First Look: The Necessary Distinction

What happens when the distinction between the Law and Gospel in the Bible is blurred? Arrogant sinners gain a false sense of security toward God based on their own works and self-righteousness. Broken sinners see God’s lofty standards and despair that they will ever be free of their guilt and sin. Congregations begin adopting the(…)

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Distinguishing Law and Gospel

On September 12, 1884, students piled into the auditorium of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, for Professor C. F. W. Walther’s usual Friday evening “Luther Hour” lecture. The new topic, which would last every Friday evening for one and a half school years, was the proper distinction between Law and Gospel. Walther recognized the apparent contradictions(…)

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New from Johann Gerhard: On the Gospel and Repentance

The newest release in the Theological Commonplaces of Johann Gerhard presents two commonplaces. On the Gospel defines the Gospel carefully as the proclamation of God’s promises and forgiveness of sins for the sake of Jesus Christ. Since confusions continually arise on the relationship of the Gospel to the text of the New Testament, Old Testament, and(…)

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How to Handle the Word of God

In the newly revised edition of Handling the Word of Truth, John Pless explains C. F. W. Walther’s simple, yet complex, art of how to distinguish between Law and Gospel in faithful preaching and in Christian conversations. The following excerpt is from chapter 4, in which Pless expounds on Thesis VI of Walther’s Law and Gospel, instructing(…)

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Whatever Happened to the Gospel?

CPH recently released the second edition of Craig Parton’s The Defense Never Rests, a powerful critique of American Christianity that provides a defense of the pure Gospel. The new edition features sections dealing with the challenges of New Atheism, Bart Ehrman, and the new wave of biblical criticism. The following excerpt is from the book’s introduction.

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Commemorating Philip Melanchthon

Today we commemorate the birth of Philip Melanchthon (born on February 16 in 1497)—author, humanist, reformer, theologian, and educator.  In 1521, Melanchthon published the Loci Communes, of which Martin Luther once said: “Philip Melanchthon’s invincible little book on Loci Theologici in my judgment is worthy not only of immortality but even of the Church’s canon.”(…)

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