Two interesting items from secular news outlets in recent days.
First a local Fox station:
“Ogden, Utah — Fox 13 feature reporter and former sportscaster Joe Wren has published a book after he suffered a massive heart attack in September of 2016.
“Wren collapsed while playing pickle ball in a park in Ogden. Although he survived his heart attack, Wren believes he was close enough to death to have had experienced just a bit of what awaits us all, as detailed in the excerpt below:
“’Yell Out, 9-1-1!’ was the utterly unmistakable shout I heard” as he collapsed. It was a voice out of nowhere — at the most critical and in fact last moment.
And so that’s what he did: yelled for help, before passing out — but in time to alert those around him of the urgency.
“Yet, miraculously, it hadn’t come from any earthly being,” he writes. “This heartfelt and solemn warning came as a direct gift from the Lord Almighty through the Holy Ghost. No earthly being would have or could have gained my absolute and immediate attention, even as I precariously hovered in such a cadaverous condition. In fact, though dying, my body felt consumed by the Holy Spirit, making it so undeniably clear, even in those final seconds before death, that I heard, listened, and obeyed.”
A secular TV reporter! It ended up saving his life.
If that isn’t impressive enough, there is also now a hyper-doubtful researcher attesting to what seemed to be — almost certainly was — a sign from the other side.
This comes to us from The Washington Post, reviewing a book, Heavens On Earth, by Michael Schermer, an “American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and editor-in-chief of its magazine Skeptic, largely devoted to investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims.”
Yet, says the review, “Midway into this ambitious, erudite volume, science historian and professional skeptic Shermer relates [an] intriguing personal story.
“In 2014, his fiancee (now wife) Jennifer Graf had moved to California from Germany, bringing with her a Philips transistor radio, a gift from her late and beloved grandfather, Walter.
“Walter had been a surrogate father to Graf, and she had fond memories of listening to music with him, but the radio wasn’t working. She and Shermer switched out the batteries, tried various stations and otherwise fiddled with the machine, but in frustration ended up tossing it into a desk drawer in the bedroom.
“Months later, following a small wedding ceremony at their home, Graf was feeling melancholy and disconnected from her family. The newlyweds took a quiet moment together, away from the group, and at that precise moment music started wafting from the bedroom.
“They followed the sound, which was a love song, and traced it to the desk drawer, indeed to the ‘broken’ radio.
“It was, Shermer recalls in his book, a ‘spine-tingling experience.’
“And it gets better.
“The radio could have been tuned to any station, or to no station at all, but it was playing just the kind of emotionally comforting music the couple needed at that moment. The radio continued to broadcast similar music all evening, then went silent.
“It has remained silent since, despite Shermer’s efforts to revive it.”
A skeptic no longer?
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