Blog Posts by Carl Trueman

Spinning in a Bookshop

Article by   March 2014
This week we did something slightly different for the Mortification of Spin: Bully Pulpit.   In line with that vital rule of private eyes and historians -- 'Follow the money' -- we did the show undercover in a Christian bookshop. ... continue

Celebrity Pastors: A Retrospective

Article by   March 2014
When I raised the 'celebrity pastor' issue a few years ago, my primary concern was the distasteful self-promotion and the cultivation of cults of personality which it seemed to involve.  The first time that I caught serious flack for this... continue

When real political life imitates celebrity megachurch art

Article by   March 2014
You know society is in trouble when the politicians start stooping so low that they begin to adopt practices akin to those of celebrity megachurch pastors in order to inflate their cultural share price.  I knew politics was a dirty,... continue

Dispatches from LaLaLand

Article by   March 2014
The Transadvocate reports another case of dastardly and unacceptable cisgender oppression.  This time, a transgender person has been refused permission to compete as a woman at the Crossfit Games.  In a letter apparently 'reeking of transphobia and cisgenderism' (but, to... continue

A New Reformed Chickliterista?

Article by   March 2014
For those who think that the world of Reformed chick lit is by and large dominated by very nice ladies who write poetry (sort of), love children and have sweet thoughts about everything from cooking to husbands (the present Mrs... continue

More books to ban

Article by   March 2014
Todd has his work cut out at the moment.  A number of very fine and helpful books have been published recently, so we must assume that the Witchfinder General will be canceling all leave for his pitchfork-wielding underlings in order... continue

A New MoS and an Epic Fail

Article by   March 2014
This week's Mortification of Spin is up.  Our guest is Paul Wolfe, author of My God is True and Setting Our Sights On Heaven.  Paul is a pastor in the P.C.A. and a cancer survivor, so the conversation focuses on matters... continue

Speaking as a trans* person....

Article by   March 2014
In the latest edition of First Things, friend David Mills (one of a small group of loyal Roman Catholic readers of Ref21) comments on an article in the left wing Brooklyn paper, Indypendent, about 'transgender rock bands,' that the word... continue

Calling the Boys (and Girls) from Brazil

Article by   February 2014
The Rev. Gustavo Monteiro has recently been ordained by the Presbyterian Church of Brazil to work under the oversight of the Session at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Ambler, Pa. in reaching out to the Brazilian community in the Philadelphia... continue

Todd Pruitt, Witchfinder General

Article by   February 2014
As you can see, advance publicity is already being leaked for the new epic Alliance-sponsored biopic,Witchfinder General: The Todd Pruitt Story.  Directed by the Puppetmaster, it looks fantastic, with its scenes of violent book burnings ('Please, I'd rather you didn't... continue
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