The Concordia Edition: Supersized!
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!