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Mass Exodus: Why Are People Leaving the Catholic Church?

Mass Exodus: Why Are People Leaving the Catholic Church?

For a further discussion of this issue, listen to my podcast “Why Are People Leaving the Catholic Church?”

New Podcast!
New Podcast!

I’ve started a podcast! My plans are to put up about two episodes a week. I’ll discuss the same topics I cover in my writings: Catholicism, technology, culture, and baseball. My guess is about half the episodes will cover Catholic topics, and the rest my other areas of interest. I’m keeping each episode to 10

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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

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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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Articles on Catholicism
Be Honest: Are You Afraid to Evangelize?

Be Honest: Are You Afraid to Evangelize?

In my experience, when Catholics are confronted with the idea of evangelizing, the first reaction is fear—plain, unadulterated fear. You know how they say people most fear public speaking and death? Well, most Catholics would rather give a speech from their grave than evangelize. That fear usually takes one of two forms (or even a

9 Things We’ve Lost in the Liturgy (Besides Latin)
9 Things We’ve Lost in the Liturgy (Besides Latin)

Recently I’ve been reading The Hobbit to two of my young children. Central to the story is lost treasure: Thorin and his fellow dwarves ask for Bilbo Baggins’ help in reclaiming their trove, which has been captured by the dragon Smaug and hidden deep within the Lonely Mountain. As I read the book, I can’t

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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

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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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Articles on Technology
The ‘DAO’ Nobody Knows: Now Distributing $1.2 Million Per Month

The ‘DAO’ Nobody Knows: Now Distributing $1.2 Million Per Month

This year has witnessed a meteoric rise in the value of cryptocurrencies. From a total market capitalization of $17 billion at the beginning of 2017 to a current capitalization of over $113 billion today, money has been flowing into the cryptocurrency space like the Nile during rainy season. And that doesn’t even include the traditional

Is Your Cryptocurrency Handicapped?
Is Your Cryptocurrency Handicapped?

Everyone recognizes that Bitcoin – and blockchain technologies in general – have scalability issues. But what if Bitcoin, by its very design, can only address half the problem? Imagine an alternate reality. It’s 1996. Larry Page and Sergey Brin are working hard at Stanford to create a better search engine – one that can be

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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

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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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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
My 10 Favorite Active Baseball Players

My 10 Favorite Active Baseball Players

The other day my son asked me to name my 10 favorite active baseball players (besides him, of course). I thought it was a good exercise, as I watch a lot of baseball, and who I enjoy watching most changes over time. My all-time favorites are Ken Griffey, Jr. and Eric Davis, but who do

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

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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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