The Nation: Who Can Summon the Lord?

The seven-man faculty of San Francisco Baptist Theological Seminary was disturbed last spring when its president, Arno Weniger, suddenly cut off all paychecks, pleading lack of funds. Weniger was annoyed when five of the teachers took legal steps to recover $10,695 in back pay. After all, he argued, their yearly contracts of $7,200 were precisely qualified with the stipulation that "payment shall be as the Lord provides." The simple fact was, he told a hearing by the state labor commissioner, that the Lord had not.

Now the mere mortal commissioner, Mrs. Maria Monti, seems to be in the awkward position of having...

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