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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


Two local churches are Operation Christmas Child drop-off sites

Two Effingham County churches are among the drop-off locations for the national collection week for Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts.

November 14, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Sandy Hook victims to be honored on FBC Rincon float

A 14-foot snowflake tree will adorn the First Baptist Church of Rincon float in this year's Rincon Lions Club Christmas parade, with 20 individualized snowflakes, one for each student killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Conn., last year, said Bill Gammon, FBC Rincon associate pastor.

November 07, 2013 | Staff report | Church


First Baptist of Rincon to hold annual fall festival

First Baptist Church of Rincon will be providing free dental and medical exams, free children's clothing and a free car wash as part of its annual fall festival Oct. 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be free medical exams (basic check-ups such as blood pressure and eye checks), a free car wash, free children's clothing giveaway, in addition to more traditional fall festival activities such as children's games and booths.

October 17, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Zion Lutheran celebrates 25 years of ELCA

On Sept. 8, Zion Lutheran Church joined together with the 4 million members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in nearly 10,000 congregations to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ELCA. At Zion, this opportunity was used to serve school children around the world by making and filling 70 school kits.

September 19, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Annie Moses Band to play at FBC Springfield

The Annie Moses Band epitomizes the notion that the family that plays together, stays together.

August 08, 2013 | Staff report | Church


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Beyond God’s blessing in marriage

If you ask a local pastor the phrase he is most likely to hear when counseling a couple struggling in their relationship, my bet is that somewhere in the top three is the statement, "he (she) has changed."

April 28, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


From Peter to ‘worshippers of the cross’

In the book of Acts, chapter 8, we find the account of St. Peter witnessing to an Ethiopian eunuch, baptizing him and presumably sending the faith back with this new Christian to Ethiopia. Regular church-goers know the story. We can also presume that this convert was the forerunner of the Ethiopian church, which we rarely hear much about, at least not until recently.

April 21, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Thoughts on why God made dogs

One of my favorite radio personalities is the late Paul Harvey, who died in 2009 after 65 years in broadcasting. To me, Harvey was exceptional at getting to the heart of any matter in his topical broadcasts, called "The Rest of the Story."

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


Wisdom for living from a wounded Marine

Sometimes we pastors are humbled by the wisdom we find in others. We think that we, having been schooled in scripture, have a monopoly on wisdom. And then we hear someone speak on life and truth from a deeply personal experience, and we realize we have no such monopoly and our pontificating may be lacking something. Here is an example of a true account that leaves me feeling humble.

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


The ‘Today’ show defines prayer

NBC's advertising of the "Today" show's Monday morning segment on prayer caught my attention. While the promotions were run continually and ad nauseum, at least they signaled a possible shift by the usually highly secular show toward an acknowledgement, if not appreciation, of things spiritual.

March 31, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


St. Luke’s holds Daughters of the King institution service

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rincon recently held a service of institution for its chapter of Daughters of the King.

March 31, 2015 | Staff report | Church


Bad things, good people and God

One of the questions pastors often encounter, whether directly or indirectly, is the dilemma of innocent suffering. That is, why do bad things happen to good people?

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


The search for Jesus on CNN

On Sunday evenings this spring, CNN is airing a new docudrama series entitled "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, and Forgery." The series is based on the book of the same name by David Gibson and Michael McKinley.

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


What it means to be a ‘prodigal’

Even if you haven't stepped in a church in years, you likely know the story of the "prodigal" son. Just in case, here's a quick refresher: A rather wealthy landowner has two sons. One asks for his inheritance early (before his father's death, which was an even greater insult when Jesus told this story than it is today). His father obliges him, and the son takes off to live a life of partying.

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


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