Seek Not

June 15, 1971
1971 HFP, Volume 3 Number 13

Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, who wrote the now famous "Serenity Prayer", died. The Ed Sullivan show, which had introduced the Beatles to American television audiences, made its final broadcast from CBS's Studio 50 in New York. US marshals stormed Alcatraz Island which had been occupied by Native American demonstrators. Tricia Nixon, the president's daughter, was married in the White House rose garden. And the New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, a secret official history of the Vietnam War that had been leaked to the Times by former Pentagon employee Daniel Ellsberg.

This edition contained a lengthy letter from the Children of God challenging the open letter from the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship at Southwestern College published in the previous HFP. The COG letter claimed that the charges in the Inter-Varsity letter were false and unfounded. We made it clear that neither letter necessarily represented the official opinion of the HFP.

A Jesus coffeehouse and crisis hotline were being started in Bellflower near Los Angeles, and its organizers were looking for Jesus music groups for a kickoff concert. A series of free Jesus People festivals were planned in San Diego, Tucson, and several venues around Los Angeles, featuring Jesus bands Harvest Flight, Dove Sounds and more. Our friends at Aeropagus announced a Spiritual Independence Weekend in Santa Barbara, with performances by Larry Norman, Ron Salsbury and the J.C. Power Outlet, Randy Stonehill and more. A series of beach baptisms was being organized at La Jolla Shores Cove in San Diego by Interfaith Center, and leaders of all Jesus People ministries were being invited to bring new brothers and sisters to be baptized.

Hollywood's first Jesus nightclub, Right On, was opening on the Sunset Strip, and a grand opening march and celebration was announced. A new Jesus house in San Diego called the Cave of Adullam, named for the underground cavern where David hid in the Old Testament, was open for prayer, worship, singing and sharing God's word. Loren Cunningham of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and Winkie Pratney, an evangelist from New Zealand, were organizing Revolutionary Training nights with lectures on "the principles of Jesus in Christian revolution." We reprinted an article by Dan McGowan from the Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix, about Jesus Movement coffeehouses where Jesus was presented "as a literal, permanent way of life."

Dale Yancy's cartoon, shown at right, featured a barefoot, bearded Jesus freak offering the warning that "if you don't receive Jesus, you'll receive someone else." (It's true, and you might not like who it turns out to be!) The name of Jesus in a dozen different languages was the theme of our back cover poster designed by Joe Taylor, shown at lower right.

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