An interesting article on A.J. Tomlinson

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An interesting article with an A.J. Tomlinson tie to Frank Sandford in Maine before coming to Cleveland, Tennessee. This lengthy article has some very impressive footnotes!

Charles Page [04/16/2015 8:35 PM]
Frank Sanford is an interesting character if not a bit cultish!

John Kissinger [04/17/2015 4:50 PM]
Must be an older article if it quotes Wade H. Phillips…

Charles Page [04/17/2015 5:08 PM]
I somewhat impressed with Wade Phillips, saw their General Assembly and his sermon. Reminded me of very old fashion COG.

They are a new Pentecostal denomination in Cleveland and are building a new Bible College and a Tabernacle for their annual assemblies. Cleveland needs both! 😉

John Kissinger [04/17/2015 5:22 PM]
Always wondered WHY Tomlinson never mentioned the outpouring of 1896 in his book as a denomination leader ( Charles W. Conn, Our First 100 Years: 1886-1986 (Cleveland: Pathway Press, 1986) 17, goes on to ascribe importance to the event because it “prepared the way for the universal outpouring that followed ten years later.” This is a welcome appraisal in light of an earlier judgment often bound up in the North American church’s self-perception, namely [Charles W. Conn, Like A Mighty Army (Cleveland: Pathway Press, 1977) 25]: “… this was the first general outpouring that would continue unabated until it encompassed the Christian world.” Cf. Charles W. Conn, Like A Mighty Army: A History of the Church of God: Definitive Edition, 1886-1995 (Cleveland: Pathway Press, 1996) 29-31. The re-evaluation process can be followed in Charles W. Conn, Cradle of Pentecost (Cleveland: Pathway, 1981) 17, “If it was not the beginning of the modern Pentecostal Awakening, it was certainly the greatest prelude to it.” Then “Church of God” by Charles W. Conn in Encyclopedia of Religion in the South, ed. by Samuel S. Hill (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1984) 160, calls this an “extraordinary event” “without precedent in the region.” On the other hand, Conn’s entry in the same volume on “A.J. Tomlinson,” repeats the older view espoused in Army. Conn’s piece on the revival in DPCM, 161, says the group “formulated no doctrine about it. They simply thanked God for the ‘blessing’ …” He opens the article by calling this “one of the earliest known outpourings of the Holy Spirit in America” in contrast to the closing statement that the “universal outpouring would begin ten years later, 1906, in far away California.” cf. E.L. Simmons, History of the Church of God (Cleveland: Church of God Publishing House, 1938) 11f; Crews, The Church of God, 10.)+

Charles Page [04/17/2015 6:05 PM]
Wade Phillips has patterned his General Overseership of Zion Assembly after that of Tomlinson

Charles Page [04/17/2015 6:07 PM]
Frank Sanford and R. G. Spurling were very influential on Tomlinson.

Charles Page [04/17/2015 6:09 PM]
I’m sure that is stating an obvious given

John Kissinger [04/17/2015 8:43 PM]
There was a book I’ve read on the early Church of God movement and A.J. Tomlinson about 20 years ago. It was dissertation written by a fellow Tennessean at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, I think) and published by UT, but I have not been able to find it since for the life of me. All I remember it was blue in color. Anyone happened to know the title or author?

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