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How To Be A Patriotic Christian$17.00Add to cart
What does it mean to love our country?
Some Christians see loyalty to America as central to our faith and identity. Other Christians are skeptical that our nation warrants such devotion or attachment. But Richard Mouw encourages Christians to have a healthy sense of national peoplehood that promotes civic kinship and responsible citizenship. He navigates between Christian nationalism on one hand and cynicism about country on the other to avoid the perils of both idolatry and disengagement.
Mouw grapples with sticky questions such as how to honor national holidays in church and the place of protests in forging a more perfect union. Placing love of country in the context of Christian love of neighbor, he sees patriotism as an expression of our heavenly citizenship and a call to help our country be a place where all people can thrive in peace.
Mouw’s winsome and wise reflections direct our patriotic affections toward the civic good of others within our churches and in our communities. This guide helps us travel together on a shared national journey toward liberty and justice for all.
Restless Faith : Holding Evangelical Beliefs In A World Of Contested Labels$22.00Add to cart
One of the most influential evangelical voices in America chronicles what it has meant for him to spend the past half century as a “restless evangelical”–a way of maintaining his identity in an age when many claim the label “evangelical” has become so politicized that it is no longer viable. Richard Mouw candidly reflects on wrestling with traditional evangelical beliefs over the years and shows that although his mind has changed in some ways, his core beliefs have not. He contends that we should hold on to the legacy that has enriched evangelicalism in the past. The Christian life in its healthiest form, says Mouw, is always a matter of holding on to essentials while constantly moving on along paths that we can walk in faithfulness only by seeking the continuing guidance of the light of God’s Word. As Mouw affirms the essentials of the evangelical faith, he helps a new generation see the wisdom embodied in them.
Talking With Mormons$16.99Add to cart
For over a decade Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw has participated in Mormon-evangelical dialogue with a view to developing a better understanding between the two groups. His participation in these discussions has drawn severe criticism and even anger from people who believe such talks are pointless or even dangerous.
This brief, highly accessible book is his answer. Advocating humility, patience, and a willingness to admit our own shortcomings, Mouw shows why it is necessary to move beyond stark denunciation to a dialogue that allows both parties to express differences and explore common ground. Without papering over significantly divergent perspectives on important issues like the role of prophecy, the nature of God, and the creeds, Mouw points to areas in which Mormon-evangelical dialogue evidences hope for the future. In so doing, he not only informs readers but also models respectful evangelical debate.
Uncommon Decency : Christian Civility In An Uncivil World (Expanded)$22.00Add to cart
In these wild and diverse times, prolifers square off against pro-choicers, gay liberationist confront champions of the traditional family, husbands and wives face each other in court, artist attack legislators, and “politically correct” intellectuals abhor crusading fundamentalists. Philosopher and ethicist Mouw is concerned that, too often, Christians seem to be contributing more to the problem than to the solution. But he recognizes – from his own personal struggle – that it’s not easy to hold to Christian convictions and treat sometimes vindictive opponents with civility and decency.
Calvinism In The Las Vegas Airport$14.99Add to cart
A friendly, conversational look at how Calvinism can work in the 21st century Richard Mouw opens this conversational look at Calvinism by retelling a scene from the movie Hardcore. While a pious Calvinist elder played by George C. Scott is trying to track down his daughter who has run away from home, he talks to a young unchurched woman in the Las Vegas airport, unsuccessfully explaining the theology of his Dutch Christian Reformed denomination. This incongruous conversation illustrates the stereotype that Calvinism doesn’t work or fit in today’s world. Rather than being an academic and systematic exposition of doctrine, this book wrestles with some of the distorted views people hold of Calvinists, clears up some common misconceptions, and shows how to live gently and respectfully with Christians who disagree, as well as with people who have no clue what TULIP means. The author revisits the Las Vegas airport and discusses how that conversation might have played out differently.
Wonderful Words Of Life$31.99Add to cart
Although the use of hymns in many evangelical congregations seems to be declining, Richard Mouw (in the introduction) predicts a resurgence of hymnody in the future. Other notable contributors examining the various historical and theological dimensions of hymns in American Protestantism include Mark Noll, Susan Wise Bauer, Kevin Kee, and Jeffrey VanderWilt. The essays probe the influence of Isaac Watts, the practical implications of hymns for living the Christian life, and the character of hymns as bearers of good (or bad) theology. Wonderful Words of Life provides an engaging treatment of an often neglected field of study, which bridges the gap between Christian belief and practice.
Pluralisms And Horizons$24.99Add to cart
How should Christians respond to pluralism in public life?
Christians have often clashed with the pluralism that characterizes life in modern America. In this classic essay in political philosophy, Richard J. Mouw and Sander Griffioen show how Christians can engage with pluralism productively. Thoroughly engaging with leading voices in the debate, Mouw and Griffioen wrestle with pluralism and its consequences for Christian public life. Ultimately, the authors endorse cooperation and tolerance, without sliding into moral relativism. Christian readers will find their carefully reasoned argument a compelling solution toward promoting the common good.