Experience the Small Catechism in a New Way
Comprehensive resource on the Small Catechism
This richly illustrated book will delight and inform adult readers.
Videos inspire conversation
Short, lively, animated videos help participants quickly engage in the session’s topic.
The best of Augsburg Fortress
The reliable Lutheran grounding of Augsburg Fortress combined with creative Sparkhouse curriculum design as well as top-shelf Fortress Press authors enhance the mix..
Easy to lead
Facilitator guide functions as a simple agenda with freedom to adjust based on the interests, questions, and background of group members.
The Three Focuses in By Heart
The entire course is built around three kinds of source material that we see as essential to a meaningful experience of Luther’s Small Catechism.
- Scripture and Tradition. For example, the Ten Commandments as cited in Exodus 20 or the Apostle’s Creed as we have it from Christian traditions.
- Luther’s explanations of the scripture or doctrine from Christian traditions.
- The "backstory" of Luther’s own life and times, the fertile soil of the Reformation itself.
"For You" Focus
The contributions to By Heart address the reader in the second person. This is to keep faith with both the everyday, ground-level language that Luther uses in the explanations and to embody the declarative nature of the gospel which he strove to encode in that language. By adhering to the "for-you-ness" of the gospel in the design of this course we hope to do some justice to Luther’s intentions in the Small Catechism.
R. Guy Erwin
Mary Jane Haemig
Ken Sundet Jones
Martin J. Lohrmann
Derek R. Nelson
Kirsi I. Stjerna
Timothy J. Wengert
Each session in By Heart explores a different section of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.
The Story of the Small Catechism
The Ten Commandments
The Apostles’ Creed
The Lord’s Prayer
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism and Confession
The Sacrament of the Altar
Daily Prayer and the Household Chart
Canon: Mining for the Word
History: Parchment to Pixel
Testaments: One Story, Two Parts
Gospels: Unexpected Good News
Genre: Rhythm of the Text
Interpretation: Scripture Reads Us
Grace: Love Is the Bottom Line
Prayer: Oriented toward God
Food: Eating, with Jesus
Worship: Seeking God's Presence
Sacraments: A Tapestry of Traditions
Money: The Joy of Sharing
Service: The Needs Right in Front of You
Community: An Unexpected Family
By Heart DVD Sample
This is an example of what you can expect from the videos for each session of the course. Because each chapter in the By Heart book contains more information than any one group can cover in a single meeting, the videos provide a quick and fun way to focus the group’s attention toward the material in the book.
Hear the Small Catechism from a New Voice
Begin your study of the Small Catechism today with a new video series from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton. Part of the ELCA’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation, With New Voices invites all members of the ELCA to hear the small catechism from new voices and to be renewed in their own voices as witnesses of Jesus Christ.