Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Jan 19th

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 Jan 19th through Jan 23rd we are in week 4 in 2009, so according to the 2nd edition of Concordia, reading about the Ten Commandments in the Large Catechism.

NOTE: The files you are reading were scanned from a print copy of the Book of Concord and lots of modifications have been made. Unfortunately that means that sometimes a character was scanned incorrectly. If during your reading you note a typo, PLEASE bring it to our attention by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and click on the link to report typos or formatting errors. Last week it was brought to our attention that a H was read as In .. we have fixed that.

Monday Large Catechism, I, 103-116.

Tuesday LC I, 117-133.

Wednesday LC, I, 134-148.

Thursday LC, I, 149-165.

Friday LC, I, 166-182.

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 Jan 19th — 3 Comments

    1. I’m a little confused with the Fourth Commandment.

      I understand that it refers broadly to God appointed authority, such as government, etc.

      I’m married with children of my own.

      What are my responsibilities to my earthly parents under the Fourth Commandment?

      They both have significant enough net worth that economic concerns are not an issue.

    2. Any really smart technical person out there interested in making a iCal calendar for those of us who need reminders. I’d love this reading guide to sync to my Google calendar. Of course, I could do this myself by hand. Just wondering if a reading calendar would be possible…

    3. Theresa K: Thanks for the suggestion. I’m trying out a method of doing this .. If you already use a Google Calenda, check out [email protected]‘s public calendar, or ical at:

      You can look at and click on the “+Google Calendar” in the bottom frame.

      NOTE that this is experimental and subject to change; anyone who knows more details about using Google Calendar feel free to chime in with “you should have done it this way” suggestions!

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