Bringing the Text to Life

Dead Faith James 2:1-10, 11-13, 14-17

Dead Faith

Even dead faith is subject to resurrection.

AT A GLANCE:

Because of medical life-support procedures, the cessation of heartbeat and breathing is sometimes not sufficient to say definitively that death has occurred. So when is someone dead? We begin with this discussion, and then move to the book of James, where the apostle defines what constitutes dead faith.


EDITOR’S PICK:

For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Sparring Partners,” September 6, 2015.


Doctors sometimes must tell people in a waiting room that their loved one is dead.

It’s a pronouncement none of us ever wants to hear regarding a loved one, but when a person is declared dead, it’s important that the declaration be correct. Rarely, but occasionally, a person who appears to have died, is not dead after all! He or she suddenly exhibits signs of life again, and some even recovered. So doctors want to get it right.

Because of medical life-support procedures, the cessation of heartbeat and breathing is sometimes not sufficient...

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