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...]

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?

According to the Declaration of Independence, all people are endowed by their Creator, with certain “unalienable rights” amongst which are “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. How ironic is it, then, that many end up searching for these rights independent of the Creator who is credited with endowing them.  Thus is the tragic irony for many of our Latino brothers and sisters who, as they arrive on our fair shores, leave their biblical values behind in favor of the perceived notion of happ … [Read more...]

Samuel Rodriguez Calls for 21st-Century Renewal

Faith is transparent, transcendent and transformational. Faith equips us to cross over obstacles, shout down walls, break through crowds and walk on the impossible, even in the midst of storms.Faith encourages us to survive the fires of life, overcome the den of lions, silence the serpents and outwit the fox. Faith empowers us to see the invisible, embrace the impossible and hope for the incredible.Faith exhorts us to care for the poor, speak for the marginalized and welcome the … [Read more...]

Prophetic Courage: Where are the Paul Reveres of This Generation?

With a convicted spirit and a heart full of compassion, I look across the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. This historic city, known for her role in the narrative of our nation's Revolutionary War chapter, love of sports and birthplace of some of the world's leading educational institutions, now stands recognized as yet another victim of mindless terror.Yet in this region, over 200 years ago, a man by the name of Paul Revere sounded an alarm; an alarm prompting the colonists to arise … [Read more...]

The Commander in Chief is now the Comfortable in Chief when it comes to the morning after pill for our Quinceañeras

The President whom our Latino brothers and sisters, mamás y papás, and community overwhelmingly voted for on this past presidential election, shocked some of us once again. Regarding the morning after pill he said, "I'm very comfortable with the decision they've made right now based on solid scientific evidence for girls 15 and older." Click here to read entire Christian Post article hereThe Commander in Chief is now the “Comfortable” in Chief regarding the sexual decision of this country’s a … [Read more...]

The Best Leaders Know They Don’t Know Everything

Bullseye! I love it when the latest business or leadership concept points us back to the 1st century reflecting a Jesus-shaped (J-Shaped) way of thinking.Margaret Heffernan, writing for Money Watch on May 2nd produced an article entitled “Great Leaders Aren’t Smug.” Read the whole article at basic premise is that truly strong leaders maintain a certain level of humility, modesty, and maybe a little anxiety. They … [Read more...]

Who is this “evangelico” you hear so much about?

As I had lunch with a new friend who is highly involved in the political scene of our city, he told me something that is a stereotypical view of Hispanic Evangelicals. He said that some of his colleagues who were Democrats thought he was having lunch with a Republican when he told them he was having lunch with a Hispanic Evangelical pastor. For those who may not be aware of this, what my friend heard is a typical reaction by many to one of the words in his introduction of me. That word is … [Read more...]