The Envy of Christendom
In October the executive director of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) for the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church, Dr. Samuel H. Nafzger, commented on the differences currently "plaguing" the Synod.
Essentially, Dr. Nafzger said, the differences are strategic, not doctrinal. When it comes to doctrine, he said that "We are the envy of Christendom for the doctrinal unity we have."
I'm not sure what to make of this, i.e. do I agree or disagree. On one hand -- and as far as I know -- there is a great deal of doctrinal unity among LCMSers, to the degree that I've never heard or read of real dissent (accusations by some of others' dissent, but that's different) as has been the case in the Catholic Church. On the other hand, the LCMS is a relatively small group of Christians, so maintaining that degree of unity isn't as impressive as it might be. Or is it?