The Illinois Family Spotlight highlights specific cultural or political issues which our listeners need to be aware of. Our discussions are informed by a biblical worldview that helps expose the lies and distortions promulgated within secular culture. We interview policy experts and scholars whose knowledge and insights help listeners form a wiser worldview.
Visionary Family: A Conversation With Rob Reinow (Illinois Family Spotlight #268)
This episode of Spotlight is a conference interview with Dr. Rob Reinow, founder of Visionary Family Ministries. IFI's Monte Larrick and Dr. Reinow discuss the definition of a family dedicated to building the kingdom of Christ, prodigal children, the dangers of communism and the importance of Christians voting in every local, state, and national election.
To see more from Dr. Reinow, visit visionaryfam.com.
The Brave New World of Sex Education (Illinois Family Spotlight #267)
In regard to presenting students with the best alternative to the radical comprehensive sex education taught in government schools, Scott Phelps, Executive Director of Abstinence & Marriage Education Partnership states, “When we maintain a very clear and distinct message from all the noise that they’re hearing in the culture, the message really pops; it stands out and they’re able to hear it and see it very clearly.”
On this edition of Spotlight, Monte Larrick and Phelps compare government schools’ comprehensive sex ed that normalizes and encourages sexual activity and unhealthy behavior to Abstinence & Marriage Education Partnership’s reasoned and positive approach to sex ed that emphasizes the many benefits of abstinence until marriage. Phelps discusses the restrictions schools face if they choose to utilize comprehensive sex ed curricula, opt-out obstacles, and proactive steps parents and concerned citizens can take to protect kids from Illinois SB 818.
To learn more about Abstinence & Marriage Education Partnership, click HERE.
For information about the Success Sequence, click HERE.
To access the pdf of the National Sexuality Education Standards for K-12, click HERE.
The Centrality of Family (Illinois Family Spotlight #266)
This week, Spotlight features Monte Larrick’s exclusive interview with Dr. Eric Wallace, president and cofounder of Freedom’s Journal Institute and cofounder of Black Families Matter. Dr. Wallace speaks to the need for public policy that supports and strengthens families rather than current policy that aims to redefine “family” and severely restrict parental rights and responsibilities. Monte and Dr. Wallace consider a long-term solution to violence in Chicago, the importance of school choice, and the role of the Church and pastors in encouraging and discipling traditional families.
In the second half of the podcast, Dr. Wallace discusses a possible run for public office at the state level in 2022, urges conservative Christians to run for office, and stresses the imperative for the Church to actively support conservative Christian candidates.
To learn more about Freedom’s Journal Institute and Black Families Matter, click HERE or download the mobile app.
Government Schools Were Designed To Fail (Pt. 2) (Illinois Family Spotlight #265)
Welcome back to Spotlight for part two of excerpted remarks from Alex Newman’s presentation at the 2021 IFI Worldview Conference! This week Newman details the the history of America’s progression from home-based, faith-based education to government school indoctrination. He also discusses the failures of the Whole Word Method and Common Core, and explains why the current push for a global education system has very little to do with academic excellence or achievement. Supported by Scripture, Newman underscores why parents (and grandparents) are God’s “gold standard” when it comes to their children’s education.
Alex Newman is an award-winning journalist and co-founder of Public School Exit, a group dedicated to promoting strong, Christ-centered alternatives to government schools.
Government Schools Were Designed To Fail (Pt. 1) (Illinois Family Spotlight #264)
As the school year begins for almost two million public school students in Illinois, this edition of Spotlight is both timely and eye-opening. This week we are featuring remarks from Alex Newman’s, keynote presentation at our 2021 Worldview Conference. Newman addresses government school curricula that prioritize social justice and LGBTQ+ issues, climate change “facts,” gender pseudoscience, and the promotion of pedophilia as more important than educating students in core academic subjects and fostering critical thinking skills.
Additionally, Newman discusses how initiatives such Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 21, and Agenda 2030 facilitate the targeted indoctrination of students in government schools.
Alex Newman is an author, educator, public speaker, and consultant, just to name a few of the “hats” he wears. He also is the Executive Director and a co-founder of Public School Exit.
Click here to learn more about the imperative to remove your children from the influence and indoctrination of government schools.
School House Rocked: The Movie (Illinois Family Spotlight #263)
We have a very special edition of Spotlight this week, full of information and enthusiasm! While attending the 2021 National Religious Broadcasters Christian Media Convention, Pastor Ceasar LeFlore conducted an interview with Yvette Hampton, writer, producer, and host of the upcoming documentary, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution. LeFlore and Hampton discuss the importance of removing our children from government school indoctrination and how local churches can facilitate this vital change. Hampton stresses the biblical mandate for parents to embrace their role and responsibility to educate and discipline their children in accordance with the all-sufficient Word of God. In addition to relating how her husband supported her as she responded to God’s leading to homeschool their daughters and to take on the documentary project, Hampton also offers helpful options, solutions, and encouragement for parents, especially single moms, who are considering homeschooling.
Click HERE to learn more about the documentary, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution. The website also features the Schoolhouse Rocked podcasts and more information and links on homeschooling.
Pastor Ceasar LeFlore is IFI’s resident chaplain and field director of our Public School Exit initiative. He attended the NRB convention with CURE (Center for Urban Renewal and Education).
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