On today his 60th birthday, we are proud to announce the future publication of a collection of essays in celebration of the life and ministry of Paul F.M. Zahl. Tentatively titled Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F. M. Zahl, this book is testimony to the message of the unmerited grace of God that Paul has passionately and consistently articulated throughout his entire career. For Paul, the essence of Christianity consists in the power of this grace to create that which the law could never do. It is the act of one-way love toward unworthy sinners without any hint of judgment.

So whether it’s his thought-provoking books, his many inspiring sermons, or his eclectic podcasts, Paul has sparked reflection and rumination among just about everyone that has come into contact with his thought. This book reflects the various ways in which his students, peers and teachers have all engaged with Paul’s pastoral and theological concerns. Edited by Todd Brewer and J.D. Koch, Comfortable Words will contain contributions by:

FitzSimons Allison, Todd Brewer, George Carey, James D.G. Dunn, Susan Eastman, Geiko Müeller-Fahrenholz, Justin Holcomb, J.D. Koch, Lauren Larkin, Jonathan Linebaugh, Mark Mattes, Jürgen Moltmann, Heinz-Dieter Neef, J. Ashley Null, Ray Ortlund, Dylan Potter, Justyn Terry, Jonathan Wong, and Simeon Zahl.

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Finally, today at Mockingbird we are calling this the official “PZ Day” (we debated between that and “Day of the Lepus”:) We will have new posts planned throughout the day written by some of Paul’s former students to celebrate Paul’s birthday – you only turn 60 once! Each will include a memorable quotation from Paul and a brief reflection.