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Part 5 Toronto Blessing beginnings

Toronto blessing style meeting.
Toronto blessing style meeting.

The Toronto Blessing is also referred to as the laughing revival.

(This is a series of articles, it’s probably best to take them in the correct order.)

Where, or how did the Toronto Blessing start?

The ‘Toronto Blessing’ is not a unique phenomenon.
Below is a potted history extracted from a manuscript by Margaret M. Poloma from the University of Akron [1]:

Following this ‘disfellowshipping’ Margaret M. Poloma then writes that the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship:

was set free to sail the larger sea of Christianity, no longer tied to the restrictions and prohibitions increasingly being set in place by the AVC. (The AVC reportedly wanted to pitch its tents more securely within the evangelical campground rather than with charismatics, and its leaders felt the pressure of the mounting evangelical criticism of the ‘Toronto Blessing’.) While these restrictions sometimes threatened the free flow of charisma, they also provided the very institutional matrix that allowed the ‘Toronto Blessing’ to develop as more than a charismatic wildfire that was out of control. This dismissal caused the Airport Church to form closer bonds with some of its remaining allies and led to the establishment of Partners in Harvest, a group of former Vineyards and independent churches that have been impacted by the ‘Toronto Blessing’ “

This has been included in my blog as a reference – I make no comment on it’s content.

[1] Manuscript by Margaret M. Poloma

[2] The Vineyard Movement

Peter Reason

January 2012

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  • Thanks a ton for applying some time in order to write “Part 5 Toronto
    Blessing beginnings | Not Many Wise”. Many thanks yet again -Geraldo

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