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. 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:   … [Read more...]

“Because of my transgression, my eyes are opened”

Expelled from Eden

  I'm pleased to say that The Interpreter Foundation has now posted its fifty-fourth "scripture roundtable."  (Overall, if one includes our special roundtable on early Mormon plural marriage, it's our fifty-fifth roundtable.) Featuring Jeffrey Bradshaw, Craig Foster, John Gee, and Stephen Smoot, this recorded discussion centers on the fourth lesson in the LDS 2014 Old Testament Gospel Doctrine lesson … [Read more...]

“‘Until the Heart Betrays’: Life, Letters, and the Stories We Tell”

conference centre full

   A tad belatedly, the second of the two review-articles published on Friday by Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.  Also written by a "young Mormon":   … [Read more...]

“Help for the Troubled ‘Young Mormon’”

The Asunción Paraguay Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge)

  Amidst the press of travel and lectures, I didn't get a chance to announce the two new review-articles that went up on Friday in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.  Here's one of them:   … [Read more...]