Jesus is NOT the “reason for the season”

  First, there is Christmas… Then, there is farce… The subtle denial of a Holy-day that is held delicately in the balance of adoration and consumption, with the latter giving way to our actions while the former  is trapped in our sensibilities. Our very way of celebrating it dialectically usurping its truest image. As weContinue reading “Jesus is NOT the “reason for the season””

Thinking Tombstones & the Grave

Graveyards, Tombstones…the speck of infinity wherein time has stopped. Here one is able to notice an era of foregone lives and remembrance that is now only marked by stones that are too large to move and to irrelevant to demand attention.  Some stones have been pushed over, some broken in half; others have crumbled fromContinue reading “Thinking Tombstones & the Grave”

Ghosts in the New Testament? Looking for Phantoms in the Gospel of Mark

INTRO With a name like ParanormalChrist, perhaps some biblical discussion on the Paranormal is in order, if nothing but to quell and satiate our fetish for paranormal activity. As has been argued in other posts, Christianity is a paranormal faith. It’s a faith that not only embodies paranormal elements in the general sense of thatContinue reading “Ghosts in the New Testament? Looking for Phantoms in the Gospel of Mark”

Easter Hope is Paranormal Hope that our Bodies Matter

ParanormalChrist’s genesis is the very ambiguous event that we call the Resurrection of Jesus.  It is this singular event that has shaped the contours of faith, belief, hope and dared to challenge the norms of creation by declaring that the impossible has happened and it has happened definitively in Jesus.  And this impossible event, thisContinue reading “Easter Hope is Paranormal Hope that our Bodies Matter”

The Perverse Core of Atonement: Sacrifice or Relationship?

For me, all doctrines and dogma are “fair game” and worth critical examinination.  A faith that is not able to withstand questions is an antique to be admired, not a faith that dares to walk and encounter the world with us.  The atonement, by virtue of its function in faith and theology, cannot be anContinue reading “The Perverse Core of Atonement: Sacrifice or Relationship?”

Other-Wise Atonement: Thinking about the Human Sacrifice of Jesus

 In the past week I have had three conversations with fellow Brothers in Christ in regard to our ideas of atonement and its relationship to ministry and life.  Chief among these concerns has been the reality that more and more folks, especially folks under 30 (I am 31 FTR) are abandoning organized religion and churches.Continue reading “Other-Wise Atonement: Thinking about the Human Sacrifice of Jesus”

“I See Dead People”: Zombie Apocalypse or Resurrection of Jesus?

At the core of Christianity is a belief in the para-normal; there is nothing more para-normal than resurrection. Can we at least agree on this one point before you read the rest? The recent craze over the “zombie apocalypse” has got nothing on dead people coming out of tombs.  Long before Woody Harrelson and “Zombieland,”Continue reading ““I See Dead People”: Zombie Apocalypse or Resurrection of Jesus?”

Dialectical Thinking is Paranormal

When it comes to thinking, dialectical thinking IS definitely paranormal.  There is no other philosophical method that has the ability to show us that what we consider normal is actually not normal at all…that alongside the normal trapped in its web is something more true, more normal yet also allusive.  Dialectic is the constant reminderContinue reading “Dialectical Thinking is Paranormal”

God of the ParanormalChrist: A Definition of Real

I will frequently be using illusively symbolic language on this blog.  While many folks have an aversion to philosophical language, sometimes words like “being” “real” “truth” “virtue” simply can’t be defined in any plain, simple, way.  To do so is to tame them, domesticate them, and to trade in a thoughtful life for one thatContinue reading “God of the ParanormalChrist: A Definition of Real”

What is Paranormal Christ?

Google “paranormal Christianity” or simply “paranormal” and see what happens…the perverse core of christian fascination with a reality more than the physical world will immediately become apparent. Our culture is fascinated with what happens “when we die” and where “we” will go when our bodies are no longer full of life. In general, this fascinationContinue reading “What is Paranormal Christ?”

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