Strange Experience - Minister and Son's Death
- An article relating the same story appeared in The Argus (Melbourne, Vic), Monday 15th October 1928 but the publication date of this particular article is unknown.
The Rev. F. C. Spurr, a Baptist minister and a former President of the National Free Church Council, in the course of an address at Leamington, entitled, "Does Death End All?" told a remarkable personal experience. He said he sent his son, aged eight, with his mother for a seaside holiday in Lincolnshire. He then went to a cinema.
While there at 4.45 p.m. he felt a hand touch his, and he saw his son in the vacant seat next to him. He felt upset and went home, and went to bed. There was a fearful thunderstorm during which he received a telephone message saying his son had drowned. He learned at the inquest that his son entered the water at 4.20 p.m. and expired at 4.45 p.m.
"I tell the story," said Mr. Spurr, "as an honest Englishman. Since then I have 25 times had absolute evidence that my son is alive and well on the other side. Of course, we cannot make a religion of this kind of thing."
The Rev Frederick Chambers Sparr is minister of the Hamstead Road Baptist Church, Birmingham. He was born in 1862. His first church was at Cardiff. He was a minister in Melbourne from 1909 to 1914, and at Regent's Park Church, London, from 1914 to 1922. He has written many books on religious subjects and social questions, including "Death and the Life Beyond." He married Miss Ethel Thompson, of Louth, in 1905, and has two sons and one daughter.
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