The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Open 'Book of Concord'

It brings focus to the word of God

The Book of Faith is a fine initiative. However, it is destined to underachieve in Lutheran culture. What is needed is a parallel study of the Book of Concord. Without this lens we have no way to focus the word of God.

For my birthday, a member of my congregation bought me a new translation of the Book of Concord, the historic standard of Lutheranism first published in 1580 consisting of 10 credal documents written by Martin Luther and others. She got it for $11 on the Internet. Last summer I read it from cover to cover, including all footnotes. The result was a revitalization of my preaching and the congregation's response is noticeable.

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