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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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What’s the Best Education Option for Catholic Families Today?

What’s the Best Education Option for Catholic Families Today?

It’s a common occurrence for homeschooling parents: you tell someone you homeschool, and the immediate reaction is, “Oh, I could never do that!” For some reason, there’s an immediate defensiveness on the part of the non-homeschooling parent. Because of this, a lot of homeschoolers tend to quickly emphasize that homeschooling isn’t for everyone, and that

Escaping the Health Insurance System
Escaping the Health Insurance System

In 2016 I decided to leave my job to become self-employed. I had already lined up some clients and felt confident that I could bring in enough revenue to support my family and pay my bills. My family lives pretty frugally, so I didn’t need a lot of revenue to make ends meet. But there

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St. Billy Graham?
St. Billy Graham?

Billy Graham, the famous Protestant evangelist, died yesterday at the age of 99. Graham, of course, is one of the best-known and beloved Americans of the 20th century. He met with every President since Truman, and his evangelistic crusades led millions of people to commit their lives to Christ. By all accounts, he was a

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Armed Guards at Schools Aren’t the Answer
Armed Guards at Schools Aren’t the Answer

The nation witnessed another school shooting last week, this time in Florida. And like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, the Left flocked to the tragedy in order to scream for more gun control. Of course, with the Left everything is about control, for they want the government to run every aspect of our

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Articles on Catholicism
Situational Evangelization

Situational Evangelization

A few months ago I wrote of the emphasis many Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, give to “having a relationship with Jesus.” My point was that overemphasizing one aspect of Christian discipleship to the neglect of other important aspects can lead to a warped view of Jesus. We can end up seeing Christ more as a buddy

Noisy Children at Mass: How to Train for Reverence (and Why)
Noisy Children at Mass: How to Train for Reverence (and Why)

Recently a priest on Twitter argued that parents should never take their kids out of Mass, even if they are making a racket. He said, “Children are never a distraction.” His intention was to be welcoming—he didn’t want anyone, including young parents, to feel unwelcome at Mass. Good intentions, bad advice. As a father of

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In Defense of Altar Boys
In Defense of Altar Boys

Last week I wrote about the importance of all-boys clubs. My jumping-off point was the decision of the Boy Scouts to drop “Boy” from the name and to open the group to girls. But the push to include girls in all-boy groups isn’t confined to secular organizations like the Boy Scouts. It’s also been evident

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The Five Circles of Evangelization
The Five Circles of Evangelization

In my quarter-century of Catholic evangelization efforts, I’ve been asked many questions. But one of the most common is: “Do you have a system for evangelization I can follow?” I can understand the intention behind this question. A lot of Catholics want to spread the Faith, but they don’t know where to start. So they

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Articles on Technology
Where Are the Flying Cars?

Where Are the Flying Cars?

I took a road trip recently from Cincinnati to Washington, DC. This trip is a familiar one to me; in the 1990’s I traveled between the two cities by car at least twice a year. As I was driving, it struck me that as much as the world has changed in the past quarter century —

Top Cryptocurrencies of 2017
Top Cryptocurrencies of 2017

To say 2017 was a good year for cryptocurrencies would be like saying 2016 was a good year for Donald Trump impersonators. The total value of cryptocurrencies has surged from $17 billion on January 1st to over $580 billion — a greater than 3,300% increase in just twelve months. But which coins were the top

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Is Bitcoin Cash the Electronic Cash System We’ve Been Waiting For?
Is Bitcoin Cash the Electronic Cash System We’ve Been Waiting For?

Segwit2x has collapsed, and we’re now left with two “Bitcoins” — Bitcoin (Segwit), commonly known as just “Bitcoin,” and Bitcoin Cash, which forked back in August. This split neatly represents the Bitcoin community itself: divided between “small blockers” and “big blockers.” But the divide has always been about more than blocksize. The underlying priorities of the

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10 Types of Crypto Fans—Which Are You?
10 Types of Crypto Fans—Which Are You?

Since 2009, cryptocurrency has grown from the domain of a few cypherpunks to a global phenomenon. Born in obscurity, Bitcoin is something now talked about at your neighborhood barbecue (except in New Hampshire, where crypto fans flourish and talk about the strengths and weaknesses of still-obscure coins like OmiseGo or Qtum). Although many people think

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In Defense of the All-Boys Club

In Defense of the All-Boys Club

This week the Boy Scouts of America decided that they are no more. Well, the organization will still exist, but now it will be called “Scouts BSA.” The stated reason for the change is that girls will soon be joining the ranks of the organization, so “Boy Scouts” isn’t an inclusive name. Such a move

The Surprising Solution to the Facebook Problem
The Surprising Solution to the Facebook Problem

Facebook’s been in the news a lot lately, and not for good reasons. To sum up, Mark Zuckerberg’s juggernaut is working with foreign agents to undermine American democracy, censoring any view to the right of Barbara Streisand, while gathering every bit of data on your life, up to and including what brand of toothpaste you tucked

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Top 5 Threats to Civilization
Top 5 Threats to Civilization

I was once told by a boss that I excelled at recognizing what could go wrong. “You’d make a great hedge fund manager,” he said. He might have meant it as an insult, but I took it as a compliment. I do tend to see where things might derail; then I can take the steps

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Gamification: Disturber of the Peace
Gamification: Disturber of the Peace

The rage today in the business world is gamification. Taking a cue from the incredible decades-long success of video games, companies are looking to mimic them in non-gaming situations, integrating gaming features in non-gaming applications and activities. But has the explosion of gamification techniques in all aspects of our lives led to less peaceful, more stressful

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Articles on Baseball
The Dumpster Fire That is the 2018 Cincinnati Reds

The Dumpster Fire That is the 2018 Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds, the oldest professional baseball team, have only played eighteen games so far this year, but it already feels like an eternity. They have lost fifteen of those games and are the worst team in baseball. And anyone who has tortured themselves to watch these games (like yours truly) would tell you that,

2018 Baseball Predictions
2018 Baseball Predictions

It’s time for my annual predictions for the upcoming MLB season. Last year I did well, correctly predicting all six division winners, as well as predicting the Astros as the AL Champions. But I completely whiffed on my Wild Card picks, choosing the Mariners, Rays, Mets, and Giants, and I thought the Cubs would repeat as WS

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Make MLB Great Again: Improving Pace of Play
Make MLB Great Again: Improving Pace of Play

Last week Major League Baseball announced some new pace of play rules. Essentially, mound visits are going to be limited to six per nine innings, but there will be no pitch clock, as had been threatened earlier in the winter. Pace of play has been an issue with baseball for some time now. If you

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Cincinnati Reds 2018 Preseason Preview
Cincinnati Reds 2018 Preseason Preview

Spring Training starts this week, which means it’s time for hope, optimism, and dreams of a World Championship…But I’m a Cincinnati Reds fan, so my dreams are a bit more reserved. Can we just try for a .500 record? Since 1990, the Reds have experienced just eight winning seasons (out of 27). The 2010-2013 Reds

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