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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
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,

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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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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Articles on Technology
The Bitcoin Fork(s) in the Road

The Bitcoin Fork(s) in the Road

After years of acrimonious debate, it finally happened: Bitcoin experienced a hard fork. The new chain — “Bitcoin Cash” — is an attempted resolution to the long-simmering Bitcoin scalability debate. Essentially, Bitcoin Cash cloned Bitcoin, with a couple of significant changes: (1) an 8MB blocksize limit, up from 1MB; and (2) no Segwit, which was

What is the Worst Scamcoin?
What is the Worst Scamcoin?

If you’re involved in the cryptocurrency world for even a few minutes you’ll quickly hear the word “scamcoin” (or its rougher cousin “shitcoin”). Anytime a new coin is launched, some Reddit warrior or forum crusader will declare the coin a scamcoin, then sit back, satisfied he’s enacted Internet justice. Even after a coin has been

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Dash Budget System: Where Reputation Is Everything
Dash Budget System: Where Reputation Is Everything

The Dash Budget System (DBS) is truly revolutionary. Never before has a blockchain supported itself; nor has there ever been a time when people supported themselves via payments from a blockchain. (Of course, blockchain technology itself didn’t even exist a few years ago.) But with anything new and innovative comes the potential for weaknesses and

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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

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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
A Ballpark Travelogue

A Ballpark Travelogue

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 would be

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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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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