CPH has sold 118,000 of these – have you bought any yet?

Concordia Publishing House let me know today that they have sold 118,000 copies of the newest version of a tract-like Small Catechism.  Congregations are using them in evangelism.  Visitors and community members are receiving them and reading them to find out what the Bible teaches – simplified in a concise form – but not minimizing the truth of God’s Word in any respect.  “A Simple Explanation of Christianity” demonstrates the greatness of the witness of the Small Catechism.  We don’t need a new statement or confession, we have one that is meant for young and old – the Small Catechism.  Anyone who claims that Lutherans are not interested in evangelism has never understood the value of the Small Catechism or has simply rejected it’s value.  May it not be so among those bearing the name Lutheran.

Thanks to CPH for making this resource available.

To get yours, click here.


In the comments, feel free to share how you and your congregation are using this resource.

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.


CPH has sold 118,000 of these – have you bought any yet? — 14 Comments

  1. It’s a fancier version of the older black and white Small Catechism tract/brochure at a similar price: the actual Small Catechism, without the Synodical Explanations. The older tract omitted Christian Questions With Their Answers, so I’m not sure if this one does or not.

    As they are pocket-size, they are good to tuck inside your Bible cover or put in congregation visitor packs.

  2. I am glad to hear of this great resource and thankful to CPH for producing it. As a pastor of a mission plant, I’d love to get a bunch of these for my members to give away. However, $10 seems pricey for an “evangelism tract.” It would be great if our Synod and/or districts could work out a deal with our publishing house to provide a number of these to congregations for free or at a bulk and discounted price.

  3. There are also a few phone apps out there for Luther’s small and large catechism, as well as a few that allow you to have the whole Book of Concord, broken down into document and section. It’s a nice portable resource. Another cool app that offers some nice things at your fingertips is BibleHub.

  4. I have an android phone. Can you recommend a good app for the book of concord?
    Also, I have purchased copies of the Catechism at thrift stores for about $1.50, for those who do not have smart phones or tablets.

  5. @Doug C #5

    I have an iOS phone, but just in case the app has been created for both operating systems here are a few of the Bible/Church related apps I have found and enjoy:

    1) Triglotta 2 – The Book of Concord (This has the BOC broken down by document and section)
    2) The Large Catechism – Martin Luther (Has both digital print, and audio versions)
    3) Bible Hub (Has easy access to parallel Bible translations, Commentaries, Interlinear, and other functions
    4) Septuaginta (not free – Provides Septuagint [OT Greek Translation] as well as Greek New Testament [does not however have translation into English so it is limited use unless you are learning/familiar with Greek] – great for greek word searches though too)
    5) ESV Study Bible (Not Free)

    There are some really cool apps out there. I would just hunt around and see what you can find. Obviously the print stuff mentioned above are better in the sense of being able to provide something tangible for someone to walk away with for evangelistic purposes, but apps are great for your own study, or if you are in a free-flowing conversation where you have some time to get into details.

  6. @Sean #6

    Not meaning to divert the discussion, but the Septuagint is free on the E-sword App, which you can compare/parallel with other versions such as ESV, KJV, the Vulgate, and Luther Bibel all for free.

  7. It seems that the original Small Catechism was printed on posters with pictures. Is anyone going to do that again? It would be especially handy for homes and Sunday School.

  8. Concordia Publishing House publishes the Small Catechism on large posters, individual posters for the various parts, and on one huge poster for the whole catechism. They are beautifully presented on heavy paper stock.

    Here are links to the posters as well as to the artwork used on the posters available as larger posters:




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