Calling all Book of Concord Reading Groups… please share your experience.

ConcordMattersw260As I announced previously, the good folks of Brothers of John the Steadfast along with KFUO Radio are going to be working together to bring a radio version of the BJS mainstay Book of Concord Reading Group.  This radio program (CONCORD MATTERS) will be a great time to listen to others discuss on a conversational level the great confession of Lutherans known as the Book of Concord.  Call-ins are also very much invited and welcomed for this program.

The first program begins in two weeks – November 30 at 10 A.M CST.  If you live in the St. Louis area, you can listen over the airwaves, but if you live anywhere else you can listen over the internet through their streaming site, or what I have found really useful, the KFUO app for my “smart” phone.

So back to the title – reading groups have been championed and started by various groups associated with BJS.  I would invite any comments on your experience of being a part of a reading group for our readers here to enjoy.

I for one along with an ELS pastor friend of mine (and fellow BJS author) Shawn Stafford started a reading group of “Lutheran” pastors in my first parish.  The word Lutheran is in quotes because it was the only requirement was to claim the name Lutheran.  We had clergy from the LCMS, ELS, WELS, ELCA, Lutheran Brethren, and AFLC all attend at times and have discussions around the Book of Concord.  It led me to have a lot of hope for other “Lutheran” groups that their clergy were willing to sit down around the Confessions and discuss them.  To this day it has helped me understand the concept of the “Evangelical Lutheran Church” to mean more than just LCMS (and thank God for that).

Please feel free to leave comments with your experiences in reading the Book of Concord with others and please tune in for the inaugural episode of “CONCORD MATTERS” on KFUO on November 30th.  It promises to be a good show and a show more than willing to have listeners join in through calling KFUO.

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


Calling all Book of Concord Reading Groups… please share your experience. — 10 Comments

  1. I would encourage every pastor who doesn’t have one to initiate a Book of Concord reading group in your congregation. For 2 years now, we meet the 4th Sunday of the month. At 6:00 pm, we go thru the BOC, then about 7:30 pm we stop and enjoy a spread of food, fine adult beverages, and conversation into the night. What started out just the pastor, some German beer and chips with an invitation for any to come, has turned into 30 people showing up, toting their own BOC, for enriching discussions then great social time. Among the highlights of the month as a pastor.

  2. Will there be a podcast link available prior? In my podcast app, I see feeds for Law and Gospel, Booktalk, The Bible Study, and Wrestling with the Basics. I will not be able to listen to these live, but would like to get them downloaded in the evenings to listen on my commute. Thank you.

  3. We don’t have a Book of Concord group yet at where I’m at, but once our new pastor comes (we are in a situation where we have extended a call to a pastor and he accepted the call, except that he hasn’t moved to the Greater Cincinnati area yet), I’ll ask him about maybe starting one up.

  4. I would enjoy a face-to-face Book of Concord reading. The closest I get to this is a Facebook group (The Book Of Concord Study Group) which affords some interaction when someone is willing, but it lacks intimacy.

  5. After reading about the BOC reading group on this website, I got a bit excited about it. I was new to my current congregation and really wanted more Lutheran meat and potatoes. I discussed a BOC reading group with my new Pastor and with a Pastor of a nearby LCMS church. They both agreed that a BOC reading group would be a good thing.

    Pastors are quite busy and it is no small thing to add an additional study to their calendar. Knowing this, I suggested they trade off on leading the study and that we utilize both congregations for meeting. They put their heads together and came up with a 2x a month study where swap churches every other study. This was a wonderful solution! The Pastors lightened each others load by having to prepare to lead one evening a month (the class usually runs 6:30 – 8:00 PM) and they get to be part of the study group on their off day.

    Utilizing the two-church method really served to strengthen both congregations. We have been doing the study for about a year and have completed almost half of the BOC. Switching churches allowed us to get to know the other congregation and exercise our fellowship muscles with our brothers and sisters “down the road.”

    In terms of the actual study–wow! There is so much good stuff in the BOC. It is so rich with our history and confessions that I wonder why people would look outside the BOC for their educational needs. We have a blast “learning what being Lutheran means.” We also have the benefit of dueling “ordained-type-guys” with different strengths and methods teaching us. I would say this study is the single most important adult study I have ever participated in.

    We decided in the beginning to use the most recent reader’s edition of the BOC as our text, making it easier on us and keeping it on the same plane. (Though there are the occaisional Tappert users who pop in).

    The BOC study group is something that you do not have to attend every lesson. (Although you’re missing out on some great discussion if you do!) We have a core group of about 10 people who never miss, a group of about the same size that rarely miss and a group of “visitors” that attend now and again. We all benefit–every time!

    I am writing this on the day we meet. I will certainly pass along to Pastor Dan Freeman and Pastor Mike Wenzel how encouraging this is to see BJS continue to champion this cause. It is invaluable.

    Thank you for the reminder!


  6. What a wonderful idea. I am going to look into starting a Book of Concord study group in Western New York.

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