On this edition of Spotlight, we revisit the 2019 Illinois Christian Home Educators conference in Bourbonnais for Monte Larrick’s interview with John Stonestreet, well-known author, public speaker, voice of BreakPoint, and president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.
07.24.19
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In one sense, the Commie Quad Squad (CQS) has done us all a favor by flushing out the extremism of the Democratic Party for conspicuous public display. U.S. House Leader Nancy Pelosi is quaking in her boots, realizing that it is getting increasingly difficult to hide her party’s radicalism from American voters, many of whom still cling to the fantasy that the Democratic Party is predominantly pro-American.
07.23.19
Tyranny can arrive fast in the form of tanks and jackboots. Or it can come gradually, snuffing out liberty and replacing it with fear.   The latter is what we’re facing today, as cultural Marxists advance their doctrines and silence any dissension.  
07.22.19
I’ve made the case that truth, goodness, and beauty are objective features of the world we live in. Hopefully, you’ve found that to be interesting. But please don’t think this is just an esoteric triviality. It’s not. We are living in a post-truth culture. But it’s a place where the objective nature of truth, goodness, and beauty are deeply relevant. Our view of objective truth affects everything about how we live our lives. It’s the antidote to moral relativism. Truth matters. And understanding the profundity of that simple fact will revolutionize the way you interact with our world.
07.20.19
Pundits and politicians across the nation write off our state as dark blue, a bastion of leftist thought and policy. Conservative presidential candidates often bypass Illinois, also assuming it’s a lost cause and a Democrat stronghold. Likewise, regressive candidates frequently skip the state assuming it’s automatically in the D column. But in truth, Illinois has tens of thousands of good conservative people. The percentage of conservative voters (thinkers) grow exponentially the further one travels farther away from Chicago and Crook County.
07.19.19
Last week, State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) announced that she is officially running for the 14th Congressional District (map) in hopes of challenging freshman U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville) in the November 3, 2020 General Election. At the time of this writing, the Republican Primary election (March 17, 2020) includes James Marter (R-Oswego), State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), possibly State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake) and two other lesser known candidates.
07.18.19
The 2019 Illinois Christian Home Educators Family Conference (ICHE) in Bourbonnais was the setting for Monte Larrick’s recent interview with ICHE executive director, Kirk Smith. At the start, Smith details the reasons for a new venue and new focus – the importance of the family unit – for the conference.
07.17.19
On Tuesday, July 9, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont joined U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon in introducing a resolution declaring that climate change is a national emergency, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the notion of global warming is coming under increased scrutiny. 
07.16.19
Mississippi State Rep. Robert Foster, who represents a district near Memphis, said he had made a promise to his wife before they married that he would not be alone with another woman in a situation that could be construed as compromising. When Larrison Campbell, a reporter for Mississippi Today, requested to ride along with Foster on his campaign swing, he said she could go but she had to bring a male colleague along in keeping with his promise to his wife.
07.15.19
In 2006, a super-majority of Congress passed the Secure Fence Act. It required that no less than 850 miles of double-layer fencing be constructed on our border. But it also codified a sense of purpose and a clearly defined mission for Border Patrol, to which everyone at the time agreed. It required the secretary of homeland security to “take all actions” necessary within 18 months of passage to “achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States” (emphasis added). What has ever come of this requirement?
07.13.19
Three wonderful Republican State Representatives from southern Illinois are sponsoring a special event next month featuring pro-life activist Abby Johnson in Effingham. If you've not heard Abby speak, you need to do so! She was once was a young director of Planned Parenthood, and had had, tragically, two abortions. Praise God that Abby had a change of heart, and now reveres God and His crown jewel of creation. She and her husband are the parents of 8 children today and she has become a leading, passionate pro-life voice in our nation.
07.12.19

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