NHCLC Announces Dr. Andrea R. Ramirez as Executive Director of Faith and Education Coalition

Ramirez to Guide Education Initiatives including Hispanic Education Sunday, Raising the Standards, and Faith & Education Coalition SACRAMENTO, Calif., June12, 2015 - The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC/Conel) has appointed Dr. Andrea R. Ramirez as Executive Director of the Faith & Education Coalition. Dr. Ramirez will oversee key education initiatives for the NHCLC including their annual Education Sunday, the Raising the Standards project, and t … [Read more...]

The Fault In Our Stars by Ruth Moon, feat. Samuel Rodriguez

To a visitor at Mars Hill Church’s Bellevue, Washington, campus, the church service looks much the same as it has for months, as churchgoers stream into the historic theater building that houses the church. The name is gone, though, changed to “Doxa Church,” and Pastor Mark—as church members and staffers call Mark Driscoll—is not there. And he will not be coming back: The pastor who grew Mars Hill Church to a more than 12,000-attendee multisite megachurch resigned Oct. 14 after a year in which h … [Read more...]

Hispanic Evangelicals Could Determine GOP Presidential Nominee by Rev Samuel Rodriguez

 The next presidential election cycle, which already is beginning to take shape, will be a decisive moment for voters to reaffirm our country’s devotion to the Biblical values that make the United States strong. The Hispanic faith community particularly has made clear it will support leaders who share their commitment to reforms that align with the Word of God and respect the dignity of all His people. To be sure, Latinos will play a decisive role in the next election. A r … [Read more...]

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

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...]