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Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F.M. Zahl
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Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F.M. Zahl

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Gathering Interest


What is grace? And more importantly, 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.

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Key Features

  • Contains essays from a variety of authors on the topic of grace
  • Features different styles of exegesis and theory
  • Includes an introduction on Paul F.M. Zahl and his work


  • Part 1: Free Will—Not!
  • Part 2: One-Way Love
  • Part 3: Strength in Weakness


Praise for the Print Edition

If there is no greater blessing than the forgiveness of sins, then there is no greater ministry than that to which Paul Zahl has dedicated his life. This collection of remarkable essays is a fitting tribute to a great friend and an indefatigable evangelist, in the best sense of that word.

Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

Paul Zahl has grown a community around him whose appreciation is poured out in these remarkable essays, which not only describe but give words of comfort for troubled souls. Theology can still be a living fountain, so behold in these words what surprises God gives to the unexpecting and undeserving.

Steven D. Paulson, professor of systematic theology, Luther Seminary

Is there anything more destabilizing, threatening, and dangerous than grace and all the doctrines that surround it? So beware, gentle reader: you are about to enter into a minefield; step too far left or right and you’ll be blown up by one heresy or another. Walk the straight and narrow path of law and gospel and you will find great comfort in these essays, which honor a man who has helped so many of us remember the dangerous comfort of grace.

Mark Galli, editor, Christianity Today

Product Details

  • Title: Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F.M. Zahl
  • Editors: John D. Koch and Todd H.W. Brewer
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 294
  • Christian Group: Anglican
  • Resource Type: Collected Essays
  • Topic: Contemporary Theology

About Paul F.M. Zahl

Paul F.M. Zahl is an American scholar and author who served as an Episcopal cleric for over 25 years. Most recently, he was the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland (Washington, DC). He has written 10 books, including Grace in Practice and 2000 Years of Amazing Grace.

About the Editors

John D. Koch is a doctoral candidate in systematic theology at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He is also the curate at Christ Church Anglican in Vienna, Austria.

Todd H.W. Brewer is a doctoral candidate in New Testament at Durham University in Durham, England. His research interests are in the historical Jesus, Pauline theology, and discipleship in the Gospel of Mark.

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