Talk about a double whammy! As promised, here’s the second part of our PZ-centric month at Mbird. This project has been in the works for quite some time–ever since the father figure in question hit the big 6-0 in fact–and we are absolutely thrilled it is finally available! Edited with care and precision by John Koch (aka JDK) and Todd Brewer (aka Todd Brewer), published by Wipf and Stock, and containing entries from a slew of Mbird contributors (and many other esteemed colleagues!), not to mention a preface from Tullian Tchividjian, this is something special indeed. After all, it’s not every day that a former Archbishop of Canterbury and a living legend like Jürgen Moltmann contribute fresh material to the world. So grab your copy today! We’ll run previews of a few of the essays over the next couple of months, but for now, the back blurb and table of contents are as follows:

ComfortableWordsCoverWhat is grace? And more important, what difference do the “comfortable words” of grace make in the lives of everyday people? These are the questions to which Paul F. M. Zahl has devoted his life, and this book is a collection of essays written in honor of him that seeks to answer these great questions. From literary theory to exegesis to systematic theology, these essays are representative of the breadth and depth of the influence Dr. Zahl has had on a variety of scholars, and reflect his emphasis on the relationship between theology as an academic discipline and the pastoral impact of “one-way love” on everyday people.

Preface – Tullian Tchividjian

Introduction: Zahl & GospelTodd Brewer and John Koch

Part 1: Free Will—Not!

1. The “Empire of Illusion”: Sin and Evil in Romans – Susan Grove Eastman

2. Born Free?: Recovering the Doctrine of the Bound Will for the Sake of Preaching in the Church – Jonathan Wong

3. The Un-Free Will and the Markan Depiction of Jesus’ Disciples – Todd Brewer

Part 2: One-Way Love

4. The Grace of God in Salvation: Substitutionary Atonement and the Forgiveness of Sin – Justyn Terry

5. Scandal and Folly: Debating and Defining Grace with Pseudo-Solomon and St. Paul – Jonathan A. Linebaugh

6. The Angels of God in the Bible – Heinz-Dieter Neef

7. The Possibility of the Gospel: The Freedom to Forgive and Be Forgiven – Lauren R. E. Larkin

8. Saving Faith Alone – John D. Koch Jr.

9. Three Essential Words – C. FitzSimons Allison

10. Justification by Faith: A Radical Doctrine – George Carey

11. We Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins, but Who Justifies the Victim? – Jürgen Moltmann

Part 3: Strength in Weakness

PZnapkin412. Truth and Love: The Many Instruments of the Spirit’s Work – Simeon Zahl

13. The Theology of the Cross Speaks Today – Mark C. Mattes

14. Grace for Victims – Justin S. Holcomb

15. Gospel Doctrine, Gospel Culture – Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

16. The Forgiveness of Sins and the Healing of Humiliation – Geiko Müller-Fahrenholz

17. Ministry as Leisure: Rediscovering the Concept of Rest – Dylan Potter

18. Comfortable Words: Thomas Cranmer’s Gospel Falconry – J. Ashley Null

19. What Should Christians Do When They Disagree: Reflections on 1 Cor 8-10 and Rom 14:1—15:6 – James D. G. Dunn

20. Guard of Honor: Envoi and Epilogue – Paul F. M. Zahl

You can order your copy from Amazon or, if you want the proceeds to benefit Mbird (and get a slightly better deal…), the Mockingbird store!