Let’s Read the Book of Concord together for Lent!

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I was thinking about what I was going to give up for Lent this year. I have done a lot of things in the past. I gave up salsa one year, all meat another year, and just red meat still another. But one thing I have found to be beneficial for my own edification is giving up my time. I have been choosing something to read in forty days that will take some dedication and sacrifice.

Q: Do Lutherans have to give up something for Lent as some other denominations require?

A: From the perspective of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, “giving something up for Lent” is entirely a matter of Christian freedom. It would be wrong, from our perspective, for the church to make some sort of “law” requiring its members to “give something up for Lent,” since the Scriptures themselves do not require this. If, on the other hand, a Christian wants to give something up for Lent as a way of remembering and personalizing the great sacrifice that Christ made on the cross for our sins, then that Christian is certainly free to do so—as long as he or she does not “judge” or “look down on” other Christians who do not choose to do this.

From www.lcms.org

I decided this year I wanted to read through the Book of Concord. As Lutherans, we believe the Book of Concord to be an accurate description of what Holy Scripture teaches. Even if you have read all of the Confessions before, now would be a great time to go through them again! Will you join me? Below you will find a link to a forty-day reading plan for the Book of Concord with page references to Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, 2nd Edition. If you decide to join me, feel free to discuss how it’s going and what you are learning with me on Twitter! You can connect with me at either @jtwillmann or @cpheducation.

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Betsi DeFrates
Betsi DeFrates
5 years ago

Do you plan to comment on Facebook as well? I don’t Twitter.

Amy Rosenkoetter
Amy Rosenkoetter
5 years ago
Reply to  Betsi DeFrates

I second this. Twitter is great for pithy comments, but not in-depth discussion. I would also like something Facebook for this.

Waren Zabell
Waren Zabell
5 years ago

Is it possible to correlate with the 1952 edition?

Brian Pike
Brian Pike
5 years ago

Been reading it lately (a lot!) in preparing our Sr High class on differences with the Catholic religion. Still amazed at all the acerbic language there is, especially in the defense on the confutation. Wow!

Deborah Cramer
Deborah Cramer
5 years ago

Great idea! I’m in!

Bob Myers
Bob Myers
5 years ago

I’m in!

ConnieJean Keller
ConnieJean Keller
5 years ago

I’m in!

Dona Hartwich
Dona Hartwich
5 years ago

I am really enjoying re-reading The Book of Concord! I haven’t read it properly since I was studying at St John’s College in Winfield, Kansas about 45 years ago. It is interesting to read that we should find a translation of the Bible or catechism that we like and stick to it, instead of chopping and changing as it can be confusing for the young ones. Don’t seem to be following that advice are we? Just finished reading the fourth commandment and I am often at odds when I explain to people that we should show respect to the police,… Read more »