Thursday, March 24, 2011

Evangelical Delegation Extends Friendship to Mormons

(Christian Post) Traditionally, evangelicals and Mormons have regarded each other with suspicion and contact was kept at a minimum. But on Thursday, a high-profile delegation of evangelical leaders was hosted by Utah’s governor, a Mormon, at his mansion and spent time engaging with one of the top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The event involving board members of the National Association of Evangelicals was the first time that anything close to an official evangelical council had come to Utah to listen and extend a hand of friendship to the LDS Church.

“I see the NAE coming to Utah, and not just meeting here but saying, ‘We want to meet at least one Mormon leader and extend the hand of friendship;’ I see that as a very historic and courageous act,” said Dr. Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, to The Christian Post.

Mouw was among the NAE board members that participated in the organization’s semiannual meeting in Salt Lake City. He shared that he has been in dialogue with Mormon theologians for the past 11 years to help foster better understanding between the two faiths. (Read more)

Dr. Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr. Mouw doesn't stop there. In an article written originally for his weblog, Dr. Mouw sings the praises of Emergent Church leader Rob Bell, and says that there is nothing wrong with his theology. He also comments at the end of his article that Billy Graham isn't an Universalist as well.