Ever want to be a part of a Book of Concord Reading Group?

November 3rd, 2013 Post by

ConcordMattersw260You will have the chance very soon.  At the end of this month a new endeavor sponsored by the Brothers of John the Steadfast will launch — not on the blog although you will see a lot of posts related to it – but over the radio airwaves and also streaming over the internet.  “Concord Matters” will be a Confessions Reading Group Radio program on KFUO, the radio station of the LCMS.  Each Saturday will have a one hour time of having a host and one or more guests discussing the Confessions as they read through them.  Call-ins are going to be welcome to ask questions and even give comments.  The broadcast will also be put out through the week as well, and archived for streaming from the KFUO site.

Reading groups are near and dear to the Brothers of John the Steadfast.  Many chapters that were a part of our founding exist nationwide that gather at least monthly to go through the Confessions.  So now we bring an international opportunity for this to happen – a time for serious but conversational time around what we Lutherans believe, teach, and confess.

kfuo-button-fullStay tuned for more information on this upcoming program – it will launch on Saturday, November 30 (St. Andrew’s Day) at 10 am CST.  The initial program will have all four hosts (our own Charles Henrickson, Craig Donofrio, Rod Zwonitzer, and myself) and a special fifth guest, the Editor in Chief of BJS – Tim Rossow.  What happens when you get these guys together around the Confessions?  We will see, may it help bring a greater knowledge of what we believe, teach, and confess as Lutherans in the St. Louis area and across the world in its streaming form.

Stay tuned to the program as many guests will be very familiar names including some of our authors, but also guests from around the world and especially among the leadership of the LCMS.  The Book of Concord matters, it is relevant, it is a perfect fit for our times.  And with that, the Concord given to us who hold to its teachings is a precious gift from God.



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  1. Abby
    November 4th, 2013 at 00:25 | #1

    I cannot wait!

  2. Stef
    November 4th, 2013 at 04:18 | #2

    Is it possible to make these available as a podcast that I can download please?

  3. November 4th, 2013 at 06:50 | #3

    @Stef #2

    We hope to make that available, Stef, and have a page here where you an catch up on it.

  4. William
    November 4th, 2013 at 10:47 | #4

    Does one have permission to use this information as a bulletin insert?

  5. Stef
    November 4th, 2013 at 11:16 | #5

    @Norm Fisher #3


  6. November 4th, 2013 at 14:46 | #6

    You had me at “reading” :D

  7. Brad
    November 5th, 2013 at 10:45 | #7

    Huah!! And a second vote for podcast availability. We Northwesterners will be anxiously awaiting this!

  8. Eric
    November 5th, 2013 at 14:08 | #8


    My buddy Paul Edmon is way ahead on this. He founded a hard core Large Catechism study at “First” Lutherna Church (Zion) Boston. Now they are starting the Augsburg Confession. It’s improved the theological understanding of the attendees about 1000%. BOC all the way. Enough of these sissy non-Lutheran kitsch-fest Bible studies! Put down the cotton candy and start eating the meat!

  9. November 5th, 2013 at 14:26 | #9

    Please help us spread the word about this program by putting the following in your church bulletins:

    FOR CHURCH BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT, Nov. 10th, 17th, and 24th.

    “Concord Matters” will be a Lutheran Confessions Reading Group radio program sponsored by Brothers of John the Steadfast on KFUO, the radio station of the LCMS. Each Saturday KFUO will feature a host and guests discussing the Lutheran Confessions as they read through them. Call-ins are going to be welcome to ask questions and even give comments. The broadcast will also be put out through the week and archived from the KFUO site and on BJS. “Concord Matters” will launch on Saturday, November 30 (St. Andrew’s Day) at 10 am CST. The initial program will have four hosts (Charles Henrickson, Craig Donofrio, Rod Zwonitzer, and Joshua Scheer) and a special fifth guest, Tim Rossow. “Brothers of John the Steadfast”. You can listen to this program, and others, via the Internet at: http://kfuoam.org. For more information about this program, you can visit BJS at: http://steadfastlutherans.org/kfuo

  10. November 5th, 2013 at 16:53 | #10

    A couple of small corrections, whether in the post itself or in the proposed bulletin announcement:

    There may not be three guests every week. In fact, most weeks there may be two guests. So you might want to revise that sentence to read: “. . . will feature a host and two or three guests,” or more simply, “. . . will feature a host and guests. . . .”

    “Henrickson” is spelled “Henrickson,” not “Hendrickson.”

    “Donofrio” is spelled “Donofrio,” not “Donafrio.”

    That is all. Carry on.

  11. November 5th, 2013 at 17:15 | #11

    @Charles Henrickson #10

    SORRY! I had corrected it on the KFUO page on BJS, but failed to correct it here.

    I THINK I have it corrected everywhere now; please tell me if not.

  12. Diane
    November 23rd, 2013 at 15:10 | #12

    I cannot wait for this to happen! We had a BOC reading group at my congregation (went through the LC and Augsburg Confession.) We’re now reading through the Gospel of Matthew which is great, but I wish we could do both and now I have the opportunity :) I’m really looking forward to sitting at the feet of such outstanding scholars of Lutheran theology.

    Thank you.

  13. November 25th, 2013 at 14:33 | #13

    Where is the reading plan? What should we have read by November 30th?

  14. November 25th, 2013 at 14:42 | #14

    First session will deal with the preface to the book of concord. We will be using the readers edition.

  15. Matthew Jamison
    December 9th, 2013 at 13:46 | #15

    It is really wonderful to see KFUO taking a turn toward serious theology in a number of its shows and with the people it is hiring and putting on the air. Bravo! It seems that the change in management at the top of the Synod has trickled down to KFUO.

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