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...]

Statement From Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Regarding Rick Warren’s Family Loss and the Passing of Their Son Matthew

"Our collective heart stands broken as a result of Pastor Rick Warren's loss; the passing of his son Matthew. We pray for healing and strength for the Warren and Saddleback family. Yet, this tragedy facilitates an opportunity if not an obligation for the Christian community to address mental illness. Mental illness exists in and outside of the church community. Christians struggle with depression and even suicidal thoughts. It does not make you less of a Christian. Just like heart disease or … [Read more...]

How Do We Respond to a Violent Culture?

The tragedy of Newtown, Conn., the Colorado theater massacre and other egregious violations of our communal serenity demonstrate that in the 21st century, the spirit of Herod still lives. In the New Testament, the biblical narratives include the presence of three different Herods. The first Herod persecuted Jesus as a baby, the second Herod prosecuted John the Baptist and the third Herod executed disciples. Each embodied an unbridled commitment to mindless violence.To that extent, the spirit … [Read more...]

Cuando los sueños universitarios se vuelven realidad

By Andrew Thompson es estudiante de último año con especialidad en comunicaciones en Wheaton College en IllinoisUna nueva alianza de universidades cristianas quiere que el 25 por ciento de su estudiantado sea hispano para el 2015.Para algunos, la educación es una expectativa. Para otros, es un sueño inalcanzable. Unos la miran como la puerta al triunfo, mientras que otros la ven como una tarea sin valor. Pero para Andrea Reyes Ramírez, es mucho más que eso. Es su ofrenda a Dios y su pasió … [Read more...]

NHCLC Responds To Statement by Congressman Young

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, The Hispanic Evangelical Association, responded today to the unfortunate term Congressman Young engaged in describing Hispanic migrant workers.As Christ followers we stand committed to an agenda that replaces rhetorical pornography with the redemptive language of love, tolerance, compassion and reconciliation. The pejorative term "wetback," reminds us of a time in our Nation's history when racial epithets stood unchecked, while many of … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to all Distinguished Members of Congress

I am writing this letter to you today, to represent the Latino population that I serve. Nothing sparks a more hotly contested public debate and is a more highly politicized issue than immigration reform. I too want to serve those under my watch. As CEO of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) I need to share my concerns and those of the 40,000 churches, the dozens of community agencies and the millions of its members regarding the millions of immigrants caught in the … [Read more...]

Immigration Reform: Future Flow Must Meet Economic Need

For me and my colleagues in the Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform coalition, we want to see a fair, pragmatic, and just immigration reform that respects the rule of law; secures our borders, our businesses, and our visa process; ensures fairness to taxpayers; protects the unity of the immediate family; and especially respects the God-­given dignity of every person. Furthermore, we strongly feel that our nation has a moral imperative to assure that any immigration reform … [Read more...]

Praying Circles Around Your Children

In February I attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC. This was a remarkable experience. Since 1953, a group of members of Congress have met for prayer in the Spirit of Jesus of Nazareth. They gathered to pray for the nation and for the President of the United States. When President Eisenhower heard about the first gathering, he asked if he could come. The members of Congress agreed and held the first National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton. I attended the 61st … [Read more...]


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