Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Dec 1st

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. Sorry this posting is late! Hopefully you can catch up on 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 Dec 1st through Dec 5th we are in week 49 in 2008, so according to the 2nd edition of Concordia, in the middle of the Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord.

Monday SD Article VIII paragraphs 20-30.

Tuesday SD Article VIII paragraphs 31-43.

Wednesday SD Article VIII paragraphs 44-53.

Thursday SD Article VIII paragraphs 54-63.

Friday SD Article VIII paragraphs 64-75.

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.

    More of his work can be found at


    Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Dec 1st — 1 Comment

    1. Be sure to do Thursday’s reading of SD Article VIII paragraphs 54-63. Parts of this section were recently quoted as being from Theodore Jungkuntz, without noting that he was simply affirming his belief in the original words of the Formula of Concord. One poster made the accusation that the quotes were teaching heresy! You can read it in response to a post “Shades of Popular Nestorianism, by Pr. Klemet Preus.” It was a hilarious “gotch ya” moment in theological debate!

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