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We are Easter people

Everyone loves Christmas. Trees, lights, presents, songs, parties, and meals make Christmas a very special time every winter. But for Christians, Christmas is really only significant in light of Easter. The manger reflects its glory only in the witness of the empty tomb.

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


‘CEO’ guilt and God’s timing

It's a good bet that church pews will be more packed than usual these next two Sundays. Local congregants and pastors will likely struggle to remember the names of those who come to pray and sing next to them on Palm Sunday and Easter Day. Once again, it is time for the CEO ("Christmas and Easter Only") crowd to emerge. My perspective on such folks is perhaps unique, stemming from a conversation I had years ago.

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


Why we give to the United Way

Among the many revelations I've had over the past decade in my ministerial experiences in Effingham County are the following truths: (1) there are many people with real needs in our community, and (2) I am incapable of discerning exactly who they are.

April 03, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


What’s love got to do with it?

In Christianity, hell is often characterized as a realm in which God or love is completely absent. The great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky may not have been far off when he said, "I am convinced that the only hell which exists is the inability to love."

March 27, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Marital grace found in a doughnut shop

As my wife and I close in on 30 years of marriage, I suppose we will naturally look back and thank God for His care in our life together.

March 20, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Remembering the real St. Patrick

Can't you imagine the following conversation with a local youngster?

March 13, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


John Naisbitt was right after all

A few months ago, my teenage son Alex was competing in a national weightlifting competition outside St. Louis. The morning of his competition, I decided to forego the predictable hotel breakfast for fresh-cooked food at an omelet joint within walking distance.

March 06, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Snake salvation: what is tested?

Jamie Coots, pastor of a Middlesboro, Ky., church, died recently following a worship service in which he was handling snakes. I'll give you three guesses on the cause of his death.

February 27, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


What it was about Jeff Rollins

By now, you have seen many articles, news reports and columns about the passing of Jeffrey Rollins, the beloved pastor of Springfield Baptist Church for 25 years. And if you knew Pastor Jeff, you certainly understood the adjectives used to describe him - caring, selfless, loving, gracious, encouraging, giving and supportive. Many have added that they feel privileged to have known Jeff.

February 20, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


On churches, transparency and cults

It was a good question.

February 13, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


A situation neither holy nor humorous

On Friday evening, Jan. 24, I was walking into Strickland Funeral Home in Springfield when I met my colleague Pastor Bob Rogers from First Baptist Church of Rincon walking out. We exchanged pleasantries, as we always did, and then parted. I remember thinking as I walked into Strickland's, "Bob doesn't look so great. I wonder if he's OK." I regret not turning back around and asking him exactly that.

February 06, 2014 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Church


St. Boniface welcomes clergy for annual ecumenical supper

The parishioners of St. Boniface Church in Springfield hosted their seventh annual ecumenical supper Jan. 19 as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. All Effingham County churches and clergy were invited to attend.

January 30, 2014 | Staff report | Church


In the end, faith is stronger than grief

The past few weeks, I have presided at more funerals than I have in any six-month period in my ministry. In so doing, I have witnessed grief so deep that I have been shaken, humbled, and reminded how quickly life changes. The story of Horatio Spafford came to mind more than once over these weeks.

January 30, 2014 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Church


FBC Rincon to present annual Christmas musical

First Baptist Church of Rincon will present its annual Christmas musical, "The Heart of Christmas," on Sunday at 6 p.m.

December 05, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Community Thanksgiving service to be held Sunday

First Baptist Church of Rincon will host the annual Rincon Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday at 6 p.m.

November 21, 2013 | Staff report | Church


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Never a moment too late

The parable of the laborers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-15) underscores the truth that God's love can be received by people extremely late in life. Many a pastor has seen death-bed conversions; they are possible and do sincerely occur.

March 03, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


What would Jesus do?

We are fortunate to live in a county rich with churches offering different opportunities for people to worship. Yet, we must be humble and honest enough to realize that often people who walk through our front doors see very imperfect organizations, and unfortunately that can turn them off to the whole idea of organized religion and church.

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


When Effingham County goes to Atlanta

The television series "House of Cards" is an American political drama based on a BBC miniseries of the same name. The opening of season 1 set the stage for what were we to witness as the background of the political sphere. In that episode, congressman Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) kills a suffering dog with his bare hands while telling the television audience that sometimes we must "do the unpleasant thing, yet the necessary thing." And from then on out, the audience experiences the utter ruthlessness of politics as it is portrayed behind the scenes.

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


The president’s eggs are cold

I make eggs for breakfast just about every morning, depending on how our chickens are feeling. And I have finally learned that if I talk too much between the time I take the eggs out of the pan and dig in at the table, my eggs will get cold.

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


Wanted: a new Baibry’s Cafe

Sadly, one indicator of Effingham's family-oriented growth has succumbed to economic pressure, and I for one will miss it. As some in the county may already know, Baibry's Coffee and Café in Rincon has closed its doors for good.

February 03, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Guyton Christian Church to host Children Worship and Wonder training

Training in Children Worship and Wonder, an exciting way of doing faith formation with children, will be held at Guyton Christian Church from March 13-15.

February 03, 2015 | Staff report | Church


The destructive price of unforgiveness

Of all the biblical prescriptions and proscriptions Christians often feel they struggle with, the commandment to forgive has got to be in the top three. Who among us doesn't feel even the least bit inadequate when considering these words from Colossians 3:13: "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye"?

January 27, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Wrestling with faith in your front seat

This morning, as I was getting off I-95 at the Abercorn Extension exit, I came across a person asking for a handout. You can call them panhandlers or street people, I suppose; the Bible just calls them beggars.

January 20, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Letting our mistakes get burned up

This past week I spoke with a friend about encountering failure. His business was going south, and I reminded him of the many people who were able to use failure in a positive way, indeed some that would tell you their later success was precisely due to their experience of failure.

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


Do good dogs really go to heaven?

Recently, a little boy met Pope Francis and told him that he was sad over his dog dying. The father of the Roman Catholic Church reportedly told the boy that his companion will be waiting for him in heaven.

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


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