Noteworthy Book: The World-Tilting Gospel by Dan Phillips

For various reasons, some books that should get more attention do not. One such title is The World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview & Holding on Tight by Dan Phillips. While there have been a number of “gospel-centered” books published in the past 7-10 years, I can confidently say there is no other book quite like this. Let me explain why.

First, let’s start with the author. For those who do not know who Dan Phillips is, he proudly describes himself as “a Calvi dispie bapto gelical.” In other words, a Calvinist, dispensationalist, baptist, evangelical. He is best known as one of the writers for the Pyromaniacs blog, which has a deservedly large following for its “call it like it is” approach to biblical truth and evangelicalism. In addition he writes for his own blog named Biblical Christianity. All of this is in addition to his “real job” as the Pastor of Copperfield Bible Church in Houston Texas. In other words, Dan has lots of time on his hands 🙂

Dan has a writing style that is all his own. Its hard to describe, which is part of the reason you should go read his blogs. He has a way of communicating truth with insight and humor. But the humor is not of the cheap laugh variety; its the kind that engages the intellect while  “leaving a mark” because it hits so close to home (usually in a convicting way!).

This book is written from a desire to enable people to experience the fullness and power of the gospel in their lives. He argues that many of us have not grasped:

  • 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
  • what difference the Gospel will really make on our everyday lives

If you want biblically faithful, gospel-rooted, pastorally wise answers to these questions (or know someone who does), this book is an excellent choice. I had the privilege of reading the  manuscript before it was published, and I had a hard time putting it down.

Go out and buy a copy. Read it for yourself. Grab a friend (Christian or non-Christian) and read it with him. Use it in a small group study or for your Sunday School class. You won’t regret it.

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  3. Plumbing Repairs That Require a Professional Plumbing Service
    Plumbing repair work can encompass many things, such as mending hot water heaters, or fitting new faucets
    in bathrooms. On the internet, there is information about how to do many kinds of plumbing jobs.

    Understandably, most people want to avoid hiring a plumber to
    carry out maintenance or repair work, which they could perform themselves.

    Nonetheless, considerable precision and expertise is needed to implement the majority of plumbing tasks.

    Even a basic error, like failing to seal a pipe tightly enough, could cause leaks that result in expensive water damage and high water bills.
    Leaks could cause mold to develop in your house as well. You should hire plumbing services, whenever severe problems with
    your plumbing system arise. If you don’t do this, you might end up making
    the problem even worse.

    The hot Water Stops Working

    It can be difficult to identify the cause of this problem, unless
    you have a leaking water tank. Leaks can appear anywhere in your system,
    due to a range of factors. Issues with gas
    heaters can involve thermocouple ignition systems and burners.
    Issues with electrical heaters can involve heating elements, bad
    overload switches, malfunctioning thermostats, and blown fuses or circuit breakers.

    The Water Pressure in Your Home is too low

    There are several things that can cause this problem.
    Examples include badly designed supply lines, low water pressures from wells or city supplies, and water line blockages (such as debris or rust).

    A reputable plumber will diagnose the cause of the problem,
    and tackle it effectively.

    The Sewer Line Backs up

    In all likelihood, if you encounter a sewer line
    stoppage, the line will have a plug in it that leads out to
    the primary sewer. Frequently, this is caused by tree roots.
    Large sewer rodding machines can be rented, however they might
    harm the sewer lines or drain. Contact a drain cleaning company
    or plumber. If they experience problems, they will do the repair work.

    Installing a new Water Heater

    Ideally, you should avoid trying to install a new heater on your own. A good
    plumber will transport the new heater to your storage area,
    connect it and ensure that it functions correctly. He or she can get rid of your
    old heater too.

    Severe Damage to Water Lines

    It is a time consuming process to fix damage to water lines.
    Normally, this occurs due to freezing. Hire a plumber, so that you don’t have to interrupt your regular schedule.

    Pipe Freezing

    If you have frozen pipes, they may have cracks in them already — in which case you
    need a plumber. Even if your pipes don’t have cracks in them, hiring a
    plumber still might be sensible. Rather than thawing frozen pipes, some plumbers just replace certain sections of them.

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