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Richard Mouw

Richard Mouw is Professor of Faith and Public Life at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also served as president for twenty years. He is the author of twenty books, including Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World. He earned his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Chicago.

All Stories by Richard Mouw

To my fellow evangelicals: What you’re cheering in Jerusalem is shameful

By Richard Mouw — May 16, 2018
(RNS) — It was a shameful thing for evangelical pastors to be celebrating the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem while the Israeli army was killing dozens of Palestinian protesters.

Earth Days past and present

By Richard Mouw — April 19, 2018
(RNS) — If I had to choose a Bible verse for a sermon I would give on Earth Day this year, it would be Psalm 24, verse 1: 'The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.' And I would encourage our taking an inventory of what is happening in 'the fullness thereof.'

Divorce is tragic — but there is hope

By Richard Mouw — April 5, 2018
(RNS) — Divorce is one of life’s tragedies. But it is not futile to lift up prayers of hope.

I have no doubt what Billy Graham would have told the high school kids from Parkland, Fla.

By Richard Mouw — February 22, 2018
(RNS) — The teens speaking out about gun control these days are amazingly articulate about being young in an America where violence is all too present as a fact of life. What would Graham have said to them? Keep at it!

Praying for some snowboard diplomacy

By Richard Mouw — February 6, 2018
(RNS) — I hope Vice President Pence has some private conversations with the high-level North Korean government officials who are accompanying their athletes.

Super Bowl LII: God will be watching

By Richard Mouw — January 30, 2018
(RNS) — When a quarterback throws a long pass and a player down the field makes a spectacular catch, RNS columnist Richard Mouw imagines the Lord saying to himself: 'Nicely done!'

How to change hearts on race

By Richard Mouw — January 23, 2018
(RNS) — Ultimately, doctrines of racial superiority have to be destroyed in the deep places of our souls. But a smartphone can help.

Looking back with lament, and forward with hope

By Richard Mouw — January 2, 2018
(RNS) — At present many of the most hopeful occurrences of 2017 are likely hidden from our view.

Why I decline to sign ‘prophetic’ declarations

By Richard Mouw — December 7, 2017
(RNS) — I talked a lot about being 'prophetic' in my early days of social activism, but I don’t use that word much these days.

Why we need Robert Bellah’s civil religion today

By Richard Mouw — November 21, 2017
(RNS) — As we pause for a day of Thanksgiving for national blessings, let us remember that a 'transcendent reference point' is crucial for the health of our bonds as a nation.

After Sutherland Springs, pray … and do something

By Richard Mouw — November 6, 2017
(RNS) — I have no objections to a president’s urging us to pray. But just praying is not enough.

Two tearful faces that make me pray for peace with North Korea

By Richard Mouw — October 20, 2017
(RNS) — I despise Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader. But I offer up my prayers for peace regularly — prayers that are associated with the tears on two faces I saw while visiting a church in a village 10 hours north of Pyongyang.

You have been warned, Pat Robertson!

By Richard Mouw — October 3, 2017
(RNS) It didn’t take long for some preachers tell us why God caused the horrible mass murder in Las Vegas to happen. The best response to such bad theology came from a bus driver I met several years ago in New Orleans, writes RNS columnist Richard Mouw.

Remember when liberals wanted evangelicals to be more political?

By Richard Mouw — September 26, 2017
(RNS) — The evangelicalism that nurtured me in my early years wasn’t — strictly speaking — 'apolitical.' Rather, the pattern was a political 'quietism. Support the basic patterns of the political status quo. Be good citizens. Be proud of what your country has traditionally stood for.

Fish, fowl — and faith

By Richard Mouw — August 29, 2017
The farmer did not want to reduce chickens to something less than they are. But neither did he want make them into something more. They are chickens, and that is a sufficient reason to treat them with some dignity—chicken dignity.
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