Connected? Big Government, Labor Decline and Opioid Addiction
By Micah Clark   |   09.20.17
There is a great deal of talk about America’s opioid crisis and what can be done about such drugs.  This has led to a focus on narcotic painkillers.  In reality, America has an addiction problem.  “What might be some of...
Is One Parent Just as Good As Two?
By Micah Clark   |   09.14.17
A recent article in Psychology Today named for a survey of 1,000 women announced, “One Parent Can Do Just as Good a Job as Two, Women Say.”  More than 70 percent of those surveyed believed that a single parent could...
A Beautiful Gathering in the Heartland: Mom’s March for America
By Tami Jackson   |   09.06.17
Our great nation, America the beautiful, is not merely beautiful for her spacious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties, heroes proved, or patriots’ dreams. The true and lasting worth of our nation lies in the hearts of her...
The Smartphone Generation
By Micah Clark   |   08.31.17
Jean Twenge is a researcher who has looked at data on over 11 million youth as part of a new generational study.  The millennial generation is timing out as a new, unnamed generation appears.  These young people could be called...
A Biblical View of Climate Change
By David E. Smith   |   08.22.17
Last year I was at lunch with an evangelist. After the meal, he handed our waitress a Gospel tract. I wanted to reinforce his compassion, so I told the young lady that her relationship with God was the most important thing in the world. She responded, “Yeah, that and global warming!” She proceeded to tell us that she wakes up in fear of what may happen to the earth during her lifetime. I was shocked.
State Politicians Turn Illinois into a ‘Sanctuary State’
By John Biver   |   08.19.17
Most everyone has heard about “sanctuary cities” during the past few years due to the attention they received during the presidential election. But have you heard of sanctuary states? How about sanctuary government buildings? Governor Bruce Rauner has agreed to...
Play Hard and Work . . . Some?
By Micah Clark   |   08.19.17
The election of Donald Trump was often attributed to a reaction to the declining economics of middle-aged men.  However, a new study of young men finds that they have their own share of economic struggles today, too.   According to data...
Hollywood Profanity Wears Thin with Viewers, but So Does Discernment
By Micah Clark   |   08.12.17
There is a new Harris Poll that finds that audiences are growing tired of profanity-filled movies coming from Hollywood.  However the study also seems to reveal a lack of discernment as well in my opinion.  Perhaps the pervasiveness of profanity...
Don’t Divorce – Part 2
07.31.17
Some church members seem almost determined to divorce. They are unhappy and think that if they end their marriage, they can find a better mate. What should a pastor say to them? Or what should he say to a spouse...
Don’t Divorce – Part 1
07.25.17
Marriage has fallen on hard times. Half of America's marriages have ended in divorce since 1975 - a divorce rate that is triple that of Britain or France.  Dr. Diane Medved offers answers in a compelling new book, Don't Divorce: Compelling Arguments for Saving and Revitalizing Your Marriage. 
Culture War Victory Still Possible for Conservatives
07.25.17
What we call the pro-family movement is a component of the larger conservative movement and deals with matters of sexuality and the natural family. Its American roots are in the cultural backlash to the Marxist revolution of the 1960s that turned family-centered society on its head and swapped the Judeo-Christian morality of our founding for Soviet-style “political correctness.”
Where Corporations Stand on the Issues? There’s an App for That
By Andrew Willis   |   07.21.17
It’s no secret that social liberals have been winning the publicity battle in recent years. Whether it be the life or marriage issue, conservatives have been routinely out-spent, out-marketed, and out-publicized. Why? A substantial part of the reason is that...
Silencing the Silencers
By Robert Knight   |   07.14.17
Frustrated by its inability to win elections, the left is attempting to silence opponents through intimidation, either in the streets or in the courts. The latest example is the hijacking of Guidestar USA by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Guidestar is a database of more than 2 million nonprofit and non-governmental (NGO) organizations. It's considered the foremost authority on nonprofits, and had a self-avowed reputation for "remaining neutral."
Illinois House Approves Massive Income Tax Increase
By David E. Smith   |   07.03.17
Late Sunday afternoon (July 2nd), the Illinois House passed a massive tax hike for families and businesses. What does that mean for taxpayers? Well, if this proposal isn't vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, the personal income tax rate would increase by 32 percent, surging from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, and the corporate rate would jump from 5.25 percent to 7 percent. This would enable and fund business as usual. ("Enable" is the key word here...)
Tax Increases, More Spending and ‘A Disaster’ of a Budget for Illinois
By John Biver   |   07.01.17
State government summer re-run season is underway at the Illinois capitol building where both political parties are cooperating to send our state further into the fiscal abyss. Midnight came and went as we closed out the month of June without a budget being signed into law, so Illinois has begun its third straight year without one.
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