New BoC reading group in Evansville, IN

We at BJS are excited when a new Book of Concord Reading Group starts up; If you have one that we don’t yet know about or have recorded, please tell us. Click here to find out about the ones that are in place around the country.


The Book of Concord should be in every Lutheran home. If a person isn’t familiar with this book, he’ll think, ‘That old book is just for pastors. I don’t have to preach. After working all day, I can’t sit down and study in the evening. If I read my morning and evening devotions, that’s enough.’ No, that is not enough! The Lord doesn’t want us to remain children, blown to and fro by every wind of doctrine; instead of that, He wants us to grow in knowledge so that we can teach others.

– Dr. C.F.W. Walther, first president of the LC-MS

We will begin a study of the Augsburg Confession this Saturday, August 21st.

At the Synod Convention in July, a resolution was passed to encourage members and congregations to study the Lutheran Confessions contained in the Book of Concord in anticipation on the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Here is a chance for us to do just that.

To Encourage Study of the Lutheran Confessions During Reformation Celebration

RESOLUTION 2-06, Overture 2-04 (CW, p. 154)
WHEREAS, All LCMS congregations subscribe to the “Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church” (Constitution Art. II 2) as contained in the Book of Concord; and
WHEREAS, The 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther will be observed in 2017; and
WHEREAS, It is most appropriate for the members of a Lutheran church to join in the celebration of that anniversary; and
WHEREAS, Concordia Publishing House has published resources to assist in the study of the Lutheran Confessions, including Concordia: A Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord; therefore be it
Resolved, That the Synod encourage every congregation and educational institution to hold regular ongoing studies of the Book of Concord of 1580 (i.e., the Lutheran Confessions).

President-Elect Harrison was asked what the biggest challenge facing the LC–MS will be in the next few years. He responded “How we deal with being Lutheran”.

In a culture of watered-down Christianity and pop Evangelicalism we need to be ready to make a stand and defend what it means to be Christian and to be Lutheran. The Augsburg Confession is the foundation of the Book of Concord and gives us a clear exposition of Holy Scripture.

Hope you can make it, and bring a friend!

We meet the first and third Saturdays each month in one of the meeting rooms .

Randy Fischer
Jim Claybourn

St Pauls Lutheran Church
Evansville, Indiana

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


New BoC reading group in Evansville, IN — 5 Comments

  1. This will actually be our second group. Our original group meets every Monday at lunch, working our way through BoC over that last couple years.

  2. Just a brief note for Carl Wilhelm – Luther encouraged reading, repetition and meditation of the Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer and Apostle’s Creed in the morning, at noon then finally in the evening. Trinitarian with plenty of repetition and time for reflection.

  3. We had about 15 attendees at our first class this morning. A decent start, we think! WE are using the downloadable “Augsburg Confession and Its Apology” study from CPH.

  4. Fwiw, Jim, I copied this to Matthew. Suggested he check it out.

    He has your laptop that I borrowed, btw. Thanks very much for the loaner!

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