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Albert Mohler and Jim Wallis Debate Social Justice and the Mission of the Church

On October 27, Albert Mohler and Jim Wallis debated the question “Is Social Justice an Essential Part of the Mission of the Church?”. If you missed the live webcast, the Henry Center has posted the media from the event:

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In the exchange, Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, argued for the affirmative position – the church must be involved in social justice issues – and Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, argued the negative – while granting social justice as a good and important activity for Christians, he contended that social justice is not the gospel. The exchange highlighted many issues under discussion in evangelicalism today – the nature of the gospel, its definition, breadth, and implications – and while the theological approaches of both participants meant they were frequently talking past each other, it is still worth listening to.

For an excellent review of the debate, check out Matthew Lee Anderson’s assessment here.

The Life of the Mind and the Love of God

The theme of this year’s Desiring God National Conference is one that is close to our hearts here at Thinking Matters. Much of what we do is concerned with encouraging the intellectual life of the church, and one of the inevitable and important issues that often arises is how we should view the life of the mind in relation to the worship and love of God. Over the last weekend, John Piper and Desiring God ministries gathered a group of speakers to address this question and several others related to the biblical call to think. The conference speakers included Albert Mohler, one the “reigning  intellectuals of the evangelical movement” (according to Time magazine), R. C. Sproul, founder and president of Ligonier Ministries and author of over seventy books, and Rick Warren, evangelical pastor and best-selling author of the purpose-driven series.

Conference Sessions:

Thinking Purposefully for the Glory of Christ
The Battle for Your Mind (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Rick Warren
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Thinking Deeply in the Ocean of Revelation
The Bible and the Life of the Mind (Acts 17:22-28).
R. C. Sproul
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Thinking for the Sake of Global Faithfulness
Confronting Islam with the Mind of Christ.
Thabiti Anyabwile
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The Way the World Thinks
Meeting the Natural Mind in the Mirror and in the Marketplace (Romans 1:18-32).
Albert Mohler
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Think Hard, Stay Humble:
The Life of the Mind and the Peril of Pride (1 Corinthians 8:1-3).
Francis Chan
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Thinking for the Sake of Joy
The Life of the Mind and the Love of God.
John Piper
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For those interested, John Piper’s latest book Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God is also now available.