“Concord Matters” premieres on Saturday! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Concord Matters,” a new radio/internet program taking listeners through the Book of Concord, premieres tomorrow, Saturday, November 30, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Central), live on KFUO, AM 850 in the St. Louis area, and streaming online worldwide at kfuoam.org. The four rotating co-hosts–Rod Zwonitzer, Craig Donofrio, Charles Henrickson, and Joshua Scheer–all will be on hand for the first broadcast, along with guest Tim Rossow. Listeners will be invited to participate with their comments and questions. The programs will be rebroadcast on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. (Central), and available anytime in KFUO’s on-demand archives.

“Concord Matters” will be a great opportunity for you to dig into the Book of Concord, the Lutheran Confessions. For the first broadcast, we will be discussing the Preface to the Christian Book of Concord. Over the months to come, we will be going over Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms, the Augsburg Confession, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, and the Formula of Concord.

If you have a copy of the Book of Concord, you will want to have it at hand for the broadcasts. If you don’t have a copy yet, I encourage you to get one. The edition we will be using is Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, A Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord. I notice that CPH is offering it right now for $18.99, which is a great price.

This is also a good time to start thinking about reading through the Book of Concord, perhaps over the course of the year 2014. There is “A Book of Concord Reading Guide” in the Reader’s Edition to help you do just that. You can read through the Book of Concord on your own, with a friend or two, or as part of a Book of Concord Reading Group in your congregation or in your area. I led a “Read Through the Book of Concord” class in my congregation a couple of years ago, following this plan, and it worked well. People read the assigned pages in between sessions, and then we discussed that material when we came together as a class.

“Concord Matters”! Yes, it does! Concord, harmony, in the truth of God’s Word, in the church’s doctrine and practice–this matters a lot!

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