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Mortification of Spin is a weekly casual conversation about things that count. Carl Trueman, Todd Pruitt and Aimee Byrd serve up a humorous, informal podcast with bite. Join this engaging and thought-provoking conversation on the challenges the Church faces and what counts in the Christian life. Served up with a healthy dose of germane cultural references. Hear for yourself if British accents carry more weight...

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Mortification of Spin is a weekly casual conversation about things that count. Carl Trueman, Todd Pruitt and Aimee Byrd serve up a humorous, informal podcast with bite. Join this engaging and thought-provoking conversation on the challenges the Church faces and what counts in the Christian life. Served up with a healthy dose of germane cultural references. Hear for yourself if British accents carry more weight...

    You Might Be a Federal Visionist If...

    You Might Be a Federal Visionist If...

    The three amigos compiled a sizeable list of answers to that conditional statement—perhaps you have a few of your own! But why is this even a topic to be addressed? It seems that, even though the movement has been condemned by the NAPACC denominations over a decade ago, Federal Vision is still alive and well in Reformed circles. Some observers believe the “sympathizer’s club” may be growing! 

    What is Federal Vision (FV), who were the spiritual fathers of this theology, and who are its contemporary promoters? What’s the main concern with Federal Vision theology? (Note that this is a broad topic receiving our attention for just a few minutes)

    On a much lighter note, the Spinners tell us which other Christian traditions (besides Presbyterianism) they admire, and why. Be forewarned: this episode is not for the faint of heart!




     


    Show Notes


     


    ·  R. Scott Clark, the leading Federal Vision Theology opponent


    ·  W. Stanford Reid: An Evangelical Calvinist in the Academy by A. Donald MacLeod


    ·  Getting the Gospel Right by Cornelius Venema


    ·  Children at the Lord’s Table: Assessing the Case for Paedocommunion by Cornelis Venema


    ·  Gospel Clarity: Challenging the New Perspective on Paul by Ligon Duncan and William Barcley

    Struck Down but Not Destroyed

    Struck Down but Not Destroyed

    Following a discussion of various conspiracy theories, bad driving, and why the Spinners will never record episodes while in a car with Aimee at the wheel…the conversation turns to the topic of anxiety. To broach the subject, the crew welcomes Pierce Taylor Hibbs. He’s the associate director of the Center for Theological Writing at Westminster Theological Seminary, and author of Struck Down But Not Destroyed - Living Faithfully With Anxiety. 

    Pierce talks about his experience of living with clinical anxiety for over 12 years, about a faith crisis in the midst of anxiety attacks, and the guilt that comes with it. Is anxiety always a sin problem, or are there different kinds of anxiety caused by emotional burdens? Is there such a thing as “noble” anxiety? 

    Whether you suffer from anxiety or not, this conversation will give you a good perspective on a common malady, keeping God’s glory and the Christian’s well-being in proper balance.

    Show Notes



    Learn more about Pierce



    Download a free chapter of Struck Down But Not Destroyed



    Christians Battling Anxiety Facebook group



    Other books by Pierce



    Where to buy Struck Down but Not Destroyed



    We’re pleased to offer you the opportunity to win a free copy of Pierce’s book Struck Down But Not Destroyed - Living Faithfully With Anxiety. Register!

    Lessons Learned

    Lessons Learned

    Todd’s been summoned to host a popular TV show, but Carl and Aimee guarantee that they can handle this week’s episode without his coaching.

    The two have learned a few things this past year that they’re willing to share. Carl discusses how pleasantly different 2019 was for him at his new job, the completion of the biggest projects of his adult life thus far, Hugh Hefner’s “contribution” to modern society, and more. Aimee’s research for her upcoming book on discipleship has taught her—among many other things—how to take criticism in a polarized (social media) world. The dynamic duo discusses true confessionalism, slander, online polemics, and navigating through it all.

    Hear about the books of 2019 that you’ll want to read, or read again. You may even wish to give the corresponding episodes another listen!

     

    Show Notes

    ·A 2020 message to Todd Pruitt

    ·Introducing Evangelical Theology by Daniel Treier

    ·Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition by Craig Carter

    ·The Mosaic of Atonement by Joshua McNall

    ·Resourcing Theological Anthropology by Marc Cortez

    ·The Forsaken Monarch by Amy Mantravadi

    ·Theological Negotiations by Douglas Farrow

    ·God Visible by Brian Daley

    ·John Macnab by John Buchan 

    ·Witch Wood by John Buchan

    ·“Evangelical Elites Are Out of Touch” by Carl Trueman 

    A Textbook of Theology

    A Textbook of Theology

    The three Spinners are back in the bunker to recommend a book and discuss its highlights. The topic of this conversation is actually a textbook titled Introducing Evangelical Theology by Daniel J. Treier, published by Baker Academic.

    Written for all kinds of theology students—from small reading groups, to Sunday school teachers and academic students—Introducing Evangelical Theology is written in a simple, yet not simplistic way, and provides a great foundation from which to retrieve some much needed theological grammar. 

    The team offers input about the saggy knees and the misnumbered fingers and toes of the people depicted on the cover…on the greatness of the “one sentence thesis” intro to every chapter…and, on the richness of the glossary. This is a book that you’ll want to read!

    Visit the link and register for the opportunity to win a free copy of Introducing Evangelical Theology by Daniel J. Treier. The copies are a complimentary gift from our friends at Baker Academic.

    Classical Theism - The Resurgence

    Classical Theism - The Resurgence

    Guess who’s on the Christmas naughty list? That’s right--all three Spinners! Aimee’s compared to Yoko Ono, Carl gets blamed for it, and Todd justifies his patriarchal household decisions. When the banter is finally over, we get to today’s topic: the resurgence of classical theism.

    What is classical theism? The crew discusses its ancient origins and the recent interest in its return, not only on the academic level, but among lay people as well. Can the doctrine of God be something understood at the popular level, and even have practical implications? How do the two natures of Christ shape our understanding of God’s impassibility…and, why is it important that we understand this well? 

    The conversation ends with a plea to presbyteries to keep the theological mutualism taught in some Reformed seminaries out of the pulpits. Listen to learn more... 

     

    Show Notes

    ·None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God by Matthew Barrett

    ·Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics by Richard Muller

    ·Credo Magazine series on the Doctrine of God

    ·The Five Theological Orations by Gregory of Nazianzus 

    ·Interpreting Scripture With The Great Tradition by Craig Carter

    ·Simply God by Peter Sanlon



    We’re giving you the opportunity to win a great resource about today’s topic. Register for the opportunity to receive a free copy of Sam Renihan’s God Without Passions - A Primer.

    The copies are a generous gift from our friends at Reformed Baptist Academic Press.

    Transgenderism Tackled by an Unlikely Coalition

    Transgenderism Tackled by an Unlikely Coalition

    Emily Zinos of the Ask Me First Minnesota Family Council returns to the bunker following her outstanding appearance on “Gender Confusion.” This time, Emily brings along her good friend Natasha Chart, who is on the board of directors of the Women’s Liberation Front - WoLF. 

    What do a conservative Roman Catholic and a radical feminist have in common? Both believe that biology determines sex, and that women deserve protection. Emily and Natasha are members of Hands Across the Aisle, and—as the title suggests—they join forces with women from across the political spectrum to oppose gender identity ideology. The pair has written an extremely helpful resource guide for parents. Together, they tackle some important questions and tell us why identity politics is detrimental to women. 

    Why has the transgender movement been so successful? Have we really thought through the lasting consequences of such ideology? Our guests are here to walk us through the answers. 

    Show Notes



    Download “Responding to the Transgender Issue - Parent Resource Guide”



    Ask Me First Minnesota Family Council



    Women’s Liberation Front - WoLF



    Hands Across the Aisle - Resources

Customer Reviews

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Helpful and enjoyable conversations

Interesting discussions on a variety of topics with just the right amount of irreverence towards those deserving of it make for an excellent weekly podcast

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