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...]

Seeing “the Stranger” with New Eyes

January marked the anniversary in American history of the enactment of a law granting Puerto Ricans complete U.S. birthright citizenship. The 1940 Nationality Act, which became effective January 13, 1941, applied the rule jure solis to persons born in Puerto Rico after that date. In other words, they were considered "natural born" U.S. citizens with full rights, thus opening up a world of possibilities for those once seen as strangers in this land.As we consider the millions of Latinos … [Read more...]

Greater Dallas Movement Day: Next Steps

About 10 days ago I had the privilege to participate in the launch of Greater Dallas Movement Day, a gathering of over 1,400 leaders from the Christian faith community representing business, government, social services, education, and congregational contexts. We experienced a major victory in the gathering of this group to make new friendships, to learn about each other, and to consider how we might work together to improve our city.We tackled a number of issues and met by affinity groups to … [Read more...]

Letting Justice Flow

Letting Justice FlowAs headlines swirl with news of the recent expiration of unemployment benefits for thousands of individuals, many have asked what role the church should play in helping to meet the needs of those hardest hit by the country’s economic downturn. As we grapple with this tough issue in our respective communities, let us not forget that God dealt with the issues of poverty and justice first. Why else would these topics be mentioned over 2100 times within the pages of S … [Read more...]

Where are the best leaders (Part II)?

This week I presented my first talk of the year to our Corporate Team at Buckner and spoke on the topic of Leadership Selection. I reflected on my own journey to my role at Buckner and remembered a favorite story with principles for leadership selection. I shared the story of David being selected as the King of Israel in 1 Samuel 16.So where do you find the best leaders? 1. The best leaders are where they are supposed to be doing their assignments. David was tending to his father’s business … [Read more...]

Where are the best leaders (Part I)?

This week I presented my first talk of the year to our Corporate Team at Buckner and spoke on the topic of Leadership Selection. I reflected on my own journey to my role at Buckner and remembered a favorite story with principles for leadership selection.I recounted the story of the Prophet Samuel (1 Samuel 16:1-13 NIV) and reflected on my leadership assignments over my lifetime. I recall that Samuel was led by the Lord to travel to Bethlehem to anoint one of the sons of Jesse to be the next … [Read more...]


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