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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

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

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

April 5, 2018

(RNS) — Divorce is one of life’s tragedies. But it is not futile to lift up prayers of hope.

Praying for some snowboard diplomacy

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

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

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

January 2, 2018

(RNS) — At present many of the most hopeful occurrences of 2017 are likely hidden from our view.

Why we need Robert Bellah’s civil religion today

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.

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

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.

Remember when liberals wanted evangelicals to be more political?

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.

Comparing Trump to two biblical kings

July 18, 2017

I’m glad that many of my fellow evangelicals agree that we should expect Trump to be like King David and Cyrus in his leadership. The time is ripe to conduct a job performance review in this regard.

Are Chinese Christians persecuted? Not exactly

July 12, 2017

I saw no sign of it last month when I visited Harbin, a city of ten million in the northeastern province of Heilongjian.

Reinhold Niebuhr: the theologian politicians read

June 6, 2017

One could argue that having an influence on public leaders more than on his theological colleagues was an intentional strategy on Niebuhr’s part.

What we can learn from the Dutch on Memorial Day

May 24, 2017

DRIEBERGEN, Netherlands (RNS) Once a year in the Netherlands, joggers in the park stop running for two minutes. Bicyclists pull over to the side of the road. Television sets and radios are turned off. Parents hush their children. And in many villages and cities people congregate in public spaces for a communal ceremony.

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