What's in issue No. 19, Aug., 1998?

  • The Worldwide Church of God, Pasadena, Calif., and La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pa., sign a contract for the sale of the Ambassador University campus.

  • Year 2000 scenario: Blind man's bluff, anyone? The man with the most-comprehensive Y2K Web site on the Internet writes about the computer glitch that he says will threaten the very existence of civilization. Don't read this just before bedtime.

  • The presiding evangelist of the Global Church of God, during a visit to the Tulsa, Okla., congregation, says that, contrary to rumors, no one is attempting to wrest control of the church from him.

  • The Worldwide Church of God continues changes and refinements to its doctrines. A new statement of beliefs by the church addresses some specifics, including the Sabbath and feast days.

  • Articles in the WCG's member newspaper, The Worldwide News, reveal a determination on the part of church leaders to move even further toward traditional Protestant beliefs, regardless of the cost in members and income.

  • Letters from readers include several comments on the nature-of-Christ series that started in the July 31 issue. Pekka Vuorio takes exception to Howard Baker's July editorial, and Brian Knowles tells what's right about the WCG.
  • Jeff Patton, former director of publications for the Global Church of God, editorializes about institutionalized injustice in the churches. Here's a paraphrase of a quote from the article: "Elders should value their roles as educators and spiritual role models, but they should not usurp civil, fiscal and judicial responsibilities in the community."

  • In other editorials, Dave Havir wonders if zeal on the part of some of the brethren can somehow make their name-calling accurate; Melvin Rhodes wants the brethren to turn the world upside down; and Steven Thomas says that the past holds the key to the future of the churches.

  • In the second issue in the series of articles on the nature of Jesus Christ, John Wheeler, in an argument for the divinity of Jesus, says the musical "accentuation" of the original Bible languages helps to prove Jesus is God. Gary Fakhoury says that the New Testament exposes Jesus' alleged God-man nature as fundamentally flawed. Wade Cox, criticizing Anthony Buzzard's position that Jesus did not literally preexist before Mary, says He did exist before the creation of the earth, although He did not exist from eternity.

  • Giving & Sharing ships replicas of a new U.S. postage stamp bearing the words "giving and sharing."

  • Richard Nickels of Giving & Sharing reviews a book that claims 160,000 people in 1997 alone died for their belief in Jesus Christ.

  • Truck drivers in Oak Grove, Mo., stop for a cup of coffee and a Bible study sponsored by members of two Church of God groups in a truck-stop restaurant. The Journal's Bill Stough attended one of the studies and reports on it.

  • Alfred Harrell founded the Christian Leadership Academy to blitz American cities with the gospel. He and his students are headed for Joplin, Mo., for a campaign just before the Feast.

  • Prisoners of Ramsey III Unit, a South Texas prison, fellowship on the Sabbath. Robert Odell, No. 504872, files an on-the-spot report.

  • Michael Germano's new Web site encourages the study of archaeology.

  • Two speakers, Don Ward and Roger Foster, plan a prophecy seminar in Garden Grove, Calif. Sept. 19-20.

  • "Note and Quotes" tells how to receive Norm Edwards' newly revised paper on church government; the CGI and other groups are meeting together for the Feast in Oklahoma; and the Church of God (Monrovia) lists its Feast sites.

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