Thursday, October 6, 2011

The World-Tilting Gospel by Dan Phillips

A cure to worldly vertigo.

The first generation of Christians turned the world upside down. But the church today is being turned upside down by the world. Why? And why aren't we-with all our social medias and high-tech gadgets-more effectively producing Christ-centered, Gospel-liberated, biblically-instructed, world-tilting believers?

In The World-Tilting Gospel, popular blogger Dan Phillips lays out four reasons why the first believers had more impact on their culture than today's church has on contemporary society. Using a whole-Bible approach to the Gospel, Phillips shows who we really are, what kind of world we are really living in, who God really is, and what difference the Gospel really makes in our everyday lives. Drawing from decades of studying the Bible's Hebrew and Greek texts, Dan Phillips offers a conversational and engaging challenge to embrace a biblical worldview-and hang on tight.

My review:
Though not my usual fiction fare, this book was an interesting read. The author presents the problem of how the world is turning the church upside down, instead of the other way around. He goes back and shows through Scripture references how they did that, starting way back with the fall of man and working his way up to the New Testament.

I have never read anything by this author, but was impressed with his knowledge of the Bible and with his writing style. It is a very easy to read style, and he did a great job of presenting his ideas, and shows how we can improve as a church and as Christians to make a difference in the world, instead of the world making a difference in the church.

About the author:
Dan Phillips (MDiv, Talbot Theological Seminary) has served as pastor in four churches and 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 lives in Sacramento with his amazing wife, Valerie. They have four children and around six cats.

The World-Tilting Gospel is available from Kregel Publishing.

Thanks to Kregel for the review copy.


DJP said...

Thanks for reading, Mark, and for recommending WTG.