What's in issue No. 22, Nov. 30, 1998?

Roderick C. Meredith, founder of the Global Church of God, and the Global board of directors are parting because of differences on governance.

An eyewitness to the Waco, Texas, holocaust in 1993 says the loss of the lives of 80 Branch Davidians could have been avoided. Phillip Arnold knows what he's talking about; he was a consultant on unusual religions to the FBI during the Waco standoff. Dr. Arnold says David Koresh would have come out had the ATF and FBI waited just a little longer, and many lives would have been saved. Who is Phillip Arnold? He's called a "cult watcher" in some circles, although he dislikes that description and say it isn't accurate. He's a 1970 graduate of Ambassador College, and he's the founder of the Reunion Institute in Houston. Dr. Arnold attended the 1998 Feast in San Antonio, where The Journal interviewed him. Don't miss this article for a side of the Waco story you've never heard. Read all about it in the print version of The Journal.

The Christian Leadership Academy says its first campaign, in Joplin, Mo., was a success. Founder Alfred Harrell reports that about 80 people attended the Sept. 15 meeting.

A member of the council of elders of the Global Church of God dies. Longtime Church of God member Colin Adair of Escondido, Calif., died unexpectedly Nov. 15.

The United Church of God's council of elders meets Nov. 10-18 at the church's home office, near Cincinnati, to discuss doctrines, the elder's E-mail forum, jury duty, the church's finances and United's relationship with the press, including The Journal.

Letters to the editor include reactions to Jeff Patton's Aug. 31 editorial on righteousness and justice. Letters also include another letter from Mr. Patton. The letters this time numbered several more than The Journal had space for, so read even more letters here than appear in this month's print version.

The five editorial writers beginning on page 3 include Walter Steensby, who describes Australia's dramatic preview of Y2K; Wade Cox, who explains that not all unitarians are Arians; Carolanne Patton (wife of Jeff), who writes about a Thanksgiving observance shortly after her mother was critically injured; Dave Havir writing about what (and who) divides the saints; and Melvin Rhodes wondering if prophecy is still important to the brethren in the Churches of God.

The Journal invites you to send in your Feast report if you haven't already. The December issue will conclude the reports for 1998.

The "nature of Christ" series is delayed again. The Journal had planned to print the first of the last two articles in the nature-of-Christ series. However, an abundance of news this month--including coverage of the crisis in the Global Church of God--bumped the series until next month.

A Church of God pastor pioneers cybercasting of Sabbath services. If you can't attend church for some reason, maybe you can catch the latest sermon over the Internet. Dan Deininger tells all about it.

Steve Collins rereleases his book about the lost 10 tribes.

The Christian Biblical Church of God, founded by Fred Coulter, conducts its first ordination. This brings to three the number of elders in the CBCOG.

West Virginians hear CEM founder Ron Dart speak on "apathy."

A Cincinnati congregation says everyone's invited to a family tournament over the December break. The congregation invited several speakers including Ron Dart of CEM to participate in activities ancillary to basketball and Ping-Pong games and other activities.

Journal staff member Bill Stough interviews Samuele Bacchiocchi after his recent speaking engagement in St. Louis. Dr. Bacchiocchi is promoting a new book, "The Sabbath Under Crossfire," and tells why the Seventh-day Adventist Church is growing at a rate of half a million new members a year. (How many SDAs are there, do you think? Read the article to find out.)

A pastor of one of the Churches of God laments the "struggles over power" in the churches and comments, "I fear we 'shepherds' have not been doing a very good job of tending." Read Joe Kirkpatrick's thoughtful essay in the print version of The Journal.

The Journal is having one of its periodic sales of back issues. Read brief summaries of each of the first 21 issues, from February 1997 through October 1998. If you've missed some of the issues during our first almost two years, or if you've seen them but misplaced them or given them away, here is your chance to complete your collection.

The 50-year-old Bible Sabbath Association is inaugurating a program of awarding scholarships to Sabbath-keeping youths to apply to their college or trade-school education.

A member of the Church of God and his brother have been charged with a murder that took place in 1974. The church member is an employee of one of the Churches of God. Read about it in the November print version of The Journal. (For the December issue, The Journal plans an interview with the accused church member's wife.)

A summer camp for Church of God youths is planned for July 30 through Aug. 8, 1999. A related project by the United Church of God British Isles is a charity shop that will open for several days in December.

"Notes and Quotes" reveals the probable new name of the university that will operate on the grounds of Ambassador University. You'd never guess it in a million years.

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