One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the creation of reading groups all around the country whose intention is to get with a Pastor and read through the Book of Concord. This, though, is a slow process, and not everyone can gain access to reading groups as quickly as they would like. One of the advantages of having a reading group is if you come across a section you don’t understand, you can ask others of the group and get answers to your questions. Also, insights provided by others may lead to a better understanding by everyone in the group.
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.
Each Sunday we will post the readings for the week, broken down into daily readings, as an article on this site. Read through the passages yourselves, either using your copy of the Concordia or using the BookofConcord.org website. We will provide a page number from Edition 2 of the Concordia, as well as direct links into the reading for each day.
We have pulled the readings out of the reading guide at the start of Concordia, and have permission to post these links here. You can read more about the reasoning of distributing these on the BookofConcord.org site. We could start at week 1, but since people will naturally be joining and leaving the group over time, and therefore people have to jump in the middle at some point, it’s probably best to just follow the guide and start at the reading for the week.
We start at week 40 of the reading guide (for Sept 29th through Oct 3rd in 2008) in the middle of the Formula of Concord, the Solid Declaraction, page 515 in Concordia:
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
* Since this is the first posting on this, there may be some discussion this first week on how the system should operate, or ideas to make the process smoother.