Sabella, Casey. Titanic Warning: Could this disaster have been prevented? Green Forest, AR: New Leaf Press, 1994, 1998. 175 Pages. Paper. $9.99. www.nlpg.com (LHP)
Two titles recently crossed our desk providing us (and our readers) with multiple reasons to repent.
What are the seven toxic ideas?
Casey Sabella interprets the story of Titanic, Californian, Carpathia, and the previously-unknown-to-me-ship-on-the-scene Samson like a parable. I could imagine using brief portions of chapters of this book as sermon illustrations.
The author's theological language was like reading another dialect at some moments, but this Lutheran reader tracked along with what he meant. I particularly liked his use of Matthew 18 for restoring relationships in the Church. Titanic has an appeal that may get some readers to pick up this book of warning when they wouldn't normally read much Christian theology.
Titanic Warning and 7 Toxic Ideas Polluting Your Mind turned my thoughts to the Lord's work in Holy Baptism, especially as the topic is taught by Dr. Luther in his Small Catechism:
The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, Yellowstone Circuit Visitor (LCMS Wyoming District), a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.