What comes to your mind when I say one word: Christianity? I'll be the first to admit that I'm not content with the Christianity of today. A lot of compromise has gone on that goes against the Word of God. Bible teachers are preaching in a way to make people more comfortable, watering down the word so that no one gets their feelings hurt or walks away from the church. I love going to churches where the pastor shares the Word without abandon. Let God do the talking...not a bunch of opinions.
That's exactly why I like this book. Dan compares the Christians of the first generation with those of today. The Christians of the early church abandoned EVERYTHING to follow Christ. They didn't let mockery or persecution stop them. Why in the world were they more effective in teaching God's Word than us, who have the world at our fingertips when it comes to the internet and other "more effective" ways to reach the world? But Phillips' book comes with a warning: Embrace a biblical worldview---and hang on tight.
I think all should read this book. It's not comforting, but it was very interesting. Christianity isn't about being comfortable or about taking a little of this and a little of that and forming a Christianity that we're comfortable with. If you want the Gospel, you have to take the whole Gospel. That's exactly what is seen throughout this book. Very good book to read at this time when churches everywhere seem to be struggling with staying devoted to the truth of God and not the opinion of man.
I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest opinion.
There is absolutely nothing in this world as important as the gospel.
Even as I write that statement, I can see how some would criticize it as either overdramatic, overly simplistic, or overly polemic.
But regardless of anyone's criticism, that statement rings true. If we get the gospel wrong, a Christian is not a Christian. If we get the gospel wrong, a church is not a church. If we get the gospel wrong, we get everything wrong.
And yet somehow, in spite of the importance of a clear gospel understanding, defining the gospel seems to have become a fuzzy task. Pastors, authors, and bloggers talk of living the gospel, displaying the gospel, and even "gospeling" one another. And yet, even in those terms they fail to nail down what that gospel actually is - which speaks all the more to their lack of understanding of it.
Fortunately, there are authors responding to the state of our generation. There are authors passionate about defining and declaring what God has done. And there are books such as The World-Tilting Gospel being written to help clarify what believers should know, but often don't.
In The World Tilting Gospel, Dan Phillips leads the reader through a Biblical bootcamp, helping them to grasp onto a God-centered theology.
One of the common knocks on Calvinists is that they tend to be extremely "heady" (spending more time worshiping with their mind than their heart). Phillips writes in manner that is faithful to the Scriptures, accessible to anyone, and crystal-clear in it's definition of the gospel.
It's one of those books that you'll after you've read it, you'll want to get a copy of everyone you can think of.
I had heard of Dan Phillips a few years ago when I ran across the Pyromaniacs blog. The more I read on this blog, the more I wanted to know about these guys who seemed so "spot on" regarding theological matters. So I was glad to hear about this book and knew I would be in for a treat when I ordered it for review.
The World-Tilting Gospel reminds me of a book I read earlier this year called Dug Down Deep by Josh Harris. Like Harris' book, Mr. Phillips writes about the basics of the Christian faith (sort of a systematic theology) for the common man. Both books are easy to read, but are chock full of deep biblical truths that every Christian should know.
But this is not just a book for Christians. Others would also benefit from reading it because it expalins well what we believe and I think would be a help to those who are trying to understand these things.
I recommend this book to anyone who would like something that outlines the Christian faith and does it in a well-structured and interesting way. This is a great resource for any biblical scholar's bookshelf.
Cu un contrast din ce in ce mai accentuat intre mesaj si practica, cu o puternica, acida si nu mereu indreptatita critica, crestinismul nu este una din cele mai dorite religii ale pamantului. Crestinismul a pierdut ceva ce biserica primara a avut.
um s-a intamplat si ce putem face pentru a reveni la puterea marturiei primare?
Aceasta este ideea de la care Dan Philips pleaca intr-o cutezatoare incercare de a furniza suficiente motive petru a ne reintoarce la un crestinism de a carui vitalitate nu se poate indoi nimeni, structurand/accentuand necesitatea unor puncte de vedere/intelegere asupra mecanismului societatii prezente bazate pe principiile biblic-crestine. Autorul identifica cu tact zonele sensibile si accentueaza adevarul prezentat in mesajul lui Dumnezeu.
That's my best description for Dan Philips' latest book. It is a refreshing look at an old truth. It shouldn't have to be so refreshing; it should be like a comfortable pair of old shoes (you know the kind; you just slide your feet into them and go "Ah-h-h!"). However, since so many "Evanjellybeans" (a term which Philips borrowed from blogger Kay Stokes [http://englishmusings.blogspot.com] and uses to describe churches/Christians who take their cues from the world rather than from God and His Word) have watered down the Gospel to the point where it means nothing, holds nothing and does nothing, Philips' book is indeed like a cool, dry breeze blowing on your head in the middle of a muggy, Minnesota July afternoon.
Philips doesn't simply recite verses that speak of the gospel or merely support a writer's preconceived notions. No, he basically walks you through the entire Bible (well, okay, it's speed-walking at its finest) in order to show the reader that since the world is not as God intended, something is wrong and must be done about it. Trust me, when I say, these are not commonly accepted truths, whether you're talking about the world & culture around us (which blatantly reject such things) or far too many within churches (who have either embraced the things of this world, making them their gods, or who are just too squeamish--Philips would say, cowardly and weak-in-the-knees--to want to lovingly embrace them full on, so they corrupt them with man-centered thoughts). Having fallen in love with the doctrines of grace long ago, I found his work a significant reminder.
There were times I found myself wiping tears from my eyes due to the greatness of the truth from God's Word expressed in this book. What a gracious God we have, who would condescend to us, His rebellious creatures, in order to redeem us back to Himself. At other times, I actually laughed out loud while reading (at one point, causing the crowd at my local Caribou Coffee shop all look up and wonder what was wrong with me). Philips can write with a razor-sharp edge, but often uses wit and humor to make the scalpel slide in more easily so it can do its intended work of carving away the flotsam and jetsam of false belief.