Mortification of Spin is a casual conversation about things that count. Todd Pruitt and Carl Trueman deliver a humorous, informal podcast with bite. Listen each week for an engaging and thought-provoking conversation on the challenges facing the Church and the Christian, and decide for yourself if words spoken in a British accent truly carry more weight…
Old Made New
It seems a lot of “New Testament Christians” would prefer to simply dispose of the Old Testament. Perhaps that’s because it’s often difficult for modern believers to find relevance in the rules and wrath of a seemingly angry, vengeful Old Testament God. Today’s guest posits that simply writing off the Old Testament is not an option, so perhaps we might start our study of the Old by examining key chapters of the New.
In his book, Old Made New: A Guide to New Testament Use of the Old Testament, Greg Lanier aligns Old and New Covenant passages along 13 major themes of the Bible and provides a “big picture” understanding of the Old Testament’s primacy in such New Testament themes as grace, adoption, sanctification, and more. As a bonus, our hosts and guest briefly discuss how annoying certain English accents can be. Don’t miss a minute!
We have a few giveaway copies of Greg’s Old Made New: A Guide to New Testament Use of the Old Testament, courtesy of Crossway Books. Register for an opportunity to win!
*Old Made New Study Guide
*Redemptive-Historical Bible Reading Plan
Having established that Carl has neither the hair nor the physique to hang with Snooki and company at the Jersey Shore, our curmudgeonly cohosts welcome the much better-behaved Chad and Emily Van Dixhoorn into the mix. The pair met at seminary, married, and—five children later—offer sound advice for couples desiring to build a Gospel-Shaped Marriage.
Those who struggle with concepts like “headship” and “submission” in marriage will find satisfying, biblical answers to their questions in the Van Dixhoorns’ book. Remembering how God uses marriage as a means of discipleship, couples can begin to help one another in their shared calling to love and respect their spouse.
For the opportunity to win a copy of Gospel-Shaped Marriage: Grace for Sinners to Love Like Saints, enter here. The books come our way courtesy of Crossway Publishing.
I Feel the Need...
Iceman and Maverick (aka J.V. Fesko and Craig Carter) are feeling the need…the need for creeds. Though neither will claim the title of “top gun,” both will speak of the necessity of creeds in the life of the Church as they headline the 2022 Prince George’s Conference on Reformed Theology in September. In addition, Iceman—uh, Fesko—has penned an exceptional book on the subject, which provides the foundation for today’s conversation.
Carl and Todd (the Orville and Wilbur Wright of podcasting) engage their “dangerous” guests in a discussion of the biblical and historical case for the creeds and confessions, showing why they are essential for Christian faith and practice today.
We have a number of copies of Fesko’s book—The Need for Creeds Today: Confessional Faith in a Faithless Age—for giveaway. Register here for your opportunity to receive a copy courtesy of Baker Academic.
The 2022 Prince George’s Conference on Reformed Theology
Jesus and the God of Classical Theism
From his high perch within a “boutique denomination,” Carl feels comfortable taking shots at Todd and the much larger PCA. With the sniping finally in check, the didactic duo brings aboard a special guest.
Dr. Steven Duby is the author of Jesus and the God of Classical Theism: Biblical Christology in Light of the Doctrine of God. He’s associate professor of theology at Phoenix Seminary and has written several substantial books on the Doctrine of God. In his latest, Duby asserts that—when Classical Theism informs our Christology—we can better understand Jesus’ unique incarnation, how He relates to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and the efficacy of the Lord’s atonement.
Congratulations to our winners of a copy of Stephen’s book:
*Michael H. from Ft. Lee, NJ
*Annette Y. of Bull Valley, IL
Should Anyone Cause These Little Ones to Stumble...
After revisiting the “trouser color” debate of 2019 (Carl claims a sort of “sartorial panache”), our hosts settle into more serious discussion. A rather high-profile government appointee publicly displays what is—to most—a rather deplorable lifestyle. Should the Christian say nothing about what this man does in his “private life?” Or should a public servant’s behavior be held to a higher standard?
The conversation naturally moves to the public good, and our obligation to the most vulnerable in society: children. Is teaching transgender issues to second graders a deplorable practice or a mere First Amendment exercise? Carl and Todd frankly address the issue and the solution only the Church can offer.
Congratulations to our winners of a copy of Laura Perry’s From Transgender to Transformed: A Story of Transition That Will Truly Set You Free:
*Lee Ann G. of Oklahoma City, OK
*Jeff G. from Lincoln, NE
*Michel V. from Hampton, GA
Carl’s ongoing tour in support of his best-selling book provides numerous opportunities to hear from others striving to explain the paradigm of this strange new world. A voice that particularly captured the professor’s attention joins our conversation today.
Is identity primarily defined by race? Monique Duson reminds us that, as a believer, your identity begins with who you are in Christ. Thus, the Church is our best hope for solving the challenges of racism and inequality. A one-time advocate for Critical Race Theory (CRT), Monique discovered the contradictions between the vision of CRT and the Christian worldview, and founded the Center for Biblical Unity (CFBU), leading respectful and Bible-centered conversations about race, justice, and unity.
Whether you’ve been “canceled,” or seek to provoke meaningful conversations about diversity and inclusion, Monique’s small group curriculum Reconciled outlines a biblical approach to racial unity. Congratulations to our winner of a copy of the curriculum, Bret R. from San Luis Obispo, CA.
Mingle good doctrine and practical implications. Thoughtful yet with good understanding of ordinary peoples.
Love it, keep it up, favorite podcast
I look forward to this podcast every other week (so bummed it’s not weekly anymore, but I understand). They are doctrinally sound, humble yet willing to state truth and relevant to current PCA/evangelical culture wars. I also appreciate the dry humor.
Keep it up!
I love what Carl and Todd are doing here. The episodes are so helpful. Thanks.