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Handling the Word of the Truth - Revised Edition

by John T. Pless

Item #: 124453 / 2015 / Paperback / 168 Pages


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Handling the Word of Truth—Revised Edition takes C.F.W. Walther’s twenty-five theses on the proper distinction between Law and Gospel and offers a fresh exposition for modern Christians. The revised edition is updated to work in tandem with a new edition of Walther’s classic work, Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible. Pless provides a solid introduction both to the theological framework of Law & Gospel and to the variety of life settings and issues that require God’s people to think about and act on their faith. The book serves as an entry point to access Walther’s text and helps believers to read, understand, and apply God’s Word to life’s many circumstances through reflection and discussion.


  • Uses Walther’s classic Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible as the foundation for discussion.
  • Makes classic theological treatise accessible for the contemporary Christian.
  • Incorporates questions for personal reflection or group discussion.


"John Pless mines the riches of Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions, and the pastoral works of Martin Luther and C. F. W. Walther to unearth gems vital for both Christian life and preaching. Pless is no mere archaeologist; his long pastoral experience ensures that every nugget connects struggling contemporary Christians to the unswerving light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
—Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director for Spiritual Care, DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel

"Walther wrote his classic study of the proper distinction of Law and Gospel in a societal setting much different from that of twenty-first-century North America. Pless leads the reader from Walther’s text into Scripture and into everyday life, both through perceptive comments and through pointed discussion questions. His sprightly prose carefully weaves together observations of theologians (from Luther to Bo Giertz, Gerhard Forde, and Oswald Bayer) with his own insights and examples from contemporary ecumenical exchange and real life. Pastors and laypeople will find this easy-to-read volume a pleasure and a great help in the practice of Christian living."
—Robert Kolb, International Research Emeritus Professor, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

About the Author
Rev. John T. Pless is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, where he also serves as Director of Field Education. He has taught Luther's letters to Master of Divinity students and offered a Doctor of Ministry course on Luther, the "Pastoral Theologian."

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