Throwback Thursday: Book Review – Mortification of Sin

This was originally posted on September 28th, 2017.

‘There is no death of sin without the death of Christ.’ – John Owen in Mortification of Sin


John Owen was a beloved English theologian. So beloved that when King Charles II returned to power and Puritans were once more persecuted, John Owen’s was not jailed. He was even bold enough, being close friends with John Bunyan, tried to no avail to get him released from prison. To say Owens was intelligent is putting it lightly, having studied at Oxford. You can see just how adroit his mind was in Mortification of Sin, published in 1656.

Mortification of Sin is not just an exhaustive explanation of sin, reasons for sin, and ways to mortify sin, but also how to tell if your salvation is true based on sin. Owen’s also weaves rebuttals throughout the book for different false doctrines regarding sin. These include the beginnings of the social gospel, the papacy, and any type of works salvation. He does a dutiful job of using scripture, in context, to refute any misconceptions on sin and how to mortify it.

I recommend this book to anyone struggling to understand sin or salvation. Anyone who is learning about Puritans will enjoy this book, as it gives an excellent look into the viewpoint of the time, however, it does not include any historical landmarks that might help you better understand the times. Considering that when this was published his brethren were all being persecuted, jailed, or run out of town, it’s impressive that he managed to focus solely on the topic he was addressing. That is, on its own, a testament to how important it was for Owen’s to clarify the mortification of sins.

I hope this book will be a blessing to you all beloved. It’s in the public domain, like many others I’ve reviewed, which means you can access a PDFfreely online. You can also access an audio version through youtube or purchase a Kindle version for a dollar or two. As always, beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Santa Punched a Heretic? Friday MEGA List: December 13th, 2019

Hello dear ones, can you believe there’s only a few Friday’s left in this year? I have given my word to eat pineapple pizza in the new year, the countdown has begun for me. Have I considered fleeing the country, changing my name, shutting down podcast and blog, all to avoid this pizza? Maybe. But I’ll be eating that pizza come the new year, so keep your eye out for Tulips & Honey. Speaking of which, a quick update on what you can expect next week is in order. We’ll still only be dropping one episode a week for the remainder of the month. Monday, Lord willing, our interview with the writers of Through the Narrow will drop. It’s a fascinating discussion on Gina’s testimony, family evangelism, and of course some shenanigans.

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Recommendations: Podcasts and Books

The Sovereignty of God by A. W. Pink was sent to me by Accelerated Books as a free e-gift. Isn’t that such a blessing? I’ve been hoping to spend more time reading Pink, and now I have the chance to. I haven’t finished it yet, once I do I’ll bumped this down to the Review category, but so far I can for sure recommend it. I’d also like to recommend The Aquila & Priscilla Hour’s most recent episode where I was shocked to learn a bit of history I had never heard before. St. Nicolas, like the St. Nicolas, was one that stood against Arianism in the 4th century, to the point where he clocked him in frustration. That’s right, punched him right in the face! Better watch out, better not have bad doctrine, I’m telling you why…you know this is a better version of the song. You can hear the entire episode through all the major podcasting options, or even on YouTube.

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Review: By What Standard

Most of you know that the past week has been a very emotional one for Founders Ministries as Pastor Tom Ascol collapsed during his Sunday sermon. As we joined together as one body of believers to pray for him, he slowly recovered, and we now wait to hear test results. Meanwhile, their long awaited documentary By What Standard finally hit the internet yesterday. It is a fascinating, and challenging look at the current state of the SBC’s battle with Scriptural authority. Women preaching, social justice, and other worldly ideologies are met with Biblical truth in this hard hitting, well done documentary. I recommend this for everyone, especially those in leadership roles.

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Suggestions: Pray

This weekend my suggestion for you all, dear friends, is that you spend more time in prayer. Pray for one another. Spend time in thanksgiving, and worshipful prayer to the great God of the universe. Pray for me, please, that I would grow on the grace and the knowledge of our Lord. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Friday’s MEGA List – Recommendations, Reviews, Suggestions: November 15th, 2019

Dear ones, welcome back to another MEGA list. There are only 6 Friday’s left in 2019, not including today. That’s almost impossible to believe, as another year comes to a close. Coming up on Tulips & Honey on Monday we will be addressing how, when, and why to rebuke one another as well as how we ought to be treating one another on social media. I know we’ve dealt with this already, however it’s come up yet again, only in a different way. On Thursday we’ll be dropping an absolutely fascinating interview with Professor Nancy Pearcey. That lady is truly one of the most interesting individuals we’ve had the pleasure of talking with. In fact, we talked for four hours! Don’t worry, we won’t be releasing a four hour long episode, the magic of the edit button!

Recommendations

I’ve recommended Librovox before, it’s a free website that offers audiobooks from the public domain. I recently learned that you can also listen to their audiobooks on iTunes! Isn’t that neat? Here’s a link to one that I’ll be listening to soon, Contra Gentes by Athanasius. They’ve also got the Institutes there, as well as a multitude of Charles Spurgeon works! Becca, my super sweet co-host, wanted to recommend this Spurgeon devotional, and this Primer her and her husband use as a family devotional.

Reviews

Today I’d like to review Ray Comforts newest movie Why Did the Dinosaurs Disappear. It follows the same pattern of his other movies, explaining a scientific, or moral, fact while sharing the Gospel with those he is speaking to. You know, beloved, that I have a love for dinosaur fossils. I was sad to leave our previous assignment where there was a fossil dealer who brought in new items weekly. I’m not sure is Bismarck has anything like that. For decades now the secular world has used dinosaurs as an excuse not to believe in the Biblical timeline. So far in this millennium we’ve found nothing but evidence refuting the evolutionary timeline within the fossil record. This movie is appropriate for all ages, and very fascinating.

Suggestions

My suggestion to you all, dear friends, is that you be uncommonly kind to your brothers and sisters-in-Christ this weekend. They will know us by our love, so give preference to one another, putting the other ahead of yourself. Do not esteem yourself above others, but rather, forgetting yourself, love each other with the love we have been given by the Father. In this way, we fulfill the law. I say this from a point of deep concern, what image are we showing our friends and family when we ignore this command? I also say this from a point of humility, as much reminding myself as I am admonishing you. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Another Book Giveaway

I have to admit, dear ones, the book giveaways are really fun! So, I’m excited to announce another one. If you remember, friends, I interviewed Zack Knotts on his book Majesty Sunrise earlier this summer. He was kind enough to send me an extra copy of his book for a giveaway. All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is like this post. Also, if you follow me on any other social media sites you can like, share, comment and all that Jazz. That gives you extra entries. Isn’t that fun?

Zack Knotts book is filled with inspiring and encouraging poems. They’re beautiful, unique, and very well written. I hope this book will be a blessing to whoever wins it. The last time I did a giveaway it was an instagrammed that won. I can’t wait to see who wins this time. The drawing is going to be done on Friday the 25th. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Friday Mega List: Recommendations, Reviews, & Suggestions – October 18th, 2019

Hello, dear ones, and welcome to another MEGA list. In my head I always say that with a loud announcer voice. Before we get into it, let me give you an update on what’s coming next week on Tulips & Honey Hub. On Monday we’ll be dropping an amazing interview with Lo and Chuck. Lo writes the RedeemedMamaSavedByGrace blog, and Chuck is her hubby. Costi Hinn recently baptized him, and they were both gracious enough to join us on the program and share their testimony with us. God’s miraculous power in salvation never ceases to amaze me! On Tuesday The Aquila and Priscilla Hour will be dropping their second episode! Don’t forget to check it out, and follow Emily at her blog HeMadeUsAlive . Thursday we’ll be dropping an interview with James from CityALight, an Australian band with a solid, reformed, doctrinal stance. You can hear their music on YouTube, I’ll link to their channel below.

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Now that your up to date, what about recommendations? I have two for you today, the first is the latest video from The Laborers where the Gospel is shared with a man who claimed to be a believer. Watch this mans reaction as these young people lovingly explain the truth of Gods Word, he’s not angry or belligerent, he doesn’t ignore or walk away, he listens. We can, and should, be sharing the Gospel with the lost. I know it can be frightening, but it’s far more frightening to recognize the wrath that is to come. We must love the lost enough to warn them.

My second recommendation today is Dr. Alan White’s lecture starts Answers In Genesis titled Could Life Evolve by Chance? Science Says No! You all know how much a love science, in particular the tiniest, microscope machines which God upholds in our cells to maintain life. That’s the basis for Dr. Whites lecture, and it is absolutely fascinating! You can watch the live streamed footage here.

Today for review I’m actually going to talk about a book I reviewed a long time ago. The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards. You can see my original review here. I recently recommended this book to two separate people, and thought it would be a good review to bring back up, especially for all the recent followers to the blog. This book is amazing, it’s on the top ten of my list, and also it’s in the Public Domain which makes it free. Free.99 is my favorite price.

This weekend I suggest you try a new food, anything put pineapple pizza. Most of the time when I try new food it’s not my cup of tea. But every now and then I find something that becomes a new favorite. That’s what happened with sushi, guacamole, and asparagus. If you’ve tried anything new recently you’d like to suggest, so long as it’s not any combination of pineapple and meat, let me know. I might even give it a try! As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Tulips & Honey: Episode 7 – Ray Comfort Interview

I hope this post finds you all doing well, dear ones! I’m excited to say that Tulips & Honey’s interview with Ray Comfort from LivingWaters has officially dropped. The full video version will also be available on YouTube. Ray joined us on the program to discuss his new book Faith is for Weak People: Responding to the Top 20 Objections to the Gospel. We also get into his upcoming movie, and he graciously answered you questions sent in through social media. He was very kind, and generous with his time, as well as hilariously entertaining.

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You can find Tulips & Honey at our website, iTunes, Podbean, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. If there are other platforms that you would like to hear us on, please let me know and I’ll make sure to put them at the top of the list. Also, if you have any questions, words, or suggestions you’d like to hear for a future show, we’d love to include them. Today is also Kayliegh’s 9th birthday so I might not respond as quickly as I usually do to comments. I’m so sorry in advance for that! I can’t believe my little girl is already 9, it doesn’t seem like its been 9 years. My heart and mind can’t seem to understand this. Please pray for me! As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Friday Mega List – Recommendations, Reviews, and Suggestions: October 3rd, 2019

Don’t miss the sneak peak clip from my recent interview with Ray Comfort of LivingWaters

***Important Note: to create a more streamline look between the website, social media, and the blog there will be a name change. I’ll be updating the blogs name this weekend, it will be Tulips & Honey Hub from here on out.***

It’s Reformation month already? That’s crazy. This year has zipped by. Kayliegh will be turning 9 in less than two weeks, which is hard to believe when I just brought her home from the hospital what feels like yesterday! October always comes around too quickly. Before I get emotional, let’s get to the Mega List! Coming up next week on the Tulips & Honey Podcast will be an encouraging interview with Emma from MyRedemptionForHisGlory blog. She tells us about growing up in the church, God saving her, and her journey to blogging. Thursday, Lord willing, we’ll be dropping an episode on Suffering Well. As you know, Becca suffers from chronic pain that has only recently begun to let up. In that episode we give advice for how to help others suffering, and how to suffer well ourselves.

Also, because you guys have literally been supporting this podcast from day one with your prayers and encouragement, I pulled a bit of the Ray Comfort Interview early. The only way to get the video to post here on WP was to post it first on YouTube. I had wanted to make it exclusive for you all, but this was as close as I could get. Every time I was discouraged your comments pushed me forward. The Ray Comfort Interview wouldn’t have happened if not for so many brothers and sisters in Christ praying for me. Thank you all for your wondering kindness and support!

Recommendations this week start with this awesome article from Answers in Genesis regarding Saturns Rings. What an amazing creation God has made! My next recommendation is that you watch and share the beautiful act of Christian forgiveness and love shown by Brandt Jean when facing his brothers killer in court. Even the judge was in tears when he pleaded to have the opportunity to embrace her. You can’t hear what he’s saying to her, but I suspect he’s praying for her. Check it out here, and join me in ignoring the Social Justice Warriors who are attempting to take this gracious act and make it about race.

Today I’d like to review the book I interviewed Ray Comfort about. Faith is for Weak People: Answering the top 20 Objections to the Gospel. This book is set up almost like a text book, with questions at the end of each chapter. There are 20 chapters, each addressing an objection Ray has heard while evangelizing. He gives responses that show his humility, and love for the lost. You can find it in paperback, kindle, or audio here. I would recommend this book for all ages, but particularly I think it would work great for small groups and youth groups.

Suggestions? My suggestion to you for the weekend is that you learn something new about the Reformation. It’s Reformation month, after all! As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.