It's that time of month again, and a new Journal, the essential news source for members of the post-Armstrong diaspora, is en route to subscribers in the shattered alternate worlds of COGdom. Once again editor Dixon Cartwright has made the entire issue available to download in PDF format.
I don't even want to mention the interview with the journo from the vile, reptilian Wing Nut Daily... so let's just pass that one by. Elsewhere the controversy rages over the role of women in the Churches of God. Tina Englebart responds to her critics, New Zealander Max McFeat, retreaded Canadian GCI member Velvet Delorey, and Lawrence Mumme of Tucson in an article that's a pleasure to read. Sir Anthony Buzzard has an article headlined "Disdain for Real Scholarship Dooms COGs." Prophetic words, but sadly his comments on the canon which follow just don't, in my opinion, add up. It's never good enough to say something must be true because it, um, must be true.
And yes, there are more of those incredible ads! Brian Convery takes up no less than nine (I counted twice) full tabloid pages in one text-dense advertorial cleverly entitled "The Bride of Christ vs. The Pride of Life." Read it all and you can probably apply for a medal.
There's also a comprehensive list of the 2012 Feast of Tabernacles sites for the various COGlets. Here in New Zealand the LCG is gathering in the Bay of Islands, the UCG in Kerikeri, the RCG (Packites) in Taupo, as is CGWA. Not mentioned is the WCG (yes, here at the bottom of the Pacific the much depleted Tkach franchise is still using the old name and holding a watered down version of the festival) which will be congregating in Rotorua.