Reading through the Book of Concord, October 20th

One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the creation of reading groups whose intention is to get with a Pastor and read through the Book of Concord. For those people who do not have access to a reading group, it occurred to us that we might try creating an “online reading group” right here on the BJS site. There is space here for discussions on the reading, and there are enough Pastors reading this site who may be able to help clarify unclear sections.

This online discussion will only work if enough people take the time to do the reading and come here to comment on what they are reading, so please make the commitment to try this, and come here to talk about it.

Pastors reading this — please take the time to reply to any questions brought up on this list, or even comment yourselves on what this section of the BOC means to you.

Each Sunday we will post the readings for the week, broken down into daily readings. Read through the passages yourselves, either using your copy of the Concordia or using the website.

For Oct 20th through Oct 24th we are in week 43 in 2008, so according to page xxxvii of the 2nd edition of Concordia, in the middle of the Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord, starting on page 566 in edition 2.

Monday SD Article III paragraphs 8-17.

Tuesday SD Article III paragraphs 18-25.

Wednesday SD Article III paragraphs 26-30.

Thursday SD Article III paragraphs 31-35.

Friday SD Article III paragraphs 36-43.

Write any questions or comments on the readings for the week below. Please try to keep discussion limited to the readings for this week or topics that grow out of them. Remember, no question is a stupid question, and insights you see clearly may not be evident to others, so write about anything you want regarding these readings!

Norm Fisher, Technical Editor
Pastor Rossow, Editor

Links —

  • Daily reading category on Steadfast Lutherans (
  • Daily readings on the Book of Concord site (
  • 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,, 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.

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    Reading through the Book of Concord, October 20th — 5 Comments

    1. I’m very interested in this, but I don’t really want to jump in the middle of the Solid Declaration.

      My goal is to start when you get back into the Small Catechism, which I think is in January.

    2. I’m leading a reading group at my church, and the biggest thing which I believe that would be helpful to me, other pastor’s and our members would be the following.
      As we are going through each of the different Articles of Faith and we arrive at what each of the Articles condemn, reject, the heresies. I believe it would be helpful if there was a list of the different heresies, a brief explanation, and an example of a religious body that represents that belief.
      I believe this would be helpful for a numbers of reasons, one of which being that it shows our members how these confessions are still relevant for us today.
      If anyone has any information as if something like this exisit or not that would be great, it not. Maybe that would be a great book idea for someone to put together.

    3. If there is such a book, let me know. I will certainly buy it.
      I couldn’t agree more on how helpful this would be.

    4. Good idea.
      The Formula itself uses terms (“Also condemned are the errors of…..”)that were more identifiable at that time. But who are the Manicheans, the Stoics, the Sacramentarians, the Enthusiasts, et. al. of today’s world?Some might be more or less obvious. Others not so.

    5. I’m following along. Don’t know how much I’ll comment, but do want to let you know someone is actually reading with you.

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