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The Profession: A Short Story
The Profession

It’s 2049: a union of Islamic caliphates controls Europe, and a similar incursion is reaching the shores of America.

Philip Russell just wants to see the sights in Washington before returning home to his loving fiancée. Instead, he soon finds himself caught up in a violent clash of cultures that quickly becomes personal. With the whole world watching, he’ll have to make a choice: faith or friendship.

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Thank You, Karl Keating

Thank You, Karl Keating

It was 1991. I was in college, an enthusiastic Evangelical Protestant. My roommate was a just-as-enthusiastic Catholic. Inevitably this led to many theological debates, such as whether we are assured of our salvation, the meaning of baptism, and the role of Mary in our salvation. I have warm memories of that time in my life,

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?”

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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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Articles on Catholicism
The Protestantization of the New Evangelization

The Protestantization of the New Evangelization

It’s no secret that the Catholic Church in the Western world has experienced a tremendous drop in practicing members over the past 50 years. More troubling—and not unrelated—is the fact that the desire to gain more members via evangelization has declined even more tremendously. In the 60’s and 70’s, evangelization was ridiculed in many parts of the

Evangelization, Vatican II, and Censorship
Evangelization, Vatican II, and Censorship

Related: Podcast Episode 25: Can a Catholic Question Vatican II? Evangelization can be frustrating. After 25 years evangelizing in my personal life and in official roles with the Church, including as a diocesan Director of Evangelization, I know this well. Few Catholics, of course, would be surprised that evangelization can be arduous. They may be surprised,

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The Secret to Raising Christian Children
The Secret to Raising Christian Children

For the Christian parent today, anxiety can be a constant companion. Beyond the normal stresses of parenthood, the Christian parent has a greater and more pervasive fear: What if my child leaves the faith? Such a fear can leave a parent sleepless and consumed with worry. Even if all appears to be going well as

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Jim Gaffigan and Catholic Celebrity Canonizations
Jim Gaffigan and Catholic Celebrity Canonizations

We all remember high school and its cliques: the jocks, the nerds, the stoners, etc…and of course the mass of kids who just hope to survive without any embarrassing moments on their permanent record. One thing was certain: you were either a cool kid, or you wanted to be one. If you were a cool

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Articles on Technology
The Myth of the Masternode Sell-Off

The Myth of the Masternode Sell-Off

Over the years, critics have claimed that the Dash Masternode network is susceptible to centralization. Initially, the charge was that only a few early adopters own Masternodes, and so they control the network. This argument has begun to fade as it’s become clear that Masternode owners are a diverse bunch. However, Dash detractors have come

The Forked Tongue of Bitcoin Core
The Forked Tongue of Bitcoin Core

When a city is facing increased traffic and it wants to relieve congestion, it can choose from a number of possible solutions. These options generally fall into two categories: (1) improvements to the road infrastructure; or (2) changes to affect driver behavior. Improvements to the road infrastructure are relatively straightforward: either build additional lanes on

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ICO Debacle Demonstrates Dash’s Dependable Design
ICO Debacle Demonstrates Dash’s Dependable Design

Since their inception, all cryptocurrencies have faced two particular challenges above all others. The first is primarily a technical issue while the other is economic. These issues are scalability and funding. Scalability, of course, has been at the center of the acrimonious debate within the Bitcoin community in recent years. Various technical solutions have been recommended, none of

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How Cryptocurrencies Like Dash Help the Poor
How Cryptocurrencies Like Dash Help the Poor

The cryptocurrency world is awash in libertarians. The underlying nature of cryptocurrencies—decentralized currencies that don’t require a middle-man and can’t be controlled by the government—is music to libertarian ears. A common complaint against libertarians, and therefore against many cryptocurrency advocates, is that they are inherently selfish. Because they don’t advocate for government-sponsored social welfare programs,

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Articles on Culture
6 Rules For Good Government From The World Of Narnia

6 Rules For Good Government From The World Of Narnia

The danger of following politics is that you always follow politics. You start to see politics in everything: the subplot of your daughter’s school play, the choice of wine at your neighbor’s party, and even how the grocery clerk greets you. It can happen anytime, even during your child’s bedtime story. I was recently reading C.S. Lewis’s

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.

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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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Articles on Baseball
Ranking All MLB Teams

Ranking All MLB Teams

As I’ve mentioned before, my son and I spend a lot of time following baseball. He likes to come up with different ideas related to our fandom, such as “Who are your favorite players?” and “What are your favorite stadiums?” His latest idea: Rank all 30 MLB teams in order of your favorite to your

A Ballpark Travelogue
A Ballpark Travelogue

Updated 8/28/2017 For the past few years when I’ve attended a Major League Baseball game, I’ve “checked in” using the MLB Ballpark app. It’s been a great way to keep track of the games I’ve been to. I recently noticed that you can manually add past games you’ve attended, going back decades. I thought it

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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

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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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