World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview and Hanging on Tight

World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview and Hanging on Tight
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Phillips, Dan


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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.

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.

Book Details

315 Pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: June 2011
ISBN 10: 0825439086
ISBN 13: 9780825439087

"Pithy, pointed, perceptively biblical. Dan Phillips unpacks the Gospel's practical implications in this wonderfully readable and supremely helpful handbook."
— John MacArthur, Best-selling author and Bible teacher for Grace to You Ministries

"I've been reading and learning from Dan Phillips ever since I discovered his blog in 2005. His insights never fail to amaze and instruct me. This book reveals why he is such a careful, critical thinker: because his worldview is shaped by Scripture and centered on the timeless truth of the Gospel. This book is a great tonic for the postmodern tendencies that poison so many young minds today."
- Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Grace to You Ministries; cofounder of the Pyromaniacs blog

"Dan Phillips is both easy and edifying to read, and I have been doing so for many years, so I am delighted to commend this book to you. The World-Tilting Gospel is a sound introduction to what it means and what we need to understand to be followers of Jesus Christ. Dan knows that for the Christian life to be lived, personally and congregationally, the way Jesus intends us to live it, we need to know: 'who we really are, what kind of world we are really living in, how the world really operates and where it is really going, who God really is, what His eternal plan really was, why we really needed Him and His plan so desperately, what His terms—the Gospel—really were, and what difference the Gospel will really make on every day of our lives.' Furthermore, I agree with his diagnosis of our present need (see the introduction!), and the meaty biblical prescription of truth and grace that he offers as remedy. This book hits on all cylinders. I will use it in discipleship in my own congregation and recommend it widely."
- Ligon Duncan, President of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals; Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

"Who Would have thought that tilting the world would set it right? With humor, creativity, and insightful surprises, Dan Phillips captures all the beauty and freshness of the Gospel. The Gospel turns us rightside up, and this book uses sound teaching to cure worldly vertigo."
— James M. Hamilton Jr, Associate Professor of Biblical Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"Pick this book up, flip to any page, and start reading. You won't want to put it down."
- Robert L. Plummer, PhD, Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible

"The World-Tilting Gospel is the sort of foundational resource that will serve everyone—from those considering the Christian faith to church leaders. With meticulous attention to the biblical text, Dan Phillips unfolds how the cross-centered Gospel polishes a crystal clear lens through which the distorted reality of a fallen world can be seen upside down… revealing theGood News that we can be rightside up with God."
- Chris Brauns, Pastor, The Red Brick Church, Stillman Valley, IL; author, Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds

"Dan Phillips begins his book with the crucial assertion that a person's world-view is not what they say it is, but how they live. Furthermore, as explained by Phillips, many professing evangelicals are fundamentally confused about the Gospel. The result is that people live lives and preachers proclaim messages that are anything but 'world-tilting.' The World-Tilting Gospel unfolds the biblical framework needed for the Gospel to make sense while simultaneously responding to the slick Gospel-avoiding marketing gimmicks of modern evangelicalism. Phillips faithfully explains the Gospel using a whole-Bible approach and does so in vivid, highly colorful language suitable to the most contemporary reader. In creative and highly illustrative style, echoing his Pyromaniacs blog site, Dan Phillips has produced a work that is part Gospel tract, part systematic theology, and part blog post… very helpful for those in need of the Gospel's bigger picture and who prefer a twenty-first century mode of presentation."
- Brian and Janet Rickett, The Bible Church of Beebe and The Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary