An Oregon-based minister who has written about dying, going to heaven and returning will be speaking at four local sites in the next week, including at a 6:30 p.m. program Saturday in the auditorium at Whitehall High School.
Dean Braxton, author of “In Heaven: Experiencing the Throne of God,” writes of being clinically dead for 1 hour and 45 minutes during a 2006 kidney stone operation.
“Yes, I heard Dean speak last summer at The First Assembly of God Church in Plattsburgh,” said Pamela Bolton, pastor of Out of the Box Worship Center, which is sponsoring Saturday’s event.
“He talked about his experience of dying and going to heaven, and he shared about seeing Jesus, angels, those who greet you when you arrive, pets in heaven and how you can be sure to go there when you die,” she said. “His presentations address many of the questions that people have regarding heaven.”
Bolton said she is planning a question-and-answer session after the presentation. The event is free, and a peace offering will be collected.
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Braxton will be at Mount Zion Worship Center, 122 Main St. in Hudson Falls, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and will attend a camp meeting at 6 p.m. Friday at Jacob’s Well Fellowship, 29 Main St. in Cambridge. He will also be at Jacob’s Well at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and at the Granville Assembly of God, 18 Bulkley Ave., at 6 p.m. June 23.
Braxton, who was a minister and youth worker prior to his near-death experience, and his wife Marilyn attend By His Word Christian Center in Tacoma, Washington.
According to his book, Braxton was in the hospital May 4, 2006, for a routine kidney stone procedure. The procedure led to a major infection spreading throughout his body. His major organs shut down, and doctors gave him CPR and put him on a breathing machine.
For an hour and 45 minutes, Braxton said, his body shut down.
During this time, Braxton describes going to heaven and meeting Jesus. He was revived and, after 13 days in the hospital, returned home.
There are hundreds of books on near-death experiences, some of which are similar to Braxton’s, others which tell different types of stories and still others that debunk the experiences as hallucinations.
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