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The Illinois Family Spotlight podcast will highlight a specific cultural or political issue of which our listeners should be aware. Our discussions will be informed by a biblical worldview that will help expose the lies and distortions promulgated within secular culture. We will be interviewing policy experts and scholars whose knowledge and insights will help listeners form a wiser worldview.

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Walking Out On Faith

When you get both David Smith and Monte Larrick in for a podcast with a special guest, you know it’ll be one for the books. Brian Westbrook is the founder of Coalition for Life St. Louis, and in this edition of Spotlight, Westbrook shares about the wonderful pro-life wins in Missouri and what his organization is doing to help women in crisis pregnancy in Illinois.

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The Ultimate Guardrail For Your Daughters (Illinois Family Spotlight #285)

To the great sorrow of pro-life, pro-family citizens of Illinois, on December 17, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed into law House Bill 370, thereby repealing the Parental Notice of Abortion Act and eliminating the right for parents to be made aware of a minor daughter’s pregnancy and impending abortion.

Joining me for an important Spotlight conversation are IFI contributors Kenna Rose and Alyssa. Please listen as we discuss the impact of the repeal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act and the repercussions of HB 370, the disingenuously named Illinois Youth Health and Safety Act.… Continue Reading

A Conversation with Anita Bedell (Illinois Family Spotlight #285)

In this edition of Spotlight, IFI’s Monte Larrick discusses the upcoming drug and gambling issues facing Illinois this year with Anita Bedell, executive director of Illinois Churches in Action. You can find more about the organization here.

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Two for One! (Illinois Family Spotlight #284)

As the new year approaches, we close out 2021 with a nativity-focused edition of Spotlight. In our first segment, we feature the homily given by the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of the Springfield Diocese, at the blessing of the nativity scene displayed in the Capitol rotunda of the Illinois Statehouse. The nativity crèche is a public expression of Christian faith and is presented, through private funding, by the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee.

After the break, Monte Larrick is joined by Thomas Brejcha, founder, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Society.… Continue Reading

100 Schools Coming Near You (Illinois Family Spotlight #283)

IFI’s David Smith and Monte Larrick host Randy Blan, pastor of Families of Faith church and a man with a vision for Illinois. Pastor Blan sits down with David and Monte to discuss his plan to open as many Christian schools as possible in the state of Illinois. You can find their school at https://fofca.com/.

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Star Parker (Illinois Family Spotlight #282)

On our podcast this week, Monte Larrick talks with Star Parker, one of the premier conservative Black leaders of our day. Ms. Parker is the founder and president of CURE (Center for Urban Renewal and Education), a policy institute based in Washington, D.C. For the past twenty-five years, she has prioritized the truth of God’s Word in an effort to heal urban areas, end government dependencies in our nation’s most distressed communities, and educate and empower pastors to help rebuild lives.… Continue Reading

Christ Help For Men (Illinois Family Spotlight #281)

On this edition of Illinois Family Spotlight, David Smith welcomes Phillip Ward, the founder of Christ Help For Men, a disability ministry and support group for fathers (and other male family members) whose lives and families have been impacted by a disability. Both men share about their special needs children – Smith’s youngest son (almost two-years-old) has Down syndrome and Ward’s fourteen-year-old daughter has Angelman syndrome – and relate how their faith in God sustains them as they lead their families and handle the challenges that disability presents.… Continue Reading

Live Up To Freedom (Illinois Family Spotlight #280)

Illinois Family Spotlight is pleased to welcome human rights activist, Anni Cyrus, to this week’s podcast. A former child bride who escaped a desperate and violent situation in Iran, Cyrus is now a U.S. citizen and an ardent advocate for freedom. She embraces the Constitution and believes that “We the People” must speak out and unite with like-minded individuals in order to preserve the practice of our God-given rights and freedoms.

In their conversation, Monte Larrick and Ms.… Continue Reading

A Thanksgiving Special (Illinois Family Spotlight #279)

This Thanksgiving edition of Spotlight features an interview with Dr. Eddie Kornegay. Dr. Kornegay is with the Living Word Center and is the director of the R.I.S.E. prison and ex-offender ministry. Larrick and Kornegay discuss his life as a non-Christian, highly educated theologian to becoming a follower of Christ. They also discuss his ministry and the work he does in prisons.

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The Trojan Horse of CRT (Illinois Family Spotlight #278)

This episode features a talk from IFI’s 2021 Worldview Conference. Stacy Washington is co-chair of the Project 21 National Advisory Board, and hosts the “Stacy on the Right” show on SiriusXM. She is a wife and mom of three, an Emmy-nominated TV personality and an Air Force veteran. She is also a former elected school board member. In this episode, Washington addresses the importance of educating one’s children in the nurture and admonition of the the Lord.… Continue Reading