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Christian Accusers of the Brethern (Contra) Researcher Debra Bouey reveals how some people at the center of today's renewal and revival movements judge and scorn those who examine these movements.
Christian All Roads Lead Back To Toronto (Contra) Shows that, despite frequent claims to the contrary, there is a link between Brownsville (Pensacola) and Toronto
Christian An Examination and Evaluation of the Brownsville RevivalPDF file by Jeffrey M. Spencer
Christian The Anointing Oil (Contra) What it is, and what it isn't. See also Anointing
Christian Beware the New Prophets New An extract from the book Beware the New Prophets by Bill Randles
Christian Comparison Between The Kundalini Practice And The So-called Toronto Blessing (Contra) by Antti Huima
Christian David Wilkerson Addresses "The Revival" (Contra)
Christian Discerning The Thing From Toronto (Contra)
Christian The "Experience" Controversy by Wendy Howard
Christian Experience-driven Spirituality (Contra) by T.A. McMahon.
Christian Gold Dust and Gold Teeth Tricia Tillin addresses the various "gold" manifestations, cites testimonies, and notes the connection between these phenomena and those reported to have taken place at Marian apparitions. See also Marian Apparitions and Gold
Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey History of the Revival (Pro) by Richard Riss
Christian Is It Revival? (Contra) By Tricia Tillin
Christian Is The "Toronto Thing" Of The Holy Spirit? (Contra)
Christian John Wimber Responds To The Phenomena (Pro/Contra) Excerpt from a message that used to be posted on the Vineyard's official site
Christian Looking Beyond Toronto (Contra) A look at the source and goal of the "Second Pentecost."
Christian The Murky River Of Brownsville - Change Practice And Doctrine (Contra) a PFO article
Christian The New Thing (Contra) Subtitled "Global Revival as the Key Element In Deception in Twentieth Century Pentecostalism"
Christian Putting The Truth in Steve Beard's Thunderstruck (Contra) Shows how John Wesley's writings are taken out of context in order to support the "Toronto Blessing" and "Pensacola Outpouring"
Christian The Raging River Of Brownsville (Contra) PFO responds to Michael Brown's attacks.
Christian Some Cautionary Remarks (Pro/Contra)) by and Assemblies of God pastor
Christian Sugar and Vinegar Section within the Apologetics Index with articles and editorials relating to various Renewal and Revival issues.
Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey They Called Jesus A Counterfeit, Too (Pro) by Jon Ruthven, associate professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Pat Robertson's Regent University in Virginia Beach. Article published in Charisma Magazine.
Christian The "Toronto Blessing" (Contra) An online book by Stephen Sizer. A Theological Examination of the Roots, Teaching and Manifestations, and Connection Between the Faith Movement and the Vineyard Church. (10 Chapters, 2 Appendixes, and a Bibliography.)
Christian The Toronto Phenomenon (Contra) by Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Ph.D., Chafer Theological Seminary. The heart of this article is" The Holy Scriptures: The Only Authority to Validate Biblical and Spiritual Truth."
Christian The Way of Cain ''New teachings in the Christian Church- Where are They Leading Us?'' by Lisa Havener
Christian Weighed and Found Wanting (Contra) Online book by Pastor Bill Randles.

- Reviews -
Christian Hank Hanegraaff's "Counterview Revival "Reviewed by James Beverley, in the September 1, 1997 edition of Christianity Today

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Christian Counterfeit Revival (Contra) Hank Hanegraaff's controversial book (see comments at the Christian Research Institute entry)
Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey The River Is Here : Receiving and Sustaining the Blessing of Revival (Pro) by Melinda Fish.
Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey When The Spirit Comes With Power (Pro/Contra) Written before the "Toronto Blessing" came onto the scene. Christian psychiatrist John White takes a balanced look at revival phenomena such as manifestations. Chapter titles include "Has It Ever Happened before?" "Should We Fear Emotions?" "Are Revival Experiences Psychological?" "Are Revival Experiences Spiritual?" "Preparing for Revival." (NOTE: May be somewhat dated in that the author could not have foreseen the "evolution" of increasingly troublesome manifestations. Nevertheless, this books comes highly recommended for its excellent insights and balanced treatment.)

- Books - Online -
Christian "The Prophetic Call - True and False Prophets" Do you know the difference between the gift of prophecy and the office of the prophet? An online book by Arthus Katz. Very timely in light of today's interest for all things prophetic...
Christian Strange Fire - The Rise of Gnosticism In The Church (Contra) By Travers and Jewel van der Merwe
Christian The "Toronto Blessing" (Contra) An online book by Stephen Sizer. A Theological Examination of the Roots, Teaching and Manifestations, and Connection Between the Faith Movement and the Vineyard Church. (10 Chapters, 2 Appendixes, and a Bibliography.)
Christian War on the Saints The Jessie Penn-Lewis classic. This one truly is the unabridged edition (which, oddly enough, can not be said about some other "unabridged" editions of this book).
Christian "Weighed and Found Wanting" Contra) Subtitled, "Putting the Toronto Blessing in Context." Online book by Pastor Bill Randles.

- Chat -
Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey ReaperNET Chat (Pro) Transcripts of these chats are available here

- Mailing Lists -
Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey Awakening (Pro) Read-only list of renewal and revival related news. By church historian Richard Riss
Christian AI-Renewal Apologetics Index's own mailing list. Allows fo the discussion of the controversial aspects of these movements.
Christian Joel News (Pro) Published by Dutch journalist Marc van der Woude. Read-only list available in English and Dutch. Excellent source of up-to-date "renewal and revival" news from around the world.
Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey New Wine (Pro) Allows pro-Toronto, pro-renewal/revival postings only. Virtually anything goes here, but no testing, criticism, or examining allowed. Keyed "grey" for lack of balance. I can not recommend this list at all, but it does provide good insight for those researching this movement.

- News -
item (Dec. 24. 1997) CRI's Response to Brownville's Meeting Notes
see also See also: Reconcilliation or Further Positioning? Some observations regarding CRI's response to Brownsville's Meeting Notes.

item (Feb. 9, 1998)Brownsville Revival Rolls Onward Christianity Today article that also deals with Hank Hanegraaff's views on the revival. (Note: A CRI spokesman publicly insinuated that CT misquoted Hank Hanegraaff, but has so far - since Feb. 10, 1998 - been unwilling to answer this straightforward question: "Did CT misquote Hank Hanegraaff in this article?").

item (Dec. 7, 1997)Brown/Hanegraaff Meetings Lead To Reconciliation
see also See Also: (Nov. 11, 1997)Information about meetings between Dr. Michael Brown and Hank Hanegraaff

item (Aug. 11, 1997) Apology Follows Hanegraaff Attack Christianity Today article. John Kilpatrick apologized for criticizing Hank Hanegraaff after the latter had compared compared the Pensacola Outpouring to the Heaven's Gate suicide cult in which 39 people died.
see also See also: John Kilpatrick's Apology To Hank Hanegraaff

item (Undated) Reply To Hank Hanegraaff's Attack on the Association of Vineyard Churches Vineyard Pastor Larry Siekawitch Responds to Hanegraaff's accusations made in "Counterfeit Revival"

- Newsgroups -
[NOTE: Unmoderated newsgroups are notorious for contain lots of smoke and heat, and little light... Generally, moderated mailing lists provide better forums]
Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey alt.religion.christian.charismatic Unmoderated usenet group
Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey alt.religion.christian.vineyard Unmoderated usenet group
Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey alt.religion.christian.pentecostal Unmoderated usenet group
Secular Search Deja News Discussion Groups for messages mentioning toronto blessing

- Sites -
Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Blessings Page (Pro) Extensive site presenting reports, news items and articles promoting the Renewal and Revival movements.
ChristianAberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Brownsville Pensacola Assemblies of God (Pro) Home of the "Pensacola Outpouring."
Grey Zone, Unsure, or Offkey The Contenders (Contra) Bob Hunter's collection of articles and - often contentious - comments.
Christian CROSS+WORD (Contra) Extensive collection of articles documenting problems of theology and practice in some of the current renewal and revival movements. Presented by Tricia Tillin's "Banner Ministries"
Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox End Time Prophetic Vision (Pro) Extensive site with hundreds of current "prophecies," dreams, visions and articles by people deeply involved in these renewal and revival movements. Recommended only to those researching these movements.
Secular Pensacola News Journal - Investigative Report (Contra) Five-day, multi-article report about the Brownsville, Pensacola AOG. With follow-ups.
Christian Kundalini Rising: New Age Manifestations in the Christian Revival (Contra) Articles by Ed Tarkowski and others
Christian Sugar and Vinegar Part of the Apologetics Index. Articles and editorials promoting balance in renewal and revival movements.
ChristianAberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (Pro) The church at the center of the "Toronto Blessing."
Christian Toronto Blessing Discovery Page (Pro/Contra) Good collection of Pro and Con links