A story of redemption

The Mount Timpanogos Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  A nice story, out of Britain, of an ordinary life saved and redirected: http://www.lds.org/pages/mormon-messages#rescued-by-christ   … [Read more...]

“MSNBC’s Alternative Universe”

If, by "fuller spectrum," you mean "monochrome."

   Here's a good piece that I missed about six weeks ago.  I think that linking to it proves me a racist.  Or, at any rate, evil.  And a disgrace to Mormon intellectuals. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/365780/msnbcs-alternative-universe-charles-c-w-cooke Voices such as mine should be silent.  That would make for greater diversity.   … [Read more...]

“Another Suggestion for Reading 1 Nephi 1:1-3″


  Another new blog entry went up on the website of The Interpreter Foundation three days ago: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/another-suggestion-for-reading-1-nephi-1-1-3/ I' m deeply grateful to Brant Gardner for his shepherding of Interpreter's blog, and for his own significant contributions to it.  Having Brant aboard has been a major asset in our efforts.   … [Read more...]

Skyline Chili — A Distinctively Cincinnati Taste

Real Cincinnati chili

  The first of my two nights in Cincinnati, my hosts took me to Skyline Chili, which is, plainly, a signature Cincinnati thing. I had no idea what I was in for.  The talk of 3-ways, 4-ways, 5-ways, and Coneys was mystifying to me.  And, when they arrived, they were unlike anything I've ever experienced before, nothing like my previous encounters with chili.  (I'm a serious chili lover.) My host cautioned me that I might want to start with a 3-way, b … [Read more...]

Gilpin’s Steamed Grub

The one downtown is a bit of a hole in the wall, but the food is good and the young lady behind the counter was very personable.

  The sandwiches at Gilpin's were unique in my experience, quite moist and very tasty. http://eatgilpins.com I ate at the one at 37 East Seventh Street, downtown by the main Cincinnati Public Library. If you're ever downtown in Cincinnati, give it a try.   … [Read more...]

“How MLK’s faith influenced his public life”

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

   "Religion poisons everything," the late Christopher Hitchens used to say.  (Whatever else we disagree on, theists and atheists can surely agree that he no longer says that.) Among the weirdest and most disingenuous performances in recent memory was Mr. Hitchens's effort, in his bestselling book god is Not Great, to portray the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King (along with the Lutheran anti-Nazi pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer) as an unbeliever. … [Read more...]

It fairly makes yer flesh creep, don’t it?


   Watching a brief video news report showing President Barack Obama signing a piece of legislation, I was reminded that Mr. Obama is left-handed. That strikes me as rather sinister. Doesn't it you?   … [Read more...]

“Church hopes to expand reach of Joseph Smith movie on Hulu”

Joseph Smith and a child Not a real photograph, but authentic to the man

  Perhaps you're sitting in a heavily-Mormon neighborhood in Utah.  Perhaps there's some other reason, but you just don't have any good ideas for furthering the missionary calling of the Church. Here's a way that you might be able to help: http://www.lds.org/church/news/church-hopes-to-expand-reach-of-joseph-smith-movie-on-hulu?cid=HPWE011514351&im=true&lang=eng.   … [Read more...]