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The Concordia Edition: Supersized!

January 11th, 2008
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Click on the picture to get a "supersized" version of the cover of Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions. It’s a 1.3 meg image, so you may experience a wait as it downloads and displays. Feel free to use this image on your blog sites, in parish publications, etc.

Sales are still going strong and we are now up to nearly 62,000 copies "out there" somewhere. You never know where you are going to run across it.

Just last week, I heard from a pastor in Kentucky who reported that he had a family join the parish after the husband and wife had read the Concordia edition. They were Southern Baptists but found the Lutheran Confessions’ presentation of God’s Word deeply impressive and persuasive. Their children were all baptized and now the man is considering studying for the ministry. We regularly receive messages from people indicating how much the Book of Concord has impressed them and challenged them to dig more deeply into their faith.

Again, and again…and again….people ask me, "Why didn’t our pastors ever tell us about this book before?" I used to sputter about for a bit trying to answer that question; frankly, not wanting to make any pastor look bad, but then I realized, "You know what? Pastors are just plainly wrong when they do not tell their their congregations about the Lutheran Confessions. There’s no excuse for it." So now I usually answer that question by saying,  "Some pastors wrongly believe that laypeople will not be interested in the Book of Concord; and most sadly of all, a reason some pastors do not ever bother to mention the Book of Concord to their congregation is because they themselves are no longer interested in it much themselves."

If the price of the book was a factor in a reticence to use the Book of Concord in a pastor’s teaching work in a parish, well, that excuse is now gone too. So…enjoy!

Coming soon: the electronic edition of Concordia, in Libronix format. Stay tuned!

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  1. Rev Thos. Winter
    January 11th, 2008 at 16:37 | #1

    Pr. McCain,
    Will the Libronix version still have the graphics? In my experience, Libronix doesn’t support graphics nearly as well as text, but the program does offer many other advantages. I assume it will support the page numbers for footnotes, etc.
    Just last night, in my men’s confessions study, I pointed out that when Luther is shown preaching, the center of the picture is Christ crucified, and Luther is pointing to Him. After looking at plate 25, we encountered a woodcut placed within the text pages that reiterated the point.
    I’ll let somebody else ask if the Libronix version will come with a ribbon.
    McCain: All the black and white images will be in it, and a few of the color; but not all the color plates will. Copyright restrictions prohibited us from including a number of the color plates. All cross references and page references in the book will be hyperlinked, including all Scripture references and references to other places in the Confessions.

  2. January 14th, 2008 at 14:03 | #2

    Can all those lovely woodcuts in the BoC be published separately on nice thick white paper as a higher-end Dover-style coloring book?
    Pretty please? says this homeschooling mom. I’d buy two: one for my daughter, and one for *me* to color with my good colored pencils.

  3. Andrew Grams
    January 16th, 2008 at 13:37 | #3

    In the you never no where it will turn up department: I ran across the Book of Concord, Reader’s Edition in a Borders here in Franklin, Tennessee. There was only one copy left. It was quite refreshing to see it among the translations of Augustine, and other church fathers.

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