With 25 years in education–17 years as Head of School–IDLF President John Murray is a thought-leader in regard to equipping children and parents to impact modern culture for Jesus Christ. John has extensive experience in impacting the broader public through speaking, writing, and filmmaking.

He has served as a guest lecturer and panelist for such groups as the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA), The Hudson Institute, The Wheelock Conference (Dartmouth College),  the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, the Georgia Independent School Association, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, the Southeast Symposium on Community Violence, Ravi Zacharias’ International Ministries, and a number of other public and private school assemblies and chapels, parent and Board workshops, and church youth group retreats.

His enhanced e-textbook, entitled In Whose Image?  Image-bearers of God vs. The Image-makers of Our Time, prepares teens to understand what it means to be an image-bearer of God, while equipping them to recognize and avoid being re-created by the image-makers of our time–covering such areas as identity, body image, race, media discernment, history, and the Christian faith to name a few.

His award-winning articles addressing education, history, politics, media and youth culture have appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA TodayThe Barna Group, The Washington Examiner, The St. Louis Post-DispatchDes Moines Register, The Atlanta Constitution, Citizen Magazine, Movieguide, and Fox News.com to name a few.  He received two national writing awards from The Amy Foundation in 2010 and 2012.

He has also appeared on several media outlets and podcasts including CNBC, MSNBC, USA Today, The Daily Signal, Breakpoint, World Magazine’s “The World and Everything in It,” and CNN Radio.

His award-winning documentary, Think About It: Understanding the Impact of TV-Movie Violence was nationally distributed by Active Parenting from 2000-2010.