A television station in Cincinnati, Ohio reported a strange story about a woman whose family could not bear to say good-bye. Even though Johanna Pope had been dead for three years, it was reported that her family and friends would from time to time come to visit her body. She had been propped up in a chair in her room and the television and air conditioner remained on. The deceased had told some of her friends that she expected to come back to life. It is a Biblical idea to hope for life after death, but it is for eternal life, not life back on earth.


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.