

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


I could be wrong

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding gay marriage, a large number of Biblically-based Christians feel beleaguered.

June 30, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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