Tim Challies has posted an interesting article on the current fashion for books with ‘gospel-centred’ in the title. He welcomes the trend, but also warns that its popularity may lead to a certain weariness or a superficial use for marketing purposes. He then lists a host of books with the term in the title, including most of the titles in the Gospel-Centred Series we’ve published with The Good Book Company (though he misses Gospel-Centred Family). It’s a good point well made. We said something similar in the conclusion to Total Church. We wrote:
There is a lot of talk today of ‘gospel ministers’, ‘gospel work’, ‘gospel churches’ and so on. There are some good reasons for this use of the word ‘gospel’ since other definitions of identity are proving inadequate. But we need to be careful not to de-personalize our faith. In believing in the gospel we believe in Jesus Christ. To be gospel-centred is to be Jesus-centred. A gospel worker is a servant of Jesus Christ. We must not reduce Christianity to intellectual arguments or principles of ministry, however gospel-hyphenated they are. Our focus must be on the Father, the Son and the Spirit.
In our defence, as far as I can tell our first book, Gospel-Centred Church, predates the others in Challies’ list – though Amazon lists the publication date of the US edition (2007) which was five years after the UK publication date (2002) so something similar may be true of other titles in the list.
Here are the titles in our Gospel-Centred series:
Gospel-Centred Work is out in May.