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...]

Changing the Fabric of our Nation

One only needs to pick up the daily newspaper to witness the profound impact of la herencia Hispana (Hispanic heritage) on our society. From the look and language of our marketing campaigns to the form and function of contemporary fashion; from the music that is crossing over cultural and linguistic barriers to the outcomes of our political elections; the contributions of the Latino community are changing the very fabric of this land we all call home.We are reminded of this yet again … [Read more...]

Why Higher Educational Standards Are A Step Toward Biblical Justice

What is justice? Justice is not the purpose of big government. Justice is the passion of a big God. Justice is not a political term to be exploited but a prophetic term to be lived out.What is justice? Justice does not result in pathetic attempts of expediency but in prophetic postures of activism. For justice will at times march, at times it will protest, at times it will sing but justice will always speak on behalf of those that cannot speak for themselves.The Hispanic population in … [Read more...]

Why Immigration Reform is a Christian Cause

As Evangelical Christians, our faith stands universally recognized by a simple symbol: a cross. The cross is both vertical and horizontal. Vertically, we stand connected to God, His Kingdom, eternal truth and glory. Horizontally, to our left and to our right, we stand connected to family, culture, society and community.Immigration reform lies along both the vertical and horizontal planes. Vertically, the heart of God stands moved by the plight of the immigrant and the suffering. … [Read more...]

Immigration Reform and Faith Values: The Agenda of the Lamb

by Samuel Rodriguez and Robert GittelsonOur commitment, as people of strong faith, is to reconcile conviction with compassion, truth with love, and righteousness with justice. At the end of the day, our number one objective is to reconcile the Rev. Billy Graham’s message with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march. In doing so, we advance not the agenda of the Donkey or the Elephant, but exclusively the agenda of the Lamb.Comprehensive immigration reform is about the right thing to d … [Read more...]

The Bible: As Important as Shakespeare or Dickens

According to a recent report released by the Pew Hispanic Center, Hispanic high school drop-out rates are at a record low. While this is encouraging, there’s still much work needed in order to close the educational achievement gap for the next-generation of Latinos.  The same report also conveys these negatively impacting facts: “Hispanic college students are less likely than their white counterparts to enroll in a four-year college (56% versus 72%), they are less likely to attend a selective col … [Read more...]


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