New Book of Concord Website Online!

One of the things we at Brothers of John the Steadfast are trying to do is encourage the laity to read the Lutheran Confessions. I have for many years personally provided technical and web space support for the Book of Concord website for Pastor McCain. He recently asked me to help guide him in figuring out how to make it easier to navigate and read. One thing turned into another, and now a few weeks later we have it completed. We would appreciate your taking a look at the site, perhaps comparing it to the old site, and getting us your comments on how we might improve it even more. We’ve heard many times over the years how the drop-down menu on the front of the site is simply not intuitive and is difficult to use; well, it is now completely gone!

You are probably familiar with the old site, http://bookofconcord.org. It is used by many across the web, getting 300+ visitors a day looking at around 800 total pages per day. We have reports of people converting to Lutheranism after starting to read the Book of Concord online, then getting involved in a Lutheran church in their area.

Please stop by and take a look at the new site — we pray it will lead to more people reading the Lutheran Confessions online

Note to those with sites that link into the old site; we have preserved the old links, so your links should NOT be broken. If you notice any problems, PLEASE don’t just fix them; report the issue to us so we can fix it for everyone!

If you want to compare the new site to what was there previously, the old site is still available at: http://old.bookofconcord.org.

Cordially in Christ,
Norm Fisher
BJS  Computer Technical Advisor and Steering Committee Member

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.

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New Book of Concord Website Online! — 5 Comments

  1. I really like the new look and the new functionality. For example the table of contents in the side panel.

  2. We are in the process of adding the Confutation to it!

    This is the slickest thing that I’ve seen in ages ..

    Go to the augsburg confession: http://bookofconcord.org/AC

    Scroll down to “Article I Of God” (or click on the “3” in the floating menu on the right)

    With it fully on screen you see at the bottom “Confession – Confutation – Defense”

    Read the Augsburg Confession article on God, then click on Confutation and read the Roman response to the article, then click on Defense to read Philip Melanchthon’s defense of this article.

    It’s not fully there yet, and will only improve over time, but I’m having a blast reading the three segments and imagining the history of the time!

    My favorite quote so far from the Confutation, Article IX – Baptism:

    The ninth article, concerning Baptism – viz. that it is necessary to salvation, and that children ought to be baptized – is approved and accepted, and they are right in condemning the Anabaptists, a most seditious class of men that ought to be banished far from the boundaries of the Roman Empire in order that illustrious Germany may not suffer again such a destructive and sanguinary commotion as she experienced five tears ago in the slaughter of so many thousands.

    What wording! What sarcasm!

    See http://bookofconcord.org/news-080924.php for further information.

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