The Missouri Synod resolved in 2013 to revise the synodical explanation of the Small Catechism. Over the last few years a committee has worked on this project and produced a proposed revision.
The deadline is approaching (October 31) to submit feedback and commentary on this proposed revision. And, as the “field-test” edition of the new version of the Explanation of the Small Catechism has been sent out to all Missouri Synod pastors and congregations, this is an opportunity to look at the work of the committee and send feedback on this important project of the Synod.
Two specific recommendations as you review the proposed new version:
- Read the coordinate section of the Large Catechism before and after going through each section of the explanation.
- Compare the proposed new version to the older versions. I would not only look at the most recent/current version, but also the 1943 and 1912 versions of the synodical explanation. The current version and 1943 versions are reasonably easy to get your hands on, but it is less likely for folks to have a physical copy of the 1912 version. Fortunately, you can find the 1912 German-English edition online here.
Here at BJS, we have invited some pastors around the Synod to review and comment on the different sections of the proposed revision. We hope that this series will encourage the whole Synod to not only give appropriate attention to the proposed revision of a core resource for the teaching of the faith in our Synod, but also provide an opportunity for us to think about the Catechism more deeply.
Posts regarding the Proposed Catechism Revision —
Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism: I have been asked to offer a critique of the Revision of our Explanation to Luther’s Small Catechism. Below are criticisms. There is much to commend in … Continue reading
Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism: THE THIRD ARTICLE (PART 1) Article and Explanation Text (top p. 89) Perhaps just a typo, but “Christ” is missing after “Jesus” in the first paragraph … Continue reading
Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism. Note that the deadline for comments on the revision is coming up fast — October 31st! Download the catechism or comment on it by clicking here. “The … Continue reading
Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism: This review is in no way intended to be the final say in a discussion of the Revision. The intention is merely to begin a conversation that … Continue reading
Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism: The 1912 and 1943 Small Catechism published by Concordia Publishing House called the fifth chief part “The Office of the Keys, Confession.” In 1991, the explanation of … Continue reading
Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Predigtamt.wordpress.com: In part 1, I examined the changes that I thought were good in the catechism revision. In part 2, I take a look at some of the more challenging parts of … Continue reading
General comments The “Central Thought” could be helpful but the questions involved in this section turns the focus on the student’s experience of the Law rather than what God says in the Law. Perhaps the questions could be combined towards … Continue reading
Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism: Critical scholars doubt that Luther wrote the Office of the Keys. No such doubt exists for Confession; yet, this part remains unknown and unused by Lutherans. In … Continue reading
The following review of the proposed Catechism explanation of Baptism includes both positive and negative critiques. I will not give them in any particular order. Instead I will try to follow the order of what is in the actual text … Continue reading
Here is the first guest article on the proposed revision to the Catechism: Of all 6 chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism, quite often it is the Lord’s Prayer which is given the most superficial treatment in church catechesis. … Continue reading
Found over on Musings of a Country Pastor: At her recently concluded Pastoral Conference, the Wyoming District asked for more time. The LCMS Catechism Review Committee mailed the “Field Test” of the catechism this past July. Three years of … Continue reading
Resolution from the Pastors of the Eldora Circuit of Iowa District East. To Express Serious Concern with the Catechism Revision The following resolution was drafted for the purpose of discussion and dissemination among our fellow brothers in the … Continue reading
The deadline is approaching to submit feedback and commentary on the proposed Catechism Explanation Revision. As the “field-test” edition of the new version of the Explanation of the Small Catechism has been sent out to all Missouri Synod pastors and … Continue reading