Always Reformed, Always Reforming

Mehr Reformed Ministries
Open House

 

Friday, September 17, 2021, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
2001 W Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075

Richard Pratt

Chris Larson

Chris Larson

Hamid Hatami

Jordan Stone

Sohrab Ramtin

Scott Bridger

Paul Golhashem

Keith Self

It is with great excitement that we invite you to the Always Reformed, Always Reforming conference and launch party–the first of many Mehr Reformed Ministry events. We would be honored for you to join us in celebrating the official launch of our ministry as we work together to extend the ideals of the Protestant Reformation to the Farsi-speaking church.

Come hear from Mehr leadership and notable leaders in the reformed community as we explore several questions:

  • What is the heritage of the Protestant Reformation in Iran?
  • What does it mean to be Reformed in the context of the persecuted church in Iran?
  • How can reformed theology and covenant theology helps the Farsi-speaking believers?

Registration is free thanks to our partners, and the first 200 registrants will receive the books R.C. Sproul: A Life and Saved From What?, courtesy of Ligonier Ministries.

Should you wish to support our ministry financially to reach Muslims and equip Farsi-speaking believers, click here to donate

Join us on September 17, 2021, in Plano, TX, and be encouraged to stand firm in God’s faithfulness.

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Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr. is President and Co-Founder of Thirdmill, an evangelical ministry dedicated to providing sound biblical and theological training for Christian leaders worldwide. Before dedicating himself full-time to Thirdmill, Dr. Pratt served as professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary and was chair of the Old Testament department. Dr. Pratt studied at Westminster Theological Seminary, received his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, and earned his Th.D. in Old Testament Studies from Harvard University. He is the general editor of the NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, a translator for the New Living Translation, and has authored numerous articles and books.

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Ephesians 4: 1-16
‘The Word and The Church’

All too often biblical doctrines divide Christians from each other. But the Apostle Paul insisted that teaching the Scriptures is the only hope for God-honoring unity among believers. How can this be true?

Chris Larson

Chris Larson is president and CEO of Ligonier Ministries. He directs and leads all strategic outreach initiatives and oversees daily ministry operations, seeking to spread the historic Christian faith to as many people as possible. He previously worked in the educational and corporate world before joining the ministry, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida.

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The Sovereignty of God and the Persecuted Church

The Bible emphasizes the sovereignty of God in salvation and all of life, and it is often in times of difficulty and trial that this truth is experienced most sweetly by the Christian. A ballast amidst troubled waters, God’s loving providence and care for His people is demonstrated again and again throughout the Scriptures. In the context of a persecuted church, Reformed theology offers a rock-solid foundation on which Christians can stand, building their hopes on the promises of God and knowing that Jesus will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

Hamid Hatami is the founder and President of Mehr Reformed Ministries (MRM). MRM is founded to be a voice for reformed theology among Farsi-speakers. Hamid is from Mashhad, Iran, and born in a Muslim Shiite family, and grew up as a Muslim. He came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in 2002 and his Christian journey influenced by Reformed Theology and Presbyterianism from the second year of his conversion. Hamid and his wife came to the US as Christian Refugee in 2013 after being two years refugee in Turkey. He graduated from Software Engineering in Iran and earned his second B.S. in Business Information Systems and Technology from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a senior student at Reformed Theological Seminary to earn his M.Div. He became under the care of the North Texas Presbytery in 2017 and pursuing his ordination in PCA. He is an adjunct professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of exposition and commentary on  Westminster Confession of Faith in Farsi (forthcoming). Since 2005, he is working on free Bible Software for Farsi-speaking and finished the most comprehensive Bible cross-references in Farsi, and is a senior developer and translator of Farsi Interlinear Bible.

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Reformation to Revival
The Flame of Their Lives

The Church of God will never forget those who were faithful to their Master, bore the brunt of the battle like a good soldier of Christ, counting all things as nothing in order to win the fight, and from their dying hands, others have grasped the banner and will pursue the Divine quest for souls until the Lord Jesus returns in a grand succession of service and martyrdom. In Isaiah 55:11, the promise of the divine author is “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but sit shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Since 200 hundred years ago, every Reformed preacher and minister who came to Iran have looked confidently for the fulfillment of this promise, not within their own rapid fading lifetime, but in the future when new witnesses should join into their field of warfare and, in their time, they fight a battle for the Lord.

By study the summary of 200 hundred years of the impact and effort of the life and ministry of pioneer Reformed missionaries in Iran, we will deeply explore how they made their life significant of good to the church of Iran by their understanding the Word of God through the Reformed Theology, and how the Reformed Theology helped them to plant the confessional Reformed Churches in Iran. The flame of their lives lights the lamp in many other hearts.

After twenty years on the soccer pitch (a few of them playing professionally for FC Dallas), the Lord called Jordan into the gospel ministry. He’s served as a pastor for over fourteen years and has been the Senior Pastor of Redeemer PCA in McKinney, TX since 2017. Jordan received his M.A.R. from Reformed Theological Seminary and Th.M. and Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of A Communion of Love: The Christ-Centered Spirituality of Robert Murray M’Cheyne (Wipf & Stock, 2019), and Love to Christ: The Piety of Robert Murray M’Cheyne (Reformation Heritage Books, forthcoming). He is married to Emily, and together they have six children.  

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Henry Martyn: The Spirit of Christ in Missions

Henry Martyn (1781–1812) declared, “The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” What lessons can we learn from Martyn’s missionary life and spirit? This lecture seeks to unfold the vital aspects of Martyn’s devotion and apply them to modern-day missionaries.

Sohrab Ramtin is an adjunct professor at the Southern California Seminary. He teaches church history, world religions, Cross-Cultural studies, and Islamic studies. He is the ordained pastor of the Iranian Christian Church of San Diego (1990) and the Iranian Christian Church of El Cajon (2008), a congregation of Shadow Mt. Community Church. Also, he is a program producer for a Christian TV and radio network to Iran and Afghanistan. He is from Tehran, Iran, born in a Muslim family, and grew up as a Muslim. He came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in December of 1981. He is married and has two children. He holds the following degrees: B.A in Physics Point Loma Nazarene University, B.A in Mathematics from Point Loma Nazarene University, Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Southern California Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) from Southern California Seminary.

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
Epistle of Jude vv.8-11, and vv.20-23

We shall study from God’s Word the dangerous characteristics of false teachers who have attacked the Lord’s flock among the Farsi-speaking people and the antidote for their poisons.

Scott is a professor of global studies and world religions at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He has also been an adjunct instructor of Arabic and Islamic studies at several other institutions. Scott has over 25 years of experience in the Middle East, including 10 years residing in Israel-Palestine. Scott met his wife, Miriam, in Jerusalem and they have five children, three of whom were born in Haifa, Israel. Having obtained a Master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Haifa in 2011, Scott has advanced proficiency in both Arabic and Modern Hebrew. In 2014 was the founding director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at Southern Seminary. In addition to his MA from the University of Haifa, Scott holds several other advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. from Southeastern Seminary and a ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Christian Exegesis of the Qur’an (Pickwick, 2015) along with other publications in the areas of Islamic studies, Middle Eastern Christianity, and missiology.

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Persian Christianity in Historical Perspective:
Lessons for Plotting a Faithful and Meaningful Way Forward

Persian Christianity is not new. Indeed, it is a fulfillment of God’s promise to our Father Abraham of redeeming a people from all families of the earth – every tribe, tongue, and nation. Many people are familiar with the appearance of the Magi at the time of Christ’s birth and the birth of Persian Christianity in the New Testament on the Day of Pentecost. What is less known is the story of how Persians carried the gospel to the utmost parts of the earth in the 7th – 9th centuries. For a time, Persian Christianity in its Syriac form was numerically the largest Christian group on the planet until the advent and growth of Islam. Over time, however, their influence waned until they were a small minority. And though we have witnessed miraculous growth in our own day, Persian Christians remain a minority, which poses numerous challenges: national identity, political allegiance, contextualization/syncretism, ethical and cultural issues, etc. For every generation of believers who take their faith seriously, these issues pose complex challenges. What lessons can be gleaned from the rich history of Persian Christianity for plotting a faithful and meaningful way forward for the Persian Church today?

Hussein (Paul) Golhashem, born in March 1966 in a village around the city of Semnan-Iran to a Muslim Shiite family. His father was a Sheppard as his grandfather. He himself spent some years helping his father shepherding their flock. Hussein (Paul) He is the writer of the book called “from an alley in Semnan into a hill in the Jerusalem” which includes his testimony and his poetry, a very popular book among Iranian Christians published by Persian World Outreach. He also translated works like, “The devotional Classic” by C.H Spurgeon; “the passion of Christ; Fifty reasons why Jesus came to die;” and “ battling unbelief “by John Piper; “behold the man” by C. Swindoll. And his recent translation was “The Valley of Vision” the prayers of the Puritans. Hussein (Paul) Golhashem is a tentmaker! As he is working for the last 20 years for a department store, he was able to receive his BA degree in Biblical Study with a Minor in Mission and evangelism from Criswell College. For the last 10 years, he is a member of the Stone Briar Community Church in Frisco Texas, and serving the body of Christ. He is executive director of Mehr Reformed Ministries.

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What is our Hope?

My people more than anywhere else, looking at the heaven and hoping for the answers to the poverty, oppression, inequality, and justice for a very long time. Many times, this Hope been shattered, been betrayed, and been slaughtered with terror as we lived and grew up with it for the last forty years. But during this global and universal demand for change in Iran, we missed and forgotten those who Hope for having peace within and rest with the trouble’s souls, those who lived under the darkness so long and hoping to see the light, to believe, to cling on to live by. Where is this Hope coming from? The only Hope was given not only to Ibrahim the father of our faith which with that Hope he left, he trusted, he believed, and he obeyed; even though he didn’t receive the promises; the irony of our faith is this when comes to Iran: same Hope now is given to us. The Hope of the Gospel. Because there is no other Hope: The Gospel of shalom, the Gospel of salvation, The Gospel of suffering, and The Gospel of Kingdom of our beloved Savior.

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), USA, Keith Self, A fifth-generation Texan, Keith graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served on active duty for 25 years as an Infantry officer, retiring for the second time in 2003 after recall for service in Afghanistan and Qatar.  A Ranger, Green Beret, and Master Parachutist, Keith served tactical assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 4th Infantry Division, the Green Berets, and multiple Joint assignments.  He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations. Keith has been involved with military issues involving the Middle East and Iran since 1979. Among his relevant assignments are the 1/10th Special Forces Battalion, the US embassy in Cairo, Egypt; the US European Command as J3 Israeli desk officer; the Pentagon and the US Central Command for Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom (Qatar). Keith served as the County Judge, Collin County from January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2018; the presiding officer of the Commissioners Court with budget and tax authority. Keith and Tracy have been married for 46 years.

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Geopolitical Tension

Iran has a long and proud history, and great ambitions today, but it also has great challenges. Any discussion of modern Iran includes the major sects of Islam, Shi’a, and Sunni, with Iran the leader of the Shi’a branch and Saudi Arabia the Sunni leader. While Islam defines regional politics, Iran is active across a wider Middle East and around the world in its attempt to become a major world power, including nuclear. LTC (Ret) Keith Self will briefly discuss Iran’s position and ambitions.

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