FIRST: brothers and sisters, let's remember to pray for Phil Johnson's back surgery today, and for his blessed and rapid recovery.
World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview & Hanging on Tight is to be my maiden voyage into legit publishing. We have reached the point of sending out galley manuscripts for endorsements. "Endorsements" have been explained to me as short, favorable quotes from well-known authors, ministry leaders, pastors, and businesspeople.
(Next phase will involve a somewhat broader mailing to "influencers." More on that when the time comes.)
Second, something brilliant that David Wells said in one of the sessions struck me, stuck with me, and came to inspire the larger vision of The World-Tilting Gospel. Here is how my notes from that conference, written as fast as I could type, have it. Wells said:
Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is, no longer have the categories to understand it, no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories in their non-moral universe — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty.Then Wells observed that this is why the Bible does not begin with John 3:16, but with Genesis 1.
It was this last statement that got all my synapses firing. Wells was exactly right: coming into moderns' spheres with the news that God loves them and Jesus died for them gets translated into something utterly at loggerheads with the truth, and utterly un-redemptive. Why? Because the good news is sprinkled into an uninformed, unchallenged, and unconverted hostile worldview. So it's mangled and puréed and conformed to the worldview the hearer already had — and thus conveys no converting or saving or sanctifying power.