My next book should be out within the next month or so, but I am really having trouble giving it a title. So I thought you could help!
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My Next Book Has No Title (yet)
My next book is about two different things.
The first part of the book is about transforming the practice of baptism and the Lord’s supper to something that more accurately reflects the symbolism and significance of these events when they were first done by Jesus.
The second part of the book is about willingly sacrificing our God-given and constitutional rights for the sake of others. It is not uncommon for people (even Christians) to sue others because their “rights” were violated. I often wonder what would happen if, for the sake of the gospel, rather than sue people over our rights, we followed Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 6:7: “Why not rather be wronged?”
You might say “What a strange mixture for a book.”
Yes, but when you think about it, they go together quite nicely. Christians get up in arms whenever anybody messes with the “rites” of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and we get up in arms whenever anybody messes with our legal “rights,” such as the right to free speech, the right to practice our religion, or the right to bear arms.
Do you see where I am going? In our efforts to protect our “rites” and our “rights” we are ruining our witness and destroying the clarity of the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not about defending our religious rites or our legal rights, but about sacrificing everything for the sake of others.
What Book Title Do You Suggest?
So, with all of that in mind, does anybody have any suggestion for a book title? Here is a brainstorm list of my own:
- Dying to your rights
- Die to Your Rites/Rights
- No Rights to your Rites
- Give up your Rites/Rights
- The Right Rites
- Getting our Rites Right
- Dying to Religion and Empire
- You have no rights/rites
- Don’t Fight for your Rights/Rites
- No Rights to your Rites
- The Religious Rites
- You Have the Rite to be Wrong
- Am I Rite? Am I Right?
- Brighter Americans: Not Clinging to our Guns and Religion
- Divine Rites to Unholy Rights
- The Right to Give Up (Thanks Jim Davey!)
You don’t have to choose from these. Make up your own, and suggest it in the comment section below! Use the share buttons to invite others to give their input.