Jim Wallis and Al Mohler are scheduled to debate the question, "Is Social Justice an Essential Part of the Mission of the Church?" The debate is sponsored by the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is scheduled for Oct. 27, 2011 at 7pm.

We're up against that old faith/works problem again, but this time in the concrete context of American politics. I describe some of the necessary distinctions and definitions that need to be made in order to arrive at a good answer on the question of the church and social justice. It depends largely on what you mean by social justice and what you mean by church.