Mortification of Spin

Mortification of Spin is a casual conversation about things that count. Todd Pruitt and Carl Trueman deliver a humorous, informal podcast with bite. Listen for engaging and thought-provoking conversations on the challenges facing the Church and the Christian, and decide for yourself if words spoken in a British accent truly carry more weight…

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Last Episode : September 13, 2023 1:00am

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The Shepherd’s Toolbox
Tim Witmer, one of Carl’s only friends (or so Carl claims), is back on the podcast today to discuss his latest book, The Shepherd’s Toolbox. Designed to complement his well-loved book The Shepherd Leader, Tim’s latest book gathers seven church leaders to show how they and their churches have innovatively addressed specific shepherding challenges. Tune in to hear more and discover why Carl has called Tim “The PCA’s answer to Frank Sinatra.” P&R Publishing has generously provided three copies of The Shepherd’s Toolbox for our listeners. Register here to enter the drawing.   Show Notes: The Shepherd Leader: The Shepherd’s Toolbox:
Published 09/13
The Political Christian
Should Christians be involved politically? “How can they not be?” asks David Innes when he sits down with Carl and Todd to discuss the upcoming Prince George’s Conference on Reformed Theology, The Political Christian: Citizens of Heaven in the City of Man. Partisan politics has divided our country and, sadly, even our churches. How are we to think biblically about government and our role in it?  To sign up to win a copy of David Innes’ book, Christ and the Kingdoms of Men, provided by P&R Publishing, register here.   Show Notes: To find out more about the Prince George’s Conference on Reformed Theology, September 29-30, 2023 in Washington, D.C. and to register to attend, visit
Published 08/30
What’s Happening in the PCA?
Armed with his leather-bound copy of Robert's Rules, Fred Greco joins Todd and Carl to discuss the recent General Assembly meeting of the Presbyterian Church in America and his role as moderator. Breathing a sigh of relief, Fred and Todd report that the 2023 GA was more charitable and constructive than in previous years, and good progress was made. And yet we find Carl is still not ready to change teams. P&R Publishing has provided a few giveaway copies of Guy Prentiss Waters’ book, How Jesus Runs the Church, for our listeners. Register here for the opportunity to win.
Published 08/16
Kids Talk Church History
Today is the battle of the podcasts as the hosts of Mortification of Spin welcome the hosts of Kids Talk Church History to discuss their growing podcast, the importance of studying church history, and to debate Scottish vs. English culture and Bronte vs. Austen. Despite Todd’s best attempts, Emma and Linus don’t seem too intimidated by the international scope of the podcast, but Emma’s grandmother is a different story! We're pleased to announce the winners of the giveaway for Simonetta Carr's award-winning book, Church History, courtesy of our friends at Reformation Heritage Books: Matthew M. from Youngstown, OH, Alycia W. from Denver, PA, and Casey H. from Levittown, PA.   Show Notes:
Published 08/02
The Toxic War on Masculinity
Nancy Pearsey joins Carl and Todd to discuss her important new book, The Toxic War on Masculinity: How Christianity Reconciles the Sexes. Books have appeared with titles like I Hate Men and Are Men Necessary? Mainstream news organizations publish articles like "Why Can't We Hate Men?" T-shirts are sold with messages like "So Many Men, So Little Ammunition.” And Christian men, in particular, are being singled out despite social science data indicators. When did the script against masculinity become so toxic, and what effect is it having on men today?  Thank you Baker Publishing Group for providing three giveaway copies of Nancy Pearcey's book for our listeners! And congratulations to our winners: Adam P. from Raleigh, NC, Michaiah S. from Huntsville, AL, and Cathryne S. from Fuquay Varina, NC!     Show Notes: Nancy Pearcey is the author of the upcoming book The Toxic War on Masculinity: How Christianity Reconciles the Sexes. Her most recently published book is Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality. Her earlier books include The Soul of Science, Saving Leonardo, Finding Truth, and two ECPA Gold Medallion Award Winners: How Now Shall We Live (coauthored with Harold Fickett and Chuck Colson) and Total Truth. Her books have been translated into 19 languages. She is professor and scholar in residence at Houston Christian University. A former agnostic, Pearcey has spoken at universities such as Princeton, Stanford, USC, and Dartmouth. She has been quoted in The New Yorker and Newsweek, highlighted as one of the five top women apologists by Christianity Today, and hailed in The Economist as "America's pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual." To order a copy of Nancy’s book, The Toxic War on Masculinity, visit:  
Published 07/19
Social Conservatism for the Common Good
After a brief discussion about craziness you can understand and craziness you can't, Carl and Todd get down to business talking to Andrew Walker, editor of the new book Social Conservatism for the Common Good. A collection of essays from high-profile evangelical writers and academics – including our very own Carl Trueman – the book focuses on the work of renowned catholic, social conservative thinker Robert George.  We are grateful to our friends at Crossway Publishing for providing a few giveaway copies of his book for our listeners. Congratulations to Stephanie M. from Port Byron, IL, Carol R. from Centennial, CO, and Phil C. from Albany, NC! 
Published 07/05
Reformation as Renewal
Carl and Todd welcome Matthew Barrett back to the podcast for the fourth time…or is it the fifth?…to discuss his latest book. Many Protestants are confused about what it means to be Protestant. The Reformation as Renewal offers a fresh history of the Reformation to help Protestants understand their origin and identity. Far from being the clean break many paint it or the schism others would have us believe it to be, Matthew argues that the Reformers sought to restore the teachings of the one holy catholic and apostolic church during the Reformation. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Zondervan, we were able to give away three copies of Matthew’s book to the following listeners: Chris S. from Ransom Canyon, TX, David H. from New Milford, CT, and Tom K. from Harrisburg, NC! Show Notes This podcast has been sponsored by SBTS. Explore which theological degree best fits you at SBTS.EDU/EXPLORE.   
Published 06/21
Satan and Demons
Much to Carl’s relief, Todd dresses up this week for a serious conversation about the controversial issue of Satan and demons. When is Satan introduced in the Bible, and how are we to understand his power? And how are we to view the demonic realm and its influence in our daily lives?  Crossway provided a few giveaway copies of Against the Darkness by Graham Cole for our listeners. Congratulations to our winners: Cody S. from Scott Depot, WV, Steve H. from Lakeland, FL, and Sean P. from Lancaster, KY. Show Notes: Evil and the Cross: An Analytical Look at the Problem of Pain, by Henri Blocher
Published 06/07
Reformed Theology with Jonathan Master
Carl and Todd sit down with long-time friend and Theology on the Go podcast host, Jonathan Master, to discuss his latest book, Reformed Theology. In this practical book, Jonathan provides a helpful primer for church leaders, study groups, and anyone who wants a well-rounded and concise overview of Reformed theology. Now what was it that Carl said that had Jonathan so concerned? Tune in and find out. Thank you to our friends at P&R Publishing for providing three copies of Jonathan's book for giveaway. The winners of the drawing are Tiffany C. from Poncha Springs, CO, John P. from Chickamauga, GA, and Chip B. from Baltimore, MD.  
Published 05/21
Neo-Calvinism: A Theological Introduction
Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck sparked a theological tradition in the Netherlands that came to be known as Neo-Calvinism. While studies in neo-Calvinism have focused primarily on its political and philosophical insights, its theology has received less attention. Carl and Todd welcome Cory Brock and Gray Sutanto to discuss their new book, by the same name as this podcast, which provides a thoroughly theological introduction to neo-Calvinism, which many consider much needed. We were provided three copies of their book for giveaway, courtesy of Lexham Press, and the winners are Chris C. from Weyers Cave, VA, Michael Y. from Rolling Hills Estates, CA, and Austin V. from Mount Jackson, VA. Congratulations!
Published 05/09
Mourn with Those Who Mourn
The recent horrific murders at a Nashville Christian school compel Carl and Todd to discuss how believers should respond in the face of such inexplicable tragedy. It’s safe to say that most people—believers included—don’t consider in advance what they might say or do when answers are few. Our hosts offer precious biblical insight and pastoral experience to help us understand how we might represent Christ to others in such painful circumstances. Recent guest Mark Talbot knows well what it means to suffer loss. Crossway provided a copy of Mark’s landmark book When the Stars Disappear as a giveaway, and the winner was Melody P. from Matthews, NC. Congratulations!
Published 04/26
The Story of Abortion in America
“Citizen Carl” Trueman flies without a co-pilot as he interviews author Leah Savas. She joins the legendary Marvin Olasky in writing The Story of Abortion in America: A Street-Level History, 1652-2022. The book offers a unique historical perspective that digs deep between the milestones of the abortion journey in the US and the laws that shaped it to provide insight into the cultural aspects of the story. Crossway Publishers graciously provided a number of copies of the book for a giveaway. Congratulations to the winners: Mark H. from Hampton, VA, Kevin G. from Harbeson, DE, and Kim D. from Knoxville, TN.
Published 04/12