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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (June 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825439086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825439087
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Phillips (MDiv, Talbot Theological Seminary) has taught seminary and college classes in New Testament studies, Hebrew, and Old Testament theology. He has preached and presented seminars on Proverbs and the Sovereignty of God, written biblical newspaper columns and tracts, and hosted a radio talk show. With an ongoing conference and pulpit ministry, Dan is most broadly known for his writing on the Pyromaniacs blog, with Phil Johnson and Frank Turk (, and at his own blog, Biblical Christianity ( Dan pastors Copperfield Bible Church in Houston, Texas, where he lives with his amazing wife, Valerie. They have four children and five cats.

More About the Author

I have enjoyed writing since I was very young. My first attempted opus was a rambling science-fiction tale, undertaken (and never finished) in my pre-teen years. I remember one line which gave next-oldest sister great merriment. As I recall it, I was attempting to describe a character who was a nurse. I delivered myself of this: "Beneath her cold, harsh posterior beat a heart of gold."

The line reveals two things at least about me. First, I needed a lot of seasoning (e.g. to avoid hackneyed cliches "like the plague" -- or at least to use them correctly). Second, I needed something worth writing about.

The first has continued over the years, honed in academic writing, newspaper columns, papers, tracts, online forums, and blogs.

The second only started in February of 1973, when God absolutely transformed my life by bringing me to faith in Jesus Christ. If you like, you can read more about that, starting here:

One of the biggest results of this transformation in my life was the conversion of a mushy-minded, undisciplined non-student into someone bent on serving Christ with all I had. It worked out partly in dedication to the Biblical sciences such as Hebrew and Greek, and work at various educational institutions.

Over and through it all was a unifying obsession with knowing God by knowing His word, doing it, and helping others know it and Him. I needed personally to have a firm and deep grasp, and I dearly desired to pass on everything I got to others. I have always been a slow study. Therefore, when I "get" something, I can usually break it down in a way that any willing hearer or reader can "get" it too.

So that's my aim, in writing: to take everything I've "gotten" from the deepest, hardest, and best Bible study I can do, and put it out there where any willing reader can get at it.

God has been exceedingly good. Gracious souls ranging from published PhDs to those who concluded their formal education at a young age have said they profit from my writing. Pastors and other church leaders are using the books for ministry throughout North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For that, all the glory goes to God alone.

If you haven't done so yet, I hope you'll become one of those to share the benefit of what I've had the joy of uncovering. After all, what I have been given, I've been given to share with you.

Currently I pastor the dear folks at Copperfield Bible Church in Houston, Texas.

Customer Reviews

Dan Phillips's has written a solid book that presents the gospel in an easy to understand format.
Dan Hensley
This work is an exposition of the Gospel saving message which Dan Phillips makes clear in the beginning of the book is world-tilting.
I would recommend this book to every single Christian in the world, because I think that everyone could learn from this book.
Enoch Stevenson

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Starke on July 19, 2011
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Do you know someone who consistently talks in "Christianish" terms, but who you suspect doesn't actually know what it means to *be* a Christian?

Or someone who is sort of "floundering" spiritually, perhaps due to some fuzzy theology?

Or even a pastor, whose eyes are atwirl over the latest "thing" in church ministry?

Would you put *yourself* in one of these categories?

If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions, this is a book you and your friends must read, and then discuss.

The World-Tilting Gospel is another book in the growing genre of books attempting to explain the orthodox Christian gospel for a new generation. Not Orthodox in the Greek or Russian sense, mind you. Phillips is an unashamed Reformed Evangelical Christian with an unusually broad pedigree. He holds an M.Div. from a namebrand evangelical seminary, and has held various positions in vocational ministry. But he currently works a "secular" job while writing regularly at several highly trafficked Christian blogs. His writing there attracts an eclectic variety of readers, both Christian and non-Christian, from a broad range of backgrounds

It's the combination of those two sets of credentials that makes Phillips' first book unique. Its structure is simple, pursuing answers to the four questions he argues must comprise a complete and Biblical worldview: Who Are We? What Has God Done For Us? How Do We Get In? How Do We Get Going? But the content is rich, and relentlessly "Bibley". Each chapter is replete with applicable texts in both contemporary translations and even his own translation of the original.

Phillips style is both winningly personal and pastoral. Phillips is not another nerdy theology geek trying to show off how much Hebrew he knows.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Megan L. Boneski on July 18, 2011
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"The World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview & Hanging on Tight" (Kindle edition) by Dan Phillips is a book worth reading. One does not need a PhD or MDiv to understand what the author is putting forth. Mr. Phillips backs up his writing with Scripture and encourages the reader to have his/her Bible near to hand to look up the passages for himself/herself.

Rather than being a dry, scholarly tome, this book is for both the lay Christian who wants a deeper understanding of the faith and for the "seeker" who wants to know what this "faith thing" is all about. Mr. Phillips lays it all out from the beginning of his book with "In the beginning..." and systematically demonstrates that saving faith begins and ends with Jesus. This book is also a handy tool for sharing the Gospel message for those of us who may not be quite so eloquent.

I will recommend this book to everyone I know.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DELA on October 4, 2011
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Dan Phillips has written a witty, highly-readable and well-researched presentation of the Good News that turned the early church upside down and that is still guaranteed to upend today's world just the same. Recommended for all readers - from those who are new to Christianity through veteran faith warriors who want to bolster their faith and be encouraged.

About the book
Like primordial glue, the content of this book pulls together four essential Biblical truths that together answer life's most important questions: who we are, what God has done for us, how we may come to Him, and how we then live. This book is like a satisfying meal that sticks to your ribs and sends soul-lifting, truth-telling endorphins to your cranium. Totalling just over 300 pages in all, its weighty material is easily consumed in a few sittings by the average reader.

Who are we?
Following John Calvin's formula from The Institutes, Phillips begins with self-image and sets forth several examples of how holding wrong answers about who we are causes great damage in our lives. Through the examples of three specific faulty views, he show us how we need a whole-Bible view of ourselves, and not just a slice of scripture that supports our pre-conceived notions. He has creatively devised three characters that are representative of our typical false positions about man (which invariably lead to false views of God).

What has God done for us?
Phillips deftly deals with God's overarching plan of salvation in section two by beginning with a glimpse of the holy, covenantal God who has planned our ultimate "Rescue Operation". He then unfolds that great plan by showing how God's rescue mission is executed by sending Jesus Christ, who conquers our enemy for us.

How do we get in?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike Pettengill on July 27, 2011
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This was a very enjoyable book. The author does a wonderful job of combining modern popular cultural references, a warped sense of humor and an uncanny knowledge of the original Greek and Hebrew bible. His original analyses and input into difficult topics are well footnoted and referenced.

The author makes a concerted effort to take difficult topics and analyze them in a serious, yet entertaining way. Seldom have I seen such sober, difficult and challenging topics discussed in a manner that makes the reader feel entertained. But, I must stress here. The entertainment value DOES NOT detract from the depth or reverence the author dedicates to the topics within.

It is my belief that this book can be read and enjoyed by teenagers and well initialed (MDiv, PhD, etc) readers alike. Proceed with bravery. The author is not afraid to loving step on a few toes or sacrifice a few sacred cows, but always respectfully and with lots of biblical backup.
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