His family connections did not prevent James from being the first of the Apostles to be martyred.
The Making of an Apostle / Spiritual Meditations
There weren’t many days left (about 18 months, by most estimates) before Jesus’ earthly ministry would end. It was time to choose the 12 ordinary unexceptional men who would carry the Gospel to the world.
15 Elusive Apostles Unlocked|Spiritual Meditations
More than historical names, the Apostles were real people with strengths and weaknesses, like you and me. Thoughts on their post-Bible lives.