'Christian Hogwarts': The Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry

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  1. Yithian

    Yithian Cosh & Carry Staff Member

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    Point of interest: I had no idea who these people are before reading this article, but there is a huge church not far from my home run by them (subtle it isn't):

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    Meet The "Young Saints" Of Bethel Who Go
    To College To Perform Miracles

    How a school that calls itself "Christian Hogwarts" is upending a small city in California's Trump country.

    Originally posted on October 13, 2017, at 12:01 a.m.
    Updated on December 7, 2017, at 7:12 a.m.
    Molly Hensley-Clancy

    It’s the first day of Prophecy Week at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Or, as students here like to call the place, Christian Hogwarts.

    The auditorium of the civic center in Redding, California, where first-year students have class, is so full of eager, neatly dressed young people that it’s initially impossible to find a seat. The roomful of some 1,200 students hums with expectant energy: People talk in clusters, clutching their books to their chests and stealing eager glances at the stage. There are so many languages spoken here it’s hard to keep track: English of all flavors, spoken with Australian and British and South African accents; Chinese; Korean; Portuguese. It’s a strange medley for a place like Redding, an economically depressed rural outpost about 200 miles north of San Francisco, in the heart of Northern California’s Trump country.

    The students are waiting for today’s lecturer, Kris Vallotton, one of the school’s founders and a prophet so prolific he literally wrote the book on it — Basic Training for the Prophetic Ministry, a combined textbook and workbook used by Bethel students to learn how to hear, and speak, God’s words. (“Name the five things that distinguish a false prophet from a true prophet.” “What is the difference between a vision and a trance?”)

    The basic theological premise of the School of Supernatural Ministry is this: that the miracles of biblical times — the parted seas and burning bushes and water into wine — did not end in biblical times, and the miracle workers did not die out with Jesus’s earliest disciples. In the modern day, prophets and healers don’t just walk among us, they are us.

    To Bethel students, learning, seeing, and performing these “signs and wonders” — be it prophesying about things to come or healing the incurable — aren’t just quirks or side projects of Christianity. They are, in fact, its very center.

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    Ermintruder Existential pixelfixer

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    I wonder how this works?

    I mean, Day2 during Freshers' Week must be hell, for Faculty Staff.

    Don't students ever-so-slightly notice that miracles (spells /curses /incantations) just Do Not Happen, for 99.99% of the time??

    It's not just a matter of sharply-enunciating some cod Latin, and twiddling a twig. To justify a $40k per semester fee, I'd want cancer cures, lead to gold, permanent summer, the moon on a stick.
     
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    They start off by curing bacon.
     
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    Followed by a spell in the kitchen, then an oath or two in the bar.
     
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    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    Fixed that for you.
     
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    That reduces the incident frequency to once every hundred-trillion times (yep, 1 in 10^-14)

    Which still might be a bit on the high side....
     
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    Good read. It highlighted the School, it's critics and the crime in Redding. I never even knew it fell on hard times.

    I have nothing against the school. It beats having youngsters getting into trouble and they are contributing to the city coffers. Maybe Redding would be a far larger pit otherwise.
     

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