Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Nov 10th

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.

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 Nov 10th through Nov 14th we are in week 46 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 559 in edition 2.

Monday SD Article VI paragraphs 9-16.

Tuesday SD Article VI paragraphs 17-26.

Wednesday SD Article VII paragraphs 1-8.

Thursday SD Article VII paragraphs 9-19.

Friday SD Article VII paragraphs 20-27.

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.

    Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


    Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Nov 10th — 1 Comment

    1. How refreshing to read writing so thoroughly cross-focused!
      It is wonderful to be reminded that the Holy Spirit’s “office is not only to comfort, but also to reprove, as it is written: When the Holy Ghost is come, He will reprove the world (which includes also the old Adam) of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”

      Too often, I think this is overlooked, and the Holy Spirit is thought of as a cute white dove that brings believers to faith through warm fuzzies.

      How refreshing to remember that He works through trials and sufferings also to work faith! Is that not truly a testament to His miraculous power? Human nature would expect people to come to faith if it were all pleasurable experiences. We don’t often realize that the Holy Spirit can work through the Law also.

      It’s all about a theology of the Cross as opposed to a theology of glory, as Pastor Wilken has pointed out time and again. 🙂

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