Samuel Rodriguez

CP Contributor

Closing the Honesty Gap in Education for Hispanic Students

While Hispanic students have made some gains in educational outcomes over the last 20 years, they still lag behind their non-Hispanic classmates. A recent study by Pew Research found that for the first time in 2012, the enrollment rate among Hispanic high school graduates surpassed their white peers.

'McFarland USA' Is the Prophetic Voice the Immigration Reform Debate Needs

Seated behind an elderly Mexican American couple, my wife and I stood moved and motivated as we watched Kevin Costner's latest movie, "McFarland U.S.A." The story of immigrant young men, who worked in the fields picking fruits and vegetables in addition to attending High School and running in cross country competitions, re-ignited our commitment to immigration reform.

The Single Greatest Civil Rights Threat of Our Time

We live in a time where the very freedom to express our respective faith values stands threatened – a road we have never been down before. From the HHS mandate requiring religious organizations to sacrifice conviction on the altar of political expediency to the failed attempt by Uncle Sam to require businesses, such as Hobby Lobby, to abandon conscience or suffer the consequences of continued litigation, our freedom to worship stands threatened.

The Holy Spirit, Hispanics, and the Transformation of the American Church (Pt. 2)

In part one of this series I explained that without the presence of Hispanic churches, America's leading Pentecostal/Charismatic denominations would be in serious decline and not in step with the Pentecostal/Charismatic explosion that the rest of the globe is experiencing. In fact, the Hispanic community represents the nation's fastest growing Christian community, one can argue that the future of American Evangelicalism lies in the hands of the Hispanic-Spirit empowered church.

Dr. King's March, Christians and Immigration Reform

In the 1960s, the evangelical community largely stood on the sidelines as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched for justice. In the 21st century, evangelicals should refuse to repeat history. We should stand committed to contextualizing the moral imperative behind immigration reform. Driven by Matthew 25 and a commitment to reconcile conviction with compassion, the followers of Christ should lead the charge for immigration reform that protects our values, borders and, more importantly, the image of God in every human being.

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, for her love of sports and for being the birthplace of some of the world's leading educational institutions now stands recognized as another victim of mindless terror.