Sasse, Hermann. Edited by Matthew C. Harrison. Foreword by Ronald R. Feuerhahn. Letters to Lutheran Pastors, Volume 1, 1948-1951. St. Louis: Concordia, 2012. 480 Pages. Cloth. $32.99. https://www.cph.org/p-21568-letters-to-lutheran-pastors-volume-1.aspx (LHP)
Bennett, Robert H. I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare: True Accounts from the Lutheran Church of Madagascar. St. Louis: Concordia, 2013. 216 Pages. Paper. $24.99. https://www.cph.org/p-22685-i-am-not-afraid-demon-possession-and-spiritual-warfare.aspx (LHP)
Based on what I've seen online and in the unofficial Lutheran press, this review (and others like it in the near future) might not get positive reviews.
Since the publication of this Peer-reviewed CPH title, it has been announced that the church body featured in this book seeks fellowship with the LCMS. That is a good thing. The Malagasy Lutheran Church has many cultural and religious challenges. Still, the Church is growing on this island. The old evil foe isn't going down without a fight. Evangelists and Pastors there use a simple Luther-like exorcism on the order of: "Depart, unclean spirit and make room for the Holy Spirit." "In the Name of Jesus, leave!"
However, when I say Christians, I am speaking about those who do not live the faith they claim to possess. These are usually those who are Christian by only birth, or name. They belong to the Christian culture, but not the Faith.
Syncretism and ancestor worship don't help Christians weak in faith or those we might consider "Christmas and Easter" Christians.
250 or more = 40% discount
This book could have been called Letters to Lloyd. We all know a Lloyd, a non-Christian, or perhaps someone who is mad at the church or sad at the church. Pastor Preus took the time to write ninety letters to his father-in-law covering the major doctrines of the Christian faith, answers to common objections to the faith once delivered to the saints, and demonstrating the love of Christ (and a son-in-law) over the course of two years.
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.