Someone asked me the other day what I knew about the Florida revival. My blank expression told them all they needed to know. I seem to recall a Welsh revival (in the Christian sense, rather than a recovery of form for the rugby team)
I now know there are meetings (broadcast on God TV apparently) led by someone called Todd Bentley where healings and miracles are supposed to be happening. I took a look on youtube at a couple of clips, and it was pretty scary stuff. One was an edit from someone hostile, so clips were out of context, but it was hard to imagine a context where it would be acceptable. He just seemed to be describing being violent to people and somehow this bringing healing. The second just involved the camera being on him a lot and him talking up the meeting without anything obvious going on except him getting emotional.
Please don't misunderstand me. It's not that I don't believe in God being able to communicate with us - otherwise listening to God in silent prayer would be pointless, as would reading the Bible. I also believe that praying for those who are ill is important and makes a difference - I do it in every church service I lead. I just can't square violence and self-indulgence with what I see of Jesus healing people in the Gospels.
Todd's getting a lot of people excited, but excited about what?