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The World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview and Hanging on Tight Paperback – June 24, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dan Phillips has the rare ability to make deep theological concepts both understandable and entertaining. This is an excellent book for Christians of all levels of maturity. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dale Wilson
This book was a tremendous help to me. In a time of great discouragement and confusion for me, it brought great clarity and light. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jeff kaminski
I have taught directly from this book at both AWANAS and at the Prison Ministry I lead. The gravity and clarity it has helped bring is priceless. I cannot recommend it enough.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Clarity in understanding of the Gospel. A must read for every Christian.Published 13 months ago by Kay Harlan
A cutting-edge Exposé of the "new" Evangelical and how the propagation of the gospel in the visible church has disintegrated into a watered-down venue for... Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Smith
A lot of times, when I want to "check" my thinking on a doctrine, I find myself opening my Kindle copy of this book, doing a word search on a subject, and getting a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Terry Rayburn
Although a longtime believer, Dan's latest book created a heart longing to serve Jesus more fully. This book was an easy rad and entirely quotable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by On Becoming Fit
Great read on the basic and essential doctrines of the Christian faith! Get it, read it, highlight it, and allow it to push you to study the Word more and stand in awe of what God... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bethany Kirby