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Timothy Walsh: To Meet and Satisfy a Very Hungry People

The third section explores the structures of the Pentecostal movement, noticing the principle factors that influenced the separatist dynamic of many Pentecostal bodies. Walsh chronicles the transition from an ecumenical beginning to a separatist tendency in just a few decades. As in the above sections, he examines the contribution of key leaders, followed by an examination of significant ministries located in places such as Sunderland, Bradford, Bournemouth, and Croydon, whereby he demonstrates the subtle shifts towards separatism. Walsh’s research mirrors that of Hollenweger, who noticed the tendency of pre-denominational Pentecostalism as an “ecumenical revival movement whose leaders remained in their churches” (229). In this regard, he presents evidence to support his thesis, from each geographical location mentioned above.

Overall, Walsh has provided ample evidence to support the claim of his thesis and documentation of the Pentecostal movement in the UK. Nevertheless, it is written in such an academic style that the non-academic reader will undoubtedly have a very difficult time comprehending the points he is proving. The work he has done is impressive, but unfortunately it will be enjoyed by very few.

Reviewed by John Miller

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Category: Church History, Fall 2014

About the Author: John R. Miller is an ordained minister with Elim Fellowship of Lima, NY and serves as Pastor of Education with Living Word Temple of Restoration, Rochester, NY. He has a degree from Elim Bible Institute, a B.Div. (Trinity Theological Seminary), C.P.E. (University of Rochester), M.Div. (Northeastern Seminary), and Ph.D. (Regent University). He teaches at Regent University and Elim Bible Institute & College.

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