What's in issue No. 60, dated Jan. 31, 2002?
The following is a listing of the articles in the January issue of The Journal. Several are posted here. For all the articles in this issue, be sure to subscribe to the print version. In it you will also see the photographs that accompany several of the articles.
The January 2002 issue is the 60th monthly issue of The Journal. The first issue came out Feb. 26, 1997.
A chemistry teacher at Texas A&M who is also a Church of God member lectures to a rapt audience in Big Sandy about Noah, the ark and the Flood. Arnold Mendez advises his listeners not to waste their faith on the Flood. Does an outrageous-sounding statement like that make sense? Find out when you read the article in this issue.
For two sister Church of God congregations in Harrisburg, Pa., that merged in 1997: So far so good. Read about the original split, the peaceful coexistence of several years and the merger in 1997. Also read how the combined congregation's associate pastor, Bob Wertz, found true love in cyberspace.
The Church of God International credentials two elders--Art Hulet and Don Deakins--during a conference in Kentucky. Also, a presenter on the CGI's telecast, Bronson James, moves from the Tyler, Texas, headquarters area to Detroit, Mich.
The annual Family Tournament Weekend of a Cincinnati, Ohio, congregation sponsors a "youth congress." How many Church of God functions nowadays attract 1,600 people? This one did.
An annual "retreat" for young people in mid-America attracts 62 Church of God youths. Read about the Kansas City Youth Retreat.
What's in letters this issue? The Journal is a target of constructive criticism from Rick Beltz. Greg Jandrt finds some of The Journal's content "unbelievable" but tells why he resubscribed anyway. John Bennett explains why he decided to renew. Two letters concern the move to Utah of several Church of God folks in December (which The Journal reported in its December 2001 issue). One is from a writer who is upset because one of her best friends was among the emigrants; the other is from Bill Durkee, who with his wife, Vickie, made the move to Utah. Four writers voiced their opinion about The Journal's recent series on military service and war. Several commented on Garner Ted Armstrong's recent sermon tape discussing the resurrectability of fetuses. Gene and Shirley Brown sound off about the scriptural evidence for New Testament tithing. Peter Kamen writes that he liked Janet Treadway's November editorial about the heartbreak of cancer. Read these and more in the January issue.
On the "Columns and commentary" page, Janet Treadway doesn't just talk about gossip, she claims to be gossip. Lee Lisman says he is sure Uncle Sam does not really want you. Kathleen McCann (a Brit) says the American brethren are "caught up and swept along by the tidal wave of Uncle Sam's roar" (she is referring to The Journal's discussion of military service and war); Dave Havir's headline says, in effect, "Submit to our authority or die." Wesley White says worshiping with unbelievers can be hazardous to your health. And Brian Knowles pays tribute to two Church of Gold old-timers who passed from the scene in January.
In essays in the January issue, Michael Germano talks about Jonah (and his alleged death in the belly of the fish) and the scriptural incompatibility of a Sunday resurrection of Jesus; Eric Snow pens The Journal's fifth essay in its divorce-and-remarriage series (Mr. Snow specifically responds to the first in the series, by Dan White); and Sandra-Mae Robinson, a young CGI member from Seaforth, Jamaica, argues that women should not be COG pastors (a version of Miss Robinson's essay took first place in the CGI Jamaica's annual Herbert W. Armstrong Memorial Speaking Competition).
A music-maker who sprang from the Missouri Ozarks makes a CDful of Sabbath music available to Journal readers.
An 80-year-old Church of God member realizes his lifelong dream of publishing a book (which he titled "God's End-Time Man"). The Journal's interview with author Joseph Waitz focuses on Mr. Waitz's use of on-demand printing to inexpensively self-publish. If you've ever thought of writing and publishing a book, you can probably benefit from the information in Mac Overton's interview with Mr. Waitz.
The Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce honors several people with Church of God connections: David Smith, Linda Avey, Andrea Boettcher and Reaghan Francis.
One more report from the 2001 Feast of Tabernacles arrives at The Journal: Norman Edwards' article about the Feast at Chadron State Park, Neb. Mr. Edwards reports that the brethren at Chadron pioneered a way for everyone to keep future Feasts.
Barnabas Ministries embarks on an ambitious new project: a CD-ROM that Barnabas founder Alan Ruth hopes will help Christians in their studies and assist them in preaching the gospel to the world.
Ellis Stewart reports on 400 United Church of God brethren who met for a basketball weekend near Big Sandy in January.
"Notes and Quotes" reports the death of two COG old-timers. Ken Westby reveals details about his "one-God conference," coming up in Seattle in April. "Notes and Quotes" online also includes several items that do not appear in this month's print version of The Journal.
Read The Journal's classified section, which contains prayer requests and obituaries.
In Connections, The Journal's ad lady, Darlene Warren, responds to Robert Williams' November exposition of postmodernism. Mr. Williams said something about the shallow pleasures of Louis L'Amour that may have riled Darlene a mite.
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