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Overview Long captivated by the idea of one-way love or "God's grace," Paul Zahl has often contended with accusations of being "long on grace but short on law." Grace in Practice begins with Zahl's response to the classic tension between law and grace. He then sets up the four pillars of his own theology of grace: humanity, salvation, Christ, and the Holy Spirit in the Trinity. Having discussed grace in theological terms, Zahl goes on to address the practicality of grace, developing a systematic theology of grace that is radically understood from the Bible and consistently applied to everyday life. After helpfully narrowing down specific fields of grace, asserting throughout that grace always trumps both law and church, Zahl concludes with an expanded view of grace in everything, extending this good news to all creation.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.07" Width: 6" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN 0802828973 ISBN13 9780802828972
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More About Paul F. M. Zahl
Paul F.M. Zahl lives in Florida with his wife Mary. He is the author of several books, including "Grace in Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life" (2007), and the voice of "PZ's Podcast"
Paul F. M. Zahl currently resides in the state of Alabama.
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The Law is good BUT it is powerless to change us into its demands Mar 9, 2007
This is an outstanding book for understanding a theology of grace and its implications for how we treat other people.
Zahl's section on anthropology, setting up his soteriology, is insightful. His argument for the "unfree will" is compelling as he makes us look hard at the realities of addictions, anger, depression, losing weight, etc. To tell someone to have a positive attitude when they are struggling with depression is inhumane. The Gospel is not about us pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. It is about Someone loving us when we are stuck, powerless and without hope.
Summary: Grace is One Way Love. Law is Two Way Love. The Law is good because it reveals God's standard. BUT the law is powerless to change us into those demands. Only Grace can do this. Christ loved us while we were yet sinners. May we learn to treat others the same way.