What's in issue No. 21, Oct. 31, 1998?

Members of the Churches of God are back from the Feast and are reporting on their festival experiences in The Journal. Read this issue (the print version) for reports from Destin, Fla.; Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.; San Diego, Calif.; Manila, Philippines; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; London, England; Musselburgh, Scotland; Big Sandy, Texas; Ballylinney, Northern Ireland; Foley, Ala.; Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Lake Texoma, Okla.; Summerside, P.E.I., Canada; Wimberley, Texas; Ludington, Mich.; Yarrawonga Mulwala, Australia; San Antonio, Texas; and Conwy, Wales.

Don't forget to file your Feast report!

Speaking of Feast reports, the current Journal includes many Feast photographs, in this case from Texas and Israel. Feel free to send photos in with your Feast reports and we'll consider them for the November issue.

For an online preview of the Feast reports, here's one: a youth's-eye view of one of the several Feast sites in or near San Antonio, Texas.

Singles: Get ready for Gemuetlichkeit!

The Greenville, S.C., congregation of the WCG balks at altering its days of worship. The congregation writes an open letter to Pastor General Joseph Tkach Jr. Read The Journal's interview about the situation, and read Greenville's open letter--all in the print version of The Journal.

A Church of God group claims that all--not just the oldest--writings of Herbert W. Armstrong are in the public domain and are freely available for anyone to duplicate and distribute. Don Tiger of Naperville, Ill., recounts the history of copyright laws in England and America and concludes that the laws were designed to ensure that writings remain available to the public; they are not, he says, meant to facilitate the removal of previously available materials from public view. Read an open letter from Mr. Tiger on the Web at, and read the whole story, including an interview with Mr. Tiger, in the print version of The Journal.

The series on the nature of Jesus Christ takes a break this issue, but The Journal's readers sound off about the ongoing series. Also, readers--including the Global Church of God--react to Jeff Patton's Aug. 31 editorial. Not only that, a church-member IRS employee warns people not to expect the Y2K computer problem to wipe out their tax liability. For these letters and many more, read "Letters From Our Readers."

In this month's page-3 editorials, Steve Thompson, a Church of God member and mainframe programmer, suspects that the Y2K problem is just another way for people to make money; Mark Graham makes a suggestion for a tuneful way to serve the brethren; David Roe wonders how anybody in the Body could presume to set doctrine; Dave Havir makes the startling claim that the original disciples were exclusivists; and Melvin Rhodes addresses the all-too-human tendency to limit God.

Craig White reviews a book, "The Clash of Civilizations," that warns of the dangers of colliding cultures.

The second annual "Footsteps of the Messiah" seminar is set for December in Oklahoma.

The Fellowship Church of God reports on its library service for church families.

"Notes and Quotes" has news for singles, teens and scholars of the law and an announcement about a new book, "The Symbolism of the Azazel Goat," by Ralph Levy.

For all the articles listed above, please see the Oct. 31, 1998, print version of The Journal: News of the Churches of God. If you're not already a subscriber, here's information on how to receive your own subscription to The Journal.

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