The Supernatural: Christian Accounts

The bread and wine of Christian communion, in which, or with which, Jesus said he was present spiritually.  Photo credit:  John Snyder | CC3.0, Wikimedia Commons.


the supernatural: christian accounts of the supernatural

Conversation Stations:

What Story Do You Live In? (and associated message)

Is Religion Just a Cultural Thing? (and instructions)

Who Do You Think Wrote This? (and instructions)

What Can We Do About Evil? (and instructions and conversation tree)

What Can We Do About Evil? (brochure version)

Find Your Heart's Desire? (and instructions and theology of desire)

Messages and Essays on Christian Accounts of the Supernatural

Weird Coincidences, Supernatural Events, Funny Feelings - Is That You God?

Does Prayer Change God? God's Four Responses to Prayer (and ppts)

Helpful Resources on Christian Accounts of the Supernatural

Tertullian of Carthage, Apology (~200 AD), chapter 5, notes that Emperor Marcus Aurelius credits the prayers of Christians in his army for ending the drought in Germanic lands

C.S. Lewis, Miracles (Amazon book, 1947)

T.F. Torrance, The Grammar and Ground of Theology (audio lecture, 1981) on how Christian theology impacted & was impacted by scientific thought; critique of the Newtonian theory that the universe is a closed system

Nancy Gibbs, Angels Among Us (Time Dec 27, 1993)

In Search of Angels (Life, Dec 1, 1995)

Uwe Siemon-Netto, J.S. Bach in Japan (First Things, Jun 2000)

Grzegorz Gorn, Abortionist Turned Pro-Life Apostle: The True Story of Stojan Adasevic (Love One Another magazine, Jan 2004)

Melanthia Mitchell, Teen Found Alive 8 Days After Wreck (Associated Press, Oct 12, 2004)

Curt Schilling post game quotes (Major League Baseball, Oct 20, 2004)

Richard Gallagher, Among the Many Counterfeits, a Case of Demonic Possession (Sott, Mar 8, 2008)

Richard Shumack, Miracles, Mary, and Modern Belief (Centre for Public Christianity, Oct 26, 2010)

Candy Gunther Brown,, "Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Proximal Intercessory Prayer (STEPP) on Auditory and Visual Impairments in Rural Mozambique" (Southern Medical Journal, Sep 9, 2010)

Candy Gunther Brown, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing (book, 2011)

Eben Alexander, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife (Oct 2012)

David Sessions, Is Hell Real? (The Daily Beast, Feb 8, 2013)

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, My Train Wreck Conversion: As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians, then become one (Christianity Today, Feb 7, 2013)

Mary Poplin, Radical Feminist, Radical Womanist, Radical Love: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Social Justice (Veritas Forum, Mar 4, 2009)

Brian Zahnd, Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity (Amazon book, Jan 3, 2012)

Kellie "Red", 11 Years Old, and Celebrating Therese's Birthday for the Very First Time (Patheos blog, Nov 24, 2013)

Drafted: Why Chris Norman Said No to the NFL (video)

David Bentley Hart, Beauty, Being, and Kenosis: The Aesthetics of the Incarnation (video, May 14, 2013)

Reknew, Why Doesn't God Make Himself More Obvious? (Reknew blog, May 23, 2014)

Joe Kovacs, Fox News Atheist Democrat: I Met Jesus (WND Media, Dec 4, 2013) and this

Lisa Sharon Harper, The Power of Fasting (Sojourners blog, Dec 16, 2013)

Viralnova Entertainment, Ricardo Bofill's Renovation of an Old, Shut-Down Cement Factory (Viralnova, Dec 18, 2013) - a parable

CBN, Ghost Hunter Comes Face to Face with Demon, Calls on Christ (Charisma News, Jan 2, 2014)

Rob Kerby, Twelve Absolutely Amazing Miracles (Beliefnet)

Nabeel Qureshi, Christ Called Me Off the Minaret: Through investigations, dreams, and visions, Jesus asked me to forsake my Muslim family (Christianity Today, Jan 8, 2014)

James Choung, Just Get Out of the Way (blog, Jan 9, 2014)

Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Exorcisms of Latoya Ammons (IndyStar, Jan 25, 2014) and

Rod Dreher, The Boy Who Was Possessed Remembers (The American Conservative, Jan 29, 2014)

Ed Stetzer, An Interview with Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, on Global Christianity (Christianity Today, Mar 21, 2014)

Jeff Markin's Back to Life Miracle (Faithtap)

T.M. Luhrmann, To Dream in Different Cultures (NY Times, May 14, 2014)

Guillaume Bignon, From Staunch Atheist to Christian Theologian (Premier Christianity, Oct 2014)

Shawn Schuster, Dallas Nurse Nina Pham is Ebola Free, Credits Faith in God and Power of Prayer for Her Healing (Gospel Herald, Oct 24, 2014)

Ed Mazza, Starbucks Exorcism Caught on Video in Austin, Texas (Huffington Post, Nov 14, 2014)

Emily Tess Katz, Martin Pistorius, Author Of 'Ghost Boy', Describes The Experience Of Turning To God In His Vegetative State (Huffington Post, Feb 3, 2015)

Rod Dreher, The Epistemology of Imagination (The American Conservative, Mar 5, 2015)

David Bentley Hart and Lawrence Feingold, The Natural Desire to See God (video, Mar 23, 2015)

Mark Ellis, Holy Spirit Tells Kundalini Yoga Instructor 'I Have Something Else for You to Do' (Charisma News, Apr 20, 2015)

Aidan Kimel, If God is Being, Does Prayer Make Sense? (Eclectic Orthodoxy blog, May 25, 2015) 

Leah Marieann Klett, Violent ISIS Fighter Converts to Christianity After Encountering Jesus Christ in Powerful Dream (Gospel Herald Ministries, Jun 3, 2015)

Nicola Menzie, ISIS Fighter Who 'Enjoyed' Killing Christians Wants to Follow Jesus After Dreaming of Man in White Who Told Him 'You Are Killing My People' (Christian Post, Jun 3, 2015)

WebTV, Reporter Breaks Down as Mourners Sing Outside Scene of Charleston Shooting (youtube video, Jun 21, 2015)

Annika Mongan, Born-Again Witch: Witches at a Pentecostal Church (Patheos, Jul 13, 2015)

Craig F. Keener, The Ubiquity of Miracles (Slate, Jul 14, 2015)

Owen Gingerich, Does God Intervene in the World? (Slate, Jul 14, 2015)

Susan Grove Eastman, Personal Miracles: A View From St. Paul and the Cognitive Sciences (Slate, Jul 14, 2015)

Alister McGrath, A Deeper Vision of Nature: C.S. Lewis on Miracles (Slate, Jul 14, 2015)

Greg Boyd, Why Doesn't God Heal When We Ask? (ReKnew blog, Jul 15, 2015)

Rod Dreher, Resistance to Grace (The American Conservative, Dec 2, 2015)

Kate Bowler, Death, the Prosperity Gospel, and Me (NY Times, Feb 13, 2016)

Anne Marie Gazzolo, Guardian Angels of the Quest: Frodo, Sam, and the Valar (The Fellowship of the King blog, Mar 5, 2016)

Richard Gallagher, As a Psychiatrist, I Diagnose Mental Illness.  And Sometimes, Demonic Possession (Washington Post, Jul 1, 2016)

Rachel Ray, Leading U.S. Exorcists Explain Huge Increase in Demand for the Rite - and Priests to Carry Them Out (Telegraph UK, Sep 26, 2016)

Rod Dreher, On Time: Arrival (The American Conservative, Nov 24, 2016)

Brendan Buse, Grace Enough: Andrew Garfield on the Ignatian Journey That Led Him Through 'Silence' (America Magazine, Jan 10, 2017) led him to appreciate Jesus

Discovery Channel, Exorcism in Cairo, Egypt (Discovery Channel, Feb 23, 2017)

Stephen R.L. Clark, Why We Believe in Fairies (First Things, Mar 2017)

Giuseppe Nardi, "The Jihadist Couldn't Behead Me and Asked: 'Who Are You?'" -- The Witness of Abuna Nirwan (The Eponymous Flower, May 19, 2017)

Kate Bowler, Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved (Amazon book, Feb 6, 2018)

David R. Thomas, How History's Revivals Teach Us to Pray (Christianity Today, Feb 20, 2018)

Stephen Colbert, Yvonne Orji Got Career Advice From God (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Sep 5, 2018) Nigerian comedienne says the Holy Spirit told her, 'Do comedy'

Mike Mariani, American Exorcism (The Atlantic, Dec 2018) subtitled "Priests are fielding more requests than ever for help with demonic possession, and a centuries-old practice is finding new footing in the modern world"

Ivan Olita, How a Modern Exorcist Fights Evil (The Atlantic, Feb 25, 2019)


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