Wednesday, August 23, 2006

hispanics,reformed faith and reformed churchesand mna 2

I was taking to my wife this morning about mna conference on reaching hispanics...i asked her who should lead that discussion and she answered with her God given common sense: who better than reformed hispanics! well she was surprised when i told her no...two white americans! it was not as if mna had no qualified reformed hispanics to speak advise on reaching have eugene pinero reformed baptist pastor,jon seda pastor,orlando crespo and if you wanted some big name with degrees and credentials you had manny ortiz professor at westminister seminary who wrote countless books on urban churchplanting and especially among hispanics!!! (the last 2 you check online at cbd,barnes noble and amazon books)
i had to reflect why this happend and i came up with some possible reasons:






1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry that you feel the way you do. However, I'm Mexican and I've followed the reformed tradition for about 26 years now and your comment just brings to mind question 7 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism which is: What are the decrees of God? The decrees of God are his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby for his own glory, he has fore-ordained whatsoever comes to pass. And the proof text for this is Eph 1:11,12: Being predestined according to the purpose of him who wortheth all things after the counsel of his own will that we should be to the praise of his glory. By this I don't see that this conference that the MNA held which did not have any Hispanic speaker as being outsid of God's control. Nothing happens by chance and ultimately it is God's glory that is at stake here. Not whether or not there were Hispanic speakers for reaching out to Hispanics. I would recommend that you read A. W. Pink's book the Sovereignty of God. I want to say this in a gentle way but I think your statement reflects Liberation Theology and thinking rather than Reformed Theology and thinking. I would also recommend the book by Bruce Milne, Know the Truth, which is a good starting point for Christian belief and also Dr. Boice's book, Foundations of the Christian Faith. Both by IVP. I have some of Manny Ortiz's books and Moises Silva's, both of whom I believe are at Westminster Seminary. I'm not familiar with the others. I would encourage you to read Paul's epistles and what he says about and what it means to be "in Christ." I think that getting a grasp on that may help you see things from a biblical perspective.

JO Reformed Mexican.