MJ Murdock Charitable Trust - Convicted Civility

We have completed our 2013 Christian Leadership Conference, “Convicted Civility: Candid Conversations in a Conflictual Culture.” How do Christians interact with the culture while maintaining their own convictions? How should Christians engage with other faiths? How do Christians create dialogue within the Christian faith, among different denominations or interpretations? These questions and others were foundational to this year’s Leadership Conference, “Convicted Civility: Candid Conversations in a Conflictual Culture.” Now, we want to make the resources from the conference available to a wider audience. Please feel free to browse the sections below:



A Journey Toward Convicted Civility

Download “A Journey Toward Convicted Civility” (MP4 – 179 MB)
The Hard Work of Convicted Civility

Download “The Hard Work of Convicted Civility” (MP4 – 319 MB)
God Loves a Pluralistic Society

Download “God Loves a Pluralistic Society” (MP4 – 214 MB)
Every Person is Full of Hopes and Dreams

Download “Every Person is Full of Hopes and Dreams” (MP4 – 361 MB)
Common Grace for the Common Good

Download “Common Grace for the Common Good” (MP4 – 387 MB)
Leadership… Living with the Mystery of God’s Work

Download “Leadership… Living with the Mystery of God’s Work” (MP4 – 322 MB)
Cultivating Conviction and Passion

Download “Cultivating Conviction and Passion” (MP4 – 332 MB)


Audio Files

Below are links to the audio recordings from the 2013 Leadership Conference:

Dr. Steve Garber: Conference Introduction

Dr. Richard Mouw Talk #1: A Journey Toward Convicted Civility

Dr. Richard Mouw Talk #2: The Hard Work of Convicted Civility

Dr. Richard Mouw Talk #3: God Loves a Pluralistic Society

Dr. Richard Mouw Talk #4: Every Person is Full of Hopes and Dreams

Dr. Richard Mouw Talk #5: Common Grace for the Common Good

Dr. Richard Mouw Talk #6: Leadership… Living with the Mystery of God’s Work

Dr. Richard Mouw Talk #7: Cultivating Conviction and Passion

Speaker Biographies


About Richard Mouw

Richard MouwRichard J. Mouw returned to teaching in the position of Distinguished Professor of Faith and Public Life after 20 years as president of Fuller Theological Seminary (1993–2013). A philosopher, scholar, and author, prior to his two decades as president, he served as provost and senior vice president for four years, and as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics beginning in 1985. Before coming to Fuller he served for 17 years as professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Free University in Amsterdam.

A graduate of Houghton College, Mouw studied at Western Theological Seminary and earned a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Alberta. His PhD in philosophy is from the University of Chicago.

Mouw has a broad record of publication. He has been an editor of the Reformed Journal and has served on many editorial boards, including currently Books and Culture. He is the author of 19 books, including The God Who CommandsThe Smell of SawdustHe Shines in All That’s FairCulture and Common GraceCalvinism in the Las Vegas AirportPraying at Burger King, an expanded and revised edition of Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, and most recently,Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal IntroductionThe Challenges of Cultural Discipleship, and Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals.

Mouw serves as a panelist in the online forum “On Faith” offered by the Washington Post. In 2007, Princeton Theological Seminary awarded Mouw the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life. Mouw has also participated on many councils and boards, recently serving as president of the Association of Theological Schools. He served for six years as co-chair of the official Reformed-Catholic Dialogue, and is a leader in interfaith theological conversations, particularly with Mormons and Jewish groups.

Mouw’s wife, Phyllis, is an art historian who is involved in seminary and community programs. Their son, Dirk, daughter-in-law, Christine, and grandsons, Willem and Peter, live in Arkansas.

About Michael Cromartie

Michael CromartieMichael Cromartie is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs. His area of expertise includes issues at the cross-section of religion and politics. Michael was recently profiled in Christianity Today — read the article here.

Mr. Cromartie has contributed book reviews and articles to many prominent publications, including First Things, the Washington Post, Christianity Today, and World magazine. Mr. Cromartie has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, NBC’s Evening News with Brian Williams, ABC World News Tonight, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and the PBS news program The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Mr. Cromartie is the editor of fifteen books, including Religion and Politics in America; Religion, Culture, and International Conflict; and A Public Faith: Evangelicals and Civic Engagement.

A senior advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a senior fellow with The Trinity Forum, he is also an advisory editor of Christianity Today magazine.

On September 20, 2004, Mr. Cromartie was appointed by President George W. Bush to a six-year term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he was later twice elected chairman.

Mr. Cromartie is a graduate of Covenant College (GA), and holds an M.A. in Justice from The American University in Washington, D.C.

About Steve Garber

Steve GarberSteve Garber is a well known educator and speaker in higher education circles around the United States. As the Director of the Washington Institute, the heart of his own calling is that people understand the integral character of faith, vocation, and culture. Author of The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior (Second Ed., 2007), he writes frequently for Comment and Critique, and in addition was a contributor to the volumes Faith Goes to Work: Reflections From the Marketplace, as well as to the Mars Hill Audio journal, “Tacit Knowing, Truthful Knowing: The Life and Work of Michael Polanyi.” For many years he taught on Capitol Hill in the American Studies Program, and then became the Scholar-in-Residence for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He serves as a board member for Ransom Fellowship, the Blood: Water Mission, A Rocha, and the Telos Project, and as a consultant for the Wedgwood Circle, the Murdock Trust, the Demdaco Corporation and the Mars Corporation. A native of the great valleys of Colorado and California, he is married to Meg and is the father of five children whose own callings have them scattered around the world. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

About Gabe Lyons

Gabe LyonsGabe Lyons is the founder of Q Ideas—a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society and author of The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World (Multnomah, 2012). Additionally, he is the co-author of UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters, a bestselling book based on original research that revealed the pervasiveness of pop culture’s negative perceptions of Christians.

Gabe’s work represents the perspectives of a new generation of Christians and has been featured by CNN, the New York Times, Fox News and USA Today. Gabe, his wife Rebekah, and their three children reside in Manhattan, New York.

About Brenda Salter McNeil

Brenda Salter McNeilDr. Brenda Salter McNeil, president and founder of Salter McNeil and Associates, is an author, speaker and thought-leader with more than 25 years of ministry experience in the field of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation. She stands at the forefront of an international movement that actively seeks to invite and usher people from every tribe and nation into the Household of God. Due to her extensive ministry experience alongside having earned a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary, Dr. Salter McNeil was invited to be an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University. At SPU, she leads the Reconciliation Studies minor for the undergraduate program and teaches Master of Divinity students in the seminary program.

In all of these ministry contexts, Dr. Salter McNeil boldly declares a vision that unites, transforms and offers healing for all people of our world. She hopes this legacy will continue through the thousands of emerging leaders she influences through her speaking, writing and coaching.

Rev. Brenda is also a teaching pastor at Quest Church in Seattle, WA. Quest is an urban, multiethnic, multigenerational church that strives to be an incarnational presence in a postmodern and post-church culture.

About Paul Louis Metzger

Paul Louis MetzgerPaul Louis Metzger, Ph.D. is Professor of Christian Theology & Theology of Culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and the Founder and Director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins at Multnomah University. Integrating theology and spirituality with cultural sensitivity bound up with bearing witness to Christ in contemporary culture stands at the center of Dr. Metzger’s ministry vision. He and his wife, Mariko, a native of Japan, have been active in intercultural ministry in churches in the States, Japan, and England. The Metzgers have two children. Dr. Metzger is the author of Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths (Thomas Nelson, May 2012); New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement (Cascade, 2011); The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town (InterVarsity Press, 2010); Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (co-authored with Brad Harper; Brazos, 2009); the award-winning volume Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church (Eerdmans, 2007); and The Word of Christ and the World of Culture: Sacred and Secular through the Theology of Karl Barth (Eerdmans, 2003). He is co-editor of A World for All: Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (co-edited with William F. Storrar and Peter J. Casarella; Eerdmans, 2011); editor of Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology (T&T Clark International, 2005); and editor of New Wine, New Wineskins’ journal, Cultural Encounters: a Journal for the Theology of Culture. Dr. Metzger is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Metzger blogs frequently at Uncommon God, Common Good.

About Sharon Daloz Parks

Sharon Daloz ParksDr. Sharon Daloz Parks is the author of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith. She began her career in higher education as a residence hall director and later completed her doctoral work in theology and human development. She served for sixteen years in faculty and research positions at Harvard University in the Schools of Divinity, Business, and the Kennedy School of Government.

Daloz Parks also served on the faculty of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and currently teaches in three leadership programs at Seattle University, as well as teaching and consulting nationally. Her publications also include Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World and the co-authored book Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World.

About Harold B. Smith

Harold B. SmithAs President and CEO of Christianity Today, Harold B. Smith leads a dynamic communications ministry envisioned in 1956 by world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham. Joining the Christianity Today magazine staff in 1984 as special projects editor, Harold quickly found himself working his way through both the editorial and publishing sides of the CTI operation before becoming that ministry’s President and Chief Executive Officer in March, 2007.

Today, Harold focuses his energies on the challenges facing publishing as a whole, looking for creative ways and means to better link web, mobile, and tablet technologies to the still critical world of print—all for the expanding reach of the ministry and its message of Good News. Harold travels extensively on behalf of the ministry, both nationally and internationally, casting a 21st-century vision that is finding a growing number of individual and organizational partners and supporters.

An author of numerous articles and one very funny book on family travel (Hey Dad, Are We There Yet?, NavPress), Harold also serves on the board of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Harold is a long-time member of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, where he serves on the Council of Elders and teaches adult Sunday School on an “as needed” basis. Harold has been married to his best friend Judy for 39 years. They have two grown sons: Andrew, an architect, who is himself married and living in Los Angeles; and Kevin, a trained classical guitarist who, nevertheless, puts food on his table playing rock-and-roll and “urban country” in the city of Chicago. Like their father, both young men are longsuffering Cubs fans.

About Randy Woodley

Randy WoodleyRev. Dr. Randy Woodley serves as Distinguished Associate Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Randy is a legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. Dr. Woodley is a founding board member of NAIITS, the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies, where he serves as the Program Director in partnership with George Fox Seminary for the Master of Arts Intercultural Studies degree.

Professor Woodley is active in ongoing discussions among Evangelicals concerning new church movements, ethnic diversity, peace, land justice, inter-religious dialogue and mission. As a Native Christian; a leader in the Contextual Native American Christian Movement; and one who teaches courses in areas such as Mission, Indigenous Spirituality and World Religions, Randy specializes in finding Jesus in what most would consider, very unlikely places. He and his wife Edith, cofounders of Eagle’s Wings Ministry, maintain Eloheh Farm and Village, a sustainable, regenerative teaching farm and missional community in Newberg, Oregon. His most recent book is Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision, 2012 (Eerdmans Publishers).