Supernatural Sense & Sensibilities

J. P. Moreland’s Guide to Experiencing Miracles

In February 2005, J.  P. Moreland walked out of a church service with a terrible case of laryngitis. His throat and chest were irritated, and breathing, let alone talking, was incredibly painful. He left the church frustrated, not knowing what to do; he had no more days to take off at the university, and he had a full day of teaching scheduled for the following day. He planned to alert his secretary and cancel class, since he couldn’t speak without unbearable pain.

But as he was leaving, two church elders asked if they might pray over him. Given his emotional state, Moreland was only vaguely in tune with what they said, but as they laid hands on him, something happened. After a couple of minutes of prayer, the...


Peter Biles is the author of Hillbilly Hymn and Keep and Other Stories. He graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2019 and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. He has also written stories and essays for a variety of publications, including Plough, Dappled Things, The Gospel Coalition, Salvo, and Breaking Ground. He was born and raised in Ada, Oklahoma and is now Writer and Editor for Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #62, Fall 2022 Copyright © 2023 Salvo |