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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

Why helping people still matters

Christians often feel a responsibility to help others God places in their path. Many times, the benefits of that assistance can be readily seen; the person we help thanks us and uses our assistance to better their lives in some way.

June 19, 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


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