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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 (teampyro.blogspot.com), and at his own blog, Biblical Christianity (bibchr.blogspot.com). Dan pastors Copperfield Bible Church in Houston, Texas, where he lives with his amazing wife, Valerie. They have four children and five cats.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (June 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825439086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825439087
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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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.

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The author Dan Phillips is perhaps best known for being one of the bloggers at TeamPyro. This work is an exposition of the Gospel saving message which Dan Phillips makes clear in the beginning of the book is world-tilting. The Gospel is suppose to be radical and life changing, and no doubt it is. Given the terrible state of Christianity today when it comes to Gospel and Biblical literacy, this work would be good for the hands of the people in the pew or even those who do not believe in Christianity so that at least they understand the biblical message of the Gospel. Written for a general reading audience, Phillips talks to his reader like the way you expect he would in his blog: informal, at times witty and funny, and to the point. His message is derived from Scripture and the quotation and references to chapters and verses are sprinkled throughout the work. Phillips' work is largely a positive presentation of Christianity rather than a negative critiques of what he described as Evangellybeans (weakened comprimising forms of Christianity). I found the most fascinating part of the book was his chapters that dealt with sanctification. Here he does engage in a little polemic concerning three faulty view of sanctification and I thought the chapter devoted to the mystical view of "Let Go, and Let God" was probably the best chapter in the book since this view has largely been ignored in written treatment yet it is one that Christians sometime even assume as a faulty view of God's sovereignty and human responsibility. I would recommend this work for new Christian, non-Christian or older Christians to be reminded of the Gospel. I enjoyed this work, with it's illustrations from time to time and also the author's own original translation. Definitely a work worth buying as a gift for others.
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