Glorious Awakenings

By now, the Christian world was divided about the new movement. But it seemed that for every church leader who objected to the strange ‘manifestations’ of falling over, laughing, weeping – and particularly the so-called ‘animal noises’ – there were many more reporters from the secular media lapping it up and filling their columns with dramatic stories of the ‘Toronto Blessing’ – the phrase first coined by a British journalist. Suddenly the daily papers had become interested in covering the Church again. Unsuspecting journalists became directly affected by the renewal. One reporter from the Evening Standard newspaper fell to the floor after receiving prayer from John and Carol Arnott at a conference in southern England.