Help, I need a title

I need a title. I’m working on putting together a formal proposal for the book, but I don’t have a title yet. And, to be honest, I hate coming up with titles. So, I’m asking for suggestions.

By now, you’re probably aware that the idea behind the book is to provide a fresh re-telling of the Gospel, emphasizing the biblical narrative within which the Gospel makes sense (and only then) and using a number of different literary devices and analogies to unpack the story further. If you haven’t been around, I’ve posted a few excerpts on the blog here, here, and earlier today here. Hopefully that’s enough to give you a feel for the book.

I’ve toyed with the idea of using something like “Oh Please, Not the Gospel Again!” I could intro the book by talking about the way we often respond when we hear that the pastor is going to preach on the Gospel that day. That would set up a discussion of why we often find the Gospel boring and what we can do about it. I want to be careful that I’m not implying that I’m going to make the Gospel interesting through my nifty stories (the Gospel is “interesting” all by itself). But, I do want to lead into the idea that we need fresh re-tellings of the Gospel so that we catch it in new lights.

But, that’s just an idea, and I’m looking for more. I also considered “Sydzilla vs. Mole Rat: A Gospel Smack Down,” but I discarded that. (Maybe I’ll post the Sydzilla bit next so you can have some idea of what I’m talking about.) Any other suggestions?

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on June 9, 2010, in Writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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