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Capital Connection – PA and NY’s biggest issues of the week – 5/17/24

Capital Connection – PA and NY’s biggest issues of the week – 5/17/24

Planned Parenthood Closing Up Shop at a PA location

Why Assisted Suicide is Bad Medicine

Trump Effect on State-by-state Races

Nassau County’s Transgender Athlete Ban

What to Watch for in the Closing Days of the Legislative Sessions


Christian lobbyists Jason McGuire and Michael Geer discuss the issues that impact Christian voters on this weeks’ edition of “Capital Connection”


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Real Answers – continuing our conversation about “Raising Sons” – 5/15/24

Real Answers – continuing our conversation about “Raising Sons” – 5/15/24

Raising children is a delight and a challenge. Parenting is one of the most important tasks in all of life for those who are given this privilege.

Daughters also rely on uplifting upbringings, yet today we focus on boys.  What is unique about raising sons?


On this edition of Family Life’s “Real Answers“, therapeutic counselor Christopher Anderson offers Christian areas of emphasis for parents. These apply, whatever your son’s/sons’ age, whether you are married or a single parent, and whether you are a dad or a mom or a grandparent:

  •  The urgency of giving your children, especially sons, a deepening understanding of Jesus and of grace
  •  How vital it is for male and female parents to visibly live out your faith, and explain why the Lord improves your own life
  •  Connect your son with other men who are faithful adult role models
  •  The story of a valuable $50 bill



This podcast is the second of a two-part series on this important topic

Chris Anderson and Sarah Harnisch also talked about encouragement and advice for raising sons on our “Real Answers” feature earlier this month. Hear part one of that interview here.



“Real Answers” is one of our extended interviews on Wednesdays from Family Life News. Listen for it online, on our app and on the radio during the Family Life Noon Report

Podcast versions of all Family Life News Features are available for 24/7 listening, sharing, subscribing and downloading. You can find them on our website or search “Family Life News” on your favorite podcast app.

The Calling_Episode 19: Mark Bane

The Calling_Episode 19: Mark Bane

The Calling is a Family Life original podcast for pastors that focuses on the personal and professional challenges they face in their mission to serve the Lord. In Episode 19, Steve’s guest is Mark Bane, a retired pastor with 40 years of experience leading congregations.  Mark, who is also Steve’s longtime friend, talks about the difference between being a pastor and sitting in the congregation, how to biblically address sin in a friend.

Can we even have conversations, in a contentious election year? – 5/14/23

Can we even have conversations, in a contentious election year? – 5/14/23

 “Don’t talk about Religion or Politics” …. so they say. 

But our guest on this Family Life News Feature says our faith can help us talk about tough topics — at work, with friends, and even in our families and congregations.


Focus on the Family counselor Joanie DeBrito offers advice for people who have strong opinions, but might feel afraid to raise an argument on political or social Hot Topics. She says it takes wisdom, humility and self-control. Also, Christians (and others) need to be discerning. With some people who don’t listen well and have no motivation to remain civil, it often is wise to decline to discuss elections and candidates. However, Dr. DeBrito says politics does not have to stay “off the table” if you and the other person are open to listening respectfully, being fair, and being both firm in your convictions and willing to learn something new.

How to have good conversations, even in a contentious election year and a divisive culture … today on this Family Life News podcast.


Dr. Joanie DeBrito is a coach at Hope Restored Aftercare and a columnist and consultant with Focus on the Family.  She has 30+ years experience as a therapist and counselor.

Here are links to her work at Hope Restored and Focus.

Some of her columns and blogs about marriage, parenting and family matters can be found here and here.



Ten Minutes With…Michael Woolworth of Bible League International

Ten Minutes With…Michael Woolworth of Bible League International

Ten Minutes With is a Family Life original podcast for people who love podcasts, but don’t have a lot of time to listen. Michael Woolworth is Senior Director of Broadcast Media at Bible League International which is an organization that Family Life has partnered with for a many years to provide Bibles to people in different languages across the world. For 85 years, Bible League International has been serving under-resourced churches by providing God’s Word in a language they know and at a level they can understand. In this episode, Michael speaks with Family Life’s Steve Smith about the work his organization does and how you can help Family Life to spend more than 2,000 Bibles to nations around the world.

The World Needs the Word: Bibles for the Nations

Issues in Education – 5/13/24

Issues in Education – 5/13/24

Dr. Ralph Kerr discusses the weighty issues in the news as they pertain to public education on this week’s edition of “Issues in Education”

  • Punishing Anarchists on College Campuses
  • School Budget Preview in NY
  • Those Accountable for FAFSA Woes Held Accountable



“Issues in Education” airs most Mondays during the academic year during the Family Life Noon Report. Dr. Ralph Kerr, a long-time principal and superintendent directs the Teaching and Learning Institute which advocates for students, families and educators from a Christian vantage point.




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