Bridging the Church-School Divide

This year, for the first time ever, white students are not the majority in U.S. public schools. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, minority students, when added together, make up a new majority in K-12 schools. The shift is largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children. What are the educational implications of this new American reality?For one, it looks as if we must make more drastic changes if we are going to meet President Obama’s goals for his “ … [Read more...]

Make Careful Decisions When Choosing the Right College

Few events bring with them the mixture of hope and anxiety as does our children’s transition from high school to college. On the positive side, this is a time of exciting change, as our children progress from adolescence to adulthood, and prepare for life and work in a learning environment full of opportunity. As Christians, we approach this transition knowing that the most important part of a student’s development is spiritual, a component that some schools neglect. The secularism we find on mos … [Read more...]

5 Things a Sermon Needs

The word “sermon” comes from an old Latin word meaning “discourse.”  But a sermon is far more important than a speech.  A properly prepared and delivered message is a powerful thing – God’s truth delivered through the voice of a herald. In most church services, the sermon is a central element.  It’s too important to cut-and-paste.  It deserves focus, skill and passion. So how do you preach a sermon that is faithful to the text, honors God, and con … [Read more...]

On Holy Ground with Admiral Black

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One of the greatest highlights of the National Prayer Breakfast was our visit with the Rev. Dr. Barry Black. Chaplain (Admiral) Black is the 62nd Chaplain of the US Senate. I first met Chaplain Black at Andrews University in the spring of 2010 during my graduation ceremony for the PhD in Global Leadership from Andrews. He was being awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Andrews University and was the commencement speaker the day I graduated. Belinda, my wife, and my parents were there … [Read more...]

Religious Liberty, Freedom to Believe

During the week of the National Prayer Breakfast, I hosted a dinner for Buckner friends on Capitol Hill and the guests we invited to the breakfast. Two esteemed friends joined us for dinner and spoke to the group. The first was my good friend, Stan Holmes. He was so kind to invite us to the National Prayer Breakfast. His vision for the breakfast is to gather friends of various faiths and countries as well as leaders from across the United States to meet, pray, and begin friendships. It is all … [Read more...]

The National Prayer Breakfast 2014

I had the wonderful privilege to participate in the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast during the first week of February. I have decided to write about this event on Presidents Day, an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Li … [Read more...]

Townhall Exclusive: Where Church and State Collide

Pastors and faith leaders from across the country will have the opportunity to meet with several members of the House Republican Conference tonight at the U.S. Capitol. While the Republican Party is no stranger to hosting faith-based events, the “Faith Leaders GOP Meetup” will mark the first formal opportunity in 2014 for religious advocates to take part in a round-table discussion with legislators. Participants will not only receive a first-hand account of the legislative agenda concerning rel … [Read more...]

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Joins Christian and Conservative Leaders in Support of Common Core State Standards

Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Mike Huckabee, Dr. Nicole Baker Fulgham, Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, Catholic Educators, encouraged by NHCLC supportSACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), regarded as the leading voice for the 16-million-strong Hispanic American Evangelical Christian community, today joins Christian and conservatives in their support of the Common Core State Standards. The NHCLC, called "America's … [Read more...]


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