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.
(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.'
(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!
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.