….And Jesus Wept

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 Mary therefore, when she came where Jesus was, and saw him, fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, and said, Where have ye laid him? They say unto him, Lord, come and see.  Jesus wept. John 11:32-35Jesus knew, as he approached the tomb where his friend Lazarus had been laid, that he was going to rai … [Read more...]

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Baby Gorilla Strikes a Happy Pose

Baby Gorilla

Happy Birthday, Baby!Mom Ndjole (pronounced In-jōlee) and father Togo (pronounced Toe-go), two Western Lowland Gorillas, are the proud parents of a strong and healthy baby gorilla born early Saturday, August 16, at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Unfortunately, since giving birth, the mother has not demonstrated any signs of maternal care toward her four-pound baby.  That means that zoo officials have had to step in; and the Zoo's veterinarian team and gorilla keepers will han … [Read more...]

Joseph Bottum’s “AN ANXIOUS AGE”: He Had Me at ‘Hello’

Joseph Bottum

Joseph Bottum's important new book An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America, has been sitting on my bedside table for a few months, just begging to be opened and sampled. I read a lot of books; I enjoy them, I often report on them. I just hadn't gotten around to this one. Yet.In fact, I'm not too proud to admit that it took a Comcast line breaking in our front yard (and the resultant loss of internet and cable service) that made me sit down this evening and crack … [Read more...]