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The Speaking in Tongues Controversy: Editor Conclusion

Cover from the 2003 Xulon edition.


Thank you for joining us to discuss Rick Walston’s book The Speaking in Tongues Controversy: The Initial, Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.


Rick Walston, The Speaking in Tongues Controversy: The Initial, Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Fairfax, VA: Xulon Press, 2003), 235 pages.


 Editor Introduction

 Part 1 of A Narrative-Critical Response

 Part 2 of A Narrative-Critical Response

 Reader Responses


Editor’s Note

Cover from the 2005 Wipf & Stock edition.

As mentioned briefly in our last issue, a rejoinder from Rick Walston will not be appearing at this time in answer to Robert Graves’ “Narrative-Critical Response.” I encourage you to read Walston’s book for yourself, The Speaking in Tongues Controversy: The Initial, Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit Debate. The book is now available for purchase online from publisher Wipf and Stock at this address: [as of February 13, 2015]

Reader responses about the topic of initial evidence and the baptism in the Holy Spirit, as well as discussion about Rick Walston’s book, are most welcome.


Rick Walston in 2008

Update: Response available online

Although Pneuma Review did not publish the response from Rick Walston, he has made his rebuttal available on his blog.

Rick Walston’s Response to Robert Graves’s Review ​ [available as of Feb 9, 2015]​

​In a related post, Rick Walston discusses the biblical genres of teaching and narrative in relation to his book.
Rick Walston, ​”Historical Narrative versus Didactic” ​ [available as of Feb 9, 2015]​


For further reading

Gordon L. Anderson, “Baptism In The Holy Spirit, Initial Evidence, And A New Model” Enrichment (Winter 2005).

Dr. Gordon L. Anderson’s wrote a very insightful article that addresses the question: “How can Pentecostals deal with the problems raised by non-Pentecostals on issues of Holy Spirit baptism and still retain their Pentecostal position? Consider this new model.” The article was originally published in the 2005 winter issue of the AoG’s Enrichment Journal.

Patrick Kierkegaard (on February 12, 2015)


Invitation repeated

I do invite you again to write with your comments and insights. Please participate by adding your comments under the articles or send email to the Editor by way of our Contact page.


Raul Mock, Executive Editor


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About the Author: Raul L. Mock is one of the founders and directors of the Pneuma Foundation and editor of The Pneuma Review. Raul has been part of an Evangelical publishing ministry since 1996, working with Information Services and Supply Chain Management for more than two decades. He and his wife, Erin, have a daughter and twin boys and live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. LinkedIn

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