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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

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

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I could be wrong

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

I could be wrong

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

I could be wrong

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

I could be wrong

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

I could be wrong

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

I could be wrong

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

I could be wrong

One way Jesus taught and reinforced Kingdom values was by reinterpreting laws. In His interpretations, Jesus would emphasize to His listeners the spirit behind a ...

September 29, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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