This month we will see many news reports on the five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Events will observe the date, the sad history of our divisions will be reviewed and retold, and leaders of different churches will embrace and call for more dialogue. Of course, this is a very good thing. We should never lose sight of the fact that God wants his Church to be united. We should also never lose hope that we will see reconciliation and unity among all Christians. As we said earlier, Jesus himself is praying that we will be one—so it can’t possibly be a hopeless cause!
If we look at Jesus’ prayer from a different angle, we’ll see that the unity he prayed for is not just a matter of doctrinal and...
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