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What happens when the majority is silent

The grandmother of Somalian Ayaan Hirsi Ali had her young granddaughter genitally mutilated at the age of 5. Her father, an intelligent dissident and outspoken critic of the backward tradition, was imprisoned during this time and her grandmother took charge. From that moment on, Ali knew there was something wrong with her culture's view of women.

May 22, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


When your plane lands in Holland

Emily Perl Kingsley had a child with Down syndrome. She was often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability. In 1987, she wrote the following:

May 15, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Putting first things first

It's easy to get out of the habit of attending church.

May 08, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Children’s views on love and marriage

As a professor and advisor at Armstrong, students often come into my office struggling with a variety of academic and life problems. On many occasions, it is the student's dating life that is most confusing to them when considering their future.

May 01, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Annual Sunday school convention coming

The 135th annual convention of the Sunday School Association of Effingham County will be held May 4 at 10 a.m. with participating Sunday schools ready to march under the tabernacle at 9:45 a.m. The convention will be held again at the historic Effingham County Methodist Campground.

April 24, 2014 | Staff report | Church


Effingham native to lead revival at Turkey Branch

Turkey Branch United Methodist Church in Springfield will hold revival May 4-7.

April 24, 2014 | Staff report | Church


Remembering your ‘God moments’

You know the experience.

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


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


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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 beneficial actions to a congregant's family upon the death of a loved one. Often, friends of the deceased are left at a loss, not knowing what should be said or done to be a balm to those grieving.

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 leaves people feeling not only grief and a sense of loss, but also anxiety - anxiety over what they should be doing and feeling in the wake of such a personal tragedy. In that regard, please accept the following as friendly advice I see as consistent with the Christian faith.

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


I could be wrong

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


I could be wrong

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


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