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Felipes named Gartland Award recipients

Mike Felipe and Cynthia Felipe have been named recipients of the Gartland Award for 2015.

December 01, 2015 | Staff report | Church


I could be wrong

Wouldn't you love to see the look on someone's face when they receive a big unexpected gift?

December 01, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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. She said, "There are people who have no respect for human life and there are people that do atrocious, degrading, and unforgivable things to other human beings. But we will never, ever, ever change this world we live in if we do not change ourselves."

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


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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 not fully appreciate that a wedding is a religious service, the occasion of which is the love of two people celebrated and witnessed before God.

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: Stable, loving couples have developed a language of humility and use it.

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 at 812 Blue Jay Rd. in Rincon. This holy celebration is open to the public.

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


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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 that person to move on, and when the veil between heaven and earth becomes increasingly thin, God creates what can only be called "holy moments" for those who make themselves truly "present."

October 27, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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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's too easy to simply shake one's head in disgust, flip the page and move past the story without thinking how such a horrific thing might relate to us.

October 21, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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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 same family, all raised the exact same way in regards to church, approach church involvement very differently as adults. Some become pillars of their church, while others appear quite indifferent (possibly attending or even serving when it is convenient) or completely stay away.

October 13, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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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 often feel the need to outline for students the distinction between "deontological" and "teleological" motives in ethical decision-making. Let me explain.

October 06, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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One way Jesus taught and reinforced Kingdom values was by reinterpreting laws. In His interpretations, Jesus would emphasize to His listeners the spirit behind a law, instead of the necessity to blindly follow some rule without understanding why it was important. He often explained a law in terms of the fundamental, eternal truth undergirding it - such as the holiness of God - so His audience could see the law in a new light, and understand it as a reflection of righteousness instead of as a burden or yoke. "You have heard it said…., but I say to you…." was one common ...

September 29, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


I could be wrong

I will never forget the young man who came to see me years ago about a friend of his. It seemed that every time this young man, who I will call "Joe," began to move forward in his life or career, his friend - who struggled with a substance abuse problem - would have a crisis and Joe would put everything on hold to help him. It was like clockwork, he told me.

September 22, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Bonnie Parker was a faithful person, perhaps not much different from you or me. She was a dedicated follower of Christ and sincerely wanted to believe with all her heart. Then, she was diagnosed with cancer.

September 15, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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What does it mean to be "religious"?

February 02, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Years ago, when my daughter was in gymnastics at DEENOS (back when it was in Springfield), I would often chat with other parents as we ...

January 27, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Some of the kindest, most authentic, well-adjusted, sincere and psychologically healthy people I have ever met are very involved in their church. Unfortunately, some of ...

January 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Church


First Baptist of Springfield names family life center for late pastor Rollins

After the morning worship services at the First Baptist Church of Springfield, the congregation moved outside to the family life building for the formal dedication ...

January 12, 2016 | Staff report | Church


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As a bi-vocational pastor, I often cannot avoid the influence my position as professor of health science has on my role as pastor. Sometimes this ...

January 12, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Clemson University football coach Dabo Swinney has a story not unlike others who have found their way to a deep faith. Swinney grew up in ...

January 05, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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The Christmas holidays may involve frantic schedules, multiple obligations and stress-filled travel, but they are also often filled with love.

December 29, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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Most people know the game "Secret Santa," where friends, family or co-workers exchange Christmas gifts in a context of secrecy. But in Kansas City, the ...

December 22, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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According to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, some 57 percent of Americans oppose Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the ...

December 15, 2015 | By Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


There’s something about Christmas Eve

Come to church Christmas Eve. Bring your family.

December 08, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Hansent installed as Bible Lutheran pastor

Rev. Dave Hansen was installed as pastor of Bible Lutheran Church on Nov. 22, Christ the King Sunday. He was installed by Rev. Larry Lystig ...

December 08, 2015 | Staff report | Church


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