Cartwright’s Journal Out: Focus Again UCG and COGWA


The latest issue (print date September 17, 2011) of The Journal just arrived here electronically moments ago.

Two of the biggest items are related to UCG and COGWA (COGWA is a 2010 split from UCG), some of which have been covered here. The Journal, however, devotes more time to opinions of various players in both groups (most of which were all in UCG for over a decade or so) than the COGwriter page tends to (it also abbreviates COGWA as CGWA, which is not how COGWA now identifies itself).  The front page also mentions CG7’s president speaking at a March 2011 conference.

The front page also reports that The Journal’s editor, Dixon Cartwright, had a heart attack on July 11, 2011 and this is one reason for its somewhat delayed publication.  A lengthy article by John Robinson related to RCG/WCG history also starts there.

Inside, there are also various letters to the editor, a listing of Feast sites, comments on heart health, and various opinions of church and doctrinal matters (like the gifts of the spirit).

In addition to the content of many of the articles and letters to the editor, I remain distressed by many of the paid advertisements in The Journal and do not believe that many should be allowed in a purported Church of God publication.  Though there are many advertisements to object to, let me simply state that the long-term acceptance of unitarian advertisements is not right.

The back page  of The Journal has some information on CGI:

KINGSTON, Jamaica—The Kingston Church of God International (CGI) congregation continues to shatter its own evangelistic records, the latest being the 80 visitors who attended its first campaign held on a Sunday for some time.

I included the above because I do not report on CGI much as normally there is little to report about them.  LCG also seems to be having evangelical records in Jamaica, yet not just there, however, but also in many parts around the world.

Here is another item of interest from the back page of The Journal:

Bible quiz reaches 1,000 questions ARROYO GRANDE, Calif.—Michael Thiel is constantly expanding his online Who Wants to Be a Biblical Millionaire? game. The game now has more than 1,000 questions. “Think of it as an entertaining way to assist your doctrinal memory,” said his father, Dr. Robert Thiel, who runs the site. Michael has other games and quizzes on the site, including:

  • A self-grading Bible quiz of 15 questions and a report card when you finish.
  • The Good Samaritan: not a game but a public-domain claymation for young people.
  • A Bible crossword puzzle.
  • The Antichrist Quiz: How much do you know about the Antichrist?
  • Michael’s Feasts and Fasts: 15 questions with amusing wrong-answer screens.
  • Bible Hangman: Michael’s most interactive Bible game.

I reported about the above before (see Bible Millionaire Now Has Over 1,000 Questions), but am glad that it was also featured in the latest Journal.

While The Journal is available only by paid subscription (though some subscriptions are free to those who cannot afford it), you can view the PDF version of four sample pages (No. 1, 3, 5 and 32) of The Journal for issue No. 145. at: This will give some of the flavor and details of The Journal’s coverage of various matters.

Some articles of related interest may also include:

Differences between the Living Church of God and United Church of God This article provides quotes information from the two largest groups which had their origins in WCG as well as commentary.
Concerns about Church of God, a Worldwide Association Known as COGWA, this seems to be the largest group that came out of the United Church of God.  Here is some history and concerns about it. UCG’s former president Clyde Kilough and UK CEO Peter Hawkins are part of it.
Church of God, Seventh Day: History and Teachings Nearly all COG’s I am aware of trace their history through this group. Whaid Rose is the president of the largest CG7 group (Denver). Do you know much about them?
Teachings of the Church of God, International This article focuses on where CGI differs from the old WCG.
There are Many COGs: Why Support the Living Church of God? This is an article for those who wish to more easily sort out the different COGs. It really should be a MUST READ for current and former WCG/GCI members or any interested in supporting the faithful church. It also explains a lot of what the COGs are all about.
The Philadelphia Church Era was predominant circa 1933 A.D. to 1986 A.D. The old Radio Church of God and old Worldwide Church of God, now basically the Living Church of God.
The Laodicean Church Era has been predominant circa 1986 A.D. to present. These are non-Philadelphians who mainly descended from the old WCG.
Is There “An Annual Worship Calendar” In the Bible? This paper provides a biblical and historical critique of several articles, including one by the Tkach WCG which states that this should be a local decision. What do the Holy Days mean? Also you can click here for the calendar of Holy Days.
Did Early Christians Observe the Fall Holy Days? Did they? Did Jesus? Should you?
The Book of Life and the Feast of Trumpets? Are they related? Is so how? If not, where not?
The Day of Atonement–Its Christian Significance The Jews call it Yom Kippur, Christians “The Day of Atonement”. Does it have any relevance for Christians today?
The Feast of Tabernacles: A Time for Christians? Is this pilgrimage holy day still valid? Does it teach anything relevant for today’s Christians? What is the Last Great Day? What do these days teach?
LCG 2011 Feast of Tabernacles’ Information Here is information on many Feast of Tabernacles locations for this October feast.
Binitarian View: One God, Two Beings Before the Beginning Is binitarianism the correct position? What about unitarianism or trinitarianism?
Is The Father God? What is the view of the Bible? What was the view of the early church?
Jesus is God, But Was Made Man Was Jesus fully human and fully God or what?
Virgin Birth: Does the Bible Teach It? What does the Bible teach? What is claimed in The Da Vinci Code?
Did Early Christians Think the Holy Spirit Was A Separate Person in a Trinity? Or did they have a different view?
What is the Holy Spirit? An article by Rod Reynolds that was published in the Living Church News.
Did the True Church Ever Teach a Trinity? Most act like this is so, but is it?
Was Unitarianism the Teaching of the Bible or Early Church? Many, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, claim it was, but was it?
Binitarianism: One God, Two Beings Before the Beginning This is a shorter article than the Binitarian View article, but has a little more information on binitarianism.

Michael’s Free Bible Quizzes, Games and Public Domain Animations.
Self Grading Bible Quiz 15 questions and a report card when you finish.
The Good Samaritan A public domain claymation for younger people.
Paul in Damascus Not a quiz, but a Lego-animation.
John 21 Not a quiz, but (other than a Lego suggesting a long-haired Jesus) a biblical story for young people.
David vs. Goliath A higher level animation for older young people.
Solomon’s Temple This is a a 5 minute animated film that shows one artist’s understanding of the details about Solomon’s temple.
Nehemiah Animation A four minute, sometimes silly, Lego-animation related to Nehemiah and rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
Bible Crossword Puzzle
Who Wants to be a Biblical Millionaire?
A sophisticated quiz. Now with over 1,000 questions to help challenge and build your knowledge of the Bible.
Pentecost Quiz This is a Pentecost quiz based upon the Old and New Testaments in the Bible.
The Antichrist Quiz Do you really know much about the Antichrist?
Michael’s Feasts and Fasts Quiz 15 questions, amusing wrong answer screens.
The Ten Commandments Quiz Developed by my son Michael.
Michael’s Day of Atonement Quiz Another free on-line Bible quiz by my son Michael.
Bible Hangman Michael’s most interactive Bible game to date. Another one of his free online Bible games.
Michael’s Sabbath Quiz Test and learn a little more about the Sabbath.

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