Are Politically Engaged Conservative Christians Idolaters?
By Laurie Higgins   |   01.29.20
In his recent Christianity Today (CT) blog post, New Testament scholar Scot McKnight defends recently retired CT president Mark Galli’s hubristic diktat about the necessity—in Galli’s view—of Trump’s removal from office: Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office...
Don’t Miss Drs. Michael Brown & Robert Gagnon at IFI’s Worldview Conference – March 7th!
By David E. Smith   |   01.28.20
Every day the established media and pop culture assault our Judeo-Christian beliefs and values with left-wing narratives that undermine family, faith and freedom. Some of that is calculated and premeditated, and some of it is the unintended result of a...
Why Worldview Training Is Vital
By Jonathan Lewis   |   01.27.20
Do we need to engage in “worldview training” with our children and grandchildren? What difference does it make? Isn’t all of that “worldview” stuff just for philosophers who use big words that my kids and I can’t understand anyway? Isn’t it enough to just follow Jesus and leave worldview to others?
Rod Dreher: What is the Benedict Option?
By Laurie Higgins   |   01.23.20
In Part 2 of Pastor Derek Buikema’s interview with author Rod Dreher, they discuss his book, The Benedict Option... Rod describes what the Benedict Option is and, equally important, what it isn’t.
Pastor Derek Buikema Interviews Rod Dreher on Christian WorldView
By Laurie Higgins   |   01.16.20
IFI has a special treat for our readers. Recently, Derek Buikema, senior pastor of Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, interviewed Rod Dreher, senior editor at the American Conservative and author of The Benedict Option, when Rod spoke at the Touchstone ...
Christians, the Church, and the State
By Laurie Higgins   |   01.08.20
I’d like to offer a few words about the separation of church and state—a concept long abused by “progressives.” The religion clauses of the First Amendment were intended to protect religion from the intrusive power of the state, not the reverse. The Establishment Clause states that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.” That does not mean religious convictions are prohibited from informing political values and decisions...
Popular Trends Rule Adolescent Desires
01.02.20
More than 60 years ago, in “The Abolition of Man,” C.S. Lewis challenged his readers to enter the town square and the marketplace of ideas with boldness and confidence. He argued that in failing to do so, we would become “men without chests;” a culture of heartless people divorced from any agreement of what is right and wrong; a society of disconnected individuals who care little for what is enduring, accurate or true.
The Loss of Christianity at Christianity Today
By Ron Citlau   |   12.28.19
President Trump is a lightning rod for opinions in American Christianity. As a pastor, I know. Some of my Christian friends love Donald Trump’s personality, while others find it appalling. Some strongly support his policies, while others think he is...
So Much More Than Glitter and Gifts
By Jonathan Lewis   |   12.18.19
My wife and I recently took our four children to see the Festival of Lights in East Peoria. If you’ve never been, it’s said to be one of the Midwest’s “largest lighted holiday events.” Some individual displays (such as the steam train) are comprised of tens of thousands of lights, with the total number of lights running into the millions.
Youth, Religion, and the Rise of the ‘Nones’
By Christine Misner   |   12.11.19
For the last few years the fastest growing group in religion are the “Nones.” Not the kind that wear black and white habits, but the kind that don’t identify with any religion at all. According to the American Family Survey...
Missing the Mark on Perfect Love
By Jonathan Lewis   |   12.07.19
In 1 Corinthians 13—the famous Love Chapter—the Apostle Paul tells us many things about what love is, what it does, and what it doesn’t do. Most of us love our families deeply. We would do virtually anything for our spouse...
Satan, The Great Counterfeiter
By Dr. Joey Krol   |   12.05.19
Last year, the Secretary of State’s office at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield allowed the Satanic Temple in Chicago to display a monument, which was placed next to the Christmas Nativity scene and the Jewish Menorah to mark Hanukkah. With...
Chicago Public Schools Promote  Hindu Religious Practice of Transcendental Meditation
By Laurie Higgins   |   12.02.19
Next time you hear some arch-defender of the a-constitutional “wall” of separation between the church and state whose knickers are in a twist because a school allows ten seconds of silence during which students may pray, remember this story, reported...
In the Name of God, Amen
By Jonathan Lewis   |   11.30.19
November 11th marked the 399th anniversary of the signing of the Mayflower Compact. In the words of History.com, the Mayflower Compact was “the first document to establish self-government in the New World.” Do you think the Pilgrims knew how significant...
Thanksgiving—to be Practiced Year Round
11.29.19
There are valuable lessons to be learned from the first Thanksgiving but the first grade class of Stone Bank Elementary School in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin won’t be learning them. Even though no one had complained, school administrators sent the following message to disappointed parents, “Out of respect for Native Americans, and the sensitivity of this time in our history, we are not going to reenact the first Thanksgiving story.”

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