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Randy Clark: The Revivalists: Fanning the Flames of the Holy Spirit, reviewed by John Lathrop

Pneuma Review Winter 2013

Randy Clark, “The Revivalists: Fanning the Flames of the Holy Spirit,” Charisma (March 2012), pages 34-38.

Randy Clark is fairly well known in Charismatic and Pentecostal circles. He first rose to prominence in 1994 because of his involvement in the Toronto Airport Vineyard Revival, also known as “The Toronto Blessing.” Today he continues to minister in services marked by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, including healing. Clark has been on the front lines of revival. In this article he answers the question, “Where do you believe the current revival is going?”

His answer to the question is that the revival is going to MEET HIM. MEET HIM is an acronym which stands for: Missions, Ecumenism, Eschatology, Theology, Holiness, Intercession and Mercy Ministry. Clark believes that God is at work in each of these areas. In the course of the article he comments briefly on each of the topics that make up the acronym.

One thing that is particularly interesting in this article is Clark’s emphasis on the connection between good theology and revival. He mentions three theological schools of thought that he believes hinder revival: liberalism, cessationism, and dispensationalism. He maintains that all of these take away the expectancy that God will move in revival. Clark believes that good biblical theology will help foster revival and bring greater unity to the church. His emphasis on good theology is refreshing, since many people do not see Charismatics and Pentecostals as being too concerned with theology.

Reviewed by John P. Lathrop

Clark’s article may also be viewed on line at: charismamag.com/index.php/component/content/article/1622-features/32503-the-revivalists-fanning-the-flames-of-the-holy-spirit

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Category: Pneuma Review, Spirit, Winter 2013

About the Author: John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of publications and is the author of four books Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and Dreams & Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012). He also served as co-editor of the book Creative Ways to Build Christian Community (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Amazon Author page. Facebook

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