Dr. Michael Brown: Jezebel’s War With You
By David E. Smith   |   04.24.20
One of the featured speakers at IFI’s recent Worldview Conference was Dr. Michael L. Brown, professor, author, radio host, and apologist. Dr. Brown’s presentation, The Culture of Death: Abortion, Contraception, Euthanasia, Pornography, and Childlessness, cites the actions and characteristics of the Jezebels of the Old and New Testaments to draw a parallel with America’s depraved culture – a culture that proclaims as freedom that which is truly enslavement to sin and the devil.
Statewide Day of Prayer
By David E. Smith   |   04.24.20
Most Christians believe in the power of prayer, but, unfortunately, many fail to utilize it as often as they should. And how can that be when God tells us that our prayers are powerful and effective? (The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. ~James 5:16)
State Lawmaker Calls for Day of Prayer This Friday
By Christine Misner   |   04.21.20
One Illinois lawmaker is calling for a state-wide day of prayer on April 24. Citing the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to look toward the future, State Representative Darren Bailey (R- Louisville), issued the call in...
The Giver and the Hope of Utopia
As we suffer to different degrees during the pandemic, Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver recalls a familiar quandary. The story is set in a dystopian society where disease, suffering, and death have been eliminated and the problem of pain has been solved.
Watching for God’s Working
By Jonathan Lewis   |   04.14.20
In his letter to the Philippian church, the Apostle Paul shared how God was using the difficult circumstances of his life to bring about tremendous good: But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me...
The Hope of Resurrection
What do you know about the art of the Roman catacombs? Probably not very much. About 7 years ago I heard a fascinating lecture by Prof. Gregory Athnos of North Park College. A musician by training, Prof. Athnos had the opportunity to spend significant time studying all of the art work found in the Roman catacombs. It was an eye-opening experience for him and a very relevant study for Christians today.
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer: When the State Becomes God
By David E. Smith   |   04.09.20
Today, as our world is gripped by uncertainty and fear, we could all benefit from some encouragement, hope, and laughter. The Rev. Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer masterfully delivers on all three counts. In his presentation “When the State Becomes God,”...
Serving Others in a Time of Crisis
By Jonathan Lewis   |   04.08.20
The events of recent days have thrown all of us into unchartered territory. With schools, restaurants, libraries, events, and even churches suspending normal operations, our lives have been disrupted in ways large and small. The impact is real, and depending...
Dr. Robert A.J. Gagnon: Is “LGBTQ” Pressure Beginning to Crack the Evangelical House?
By Laurie Higgins   |   04.03.20
Our season of sheltering-in-place provides the ideal opportunity to prepare for the next season when we will re-engage in the public square. One of our responsibilities as Christians is to help foster an environment in which truth prevails and families...
Michele Bachmann: The Cost of Liberty
By David E. Smith   |   04.02.20
In 2016, IFI was fortunate to have as our annual banquet keynote speaker former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, a strong and consistent voice for pro-family values. A former candidate for POTUS, she not only distinguished herself by forming and chairing the Tea Party Caucus in 2010 in the U.S. House. In her speech, Mrs. Bachmann speaks on Christians' responsibility to defend truth in our country. Using the example of the Pilgrims, who came to found a new community on Christian principles, she argues for the good that Christians can do in a society to preserve its culture and uphold truth.
A Conversation With<br>Dr. Allan C. Carlson
By David E. Smith   |   03.26.20
In his interview with Derek Buikema of Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, Dr. Allan Carlson discusses the current political climate as it relates to American Christianity and the family. Certain policies, for example, though promoted by the Republican party, are detrimental to the family.
Neutralize COVID-19 Hysteria With Faith and Kindness Toward Neighbors
Ray Comfort, in his book “Spurgeon Gold: Pure and Refined,” describes Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the 19th-century preacher who ministered in the streets of London during the cholera pandemic of 1854. Spurgeon’s words, says Mr. Comfort, were pure and refined. They were rhetorical and theological gold. Spurgeon, “had the ability to take the hammer of eloquence and nail a particular truth, to pull back the veil of the eternal and give us a fleeting glance.”
Ask Dr. Brown: Why Don’t More Pastors Speak Out?
By David E. Smith   |   03.19.20
When it comes to addressing complex issues of our day – homosexuality, trans-ideology, and abortion, just to name a few – most pastors choose to remain silent and “safe,” rather than boldly confront our culture with the Truth of Scripture....
Coronavirus:<br>National Day of Prayer
By David E. Smith   |   03.14.20
President Donald J. Trump has called for a National Day of Prayer this Sunday. While there is never a lack of serious issues to pray about, the level of anxiety and even fear among citizens is at a level many...
Dr. Allan Carlson: What Can America Learn From Other Christian Politics?
By Laurie Higgins   |   03.13.20
Between the increasingly bitter political divisions, intensifying anti-Christian hostility, and coronaviral pandemic, it is becoming challenging to feel hopeful. But there are many reasons for Christians to feel hopeful. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal...


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