My friendship with Dan Phillips (of Biblical Christianity and Pyro fame) has developed over the years. We’ve met only once, but we’ve corresponded electronically too many times to count. Great guy, great thinker, and great communicator. And now he owns a fun story about a guy who blogs because he likes to write and eventually gets published as a result. They should make a made-for-TV-movie about it.
I was privileged to give his first book, The World-Tilting Gospel, a critique when it was still under construction. I appreciated it much, but as I was asked, I inflicted some “faithful wounds of a friend.” Well, it’s now in print (congrats, Dan!). I have an autographed copy, and I was surprised and honored to read the following in the book’s Acknowledgments:
“Thanks beyond the power of intelligible speech to Chris Anderson, pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, Ohio. A busy pastor and devoted husband and father, Chris gave generously of his time to go over this manuscript with a fine-tooth comb, utterly brutalized me and my purple prose…and I cannot possibly thank him enough (Prov. 27:6). Chris’s comments were on target, wise, penetrating, well considered, and enormously helpful. I owe him big time.”
Wow, Dan. That was a little much, bro. But you’re welcome. And thank you. I’m looking forward to reading it again, this time with an open Bible and a teachable spirit rather than a red pen and a hatchet. :)