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The Sacrament of Confirmation: New Textbook

The Sacrament of Confirmation: New Textbook

Midwest Theological Forum – creators of the Didache Series of High School Catholic textbooks – has just introduced the first book in their new Sacramental Preparation series: The Sacrament of Confirmation. I was privileged to be the Editor of this book, and I think it’s a wonderful resource for parishes, schools, and parents preparing children

Upcoming Radio Interviews
Upcoming Radio Interviews

I have a number of upcoming radio interviews talking about Catholic evangelization and my new book, The Old Evangelization: How to Spread the Faith Like Jesus Did: Thursday, May 4th, 7:45 AM EST: SonRise Morning Show Thursday, May 4th, 3:00 PM EST: Meet the Author Friday, May 5th, 8:15 AM EST: Iowa Catholic Radio Wednesday,

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Catholic Answers Live
Catholic Answers Live

Earlier this evening I was the guest on Catholic Answers Live to talk about my new book, The Old Evangelization: How to Spread the Faith Like Jesus Did. If you missed it you can view it here:

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The Old Evangelization: Questions and Answers
The Old Evangelization: Questions and Answers

My book The Old Evangelization: How to Spread the Faith Like Jesus Did has just been released by Catholic Answers Press! In order to introduce the book, here is a brief Q&A I recently did with the publisher: Q. Before we get into The Old Evangelization, could you give us a definition of “The New

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Articles on Catholicism
How Sharing Your Faith with Others Can Strengthen Your Own

How Sharing Your Faith with Others Can Strengthen Your Own

For many Christians, few things are more stressful than talking about the faith with others. This is especially true here in America, where we are taught from a young age that it’s not polite to talk about religion or politics in public. Telling someone else about your faith can quickly result in you being labeled

Seven Myths About Catholic Evangelization
Seven Myths About Catholic Evangelization

Although evangelization is a core activity of the Catholic life, a lot of Catholics today don’t understand what it entails. Having been involved in Catholic evangelization for a quarter of a century, I’ve encountered many evangelization-related myths. There’s seven common ones you should definitely know, and how to bust them, too. Myth 1: Evangelization is

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Twenty Five Years Later, I Would Still Become Catholic
Twenty Five Years Later, I Would Still Become Catholic

I recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of my conversion to Catholicism. When I think back to the time of my conversion, I remember that it was a season of much optimism in the Church. Everyone seemed to feel that we had turned the corner from the unmitigated disaster that was the 1970’s and 80’s and

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“Silence” Proclaims the Heroism of the Martyrs
“Silence” Proclaims the Heroism of the Martyrs

Martin Scorsese’s recent movie Silence debuted last week to critical acclaim. The movie, based on the book by Shusaka Endo, is the fictional story of a Jesuit priest in the 17thcentury who travels to Japan to discover what happened to his missionary mentor, who is rumored to have apostatized. Endo’s book has generated a great

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Articles on Technology
Picking Winners in a Cryptocurrency Bubble

Picking Winners in a Cryptocurrency Bubble

The late 1990’s gave us Ricky Martin, fears of Y2K, and the Great Dot-com Bubble. I was involved with a prototypical Internet startup at the time – the founder and I worked in his basement, and within a few years we had over 300 employees. We were growing by leaps and bounds with no end

How to Choose Your Favorite Cryptocurrency
How to Choose Your Favorite Cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency market has been going crazy lately, as FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) has taken hold. And it’s not just Bitcoin: the value of all cryptocurrencies has been skyrocketing in recent months, raising the value of the overall cryptocurrency market to over $50 billion. With so many hot cryptocurrencies right now, how do you

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Privacy or Transparency? How About Both?
Privacy or Transparency? How About Both?

Cryptocurrency requires an exercise in imagination: imagine a world in which money can be completely controlled by individuals, and sent globally cheaply and quickly. Imagine a world in which governments can’t inflate the money supply to fund their wars and ill-fated social programs. What makes cryptocurrency so exciting is that it truly has the potential

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Why Governance is Essential in Cryptocurrency
Why Governance is Essential in Cryptocurrency

One of the primary sub-debates occurring in the Great Bitcoin Scaling Debate is the role of “governance” in a cryptocurrency. Recently this one flared up again, with Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream, declaring: @iang_fc @el33th4xor @drwasho governance is anathema to Bitcoin as digital gold, you dont govern gold atoms, neither bitcoin. — Adam Back (@adam3us)

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Articles on Culture
ESPN and the Death of Escapism

ESPN and the Death of Escapism

ESPN recently announced another round of layoffs, following 2015’s massive cuts. The previous set of layoffs impacted mostly off-air talent, but this round laid claim to some significant on-air personalities (Jason Stark being the most notable, at least to me). As a sports fan, I’ve watched ESPN on and off for the past few decades.

Bitcoin Is Back, And Its Success (Or Failure) Could Revolutionize Politics
Bitcoin Is Back, And Its Success (Or Failure) Could Revolutionize Politics

The price of one Bitcoin is dancing around $1,000, which means it’s time for the mainstream media to start paying attention again. Cue the comparisons to Beanie Babies and tulip bulbs. Even with its meteoric rise, Bitcoin is still a mystery to most people. Oh, Bitcoin—isn’t that what people use to buy drugs online? Doesn’t

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Why Princess Leia Is The Archetypal Strong Woman Female Leads Can’t Replicate
Why Princess Leia Is The Archetypal Strong Woman Female Leads Can’t Replicate

Carrie Fisher recently passed away, and a million middle-aged hearts broke. Her iconic character Princess Leia was the first movie crush for many men my age, and no character has been able to replace her. Forty years after her introduction, she is still my favorite female movie character. Unlike today, when female action stars abound,

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Thoughts on Being #NeverTrump Under President Trump
Thoughts on Being #NeverTrump Under President Trump

I was wrong. I’m sure you’re thinking, “Can you be more specific?” And my close friends are thinking, “That’s no surprise.”  I was wrong about the election results. I thought Hillary would win. I knew she was incredibly unlikable and an awful candidate, but I thought Trump was worse in the eyes of the electorate.

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Articles on Baseball
2017 Baseball Predictions

2017 Baseball Predictions

Last year I made my predictions for the 2016 MLB season, and I did surprisingly well. I picked 3 of 6 division winners, 2 of the 4 wild card teams, and the eventual World Series winner. So, rather than quit while I’m ahead, I thought I’d plunge into making predictions again this year. As with

My 2017 Hall of Fame Ballot
My 2017 Hall of Fame Ballot

Last year I posted my own votes for the Hall of Fame, and although I’m not as excited about any of the candidates as I was then, I thought I’d put up my votes again. There is no inner circle Hall of Famer like last year (Junior!), but a good number of worthy candidates, as

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Jose Fernandez and the Power of Celebrity
Jose Fernandez and the Power of Celebrity

I’m a baseball fan. Okay, that’s not really accurate. I’m a baseball *fanatic*. I love the game, and I love watching it played. I don’t care if it’s little league, high school, college, minor leagues, or major leagues, I enjoy sitting at the ballpark (or in front of the TV) watching pitchers pitch, batters bat,

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2016 Baseball Predictions Revisited
2016 Baseball Predictions Revisited

Back in March I made predictions regarding this year’s MLB season. Let’s see how I did, and I’ll also updated my playoff predictions while I’m at it. AL East Preseason Prediction Boston Red Sox (95-67) Toronto Blue Jays (90-72) Tampa Bay Rays (84-78) New York Yankees (78-84) Baltimore Orioles (65-97) Actual Boston Red Sox (93-69) Toronto

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