Religion: Messengers in Miami

The Southern Baptist Convention held the largest annual meeting in its 107-year history last week. Besides 11,063 "Messengers" (the official title of Convention delegates), an extra 10,000 out-of-town guests and spectators tried to squeeze into the daily sessions at Miami's Dinner Key Auditorium,* where the Messengers approved the well-prepared resolutions of the Convention's 43 reporting committees.

As usual, the Convention noted a big increase in Southern Baptists: up 293,659 from last year to a total of 7,373,498, double the membership a generation ago. Warned Convention President James D. Grey: "The glory of...

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