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Receiving what we don’t deserve

When you hear the word "grace," what comes to mind?

May 29, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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


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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


Considering the great ‘undone’

Every Sunday throughout the world, billions of men, women and children in Christian churches confess their sins before God. We confess that we have sinned against God by things we have done and by things we have left undone.

June 12, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


FBC Rincon honors its longtime pianist

First Baptist Church of Rincon honored Linda Morgan for her three decades as the church's pianist.

June 05, 2014 | Staff report | Church


Gratitude begins where entitlement ends

There is a saying that gratitude begins when one's sense of entitlement ends. Have you ever considered how often you feel grateful for something compared to the situations in which you felt entitled?

June 05, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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