Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Jan 5th

For those of you who have said that you want to start the Online Reading Group when we start at the beginning of the Book of Concord — START READING THIS WEEK! We are in week 2, so we are starting at the beginning.

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 5th through Jan 9th we are in week 2 in 2009, so according to the 2nd edition of Concordia, nearing the end of the Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord.

Monday Large Catechism, Intro 1-10.

Tuesday LC Intro 11 – Preface 6.

Wednesday LC, I Ten Commandments 1-28.

Thursday LC, First Commandment 1-15.

Friday LC, First Commandment 16-29.

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, week of Jan 5th — 6 Comments

    1. Oh! How I wish that I would have taken these words of wisdom to heart during the years of my catechism class. Many of my mistakes would not have been made, and many of my answers would have been answered, even before the questions had a chance to form. Now, how do I impart these truths to my grandson?
      God be with you all

    2. Luther mentions the following books:

      Sermones per se loquentes, Dormi secure, Paratos et Thesauros

      What are these? Are they still in use by pastors today?

    3. David: One I can actually answer! The Readers Edition has englishized this section. The text from there is:

      They now have everything they are to preach and teach placed before them abundantly, clearly, and easily, in so many helpful books. These truly are “Sermons That Preach Themselves,” “Sleep Soundly,” “Be Prepared,” and “Thesaurus,” as they used to be called.

      Given the names I presume these are books that pastors in Luther’s time were using to preach sermons from, rather than developing sermons themselves. In my reading he is saying that pastors who use these “resources” are lazy and are not teaching their laity correctly.

      I love the language of Luther here! They are more fit to be “swineherds” and “dog tenders” than caretakers of souls and pastors!

    4. Thanks, Norm.

      I see now that Luther was being sarcastic, which was not clear to me from the Latin titles of the books.

    5. ‘but steadily keep on reading, teaching, learning, pondering, and meditating, and do not cease until they have made a test and are sure that they have taught the devil to death, and have become more learned than God Himself and all His saints.

      I’m assuming the bolded phrase is hyperbole? No one can become more learned than God Himself.

      As we go through the confessions, does Luther use hyperbole much and do we need to be on the lookout for it?

    6. Since little of the Confessions were penned by Luther, it is only in his own writings that we need be “on the look out”, but when reading and understanding, we do find that Luther had quite the “biting” tongue.

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