Religion: Union v. Unity

Many denominations convene each year; the hardheaded, Bible-centered Lutherans of the Missouri Synod (membership: almost 2,000,000) meet only once in three years, and do a thorough job of it then. Last week they assembled in Houston for ten days of reports and plans.

One of the first things they did was to re-elect the Rev. John W. Behnken, 69, a veteran of 18 years in the job, as president of the Missouri Synod for another three years. Silver-haired President Behnken delivered an acceptance speech in which he spoke some pointed words about church union:...

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