Gospel Handles: Old Testament Lessons

Saint Louis, MO—Preachers of the Word always look for fresh, inventive ways to capture parishioners’ interest. That’s why Gospel Handles: Old Testament Lessons, a new publication from Concordia Publishing House, is such a useful resource.

"A Gospel handle involves the selection from a biblical sermon text of an excerpt that contains absolutely no Gospel whatsoever,” said series author Rev. Dr. Francis Rossow. “The preacher then uses this excerpt as an approach, bridge, or handle to an account of the Gospel somewhere else in the Bible.”

Rossow continued, “For example, Psalm 121:1 says, 'I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?' That verse contains no explicit Gospel text, but one way to lift up our eyes to the hills for God's help is to gaze in faith at the person and work of the Lord Jesus on the hill of Calvary. That's the Gospel-handle technique at work."

A professor emeritus from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Rossow has explored ways to bring creativity into worship throughout his career. His latest Gospel Handles publication is the second to tackle this subject matter. The first, Gospel Handles: Finding New Connections in Biblical Texts, was published in 2001.

Gospel Handles: Old Testament Lessons is available for pre-order at It will be available at the CPH Bookstore and Christian bookstores July 3, or by calling (800) 325-3040. To arrange for a book review or to interview the author, contact Beth Behrhorst at (314) 268-1294 or

About Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For nearly 145 years, CPH has been providing individuals, churches, and schools with products that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. From books and Bibles to church supplies, curriculum, and software, CPH offers more than 8,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at