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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


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


Helping the family you have never met

It's interesting, isn't it, how history repeats itself? Often, the similarities are not only remarkable but also ironic.

December 30, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Farewell to Effingham’s hometown dentist

About the time you read this, hundreds will be assembling to pay tribute to the life of longtime Springfield dentist and friend to all, Dr. Donald Nelson.

December 23, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Paul Harvey’s powerful Christmas Parable

You may have heard Paul Harvey's modern day parable of the Christmas story, which was first broadcast in 1965. The first time I heard the story, I was a little boy driving around in our family's station wagon with my father. I recall that this simple yet profound story made a big impact on me. Perhaps you might share this parable, which is aired every year at 12 noon on Christmas Day on stations that run Paul Harvey's program, with others.

December 16, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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I could be wrong

This past Monday, a young man came to see me at Armstrong. He was referred to me and my department in the College of Health Professions because he had been essentially kicked out of the professional health care program in which he was enrolled, and he was looking for a new major. He was simply told that he wasn't cut out for that job.

May 19, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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


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