Looking for free essays delving into a Lutheran theological understanding of mercy? A new book has just been released as a Festschrift for Rev. Glenn Merritt, and copies are free for the asking!
Do you know about Festschrifts? Basically, they are collections of writings published in honor of someone. I believe this one was a surprise. 🙂 Glenn Merritt recently retired from disaster response after serving at LCMS World Relief and Human Care.
This Festschrift is titled The Mercy of God in the Cross of Christ: Essays on Mercy in Honor of Glenn Merritt. It has a few essays reprinted from elsewhere, but this is a big ol’ wealth of a resource including new and fresh work covering mercy from dozens of angles. Pages number 539!!!
Contributors include Matthew Harrison, Reed Lessing, Kevin Golden, Oswald Bayer, Robert Bennett, Arthur Just, Norman Nagel, Gregory Lockwood, Rolf Preus, John Kleinig, Charles Gieschen, Alvin Schmidt, Roosevelt Gray Jr., Andrew Preus, Alfonso Espinosa, Ross Johnson, Theodore Krey, JAO Preus III, Mary Moerbe, John Pless, Mark A. Preus, Edward Grimenstein, Mark Wood, Deborah Hansen, Steven Schave, Beverly Yahnke, Carlos Hernandez, Joseph Gudel, Brent Kuhlman, Adam Francisco, Robin Fish, Martin Noland, and Mark Mattes. Yep, that wealth of theologians covers areas exegetical, historical, systematic, pastoral, vocational, and comparative. If mercy is up your alley (and, um, shouldn’t it be?), this book is for you.
Obviously you might not read this through over an evening, but it’s quality work and well worth the shelf space. Some essays are more academic, but others are plain and simple, no-nonsense, wonderful Gospel!
It’s not on Amazon and I don’t expect it to be. To get a free copy email Disaster at lcms.org. Study questions will also become available from LCMS Disaster Relief. I just have to finish a writing a few more of them! Keep this in mind for Winkel studies, district functions, and the like.