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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
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

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

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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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Articles on Technology
Bitcoin Cash vs. Dash: Which Will Fulfill Satoshi’s Vision?

Bitcoin Cash vs. Dash: Which Will Fulfill Satoshi’s Vision?

For months now, August 1st has loomed large in the Bitcoin world. It’s like a crypto version of Y2K: Will Bitcoin fork? If so, into how many chains? Which chain(s) will survive? Will Bitcoin itself survive the potential chaos and confusion? When the Segwit2x agreement locked in recently, many fears were relieved and observers felt that the

5 Takeaways from the Dash Hong Kong Statement
5 Takeaways from the Dash Hong Kong Statement

The movie Braveheart depicts William Wallace leading a Scottish rebellion against the English. After some initial but small successes, the Scottish nobles squabble among themselves over minor issues like land titles and rights of succession. Wallace confronts the nobles and declares he’s going to invade England itself—a seemingly impossible task. I was reminded of this

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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

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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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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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