Adding links to the Book of Concord website

BOCcoverOne of BJS’ goals is to encourage more laity to be familiar with and/or read the Book of Concord. One way we can all do this is when we refer to something out of the BoC, add a link to it so the casual reader can more easily look up the quoted passage in context. Perhaps they might be then encouraged to either dust off their copy of the BoC and start reading it, OR actually purchase one for themselves. At the least perhaps they’ll talk with their pastor about it and perhaps another BoC reading group will be started.

Several years ago I set up a website, bocl.org (BoC Link) to allow easy access to the Book of Concord that is posted online at website BookofConcord.org. When writing in your blogs or even in email, simply link to (for example) http://bocl.org?SC+III to link to article 3 of the small catechism. Go to bocl.org for other examples.
Note that it’s http://bocl.org, then a question mark, then the book name, article number, and paragraph number separated by plus signs.

Here are some other examples:

http://bocl.org?SA+III+II+3   Smalcald Articles, Part 3, Article II, paragraph 3
http://bocl.org?AC+II   Augsburg Confession Article II
http://bocl.org?AC+XX+4   Augsburg Confession, Article XX, Paragraph 4
http://bocl.org?AP+IV+119   Apology of the AC, Article IV, Paragraph 119
http://bocl.org?EP+V+8   Epitome, Article V, paragraph 8
http://bocl.org?LC+V+32   Large Catechism, Part 5, Paragraph 32
http://bocl.org?SA+III+I+6   Smalcald Articles, Part III, Article I, Paragraph 6
http://bocl.org?SC+III+5   Small Catechism, Part III, Paragraph 5
http://bocl.org?TR+5   Treatise, Paragraph 5

You can see other special links by going to website BoCL.org.

If you write your own blog, please include these links to help your readers find the beauty of our lutheran confessions!

 

Note that if you want to get more into the Book of Concord yourself you can get the daily reading emailed or tweeted to you each day at bookofconcord.org/daily.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Comments

Adding links to the Book of Concord website — 4 Comments

  1. Dear Norm,

    Thanks for all your work. I recently updated our congregation’s brochure for guests and visitors. In the “doctrine” section, I say that our congregation agrees with the doctrine in the Book of Concord and then include the web-address to the site you describe above. It is very useful to have this site, especially now that many folks have smart phones with web-browsers, as well as almost ubiquitous WiFi for laptops and tablets.

    The website will not replace the printed book for lengthy readings or research, but it is very useful for the quick-lookup and the blogpost reference. Thanks so much, and may our Lord continue to bless your work among us, for the sake of the faithful proclamation of the Gospel!

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

  2. I created a small archive of snippets from the Book of Concord that are cross-referenced by topic and source (LC, AC, etc.) as best I could. I often talk about and post from the Book of Concord on my blog (and on Facebook before I left) and so created a collection of all the references I have made.

    http://bocsnippets.blogspot.com

    I also created an overview booklet to help others start reading the Book of Concord. It is available to read online and for downloading to print, both color and black and white.

    http://www.justanote.com/p/dare-to-read-again.html

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